Lake Crescent Lodge

2019 The Year of Lakeside Dreaming in January: Week 2

As I type this on Saturday afternoon the sun is shining, birds are chirping and if I close my eyes I can almost pretend I’m sitting in the lovely sun room at the Lake Crescent Lodge in the Olympic National Park.  I’ve already written a few posts about our strange, warm winter here in the PNW and it looks like the trend will continue a little while longer.  In fact Friday’s 61 degrees set a record for the warmest January 11th in Seattle history.  Wow.

Looking through my picture gallery above you might wonder why you’re seeing images from September instead of views from last week.  Well, there were two main reasons I decided to take on another 365 photo challenge, one was to finally share some of the thousands of new images hiding out in my photo roll and the other was to push myself to start writing again.  Even if it was just little, chatty updates from my week the practice would be good so here we are looking back on a warm September afternoon while I type a post in January.

As for my week it was a busy one filled with extra work hours and long afternoons trapped in rush hour slowdowns.  Audiobooks are my lifeline in the car and thanks to our local library I can usually work my way through an author’s catalog from beginning to end.  This season I’ve been listening to a lot of Christopher Moore and by friday afternoon I’d finished The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove. There wasn’t a lot of opportunity for photography although I did take a few new images for use later and when I had a free minute I thought back to this trip with Ryan when we were beginning to practice portrait photography for his Senior Pictures.

As with past year-long photo challenges I don’t plan to post here every day, I’ll save that for my Instagram and Twitter accounts, but you faithful blog readers will get one weekly recap every Sunday.

 

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The earth has music for those who listen. George Santayana

I’d Rather Be…

Today I’d rather be a dog.  Our dog Finn to be precise.  His day started with a nice walk followed by breakfast next to the heater.  Late morning meant it was time for a nap in his favorite sun spot then a second trip outside so he could patrol the yard looking for squirrels while carefully listening to the wind. It’s now 2:30 pm and he’s curled up next to Ryan for you guessed it, another nap.

I have paid bills, cleaned the kitchen, driven around town doing errands and am now organizing paperwork for taxes while looking out my window at the very trees in the picture above.  Finn’s favorite place for listening to earth’s music.  Maybe I’ll turn up my office heat and open the window so I can share the song.

Posted as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge:  I’d Rather Be…

My Year In Pictures: May Week 2

We’ve turned the corner into the middle of May and as spring fades to summer our family focus has been on growth and new beginnings.  A quick scroll through this set of seven images really highlights what’s captured my attention:  pretty, soft colors, natural science and good health.  We’ve enjoyed fresh new flowers growing in the spring sun, Ryan’s hip continues to heal through hard work and physical therapy and his favorite school subjects are always natural science.

I went out alone for a pretty walk on Mother’s Day morning while John and Ryan cleaned the house and Monday morning Finn and I stopped by this plant to capture one pretty bloom.  Tuesday afternoons mean it’s time for the first of Ryan’s twice weekly Physical Therapy sessions and Wednesday I had this beautiful view as a reward for making time to go to the gym for my own good health.

Thursday was a stretch for me as I helped Ryan catch up on some missed Biology homework and Friday night I snapped this photo of the final day of my beautiful Mother’s Day Peonies.  Saturday brought rain but these red maple leaves look pretty in all weather conditions.

Coming soon I’ve got a great set of new photos almost ready to share here from our latest spring 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 blog read is more your speed my weekly recaps will continue here along with caption notes containing editing information for each photo.

My Year In Pictures: April Week 3

My last set of photos was really a random, disconnected glimpse into our mid-April but this week I’m seeing a definite trend toward happiness and good wishes.  Not only did I stop to appreciate a sign announcing “I’m in the pursuit of happiness” but we had the good fortune to enjoy plenty of flowers, candles and even some birthday cake.

Sunday’s photo is a product shot of our new Lemon Verbena candles and Monday I have a close-up of Ryan’s newest treasures because he says “dinosaurs make everything better.”  Tuesday I slowed down long enough to acknowledge we should all be in the pursuit of happiness and by Wednesday morning it was time to make a wish on dandelion fluff instead of complaining about all the weeds.

Thursday’s photo is a shot of this hardy clematis that thrives in spite of its terrible location and more than a little neglect and Friday night we took Ryan out for a little pre-birthday celebration and plenty of cake. 🙂  Saturday was his big day (Happy 15 Ryan!) and the entire family came together to share a great meal, more cake and a fun round of Monopoly.

Coming soon I’ve got a great set of new photos almost ready to share here from our latest spring 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 blog read is more your speed my weekly recaps will continue here along with caption notes containing editing information for each photo.

My Year In Pictures: April Week 1

It’s always nice to look back on a week that felt like any other and discover you actually saw some great things along the way.  April in the Pacific Northwest means fresh flowers, a little bit of sunshine and a lot of rain, all of which you can see above, and to keep things interesting we added a few baskets of fish and chips accompanied by an impromptu concert of Star Wars favorites.

Sunday’s photo is the listing image for a new small blanket in our Etsy shop and Monday Ryan brought out his older French Horn to play me some Star Wars music on a rainy afternoon.  Tuesday is a pretty blossom shot from my morning dog walk and Wednesday night John and I visited Spud’s for Fish and Chips.

Thursday had me wishing I could tuck this bouquet of flowers in my  handbag to carry home but then Friday morning this view was waiting out my back door so I felt ok about leaving the other arrangement at my Hair Salon. 🙂  Saturday started bright and early with a quick trip north to the Skagit Valley tulip fields before the crowds arrived and peaceful photos became impossible.

Coming soon I’ve got a great set of new photos almost ready to share here from our latest spring 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 blog read is more your speed my weekly recaps will continue here along with caption notes containing editing information for each photo.

My Year In Pictures: March Week 4

If you’ve been following my daily photos on Instagram you might have noticed I’m falling a little behind in my weekly recap schedule here on the blog.  In fact, I’m planning to write the next recap tomorrow so cross your fingers we’ll be caught up by the middle of next week. 🙂

Now that I can see this set of 7 images together in a grid it looks like my eye was once again drawn to some similar colors and themes.  I don’t know if this was a reflection of my mood, preferences or just a product of the season but I’m seeing a lot of soft yellow and natural tones, wood grains, blue skies with clouds and some spring greens represented here.

I found a spare hour Sunday afternoon to work on some packaging ideas for our new soy candles, and Monday morning found Ryan and I back at the Orthopedic Specialist office only to be directed to a third clinic for further evaluation.  The good news about this late recap is that I can share a little more news and tell everyone that his new Doctors are fantastic and I feel like he is really in great hands.  Tuesday’s puffy clouds and blue sky were just plain pretty and by Wednesday evening it was all I could do to snap one fast photo before closing the curtains and falling asleep.

Thursday morning is something I usually shoot around when sharing my morning dog walk photos but today I decided to turn the camera away from the trees and show what was behind my back.  Friday night was for packing orders and this fun set of Cocktail napkins is now on its way to a home in Colorado.  We have three more sets of four available in the Etsy store, each one featuring a unique combination of plaids and/or stripes in red, green and natural linen tones.  Saturday closed the week with an afternoon walk past this fun Easter tree.

Coming soon I’ve got a great set of new photos almost ready to share here from our latest spring 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 blog read is more your speed my weekly recaps will continue here along with caption notes containing editing information for each photo.

My Year In Pictures: March Week 2

A quick scroll through my photo files highlights an interesting color trend that peaks about this time every year.  Once our highly saturated strings of lights and holiday decorations are put away it takes me about six weeks to reach for strong colors again so January and February appear as soft months filled with ivory, blue and gray. By mid-March I’m ready to brighten things up again and true to form this week marks the return of brights.

Sunday afternoon this colorful gumball machine caught my attention and Monday morning Finn and I returned to the camellia tree to find these two blooms side by side in the grass.  Tuesday I added some new Dryer Ball colors to our Etsy store and by Wednesday evening I could see the drive home would be long and wet.  Thursday brought the first of two big windstorms and here someone’s party balloon was abandoned in the middle of the street.  Friday was a strange day and marked the first time I had to evacuate two separate buildings because of (false) fire alarms.  In the rain.  Saturday started out with clear blue skies but a second storm was on the way and Ryan and I found this lonely seagull down by the beach watching the wind blow.

Coming soon I’ve got a great set of new photos almost ready to share here from our latest March 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 blog read is more your speed my weekly recaps will continue here along with caption notes containing editing information for each photo.

My Year In Pictures: February Week 4

We’re almost at the end of the first month in my new year-long challenge and after 27 days of daily photos I am happy to report that it is still fun. 🙂  I’m enjoying the freedom to try some new things after spending a year exploring the random settings in Hipstamatic and looking back at this set of seven photos I can see a definite trend toward softer hues.  Maybe it’s the season, maybe it’s a desire for soft focus after long days filled with challenges but it’s nice to stretch a little and see my world through rose-colored glasses.

Sunday started with heavy spring rains but as soon as the skies cleared I dashed outside to capture my earliest blooming rhododendrons at their peak.  Monday afternoon this sign reminded me of how John and I met and that love can really come from unexpected moments.  Tuesday was long but ended on a nice note with this pretty view of the ferry landing as the sun set.  No fiery colors for me this night just calming hues of blue and gray.   Wednesday Finn reminded me of a stereotypical nosy neighbor as he insisted on peering over the fence to spy on someone and Thursday I picked up my OlloClip to play with shadows in the backyard.  Friday needed a little extra coffee and Saturday John and I each took a deep breath and put our new gym membership to good use.  It’s been far to long since I’ve seriously worked out but new habits just need one day to start so we’re giving it our best shot.  I spent an hour in the cardio room and have to say, it felt great. 🙂

Coming soon I’ve got a great set of new photos almost ready to share here from the first week of March and if you’d like to follow along in real-time I post my daily photos on InstagramTwitter 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.

My Year in Pictures: February Week 3

I’m so happy February has an extra day this year!  Really, I’ll need more than one day to catch up but I’ll make the most of what I get. 🙂

The third week of February started on a sweet note with Valentines day falling on a Sunday.  We celebrated with a trip to the Lego store and finished the evening with a wonderful dinner by the fire.  Monday was a holiday here in the US but I still had to spend some time at work so my quest for an interesting photo subject brought me by this retro-styled turntable.  Tuesday you get another image from my morning walk with Finn and a little more insight into the invasive Ivy that is slowly swallowing the neighborhood.  Wednesday brought Ryan and I back to the Orthopedic clinic for a treatment plan and Physical Therapy referral and by Thursday I was really ready for some blue skies and sunshine.  Rain returned Friday morning but I have to admit it added a pretty shine to these fern fronds and Saturday afternoon we joined my family for a pizza party celebrating our parents February birthdays.  This garden window view is of their back porch.

If you’d like to follow along in real-time I post my daily photos on InstagramTwitter and Facebook 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.

My Year In Pictures: February Week 2

Finding the right words to describe February in the Pacific Northwest is always a challenge for me.  Some days feel like winter while others bring a mix of spring-like skies, rainbows and thunder storms.  In truth it’s a month of contradictions as the snow fans fear their last chance of a white blanket is slipping away while spring lovers are teased with little glimpses of green growth followed by surprise freezes.  Life goes on however regardless of what the day brings so we dutifully carry coats, umbrellas and sunglasses at all times and continue to explore the great outdoors.

My week started in the backyard tending to some long overdue clean up under the watchful eye of my faithful companion Finn.  Monday was the first day of Chinese New Year and Tuesday morning started at the post office mailing our weekend Etsy orders.  Wednesday afternoon I decided to crawl underneath a huge rhododendron to snap this shot of my bashful hellebore that finally decided to bloom after 4 years of nothing but a few green leaves.  Thursday is a glimpse of how Ryan is spending his recovery time on the couch and Friday is a bit of what Finn and I walk past every morning.  By Saturday afternoon Ryan really had to get out of the house so we picked up a frozen yogurt treat and drove to our favorite overlook by the Edmonds ferry landing.  A true February image filled with sun, clouds, rain and gusts of very cold wind.

If you’d like to follow along in real-time I post my daily photos on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook 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.

 

 

 

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. 🙂

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.