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.

 

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A Surprise Everyday: Shaking Up September With Hipstamatic (week 3)

September has been a busy month for us filled with growth, change and some pretty big adjustments.   The first week of the month was all about wrapping up summer and preparing for a new school while the second week was filled with last minute preparations for high school, first day nerves, traveling and saying good-by to my Grandma Emma.  This third week brought a welcome chance to catch our breath, settle into new routines and start planing for the rest of fall and winter 2015.

Sunday was a quiet day out of necessity.  I was tired, there was a lot to do to get ready for a new week and at 10:00 pm I realized I hadn’t taken a photo for this project.  I quickly looked around for a suitable subject and found Finn curled up at my feet waiting patiently for bed.  Monday afternoon Ryan brought home new music to practice for his first pep band performance at the next football game and Tuesday I stopped to snap this pretty green leaf by the side of the road.

Wednesday was probably our last warm day of the year and I couldn’t let it pass without one more comfortable walk along the beach.  Through the next few months we’ll be shivering in the cold wind while standing in the sand but I’ll still bring Ryan along to throw rocks and hunt for shells as we watch the birds and sea creatures hunt for food.   Thursday morning I realized the sun was barely up over the  horizon and noted our early dog walks are going to be happening in the dark very soon.  This photo was one of three this week where I also tried adding a random flash choice along with the lens and filter changes in order to bring more light into the image.  Friday morning was another flash opportunity and the happy discovery that the green stripes on Ryan’s backpack glow in the dark.  Since he is standing on a dark street waiting for his school bus at 6:35 am every bit of light and reflection adds a layer of security. A busy Saturday ended on a nice note as we walked to a school BBQ with long-time friends and finished the evening at their house enjoying good food, great company and a few bottles of wine. 🙂  We spotted this pretty row of sunflowers on the walk and everyone graciously waited for me to get out my phone, shake Hipstamatic to set a new combination and snap a quick picture.

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.

A Surprise Everyday: Shaking Up September With Hipstamatic (week 1)

The last two days of August and the beginning of September passed through the Pacific Northwest with a season changing storm that’s rare for this time of year.  Usually our summer continues for another six weeks and we count on a September filled with pretty fall color, cool nights and sun warmed afternoons but this time around I think our record-setting year is taking a turn for the worse.  Thunder and lightning have followed me around town all week, we’re making up our rain deficit and I’ve brought out my cold weather sweatshirts and fleece jackets.

Sunday’s photo shows just how damaging our wind storm was last Saturday.   Monday morning was calm but wet so Finn and I bundled up for our daily walk.  His favorite activity besides chasing squirrels is to jump up on the highest thing he can find and this retaining wall is where he earned his mountain goat nick name.  Tuesday night Ryan and I were shopping for a new back pack and this garden gnome wouldn’t stop watching us…

Wednesday morning found me waiting in a small lobby while my car got an oil change and Thursday afternoon I walked past my favorite wine bar wishing it was late enough in the day to stop for a glass.  Friday I placed my first order through Amazon’s new Prime Now delivery service and even though our zip code is outside of the 1 hour delivery radius my order still arrived in the shockingly fast time of 1 hour and 15 minutes.  If you live close to a distribution center its great!  You might have to be a football fan to appreciate Saturday’s photo but the sign above the Edmonds Theater made us laugh yesterday.  Along with announcing the current movie it says “Tom Brady Special – Half Full Popcorn and Two Flat Sodas.”  The owners must not be New England Patriot Fans. 🙂

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

This past week was a quiet one, maybe the last we’ll have for a while since my calendar is full of end of summer appointments and back to school activities.  Ryan spent the week with my parents enjoying a bit of grandparent spoiling and cousin fun time while John and I stayed  home to work and binge watch season 3 of Orange is the New Black.  It’s getting hard to stay up later than Ryan these days and some television shows are best watched without teenagers in the room…

Sunday we had a fun family lunch before leaving Ryan with Grandma and Grandpa and even if I wanted to forget about back to school shopping every window I passed on Monday shouted “it’s time to spend money!”.  Most of Tuesday passed without a photo opportunity and by the time I left work and walked to my car I started to worry there wouldn’t be anything interesting to share.  Then I noticed the elevator doors and realized once again all I needed to do was look around and really pay attention to my surroundings.

Wednesday morning I found a work crew replacing this stretch of fence beside the main road next to our street.  In the six years we’ve lived in this neighborhood this is the third time someone has driven through the barrier and over the retaining wall.  Fortunately no one was seriously hurt today.  Thursday night John and I had a glass of wine outside while our salmon cooked on the BBQ and Friday night Finn and I moped around alone with some takeout and ice cream.  John took the day off to drive north and get Ryan from my parents and the two of them went to the local Fair, ate junk food, rode the rides and walked through every animal barn.  I had to stay home for work and Finn did his best to keep me company but I could tell he was suffering from empty house syndrome as much as I was.  Saturday morning brought the boys home, Finn ran laps around the house welcoming them back and I noticed this little ice plant growing underneath the front deck.  Some seeds must have dropped from last years flower pots and they are now happily blooming for a second year in a row.

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 Surprise Every Day: Shaking Up August With Hipstamatic (week 2)

This set of seven photos reminds me one more time that interesting things really can be found in the middle of a regular day.  I started this random photo-of-the-day project during a dreary February week and here I am, six months later, still looking forward to going outside and finding something new every morning.  Since we’ve passed the half way point I think I’ll keep the series running until February 2016 and finish the year with a fun collection of images documenting of how I really spent my time.  Not just the highs and lows that live in our digital photo albums but the daily experiences that we think we’ll remember but always end up forgetting.

Sunday evening found Finn and I enjoying a quiet moment in the backyard as the sun started to come down and Monday evening I visited my favorite massage therapist for a bit of post-hiking rest and relaxation.  Tuesday morning I found this sad little tree leaning away from a deep set of tire tracks and Wednesday morning I found this poor watermelon blown to bits by a handful of firecrackers.  Do you think the same people who knocked down the tree blew up the watermelon?

Thursday’s photo is of our vine maples turning color weeks earlier than usual due to this stressful season of high temps and no water but Friday brought some much-needed rain to the Seattle area!  Lego Star Wars fans might recognize General Grievous’ Flagship, The Malevolence and Ryan’s latest Lego creation is the subject of Saturday’s photo.

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 Surprise Every Day: Shaking Up July With Hipstamatic (week 2)

I think I’ve mentioned before that some weeks I’m surprised by a theme weaving through the photos when I sit down to write my recap.  There are plenty of weeks that feature random yet interesting moments but every once in a while I see a trend in my choice of subjects that wasn’t apparent from the middle of each day.  This week is one of those surprising ones and even though a few days aren’t exactly on trend I see hints of unsettled feelings and/or out-of-place elements in each one of them.

Sunday afternoon was spent hiking with family and while you saw a pretty picture of mossy trees a few days ago this is one of Ryan looking back toward me on the trail.  He stayed in Bellingham for the rest of the week with my parents while John, Finn and I drove home without him.  I always think it will be nice to have a quiet few days without having to plan and care for another person but as always, we missed him the entire time and welcomed the return of dirty laundry, loud music and lots of chatter about science and movies.  Monday afternoon this holiday display reminded me that while summer is just finding it’s rhythm in the Pacific Northwest the retail world is ready for fall and Halloween pillows are evidence of the season to come.  Tuesday night I pulled over on my way home to capture a bright red setting sun.  It looks small in this square photo but the haze from so many forest fires turned the sky a fiery red and this section of road along the water was full of walkers and photographers capturing the scene.  You’ll have to take my word for it that this wasn’t a typical red sunset, the sky, air and even water were reflecting a misty orange-red that looked completely foreign.

Wednesday morning I was surprised by this new natural arch covered in morning glory.  Finn and I walk along this road twice a day but this is the first time we noticed anything here, it was like it sprang up overnight.  Finn really wanted to move closer and explore what was on the other side but I knew it was balanced on the edge of a steep ravine so we kept on walking.  By Thursday Finn really missed Ryan and every time I looked over he was staring off toward the garage with a dramatic sigh.  I’m sure he was watching and waiting all week long…  Friday’s photo illustrates the sad result of our record-setting dry weather. Lawns are dying all over town but this patch of clover is apparently drought tolerant.  Maybe I should plant some on purpose instead of fighting it like a weed. 🙂  Saturday morning found John and I back in the car for the 3 hour round trip to get Ryan.  I tried to pass the time by working on this crochet project but even though the pattern shows a cute market tote with a cross-body strap I’m afraid it looks more like a fat doily.  😦  I’ve gone too far to quit though and if all goes well I’ll finish it tonight. I hope it looks better by the end!

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 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 Surprise Every Day: Shaking Up June With Hipstamatic (week 1)

I don’t know why the month of May always ends with everyone in our house sick but once again we’ve spent the last 7 days suffering through a cold that simply will. not. end.  Sick or not life must go on and our week was full of some nice weather, end of the year school activities and a chilled bottle of wine. 🙂

Sunday afternoon Ryan and both felt the beginnings of a cold but we ran to the local Hardware store for a few supplies and sure enough by Monday my head was so congested looking up made me feel dizzy. I snapped a photo of some trees anyway then sat down for a little rest…  Tuesday I realized Ryan has outgrown all his summer clothes and needed a swimsuit asap for a school activity so off I went to the mall.

When was the last time you saw a working pay phone?  Now I can say Wednesday, June 3rd.  Thursday I came home to a very bored dog but once I changed out of work clothes, gathered up the leash, treats, and plastic bag all Finn wanted to do was sit in the sun and hunt for bugs.  Fine with me!  Friday night we celebrated the end of the work week with a chilled bottle of Rose from Sleight of Hand Cellars named by Seattle Magazine as one of the “next cult wineries of Washington State” and Saturday morning started our weekend with a trip to the farmer’s market for fresh fruit and vegetables.  We’ve worked our way through several boxes of tissues, plenty of decongestants and gallons of water but I think everyone is on the mend and ready for a productive week ahead.

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 Surprise Every Day: Shaking Up April with Hipstamatic (week 3)

Another busy week has come and gone but over all it’s been a good one here in our little corner of the Pacific Northwest.  While my days fly by in a blur of work, family, driving and if I’m lucky a little bit of blogging I’ve been trying very hard to recognize those quiet moments that tell stories and make me smile.

We started our week with a Sunday tour of the Seattle Underground with my brother Erich and his family.  We had a great time wandering through Pioneer Square and If you’re ever in the city and want to learn why the buildings in Pioneer Square have entrances, sidewalks and skylights below the streets, what happened after the entire business district burned to the ground and how a large part of the downtown is now built on fill from 4 huge re-grade projects I suggest signing up for a tour.  Monday’s photo is a close up of Ryan’s favorite Solar System place mat after from the cousins Sunday breakfast. Ryan’s always been fascinated with science and natural history but he also has a full-fledged boy crush on everyone in the Marvel Superhero universe so Tuesday’s photo is our Corn Flakes box promoting the new Avengers movie The Age of Ultron and Thor.

Wednesday’s photo is my current library book, Foxglove Summer.  This is the latest book Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series and another great story filled with mystery, snappy dialogue, social commentary, life in London and a bit of the supernatural.  Thursday is a cleaning up an after dinner shot and here’s the view from my kitchen sink.  You can see two of Ryan’s elementary school art projects and a blue bowl left in our house by the previous owner.  Together they hold the bits and pieces I find scattered around the house along with some beach treasures.

You might have heard the latest Star Wars teaser clip came out this week and Friday afternoon found me thinking about the day 38 years ago when my Aunt Maryellen drove me 3 hours round trip to Seattle so we could see the first movie together. Sadly that theater was torn down several years ago but this beautiful building still stands a few blocks away.  In 1916 The Coliseum opened as the first theater built specifically for showing movies in Seattle and though it’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places the inside has been completely re-worked into a retail store.

My photo-a-day week ends with this shot of Finn in our backyard Saturday morning.  We were outside together cleaning up a planting bed behind our deck and right after I took this shot my blogging friend Andra Watkins called. Andra is in town this weekend as part of a west coast tour promoting her latest book Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444 Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace (click here to see my Amazon review). I can’t wait to meet up Sunday afternoon but when I answered the phone I said I was outside with my face in the ferns. I’m sure she thinks I’m weird but hopefully I can explain what I really meant in person. 🙂

Each photo is straight from Hipstamatic’s “shake to randomize” function and 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 downloaded some new lenses and filters this week 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 Surprise Every Day: Shaking Up April With Hipstamatic (week 2)

Even though I was away from blogging last week I continued my attempt to take one random photo every day and am here for a quick Sunday night post recapping the past seven days.  Ryan enjoyed a relaxing spring break while I had a great time exploring new ways to structure my time and really thinking about what I want to accomplish between now and the end of the year.  I’ll be back online soon to catch up with all of you and see what’s happened while I’ve been gone!

Easter Sunday was a lovely spring day and we spent most of it eating candy, cooking dinner and watching movies.  Our pan of roasted asparagus is the first image of the week and I couldn’t resist this smiling shot of Finn as my photo for Monday.  Tuesday found me at the grocery store wondering which wine to pick and Wednesday is my view up through the trees in our yard waiting for Finn to sniff around and finish his “business.”  Thursday afternoon I walked past this cheery Easter tree and Friday is a trip back in time with this shot of my mom’s sewing room and some old ballet photos from our high school days.  Only one is of me but you can find plenty of my lovely sister and her friends. 🙂  Saturday morning my dad and I paid an early morning visit to the Skagit Valley Tulip Fields and my first photo of the season is this shot on the edge of a display garden.  Stay tuned for more tulip photos throughout the month of April. 🙂

Each photo is straight from Hipstamatic’s “shake to randomize” function and 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.  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: Animals (Fun with Finn)

Well, at least one of us was having fun… This was my first day experimenting with Hipstamatic’s shake-it-to-randomize feature and Finn was being a good sport but really all he wanted to do was sleep.

iPhone Monday 1 2-23-15

iPhone Monday 2 2-23-15

Both images were taken with my iPhone 6 in Hipstamatic using Bettie XL and Big Up.  Posted as part of Lens and Pen by Sally’s Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge:  Challenger’s Choice (Animals).