My Year In Pictures: July Week 1

In the middle of a super busy week my thoughts turned to holidays and games as an escape from our over scheduled days.  Looking at the gallery above you can rightly guess this has been a challenging stretch!  Not only are there 3 holiday related images and 2 game photos there is a moment of staring at the sky through summer leaves and if you count closely you might notice there are only 6 images instead of 7…  yes, I missed a day but in the spirit of moving forward I’ll just fess up and carry on hoping I keep better track next week. 🙂

We started our 4th of July holiday on Sunday the 3rd with a great family BBQ at my parent’s house so the first three photos are from the holiday, the party and the inevitable laundry after everyone left for home.  I found a minute to relax on the lawn enjoying summer breezes and blue sky before settling down to dream of game nights and our upcoming family vacation.  Ryan and his cousins are getting older, do you think they’re ready for an evening of Ouija by candlelight instead of Monopoly and Scrabble?  I’m sure I’ll have a few stories to share after our trip to the San Juan Islands next week…

Coming soon I’ve got a great set of new photos almost ready to share here from our latest adventures and if you’d like to follow along in real-time don’t forget I post my daily photos on InstagramTwitter and Facebook.  Since we’ll be in and out of internet access for a few days this may be your best chance of keeping up with our island trekking but if a once-a-week blog read is more your speed my weekly recaps will continue here along with caption notes containing editing information for each photo.

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro (Boom!)

iPhone Saturday 7-18 TNT

It’s been a hot dry summer here in the Pacific Northwest and for safety’s sake many towns around the region banned fireworks over the 4th of July weekend but these little boxes of TNT Poppits were apparently ok for the general public to throw at the ground for maximum noise and a bit of exploding fun. Every grocery and convenience store had stacks piled up in the impulse buy sections and a few days before the holiday John and Ryan came home with a bag full of brightly colored boxes. After a night of popping and crackling with three cousins we still have plenty left for New Years Eve 2016 so tonight I sat down with one box, my new Olloclip macro lens and the Hipstamatic App determined to take a clear macro shot in time for Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge:  Macro.

A Surprise Everyday: Shaking up July With Hipstamatic (week 1)

I have a quick little recap today since we just got home from a weekend away with family celebrating the 4th of July.   Ryan is spending the next 5 days with his Grandparents and John and I are on our way to pick up some take out for dinner so we can sit on the deck until dark.  The laundry and grocery shopping can wait till tomorrow!

Our week started with a Sunday trip to the Edmonds fishing pier for a walk while wishing crabbing season was open so we could throw in a few pots.  Monday night’s image shows how badly Finn wants to walk on 2 legs, or at least be a little taller so he can scare a squirrel and Tuesday’s photo is of a broken arrow I found on the side of the road by our mailbox.  Hmm…

Wednesday is proof that even though Ryan is now taller than me he is still a kid at heart and can’t pass a toy sale without stopping for a good browse.  Thursday is the one and only spider web I will every post here (I really don’t like them but for some reason I took three shots of this early morning web) and Friday afternoon I found some hungry Seattleites lining up in this strip of shade to enjoy their hot dogs.  The week ended with a fun family BBQ at my brother and sister in law’s home celebrating the 4th of July.  Fireworks were banned due to extreme fire danger but I saw stars in my wine glass all night long. 🙂

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.

A Word A Week Challenge: Boat

In honor of our 4th of July holiday and in response to Sue’s A Word A Week Challenge: Boat I have four photos from a family boat trip celebrating the 4th of July, 2002. These images are scans from old film prints and I like the scratchy texture and vibrant colors from my days before digital cameras.

Ryan and I on Bellingham Bay.
Ryan and I on Bellingham Bay.
Ryan and my Dad.
Ryan and my Dad.
Ryan with my beautiful Grandma Emma who recently celebrated her 95th birthday!
Ryan with my beautiful Grandma Emma who recently celebrated her 95th birthday!
Happy 4th of July
Happy 4th of July