~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Rollers and Breakers ~


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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #72: Waiting ~

“…I am waiting for a rebirth of wonder…”


“…and I am waiting for the American Eagle to really spread its wings and straighten up and fly right…”

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“…and I am waiting for forests and animals to reclaim the earth as theirs…”


“…and I am waiting for the storms of life to be over…”

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“…and I am waiting to set sail for happiness…”


“…and I am waiting for the green mornings to come again youth’s dumb green fields come back again…”


“…and I am awaiting perpetually and forever

a renaissance of wonder”


When I was 16, I bought the small book of poetry, A Coney Island of the Mind, by Lawrence Ferlinghetti (Copyright © 1958). With this challenge from Amy, I thought about his poem, “I Am Waiting.”  I hope you enjoy the excerpts featured here with photos that take great patience, and a good camera to capture!


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~ Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Yellow ~

“How wonderful the color yellow is. It stands for the sun.”  Vincent Van Gogh

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #71: Creepy ~ (Warning – arachnophobes beware!) ~

When my flesh crawls and all my senses go into high alert, I usually don’t hang around to take pictures!


Alloniscus Speaks

I love photographing and learning about creepy-crawlies like spiders, bugs, snails and other flightless critters I come upon in my rambles.


Praying Mantis on high alert, looking sinister with it’s long shadow.

Growing up in the sandy sagebrush hills of central Washington, I learned to identify Black Widow Spiders, Scorpions and Rattlesnakes, and to be aware of places they might call home. It was my responsibility to stay clear of their territory.


This spider is a common orb weaver, like Charlotte, of E.B. White fame.

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Velella velella, also known as ‘by-the-wind sailor,’ is a species of jellyfish which floats on the ocean’s surface. Usually found in the open ocean feeding on plankton, they are at the mercy of the wind. After a spring storm at Long Beach, the coastline was strewn for miles with these gelatinous creatures. Though not creepy on their own, a whole shore full is eerie.

 ~Now for the really scary stuff ~


Human Generated Trash (HGT) picked up from the beach on one morning walk.


Blond mopped dragon at Women’s March, January 21, 2017, Portland, Oregon.


Thank you Leya, for this opportunity to feature often maligned though decidedly innocent creepy critters, and to expose two images that represent realities I find to be particularly threatening and sinister in our world.


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~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Foggy Beach ~

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~ Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Blue ~

“Blue is the only color which maintains its own character in all its tones…it will always stay blue.”  Raoul Dufy


“I never get tired of the blue sky.”  Vincent Van Gogh

Blue symbolizes trust, loyalty and confidence.


“Let the blue sky meet the blue sea and all is blue for a time.”  Moncy Barbour


Cheers to Blue!



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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #70: Monochrome in the Moment ~

For this challenge, I’ve selected previously posted photos that are monochrome due to the light that was present when I snapped the picture.  


Sundown at Long Beach, WA ~ USA


Man and Kite, Long Beach, WA ~ USA


October Sundown, Orcas Island, WA ~ USA


Natural Sepia, Long Beach, WA ~ USA


Evening Walk, Long Beach, WA ~ USA

Light from our sun reveals earth’s beauty. It is up to us to preserve it.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #70: Monochrome

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