~ I’ll Take Water ~ WPC: Favorite Place ~

“Water is the driving force of all nature.” Leonardo da Vinci


My favorite places have water nearby – streams, lakes, rivers, the ocean – being where I hear, see, touch water brings a sense of tranquility to my soul.



When my mother died, 22 years ago, I built a pond/waterfall feature in my backyard which provides the sound and motion that soothe me.


When my father died, 2 years ago, I bought a condominium within walking distance of the Pacific Ocean.

November 26, 2017 Rainbow


Water – a value that flows deep and true.

 Favorite Place

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~


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~ Weekly Photo Challenge: I’d Rather Be… ~

Upon my retirement over five years ago, my time has been mine to manage. When I think “I’d rather be…” I have to say “…and what/who is stopping me?”

As I scrolled through my ever-expanding email inbox this morning, I realized “I’d rather create a post,” so here is a collage of some of my favorite activities!

I’d Rather Be…

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~ Eagle Perch ~ Wordless Wednesday ~


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~ Pussy Willow & Daffodil ~ In A Vase On Monday ~

It was a mild weekend at Long Beach — the marsh is shrinking at a time when I expect it to be growing. On a walk yesterday, I picked a few miniature daffodils growing where they appeared to have naturalized in the dunes.  In addition, pussy willows —  a plant I loved as a child — are in full fur!


Narcissus ‘Tete- a-Tete’ and Salix discolor in champaign stem.

As the sun set over the Pacific Ocean it back-lit the bouquet — a lovely sight!


Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, for inspiration as the northern hemisphere exits winter and enters early spring!

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~ Whither Shall I Wander? ~ WPC: Story ~

Finally a challenge just right for this series of photos I took at Beach Haven in July, 2012!

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Orcas Island, WA. USA


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~ Familiar Strangers ~ WPC: Out Of This World ~

For this week’s photo challenge I’m digging into my recent and ancient archives for shots I’ve taken with just this sort of theme in mind. So often when I see something in nature it strikes me as “other worldly” – here are three favorites!


Praying Mantis


Beach Life

Tubular moss.

Tubular Moss

 Out of This World

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