~ Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge # 64: Countryside and/or Small Towns ~ In Praise of Washington ~

I grew up on the outskirts of Wenatchee, Washington where our ‘end of the road’ neighborhood was surrounded by apple, cherry, peach and apricot orchards.



Malott – south of Okanogan

From the fruited valleys, my family moved to a 40 acre farm near Pullman, Washington ~ in the heart of The Palouse.*


Aerial view of the Palouse on the flight path to Pullman/Moscow airport.

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Dad and his horses, Pullman, WA c. 1981


Sundown ~ Ritzville

When Creighton and I set down roots in Vancouver, forty-two years ago, outside the city limits was wide-open spaces, where farms and orchards dominated the landscape.

Though industry and population growth have expanded in every direction, it’s still a fairly short drive to be ‘in the country’. One of the pleasures of having a place at Long Beach, where we live part time in the off-season, is the slower paced, rural quality of the peninsula.

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One often finds businesses sharing space, as in Bailey’s Cafe and the Nahcotta Post Office!

*Tina Schell has a lovely shot of fields around the Palouse in her response to this challenge. https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/2019/09/21/lens-artists-challenge-64-out-in-the-country/

Please excuse my tardiness in responding to this challenge. Sometimes life intervenes to delay my best intentions, such is the case this time.




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~ Wordless Wednesday ~


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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #63: Magical ~

In my youth, when I watched clouds billow across blue summer skies, I imagined what it might be like to float with them over this magical place called earth.



Cloud formations shift; they change size, shape and density with atmospheric pressure, moisture level, wind speed and temperature.







And then there’s the shading and color from our sun – more magic!


IMG_7843When a storm is gathering, clouds take on ominous shapes and dimensions…



…and sometimes even seem to chase one another across the horizon.





Whether floating us away, or inviting our imaginations, clouds have magic.

Clouds tell us stories – the ones we conjure in our imaginations – and the one’s we learn through scientific study. Believe what meteorologists tell you about global warming – we are in this together. Let’s influence where we can to insure there will be cloud-magic for generations to come. 



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~ Wordless Wednesday: Common Murre Fledgling ~

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #62: Silhouettes ~

…outline, contour, shape, form,  shadow, shadow figure, profile, skyline…

P1080273Winter Sundown, Long Beach, WA

IMG_6077Wind-farm on the north ridge of the Columbia River Gorge, near Goldendale, WA

IMG_6328Knife-sharpener, Crescent Creek, OR

IMG_6605Sunset Through Reeds, Long Beach, WA


I adore silhouettes! Thank you Patti, for this opportunity to feature some favorites.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #62: Silhouettes

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #61: Precious Pets ~

Tommy was my first best friend; a black and white, short-haired tomcat who was my responsibility, and who, when no-one else was looking, slept on my bed when I was a kid. He comforted me, inviting me to think while he purred. I loved him, and still enjoy cats. However, decades later, in 1991, when my husband’s business kept him away for weeks at a time, I decided I needed a dog to come home to when Creighton was gone.

At three months old, Scooter came home with me, and our love of beagles began.

With a six foot fence built into six inches of concrete, our yard became a safe haven for beagles. Over the years we took in Jacques, a scoundrel who had been dumped in the neighborhood, and we adopted nine-year old Mattie, the only beagle we’ve had who came with papers.

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You can imagine the challenge it was to take a walk with three sniffing hounds on retractable leashes. Often I was wrapped up like a maypole! When Scooter, then Mattie passed, and knowing Jacque was aging fast, we adopted Josie from the local Humane Society. Small, scared and sweet, she thrived in our loving home.

Our hearts broke when, within a year or so we noticed Josie was not eating and learned that she had terminal renal failure. Such a loss – we took it hard. She passed before we left on a two week trip. Immediately upon returning home, I was in beagle withdrawal. Through Portland Beagle Rescue, we found Jello. She was 4 when we adopted her – this Christmas she’ll be 9.

Jello is a frequent subject in my posts; she is smart, photogenic, and an absolute love.

To Tina, thank you for this sweet challenge. I’m thinking of you as Hurricane Dorian storms along the Carolinas. Hope you are safe and sound.


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