A Surprise Every Day: Shaking Up July With Hipstamatic (week 2)

I think I’ve mentioned before that some weeks I’m surprised by a theme weaving through the photos when I sit down to write my recap.  There are plenty of weeks that feature random yet interesting moments but every once in a while I see a trend in my choice of subjects that wasn’t apparent from the middle of each day.  This week is one of those surprising ones and even though a few days aren’t exactly on trend I see hints of unsettled feelings and/or out-of-place elements in each one of them.

Sunday afternoon was spent hiking with family and while you saw a pretty picture of mossy trees a few days ago this is one of Ryan looking back toward me on the trail.  He stayed in Bellingham for the rest of the week with my parents while John, Finn and I drove home without him.  I always think it will be nice to have a quiet few days without having to plan and care for another person but as always, we missed him the entire time and welcomed the return of dirty laundry, loud music and lots of chatter about science and movies.  Monday afternoon this holiday display reminded me that while summer is just finding it’s rhythm in the Pacific Northwest the retail world is ready for fall and Halloween pillows are evidence of the season to come.  Tuesday night I pulled over on my way home to capture a bright red setting sun.  It looks small in this square photo but the haze from so many forest fires turned the sky a fiery red and this section of road along the water was full of walkers and photographers capturing the scene.  You’ll have to take my word for it that this wasn’t a typical red sunset, the sky, air and even water were reflecting a misty orange-red that looked completely foreign.

Wednesday morning I was surprised by this new natural arch covered in morning glory.  Finn and I walk along this road twice a day but this is the first time we noticed anything here, it was like it sprang up overnight.  Finn really wanted to move closer and explore what was on the other side but I knew it was balanced on the edge of a steep ravine so we kept on walking.  By Thursday Finn really missed Ryan and every time I looked over he was staring off toward the garage with a dramatic sigh.  I’m sure he was watching and waiting all week long…  Friday’s photo illustrates the sad result of our record-setting dry weather. Lawns are dying all over town but this patch of clover is apparently drought tolerant.  Maybe I should plant some on purpose instead of fighting it like a weed. 🙂  Saturday morning found John and I back in the car for the 3 hour round trip to get Ryan.  I tried to pass the time by working on this crochet project but even though the pattern shows a cute market tote with a cross-body strap I’m afraid it looks more like a fat doily.  😦  I’ve gone too far to quit though and if all goes well I’ll finish it tonight. I hope it looks better by the end!

Each photo was taken with my iPhone 6 using Hipstamatic’s “shake to randomize” function then posted without any additional editing. If you like a particular combination and want to try it at home just click on the image to see the lens and filter used.  For variety I continue to add new lenses and filters so if you want to try Hipstamatic but are unsure how to start let me know and I’ll do my best to answer your questions.


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18 thoughts on “A Surprise Every Day: Shaking Up July With Hipstamatic (week 2)

  1. Another lovely set of random photos, Lisa. I really look forward to this post each week 🙂 Halloween decorations and candy up already, that is so early…then again, only three months away. It’s always nice to get the house to yourself a bit, isn’t it, but funny how we all miss them while they are away. Hope Ryan enjoyed his time away and know is glad to be back home 🙂


    1. Thanks so much, Mabel for the nice comments. I enjoy this weekly series but don’t want to bore readers if they aren’t as interested in my daily life as I am. 🙂 I try to share something new each week and it’s really nice to hear you enjoy the results. I guess seeing Halloween decor is better than Christmas in July so I’ll let it be ok. 🙂 Ryan had a fantastic time away sleeping in, playing with his cousins and going to the movies but he’s just as happy to be home as we are to have him back. 🙂

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  2. Such a lovely shot of Finn, Lisa! I can imagine him pining after Ryan. It’s funny with our young uns. When James has made a flying visit I wander round his room afterwards picking up after him and muttering. When he doesn’t come home… 😦
    Have a great week! 🙂


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