2019 The Year of Looking for Light: Week 8

I know February is coming to a close when I can hear birds again in the morning but daylight hours are short and it’s too cold for spring flowers to fill the gardens.  We’re turning the corner but we aren’t there yet!

Because my mornings and evenings are still fairly dark I’ve been looking back to unpublished photos filled with light and warmth so I can share something with a little optimism instead of gloom.  I like to think of it as a balance to the chilly gray pattern we’ve got to endure for a few more weeks and the thoughtful Debra of breathelighter phrased it perfectly when she said:

You know the warmth and beauty you’ve enjoyed before will return, and that can keep us going. Impatiently, perhaps, but still going!

So I guess it makes sense that I’ve spent this week looking back for beauty anticipating what will come.

This set of seven photos are from two October days at Marina Beach Park in Edmonds, WA.  One foggy day drew me to the contrast of autumn colors against cool gray mist but I also wanted to capture the same viewpoints filled with bright sunlight so the next time the sun came out I returned to the park to try again.  Do you have a favorite?

I’ve planned one more autumn photo to share on Instagram later today and I think the rest of February will be spent looking back at past beauty while dreaming about what is to come.  My fingers are crossed March brings us sunshine, flowers and new opportunities!

All photos taken with my iPhone 8+ and edited in On1.

Autumn Color in the PNW

The Reds and Greens of Autumn

The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let the dead things go.Unknown

Autumn Color in the PNW

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers”– L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Autumn Color in the PNW

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.”– Stanley Horowitz

Autumn Color in the PNW

“A fallen leaf is nothing more than a summer’s wave goodbye.”– Unknown

Autumn Color in the PNW

A Surprise Every Day: Shaking Up September With Hipstamatic (week 4)

As you can see from the big red, white and blue emergency sign this week did not follow my carefully constructed plan for a normal stretch of days. The early shots capture some pretty sights and colors that caught my eye but a phone call Friday afternoon changed everything.

Regular readers have watched our adopted rescue dog Finn slowly settle into his new home and relax into a dog that loves his new life.   We suspect he was tied up and abused by other animals in his first home and to this day Finn’s scariest moments are when he is on his leash around strangers and new dogs but he’s come a long way and continues to surprise us with his resilience and good humor.   Unfortunately Finn’s worst fears came true during his Friday afternoon walk when he was attacked by a dog who broke free from the rope tying her to a tree in order to charge him in the street.  Finn suffered several serious injuries and we spent all night with him in the emergency room.  After a successful surgery Saturday afternoon he’s remained in the hospital for round the clock observation but if all goes as planned he will be back home with us Monday night to begin healing.  Finn is a strong little guy with a fighting spirit and in time should make a full recovery but I want to remind everyone of how dangerous it is to chain dogs and to please never, ever leave a dog unattended while at the end of a rope.  The risks are just to great.

The week wasn’t all bad though and my Sunday morning grocery trip was brightened by this vivid display of autumn gourds.  Monday I stopped to snap this lovely creeping ivy just starting to change color and Tuesday I was happy to see I could capture the last sunrise of summer 2015 in the same frame as some Maple leaves turning for fall.  Wednesday morning we realized there are only a few days left before Ryan’s wait at the bus stop is in full dark and Thursday began bright and early with a big mug of coffee,  local news on the TV for background noise and a file to read through before leaving for work.  Friday’s photo was meant to be a test shot trying out the newly updated Hipstamatic 300 app but with everything that happened later in the day it was the only picture I took.  Saturday’s image is the sign outside the hospital and where we spent the majority of our weekend.

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, filter and flash 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: 11-3-14

iPhone Monday 11-3-14

Usually fall in the Pacific Northwest means cool nights, warm afternoons and plenty of fall color flashing against bright blue skies.   I hoped our beautiful summer would lead to another perfect season but this year has been anything but typical and now one of the wettest October’s on record has washed away the colors before I could get out and appreciate my favorite trees.  Last week this tree’s green canopy covered the corner of the Trader Joe’s parking lot but here we are, just a few days later and it’s almost bare.

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

iPhoneography Monday: 11-4-13

iPhone Monday 11-4-13

The first week of the month is nature’s time to shine at Lens and Pen by Sally’s Phoneography Challenge and today I have another photo from our Sunday afternoon walk through the woods.  We left the house planning to spend a few hours on the beach but now I’m glad the access roads were closed because I would have missed the opportunity to capture some of these great fall colors.

Posted as part of Lens and Pen by Sally’s Phoneography Challenge:  Nature