~ Wordless Wednesday + Cee’s B&W Challenge: In The Distance ~

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~

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~ Cee’s Flower Of The Day Challenge ~

Often on my trecks through forests and trails I see flora that is fascinating and I just have to take a picture to commemorate the life forms I’m seeing.

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Like these colonies of toadstools nestled among ferns, moss and Bearberry.

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And, the bright red foliage of Beach strawberries (Fragaria chiloensis) that grow along the upper edges of beaches in Washington and Oregon.

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I love coming across a patch of blooming yellow sand verbena (Abronia latifolia), a perennial herb. Native to California, it is only found along the coasts of western North America.

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~ Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #28: Curves ~

“There are no straight lines in nature….”  Antoni Gaudi

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In my life I have faced curve-balls and crossroads, some have taken me to desired destinations, like higher education and my career. At times however, the path forward has proven confusing.

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There have been twists and turns in these 70 years that have left me reeling – all knotted up – with no clear sense of what to do next. I have learned it is up to me to search within my tangles and listen to my inner guides and teachers for answers.

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Through it all, I have sought the light and found myself upright and unfurling…

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…able to bow with the pain inherent in being sentient, and strong enough to spiral out of depression. 

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Along the way, others have provided space and place for me to explore and unwind,

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to find safe harbor… 

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to be me…

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…here and now.

Thanks to Tina for this invitation to express complex feelings with photography!

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~

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~ Trail Encounter ~

As Jello and I set out for our walk to the beach this morning, we startled a Black-tail deer that was grazing in the dune meadow in front of The Breakers. 

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While I snapped shots with my Panasonic and iPhone, Jello leaped into action!

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The deer made an escape easily, and Jello had a grand time sniffing around in the meadow following its trail!

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 27: My Travels ~

Though not a world traveler these days, I have visited many wonderful places in my life. My greatest joy with travel continues to be when I am exploring in nature: mountains, valleys, trees, trails, lakes, the ocean, animals, birds, butterflies and flowers.

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Crescent Creek, Oregon. USA

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Mature Bald Eagle – Long Beach, WA  USA

 

 

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Pacific Ocean Breakers – Long Beach, WA. USA

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And, the other joy is having friends and family on the trail with me!

 

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