~ CFFC ~ Sense of Taste ~

In a recent Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge, I included photos of the fresh Dungeness crab salad I was preparing.

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Organic romaine lettuce, hard boiled quail eggs, celery, and freshly cracked Dungeness crab with wedges of fresh lemon. 

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Mallard ducks are dabblers. They bob their beaks into the pond feeding upon the abundant marsh grasses below the surface.

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 These youngsters love their greens!

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Hummingbirds feed on the nectar of flowers, and take respite in the availability of feeders like this one.

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On a whim, we put this up on the deck of our condominium. What a joy it is to see both Rufous and Anna’s hummingbirds visiting it every day!

Wishing everyone safe harbor as we navigate uncharted waters.

 

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Report from the Edge of a Continent ~

 

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Wishing everyone safe harbor as we navigate uncharted waters.

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #96: Cropping The Shot ~

Lovely as it is, especially on Mother’s Day, yet with a bit of cropping it’s even better.

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Shortening the foreground brings the focus to mama Mallard and chicks.

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Bright sunlight, streaming through green and dun foliage – what’s the point? 

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Cropping reveals a Praying Mantis.

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In January 2020, I came upon a gathering of Bald Eagles. As I approached, my goal was to capture images so that I might estimate how many were present.  

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In the above photo, there are seven eagles of various ages together. The morning was misty gray, and to honor their space I remained at a distance, using the full 24X of my Panasonic LUMIX.

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Cropping out the partial eagles on the left and right, makes the scene far more dramatic. Also, we can confirm there are two juveniles huddled together directly behind the adult eagle.

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As the sun was setting the other day, light reflecting on the grasses was lovely. 

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Straightening the photo helped get the shot in balance!

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Cropping the foreground and sky, lets the pink tinged grass in front lead our eye into the scene and focus on the lavender hued grass in the center and distance.

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Jello and I were on an early morning walk when I took this shot. The way she was standing, and the gorgeous sunlight glistening on the dunes knocked me out. 

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The original photo needed major cropping to eliminate distractions. 

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The finished version places Jello in the center and brings our focus away from the sky into the golden dunes.

 

Wishing everyone safe harbor as we navigate uncharted waters.

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Thank you Patti for a chance to be a teacher again! Just love the “rule of thirds”!

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #96: Cropping the Shot

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Blue Sky Birds ~

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Male American Goldfinch – Spinus trustis

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Spotted Towhee – Pipilo maculatus

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Eurasian Collared-Dove – Streptopelia decaocto

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #95: All Wet, or Almost! ~

Stormy weather

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Rainclouds tumbling in from the Pacific Ocean announce with a rainbow that I’m about to get wet! 

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Shorebirds sometimes appear to be oblivious to the wave action around them, however I’ve never witnessed a bird being overpowered by the surf. Sometimes I find carcasses washed up on the beach, most likely caused from diving into the waves for fish.

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Brown Pelicans on the hunt.

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A Mallard hen and her ducklings, bob for their lunch.

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For this post, I sat on a drifted log watching the tide tease it’s way toward me.

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When it surged, I was ready!

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A special photo of my sister, niece and grandnephew as he experienced his first walk in the Pacific Ocean surf.

Wishing everyone safe harbor as we navigate uncharted waters.

Thank you to Tina and Lens-Artists for these wonderful challenges.

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge#94: At Home in Long Beach, WA ~

When we first took tours through the available units at The Breakers, on first sight I knew this was the one I wanted. Furnishings, wall colors, flooring, window treatments and linens could all be upgraded and changed. The essential attraction for me was this view. 

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We both enjoy the layout too; a spacious living/dining area,

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and a bedroom with another lovely big window.

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Though the view from the kitchen window isn’t great, these little cafe curtains create a cheerful “good morning” feel.

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The kitchen is large, well equipped, and easy to work in.

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This week we had a Dungeness Crab salad made with fresh that day crab from a local market, and Quail eggs from a nearby farm. Though time consuming to pick, this crab is worth the effort!

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If you are a regular visitor to my blog, you have seen many shots of the beautiful nature views from the picture window and attached deck. Sunset shots are among my favorites.

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After sundown, dinner and wine, a nap by the fireplace and maybe a movie, helps us all settle in for the night.

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Wishing everyone safe harbor as we navigate uncharted waters.

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~ Tossed Upon Stormy Seas ~ Beach Sculpture ~

Uprooted and blown by the wind, this tree trunk is in an always evolving dance with ocean and land.

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Below, it is in the distance.

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A beached utility pole, must have blown over in a windstorms. From the look of the wood, it’s been riding the ocean and on the sand for quite a while.

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Wishing everyone safe harbor as we navigate uncharted waters.

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