My Year In Pictures: August Week 1

At first glance this week’s photos look like a typical set of my daily random images and on the surface that’s true but with a little more background they really tell the story of what’s been occupying our time and how we’re trying to capture some feel-good summer moments in the middle of our busy days.

When we moved into this house 7 years ago I was excited to see little clumps of anemones spread across the backyard but it didn’t take long to realize they are really invasive and grow even faster when you try to pull them out.  Lesson learned, now I sit on my hands instead of reaching out and yanking up the fresh shoots and I’m trying to re-appreciate their pretty pink flowers.  Monday afternoon Ryan and I finally made it to our favorite coffee shop and on the way out we walked past this little flag pin stuck in a tree trunk.  Tuesday’s shot is a sad view of John’s trusty Subaru.  This was a great car that served him well for over 10 years but it wasn’t a match for the dreaded “rush hour accident on the freeway”.  He was hit from behind by a distracted driver and after a thorough inspection we received the bad news that his car is a total loss. 😦   Shopping for a new (to us) car wasn’t on my list of things to do this summer however and coming only a few months after we had to replace my car made the process even more painful.

Life goes on though and Wednesday I posted this photo of a new UPF Scarf in our Etsy shop.  We’ve kept to our schedule of introducing a few new things every couple of weeks so the shop stays fresh and interesting while behind the scenes we are working hard to finish some fun Halloween items and new cold weather accessories.  For a change of pace Thursday’s photo is of our collection of beach walking sticks resting by the back door.  Each stick came from a memorable walk with Ryan and seeing them together reminds us of fun times in the past and fun times yet to come.  Friday’s shot is also from our back deck and highlights one of my favorite begonias.  Our week ended Saturday night with our 22nd Wedding Anniversary!  To celebrate we visited this amazing distillery close to home and tasted award-winning, scratch made gin and vodka. 🙂

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.  If a once-a-week (or two) blog read is more your speed my weekly recaps will continue here along with caption notes containing editing information for each photo.


A Surprise Every Day: Shaking Up July With Hipstamatic (week 3)

Another pretty week in the Pacific Northwest has come and gone but thanks to my random photo a day project I have some nice souvenirs to remember the season.  Sunday afternoon was the perfect time to sit outside for lunch and believe it or not I didn’t plan to match my food and book to the table colors.  Monday’s photo is of an old house that sits on Main street in the middle of our little commercial district.  It’s spent the past few years as a collective office/work space for artists but recently sold after a long time on the market.  I hope the new owners plans don’t include tearing anything down but the state of the gardens has me a little worried.

Late in the day Tuesday I realized I hadn’t taken a new photo and didn’t feel particularly inspired by anything in the house but Ryan’s advice was to look up and take a shot of whatever I saw. Well, now you know we haven’t changed the photos on our stairway light fixture since Christmas… Instead of feeling hopelessly behind I’ve decided we’re right on trend as several big internet retailers declared this week’s sales would be like Christmas in July. 🙂  Wednesday afternoon Ryan and walked along the beach and Thursday night I finished my walking day on this reflexology path outside Ryan’s Tae Kwan Do class.  Friday our first anemones opened and Saturday’s image is of some of the beach glass we’ve collected over the past year.

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.

iPhoneography Monday: 9-8-14

iPhone Monday 9-8-14

We finished our hike out to Second Beach in Olympic National Park just in time for low tide and easy access to some beautiful tide pools.

Posted as part of Lens and Pen by Sally’s Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge:  Macro.

iPhoneography Monday: 12-9-13

iPhone Monday 12-9-13

The second Monday of every month is devoted to mobile phone Macro photography at Lens and Pen by Sally so for today’s post I have this shot of the last Anemone seed pods left in my garden.  The final seeds let loose during our last windstorm and I’m sure we will find new plants sprouting all over the yard next spring.

Posted as part of Lens and Pen By Sally Phoneography Challenge:  Macro