Seattle Architecture in Black & White

Wordless Wednesday 5-9-18: Seattle Architecture in Black & White

Seattle Architecture in Black & White

Seattle Architecture in Black & White

Seattle Architecture in Black & White

Seattle Architecture in Black & White

My Year In Pictures: July Week 4

Hard to believe July is already in the past but at least we had a good time while it lasted. ūüôā ¬†This week’s set of photos is a mixed bag combining¬†some favorite vacation shots with scenes from my walks through the city and a new order ready for shipping from our Etsy shop. ¬†All in all it was a good month here in the Pacific Northwest.

Sunday’s photo is from the deck of our return Ferry as we slowly navigated the thick fog between our island cabin and home on the mainland while Monday’s image is a piece of public art inside the Seattle Bus Tunnel at Westlake Center. ¬†Tuesday I brought back a¬†lovely sunset from Lopez Island and Wednesday night I packed this driftwood scented candle to ship to a new customer. ¬†Thursday and Friday I was in the mood for some black and white and both images are from our hike out to Iceberg Point. ¬†Saturday closed the week with one last sunset. ¬†I promise to be more creative soon but with all the pretty sunsets we’ve seen I just couldn’t wait to share!

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 Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.  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.

It’s a New Year and I have a new challenge! My Year In Pictures: February Week 1

As promised I’m back with another daily photo project! ¬†If you were¬†with me through my last year-long photo series the format and tone of this new challenge¬†will remain the same but to keep things interesting I’m spending the year experimenting with all the photo apps I’ve collected but not used on a regular basis. ¬†Some weeks will follow a theme, some weeks won’t but every day I’ll post my new image to Instagram and once a week I’ll return here to write a recap. ¬†Each photo will be captioned with the date and processing application used so if you see something you like you can try it out for yourself.

Since I’ve committed to a daily Instagram share I thought it would be fun to start the month with a spur-of-the moment Instagram processed image so here is my Monday morning shot¬†of this stuffed orange monkey. ¬†Tuesday’s photo is my viewpoint looking down on the lunch crowd at a Seattle cafe and Wednesday I went back to the scene of my last blurry cherry blossom image to try again. ¬†Thursday I liked the cheery yellow circles in¬†this light fixture, ¬†Friday I walked through the Westlake Station Bus Tunnel and Saturday Ryan and I drove to the waterfront to watch a pretty winter sunset. ¬†He is still on crutches but we found a way to get back to our beach. ūüôā

If you’d like to follow along in real-time my daily photos post on both Instagram¬†and Facebook¬†but by¬†the following week I’ll have them ready to share here as well.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken

The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.

Tennessee Williams


¬†While today’s¬†photo doesn’t include violets¬†or¬†mountains it¬†still reminds me of Tennessee Williams’ quote¬†from Camino Real. ¬†Symbolic opposites are incorporated¬†throughout¬†this play illustrating a world full of harsh¬†contrasts and in the end we learn the only thing that conquers the broken is love and softness. ¬†Here this derelict¬†shipping container¬†on concrete blocks is receiving some wild daisy love from Mother Nature.

Posted as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge:  Broken.

Black & White Challenge Day 3: Chinese Zodiac

B&W Day 3

Looking down at the sidewalk can be just as interesting as looking up at the buildings in Seattle’s International District. ¬†This brass¬†inlay of the¬†Chinese Zodiac is set into the sidewalk along Maynard and I’m continuing my Black &¬†White Challenge walk through Chinatown with this photo in honor of the upcoming Chinese New Year and the Year of the Goat/Sheep.

Phoneography Challenge: Nature (City Trees in Winter and the B&W Challenge Day 1)

Even though our 2014/2015 winter is shaping up to be¬†the winter-that-wasn’t I’ve spent it¬†either inside the house or out on¬†city streets too busy¬†to take advantage of our unseasonably¬†warm days. ¬†I wish I had a camera roll full of forests and snow-covered mountains to share but this image of bare trees in the middle of Seattle’s Pioneer Square pretty much sums up my 2015 nature experiences.

iPhone Monday 2-3-15

¬†The very creative Meg over at Move the Chair has invited me to participate in a 5 day black and white challenge and today’s post represents day 1. I hope you’ll come¬†back for¬†four more images from our winter(ish) Saturday in Seattle’s International District and Pioneer Square.

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

iPhoneography Monday: 8-18-14

iPhone Monday 8-18-14

A few days ago I posted a view from our way up the Klahhane Ridge Switchback Trail and¬†today I’ll share our turning around point. ¬†It’s a beautiful hike but this was far enough for me!

Posted as part of Lens and Pen by Sally’s Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photography Challenge: ¬†Black and White.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

In this week‚Äôs challenge, show us your take on a monument (broadly defined). It could be a fresh angle¬†on a well-known tourist site, or a place nobody knows outside your community‚ÄĒ anything can be monumental as long as it‚Äôs imbued with a shared sense of importance.

Ben – The Daily Post


The Space Needle has to be¬†one of the most photographed monuments in the Pacific Northwest and whenever I’m at Seattle Center I can’t resist snapping my fair share of pictures but along with the typical tourist shots I always try to capture a new angle so I can share a view of Seattle most of my readers¬†haven’t seen before.

This image is from the bottom of a steep stairway outside the Experience Music Project Museum. ¬†EMP’s curvy siding is visible on the left, the Space Needle is front and center and at the top of the stairs is a poster of Seattle native Jimi Hendrix. ¬†Three monuments in one shot!

Posted as part of  the Weekly Photo Challenge:  Monument.

Black & White Tuesday: 4-8-14

B&W Tuesday 4-8-14

Today’s Black & White Tuesday post is a¬†view of Seattle’s EMP (Experience Music Project) ¬†Museum’s silver side.

If you missed the pink side ¬†you can see it again here¬†and stay tuned for blue coming soon…

Wishing my beautiful Grandma Emma a happy 96th birthday.

Grandma Emma

Last year my entire family and several hundred good friends gathered in Eastern Washington to celebrate¬†Grandma’s 95th birthday and today I am thrilled to say we¬†can wish her a happy 96.¬†¬†Her feisty spirit, good heart and caring personality have carried her through a life full of twists and turns with both beauty and¬†grace.

Keep your chin up and keep smiling Grandma, we love you!

Black and White Weekly Challenge: Texture

B&W Texture

For the current theme of Texture over at Sonel’s Corner I have one more image to share¬†from my walk¬†last week.¬† These tree branches¬†looked so pretty¬†arching over a stone wall¬†that Ryan and I both stopped in the shade to take a few pictures before continuing down the steep hill to the waterfront.

Black and White Weekly Challenge: Abstract

Sonel’s newest theme for her Black and White Challenge series is the word “Abstract”.

B&W Abstract 1

B&W Abstract 3

I really like how these simple shades of black and white accentuate the abstract, natural shapes in this sea star and driftwood stump in the San Juan Islands.