~ Wordless Wednesday ~

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~ Lens-Artist Photo Challenge #38: Weathered or Worn ~

This week Leya invites us to feature photos of things weathered and worn. Since I enjoy taking pictures of old dilapidated structures and manmade things that are being ravaged and reclaimed by the forces of nature, this was another fun challenge! Here are some gems from my exploration of the Long Beach peninsula.


Boats of many kinds are moored on water and land throughout the area. This little old craft caught my eye as I drove by, and beckoned me back to take some shots!


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Earlier this month, in response to Amy’s challenge #35: Architecture, I featured three churches. At the one most in need of restoration, The Sanctuary in Chinook, the chapel bell rests on the ground. If my interpretation of the maker’s mark is correct it was created at The C.S. Bell foundry in Hillsboro, Oregon in 1938.


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Heaps of old crab pots, mountains of oyster shells, and coils of rope are another feature in this coastal community.



At Fort Columbia State Park, this storage building is slowly being consumed by blackberry brambles and the hillside.



A hand-crafted memorial marker in Lone Fir Cemetery.



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~ Wordless Wednesday ~



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~ Al Young ~ Portland Roadster Show 2019 ~

Recently I enjoyed a couple afternoon hours with Al Young at the Portland Roadster Show. Al has been a friend since our undergraduate years at the University of Washington. When Creighton and I met, both he and Al resided in The French House of McMahon Hall. Creighton was Al’s tutor for French. I remember one time hearing Al appealing to Creighton: “Man, I need your help here – please!!! I just have to pass this one class and I’ll be done with foreign language!” What a fun, thoughtful and insightful person he was then and continues to be. His story is compelling and one I encourage you to read (see link below).


Al with his 1973 Plymouth Roadrunner

Since the first 8,000 mile cross-country USA road-trip with his wife Vicki in 2011, they have toured Europe three times, attending the Power Big Meet, where he was awarded first-place trophy for longest distance traveled at The Power Big Meet in Vasteras, Sweden, 2014.



“Over decades of competition, Al raced his Challenger at speeds over 150 miles per hour, winning everything from state championships to thousands of dollars as a three-time world champion of Hot Rod Racing. His titles include the American Hot Rod Association World Champion, the National Hot Rod Association Division Champion, and American Hot Rod Association World Finals Champion.”  



“Al Young retired from competitive racing in 2003 and donated his racecar to the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle. The lime-green car presides over the museum lobby and displays the decals of Al’s many supporters, a dense pattern of stickers reminiscent of the colorful patchwork of paint on Al’s first Mercury. Al paid $1,100 for his Challenger, in 1975. Today, it is worth $600,000.”


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~ Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Shadows ~

On our last visit to Long Beach, on a cold morning the frosty edges of wave-rippled sand intrigued me. In a way they looked like sparkling feathers, so I took several photos to try to capture the sensation.  Here are three with nice shadows for this week’s fun foto challenge!



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~ Lens-Artist Photo Challenge #37: History ~

The mouth of the Columbia River, as it flows into the Pacific Ocean, has been claimed to be discovered ‘for the first time’ by many explorers.



Jello walked me around  – her nose to the ground – my camera in hand.


Battery 246 was intended to form a “triangle of fire” with similar batteries at Fort Canby in Ilwaco, and Fort Stevens near Astoria. After the end of WWII, they were declared surplus. What once was high tech, is old tech – History! 


Wooden barracks, guest houses, and officer’s quarters are painted and tidy. Some buildings are available as vacation rentals too. 


View of the Megler-Astoria bridge.


Thanks to Patti, for this opportunity to highlight more of the history and natural beauty of the Long Beach Peninsula, WA – USA

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #37: History

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~ Not Quite Wordless Wednesday + Vernal Equinox Haiku + Cee’s FOTD ~

earth suspends mid-spin

daylight and darkness shake hands

equal on this day

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dry leaves and seeds fly

green shoots push past winter’s grip

amber blossoms lift




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