~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #138: Natural Light ~

Looking out from the western edge of the North American Continent with the Pacific Ocean on the horizon, the sky often is filled with fantastical clouds. Sunlight reflecting on them or rays of sun streaking through them create lovely suffusions of natural light.

Looking West at Sunrise
Pink on Gray
Dune Marsh Sunset

From late winter into spring the dune meadows turn into marshes which add another dimension of natural light to the scene.

Quiet Morning

Always there is the ocean, with dune grass highlighted at sunrise, light reflecting on powerful waves, and wind lifting spray to the skies.

Stormy Weather

Sunsets here are as varied as the weather and almost always spectacular! Thank you Amy for a lovely challenge. Anytime I get to showcase nature, I’m a happy camper!

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

Clouded Sundown
Spotted (Rufous-sided) Towhee Pipilo maculates
Early Morning High Tide

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 137: Soft ~

“Softly, as in a morning sunrise…

The light of love comes stealing
Into a newborn day”

Abbey Lincoln

“Soft as a whisper in the wind”

Lindy Low Le Coq

“Soft as the silky-velvet of Beagle ears.”

Lindy Low Le Coq

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Augie Trees a Squirrel ~

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~ Cee’s Flower of the Day ~ “Spring is bustin’ out!”

Crocus in field of grass. Good morning!
Cyclamen by waterfall. Cyclamen expresses lasting feelings and sincere affection.
Crocus – bringer of cheer and gladness.

Ceeā€™sĀ Flower of the Day.

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #136: Theme on the Letter S ~

Silver Sunset (unfiltered photo)
Snail navigating Sand
Sailing…”takes me away to where I’m going…”
Starfish and Shells
Shellfish – Dungeness crab
Small Snowman at Starbucks
Sniffing in Snow
Sitting above Shoreline




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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #135: A Glimpse into My World ~

A Tale of Four Seasons in Two Places

Spring: In my world, spring is the first season of the year. It is a time of renewal, light returning, life lifting and shifting, new birth and hope.

In Long Beach, spring is all about the birds that migrate through, and those who stay in the marsh, meadow and beach to raise their young. Every day provides opportunities to enjoy nature!

In Vancouver, spring is all about grooming my gardens to keep them healthy and attractive. Over 30 years planting and nourishing the grounds, my little world has become a natural habitat for birds, and a sanctuary for me. Spring flowers start early and there’s usually something blooming – or about to bloom all year long.

Summer: A time to play outside, enjoy temperate weather, gather with friends and family. I do beieve it will be possible again sometime in 2021.

Long Beach is a popular summer vacation destination. We prefer to have our unit be available for guests, so we avoid being there at high occupancy times, from mid-June through late-August. However, early summer and late summer are lovely.

Summer in Vancouver, is a time to enjoy the fruits of my springtime labor, to sit by the pond and read, write, think, visit and to be entertained watching the birds living here, as they raise their young.

Autumn: With fading light and cooler weather, foliage and birds change and transform.

Long Beach is glorious in autumn. The marshes have receded and birds are moving through to their winter grounds. Mushrooms pop up along the damp pathways, and deer munch in the meadow.

Vancouver is also lovely in autumn. The many deciduous trees and berry bushes turn bright yellow orange and red, birds either stay year-round or fly off toward warmer climes. As the rains arrive, garden furniture is stored, we move inside.

Winter is the end of the year in my world. Though generally not sever in either Long Beach or Vancouver, winter in these parts is generally wet, and often windy at the edge of the continent.

Winter is heavy weather and king-tide season at Long Beach, a time to know when high tides are expected, and to respect their might.

Winter in Vancouver is usually filled with holiday cheer, and always daily walks. Sometimes it rains, sometimes the sun shines, and occasionally we have snow.

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~

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~ CBWC: Lost or Left Behind ~

Canoe ready to launch.

Sand-dollar emerging from surf.

Alloniscus, and wind leave traces of being here.

A found-object beach sculpture.

Lone feather at edge of marsh.

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~ SNOW ! ~

The weather forecasters had it 100% right that we would have snow on Friday 2/12/21 and on through the week-end. This morning, as I swept snow off the rail where I feed birds, I snapped this photo looking down to the ice-covered pond and liquid waterfall in my back yard.

On our walk yesterday, Jello had a blast running in the open field where I let her off-leash to romp.

The temperature remains well below freezing today, and icicles are growing on our roof.

All photos taken with my iPhone, thus some blurriness. Ah, well!

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