Wordless Wednesday: 8-21-13

Wordless Wednesday 8-21-13

Standing Out in a Crowd

When was the last time you really stood out in a crowd? Are you comfortable in that position, or do you wish you could fade into the woodwork?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us STANDOUT.


Last weekend my family definitely stood out in the crowd.  Every year we come together for one big party to celebrate birthdays, cook a huge dinner and take at least one fun day trip as a group of goofy tourists.  My sister Erica organizes matching t-shirts and party favors around a theme and this year’s choice was Lego.    Now you know where my Wonder Woman mini-figure came from!

Not to be outdone by a group of 11 in the same t-shirts, pointing at a mountain, Ryan had to take it one step further and strike a pose all his own…that’s him fourth from the left on one leg.

Credit for this photo belongs to Erica who blogs at the lovely Growth and Possibility.  She has some beautiful photos and fun stories to share about her life and travels and if you enjoy my blog I know you will have a great time reading hers as well.

Posted as part of the Daily Prompt:  Standout

Black & White Tuesday

B&W Doors and Windows 1

B&W Doors and Windows 2

The theme for Sonel’s final black and white challenge was windows and doors.  I have really enjoyed taking time to look at my photos in a new way every week and even though Sonel will no longer be accepting submissions to her weekly group I want to continue posting a few of my own black and white images every Tuesday.

These two photos are of the  Glacier Public Service Center and Ranger Station in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.  We stopped here on our way to visit Mt. Baker and Artist’s Point last weekend to purchase a car pass and pick up some field guides before driving up to the highest point of public access on the mountain.   I couldn’t resist walking around the stone building looking for old doors and interesting angles while everyone else was inside listening to the Park Rangers…

Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways

For this challenge, capture two images — a horizontal and a vertical version — of the same scene or subject. There are no concrete “rules” here, but a) it should be evident that both shots are of the same place/location or person/thing, and b) your photographs should ideally have been taken during the same shoot.

One Shot Two Ways Landscape

One Shot Two Ways Portrait

I take a lot of my photos in both horizontal and vertical versions, waiting until I am home to decide which one is my favorite for each situation.  I like both of these images as the top one comes closest to capturing the view that was right in front of us and I think the second really emphasizes the drop to the lake below.  I’m happy I kept both!

For more images of One Shot, Two Ways please visit the Daily Post.

A Word A Week: Mountain

This week the dictionary at A Word in Your Ear has opened to the word Mountain. We have spent some wonderful days hiking in the mountains around the Pacific Northwest and today I want to share a gallery of images from a trip to Mount Baker, WA.

For more amazing Mountain adventures please visit Sue’s lovely blog at A Word A Week Challenge: Mountain.

My Favorite places in Washington (State) Part One – The Puget Sound

Washington Tourist Map Scenic

If your view of Washington State begins with Sleepless in Seattle and ends with Grey’s Anatomy you’ve seen some beautiful scenery but happily my home state has a lot more to offer.  As the population center, Seattle receives most of the publicity but did you know there are six distinct geographic regions within the state borders? Through my next several posts I want to take you on a road trip across the Evergreen State to see the Puget Sound, the Pacific Coast, the Hoh Rainforest, Olympic, Cascade and Rocky Mountains and the Columbia Basin.

Located in the Puget Sound region, Seattle is a beautiful city with a thriving waterfront and just a few short hours from mountains, the Pacific Coast and The San Juan Islands.  This is the home of Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon and Costco and iconic landmarks include The Space Needle, a legacy from the 1962 Worlds Fair and the Pike Place Market which has been open since 1907 and is the longest continuously operating farmers market in the US.

A few Seattle fun facts:

  • Seattle is ranked the most Literate City in the US by Central Connecticut State University and the Seattle Public Library System has the highest percentage of library card holders per capita in the country.
  • Seattleites buy more sunglasses per capita than any other city in the nation.
  • While the city has more than its fair share of cloudy days Chicago, Dallas and Miami all get more rain per year.
  • The worlds first gas station opened in Seattle in 1907 on East Marginal Way.

A short trip North brings you to one of my all time favorite vacation destinations, The San Juan Islands. The San Juan archipelago includes 172 islands, 4 of which are accessible by the Washington State Ferry System.  Most others can by reached by plane, charter and private boats or if you are feeling adventurous, by Kayak.

Island fun facts:

  • There are no traffic lights on the Islands.
  • San Juan County has more miles of shoreline (375) than any other County in the US.
  • The Islands receive half the annual rainfall of Seattle or Portland.
  • Lime Kiln Point State Park on San Juan Island holds the only Whale watching park in the world.

If you make an early spring trip to the Islands you could be one of the one million annual visitors to the tulip fields in the Skagit Valley or travel a little farther and see Mt. Baker which holds the record for the most snowfall ever measured in the US in a single season; 1,140 inches during the 1998-1999 snowfall season.

A few hours south of Seattle is the beautiful Mt. Rainier  National Park.  With an elevation rise of 14,411 feet above sea level Mt. Rainier is the highest mountain in the lower 48 states and the 21st most prominent mountain in the world.   President William McKinley established Mt. Rainier National Park in 1899 and every year between 8,000 – 13,000 people attempt to climb Rainier. About one half successfully reach the top.

I would love to hear your stories of travels in Washington .  Let me know if you like what you see, I’m looking forward to sharing more pictures soon!