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.

My Year In Pictures: December Week 4

The days leading up to any big holiday are always a busy blur and you’d think by now I’d have found a manageable way to balance the demands of work and family and fun but I guess that dream will always be bit of a work-in-progress.   I do try to slow down for a few minutes each day though to think about what all this effort is really for so this week you get a glimpse at what I stopped to see on our way to Christmas.

There was a classic moment when I walked past a cherry red mailbox for Santa letters while listening to Christmas carols in flaky light snow and later Ryan, John and I stopped to take a picture of Santa in his sleigh. One block over I had to stop again for a picture of our favorite wine bar with its basket of pretty red berries and winter greens.  I’m always ready to photograph public art and these next two images were part of what would usually be a boring cement retaining wall.  Finally the week ends with the start of my end-of-the year tour of ornaments and Christmas Eve.

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My Year In Pictures: July Week 4

Hard to believe July is already in the past but at least we had a good time while it lasted. 🙂  This week’s set of photos is a mixed bag combining some favorite vacation shots with scenes from my walks through the city and a new order ready for shipping from our Etsy shop.  All in all it was a good month here in the Pacific Northwest.

Sunday’s photo is from the deck of our return Ferry as we slowly navigated the thick fog between our island cabin and home on the mainland while Monday’s image is a piece of public art inside the Seattle Bus Tunnel at Westlake Center.  Tuesday I brought back a lovely sunset from Lopez Island and Wednesday night I packed this driftwood scented candle to ship to a new customer.  Thursday and Friday I was in the mood for some black and white and both images are from our hike out to Iceberg Point.  Saturday closed the week with one last sunset.  I promise to be more creative soon but with all the pretty sunsets we’ve seen I just couldn’t wait to share!

I’ve got a great set of new photos almost ready to share here from our latest adventures and if you’d like to follow along in real-time don’t forget I post my daily photos on InstagramTwitter and Facebook.  If a once-a-week blog read is more your speed my weekly recaps will continue here along with caption notes containing editing information for each photo.

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

Hello everyone!  I’m back from a whirlwind week of end of the school year activities, annual appointments, a work trip to New York City and preparations for Father’s Day so the dads in my life can take some time off to relax and be reminded of how special they are to me. 🙂

Sunday night John surprised me with a belated birthday dinner outside under the party lights and some pretty lanterns since my actual birthday was spent at Ryan’s school enjoying the spring middle school band and orchestra concert.  Monday was so nice Ryan and I walked down to the beach before cooking dinner and we saw this bbq waiting for someone’s evening next to the volley ball net.  Tuesday was my day to take care of all the annual Dr visits, mammogram included, and Wednesday started very early with a 3:45 am shuttle pick up for the first flight out to NYC.

I spent a wonderful three days in the city meeting my counterparts for the first time in the one year we’ve worked together since we are all based in our home markets and my hotel room had a turntable and bin of records in case I felt like a little late night music.  Thursday’s photo is my first view of the NYC subway and Friday is what happened when I was trapped in my seat for the entire 6.5 hour flight home.  I have a terrible time sitting still that long but the two gentlemen between me and the aisle decided to sleep so I resorted to taking pictures out the window.  Saturday passed in a daze since I was up almost 24 hours straight working then flying home on the late plane but Ryan and I still managed to walk through town and finish our Father’s Day shopping.  This last photo is from one of the murals our downtown association commissioned to reflect the marine heritage of this small town.

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.

Travel Theme: Metal


For Alisa’s Weekly Travel Theme:  Metal I have a small section of John Fleming’s Grass Blades installation at Seattle Center.  The blades are actually segments of painted stainless steel stacked vertically to emulate the gently swaying movements of grass in the wind.

Black & White Tuesday: 3-25-14

B&W Tuesday 3-25-14

A fun moment around the International Fountain at the Seattle Center.  This fountain, along with the Space Needle were designed and built as part of the 1962 World’s Fair and is a popular place to run, play and relax in all kinds of weather.  The fountain sprays in varied patterns through the day and is said to have some of the cleanest water in the city as every gallon is recycled and filtered three times before reaching the public.

Black and White Tuesday: 1-14-14

B&W Tuesday 1-14-14

This fun piece of public art is located on the Edmonds waterfront and features three generations of a family relaxing at the beach.  A few months ago I posted a photo taken from behind the piece showing three of the family members watching the boats and waves.  If you missed it the first time around here is a link to the post.  Today I have a shot from the other side so you can see the sweet little girl and her bouquet of flowers.

Black and White Weekly Challenge: Upward

This piece of brushed steel public art is so large the only way to capture the details is by looking upward.

Posted as part of Sonel’s Weekly Black and White Weekly Photo Challenge: Upward

Phoneography Monday: 7-29-13

Phoneography Monday 7-29-13

Walking along the beach is one of my favorite things to do on a Sunday afternoon and yesterdays visit was picture perfect.  Edmonds has several waterfront parks open to the public 365 days a year and most of them display quirky, fun pieces of public art in unexpected locations.  It doesn’t matter how many times I have seen them, I always return home with a stack of new photos…

The 4th and 5th Monday of every month are Challengers Choice at Lens and Pen by Sally’s weekly Phoneography group.



I walk past this sculpture twice a week and have tried to photograph it many times but haven’t been able to avoid including the building on one side and the busy road on the other.  Last night I tried a new angle and captured the two dancers framed by the sky.

Posted as part of Sue’s Word a Week Challenge:  Curve