A Surprise Everyday: Shaking Up August With Hipstamatic (week 4)

It’s been a crazy week here in the Pacific Northwest and my choices of trees for the first and last images in this series is no accident.  We’ve faced blazing hot weather, unhealthy levels of smoke in the air, end of summer berries and a record setting windstorm.  I’m writing this Sunday night while we are finally catching our breath, trying to prepare ourselves for the new week ahead while looking back at everything that happened in the past seven days.

Sunday started our week with more hot temperatures and air filled with smoke from the wildfires burning across the eastern half of our state.  As of today almost 700,000 acres are on fire with no end in sight.  Hundreds of homes and structures have burned, thousands are evacuated and on August 19th three firefighters lost their lives…

Monday’s photo is a reminder that Seahawk Football is almost here and Tuesday we see Ryan enjoying the last few days of summer lunch outside before he starts High School on September 9th.  Wednesday I stopped at this little Blackberry patch while Finn took care of business during our morning walk.

Thursday’s image is another morning walk find, this time a cute little garter snake.  Friday morning I stopped to document the end of this roadside sunflower and Saturday I jokingly called this photo “the calm before the storm.”  Little did I know how true that title was as an hour later we were hit with 61 mph sustained winds knocking trees down right and left accompanied by drenching rain leaving half of a million homes without power.  We spent some tense moments wincing at every crack but our only casualty was a set of lawn furniture crushed under heavy branches.  Our power was out for 15 hours (Ryan counted. 🙂 ) but we feel lucky compared to many of our friends who will have to wait up to three more days for fallen trees to be removed and their power lines reset.

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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36 thoughts on “A Surprise Everyday: Shaking Up August With Hipstamatic (week 4)

    1. If you open the App Store through your phone or tablet and type Hipstamatic in the search box it should appear as your first choice, Sue. If this doesn’t work I’ll be happy to look for a link to post when I’m home later today.

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      1. Brilliant, works? Weird…it came up as the U.S. App Store, but when I bought, it converted it to UK…but I can’t see it when I search this end,,,


  1. I guess there are disadvantages in having excessively hot weather. We have been complaining about all our rain this month, but at least we haven’t suffered major devastation. Still, a little sunshine would be welcome. Looks like autumn is on its way for you Lisa 🙂


  2. So sorry to hear about the fires and smoke in the air, Lisa. Take care and hopefully they die out soon. Love the first shot of the tree. It certainly looks autumnal and I hope cooler temps are on the way. Good luck to Ryan for school this semester 🙂


    1. Thanks, Mabel. 🙂 Ryan is looking forward to the new school year and I’m welcoming the change in seasons. We’re all hoping the fires die out soon but realistically they will burn until it snows – sometime in October/November…

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  3. Excessive heat warnings and rampant wildfire wouldn’t be quite as shocking if we were talking about California, but in the Pacific Northwest I can imagine how shocking. I’ve been following the tragedy and I’m just so very sad! I do know firsthand how it affects air quality and just puts such a worry on an entire region. The loss of life compounds the tragedy and we are all connected as one community when it comes to respecting our firefighters and mourning the loss of the three. I’m glad to read that there is a cooling trend, and perhaps that will help the situation. In contrast, your photos are always so much fun. Let’s hope this new week will open up even more opportunities for you to be playful with your Hipstamatic. Nicely done once again, Lisa! 🙂


    1. It has been very strange to experience the heat warnings and smoke filled air here in the PNW, Debra and I am really sorry your state knows first hand how awful they are. I have a cousin fighting one of the big fires but last I heard he is working away from the front lines and is as safe as can be expected in the conditions. We are all connected indeed. I’m so happy to hear you are having fun with my daily photo project, so far I’ve got two good ones from the first two days of the week. 🙂


  4. We’ve had a little bit on our news about fires in Washington and Oregon, but no details about where…I hope some rain reached them. We’ve had a fairly dry (but extra cold) winter, with farm dams still very low, so I’m really not looking forward to summer.


  5. You’re okay where you are, right? I’ve been paying attention to your neck of the woods.

    Also, I could pick (and have picked) blackberries for hours and hours. We make blackberry liqueur with them when we’re lucky enough to find them in the wild. Yum.


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