A Surprise Every Day: Shaking Up December With Hipstamatic (week 5)

It’s fitting that on the day I decided to check off the last remaining items from three old “to-do” lists I’m ending it by writing a post that bridges the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016.  It’s a day to clean house, both literally and figuratively and according to WordPress my three-year blogging anniversary.

Sunday’s photo is the image that prompted my post about the many shades of Finn and Monday’s is a slightly out of focus close up of the Amaryllis blooming in our kitchen.  Tuesday we have the National Geographic’s Climate Issue  and Wednesday afternoon Ryan and I waited in an endless line at Barnes and Noble with nothing to look at but cat calendars so he could spend his gift cards.

Thursday’s photo captures the cool blues of a Washington State December on the water and Friday I stopped in front of our local movie theater to capture the different lines of people waiting outside.  The line on the left is for the next Star Wars showing while the line of white-robed people on the right are brave members of the “Edmonds Uplift Society” sharing a few cans of Rainier Beer before marching down Main Street as part of the 10th annual Polar Bear Plunge.  The week ends with this sign that proves some churches really do have a sense of humor. 🙂

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.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Community


In 1916 Washington State outlawed the sale of alcohol and four years later the nation wide prohibition on the sale, production, importation and transportation of alcoholic beverages in the United States became law.  This ban remained in place until 1933 but as you can see from the 1932 photo above alcohol was available if you knew where to look and who to ask.  This group of successful Edmonds business men, known as the Edmonds Uplift Society, happily smiled for the camera after a few Rainier Beers in the basement of The Beeson Building on Main Street.

Today a copy of this photo hangs on the wall of our favorite Main Street wine bar, Daphne’s and in 2008 the Edmonds Uplift Society  joined the 21st Century.  Every New Year’s Day the Uplift Society gathers at Daphne’s wearing cozy terry cloth robes to raise a can (or two) of Rainier.  Once fortified the group marches down Main Street to the waterfront and Brackett’s Landing Park.   A large crowd huddles together waiting for the Society Beachmaster to give the “drop robe” order and when her whistle blows everyone jumps in the freezing water as part of the annual Polar Bear Plunge.  Donations are collected to support the Edmonds Historical Museum and last year they raised just over $500.00 from Society members and their warmly dressed fans on the beach.

Last year I bought a copy of this photo from the Edmonds Museum as part of my husband’s Christmas present and I thought the story would be a fun one to share as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge:  Community.