2019 The Year of Looking Back to Avoid Seeing Today: Week 7

Looking back to avoid seeing today… not something I usually recommend but every once in a while it’s a coping technique I can get behind.  We’ve been snowbound for weeks and while I’ve promised to post a photo a day I was tired of looking at icy pictures so after one final black and white I turned my back on the great outdoors and dove into some older picture files for inspiration.

The first photo of the week is the view down our street after the neighborhood worked in shifts to shovel off some of the ice, and the second is Finn coping with this chilly weather.  From here we travel to Bellingham, WA and a 2015 visit to the marina, I couldn’t get enough of these fishing nets and the picture perfect vintage Ford Truck.  The dancing goats are in front of an art gallery in Edmonds, WA and I took their photo along with the softly glowing lantern on Christmas Eve 2018.  My final photo is a look back at a sun filled day at the Oregon coast and, as I noted in my Instagram post, the best-selling print in my Etsy store.  Many of the photos you see here are also listed for sale there so if there’s something you’d love to have please let me know and I’ll send you a link.

All images were taken with an iPhone (5 or 8+) and I used three editing apps this week:  Hipstamatic, Stackables and Snapseed.  If you’d like more information I usually note editing details and filtering choices on Instagram or you can ask me a question in the comments below and I’ll be happy to share my process.

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Nature (Freedom on the Beach)

iPhone Tuesday 9-8-15

Kids + Beach = Freedom to Run

Put two kids on the beach together and they naturally fall in step, running toward the open water, sunshine and surf.

Ryan and his cousin Sophia were my inspiration for this week’s “nature” challenge at Lens and Pen by Sally.

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

This week’s set of seven photos perfectly illustrate why I love summers in the Pacific Northwest.  The temperatures are generally mild, flowers are in full bloom, gardens are at their peak and the beaches are wide open.  I’m a day later than usual with this recap because Ryan and I just got home from long weekend away but as you can see from the last image we had a fantastic time and my photo files are filled with new ideas and beautiful scenery.

Sunday morning started early but we filled a thermos with hot coffee, picked up a box of donuts and made it to the fishing pier in time for a 7:00 am high tide.  Armed with a crab pot and fishing pole we enjoyed breakfast and good company before heading home with fresh crab for dinner.  Monday night I liked the soft light shining through some heather and Tuesday morning I stopped to snap this little sunflower that’s sprouted along the side of our road.

Wednesday morning Finn and I paused our walk next to this little circle of nut shells and Thursday I finally had a chance to photograph this Intergenerational garden patch next to the Lynnwood Senior Center.  Every year these 4’x4′ boxes are filled with vegetable seedlings and tended by senior citizens and their younger friends as a way to build community and learn about gardening.  Friday Ryan and I boarded the train for a trip south to visit my Aunt, my sister and her family.  Ryan was a great travelling companion and here you see him selecting the perfect playlist to enjoy with some scenery after our lunch in the dining car.  Saturday was a picture perfect afternoon on the coast and we had so much fun it wasn’t until we were on the way home that I realized I hadn’t taken a “random” photo for this post!  My brother-in-law kindly stopped at this scenic viewpoint along Highway 101 and we all jumped out of the car for one last look back at the beach.

I’ve got some laundry to do and dinner to cook but I’ll be back soon to catch up on everyone’s blogs, I can’t wait to see how you’ve spent the past few days!

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.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

Sea. What kind of emotions does the sea or ocean make you feel? Do you remember the first time you went in the water? Had a wave crash on you? Felt the sand burn your feet? Do you feel more peaceful around water? Do you hate the beach? What’s the most interesting thing about the sea for you?

Sara Rosso  – The Daily Post


Today’s Weekly Photo Challenge asks us how we feel by the Sea.  If you are a regular visitor you already know I spend as much time as possible by the water so for me the difficult part of this challenge was to select just a few photos.  To narrow down my choices I decided to show you a fun, misty afternoon at Canon Beach on the Oregon Coast.  This visit was in the late afternoon and the beach was surprisingly quiet.  We had a great time splashing around in the shallow water pretending to surf the little waves and Ryan managed to slip a goofy expression or gesture into every picture we took as a family.

The sound of waves crashing on a beach and the smell of salt water are two of my favorite things in the world and these sensations are at their peak on the coast.  Our Puget Sound area has its share of beautiful coastlines but they are protected from the full force of the west wind by the Olympic Peninsula and the impact of stepping to the edge of the continent can’t be beat.

Do I feel more peaceful at the beach?  Yes!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Curves

Curves. I bet you can find curves wherever you are. Show me!

Sara Rosso – The Daily Post

Sara’s right, curves are everywhere when you begin to look.  I have a gallery of curvy images to share from some memorable summer vacations around the Pacific Northwest.

Travel Theme: Beaches

This week Alisa over at Where’s My Backpack says “let’s have a beach party!” If you have visited my blog more than once you know I love spending time by the water so this theme should be a breeze. Well, looking through all of my Northwest beach pictures is a big project but I think I have narrowed it down to a few images to represent some of my favorite stretches of coastline in Washington and Oregon states.

Haystack Rock, OR

Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, Oregon

Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast

Sucia Island Sunset

Sucia Island, Washington

Orcas Island

Orcas Island, Washington

If you would like to follow Alisa’s weekly travel adventures please follow her directions below:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Beaches
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
  • Don’t forget to subscribe to keep up to date on the latest weekly travel themes. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS – if you’re already following on WordPress.com, remember I’m getting ready to switch website hosts so sign up for email or RSS to keep up to date on posts.

Travel Theme: Pale

Alisa of the wonderful Where’s my backpack has asked us to search our archives for pictures that embrace the word “pale”.  I usually lean toward bright and bold colors but there are days when softer hues capture my attention.

Oregon Coast
Oregon Coast
Decatur Island
Decatur Island
San Juan Island
San Juan Island
Eastern Washington State
Eastern Washington State

If you would like to join in this week’s travel theme please follow Alisa’s directions below:

Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Pale

Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too

Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday

Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss

At the beach

When I saw today’s prompt for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss  I immediately thought of this picture of my son and his cousin at the Oregon Coast.  I love the contrasts between her sweet heart hoodie, his rough “end of the summer” knees and their tender little hands.  The sweetness soon turned to flying sand and salt water but with this picture I have proof that they love each other.