My Year In Pictures: August Weeks 3 & 4

It’s Labor Day Weekend here marking the end of summer and the window above my desk is filled with fog, rain and maple leaves that are starting to turn.  Here on the blog however we’re still in the middle of sunshine and summer days as I haven’t posted an update since August 18th!  Today is the start of two catching-up posts and since I have so many great photos to share I’m making a slight change to my typical posting style.  Instead of a day by day breakdown of our activities I’ll share a few general details, then let the photos speak for themselves.  I have been keeping up with my daily share project on Instagram and Facebook though so If you’d like to learn more about any of the images but you don’t follow me on these accounts please feel free to click here for IG and here for FB or select a photo from the Instagram previews in my sidebar.  You don’t need an account at either place to view my photos, everyone’s welcome. 🙂

I shared a photo of John’s poor Subaru after his accident in July so this set of images starts with a shot from inside his new car.  This time we decided to try a hybrid and so far the Prius has been a great addition to the family.  I spent a few days taking late summer shots from our garden then we packed the car and left for a whirlwind trip to the Peninsula and three days in Olympic National Park.  There’s a reason this is one of the most visited national parks in the country and it’s so close we can see the tips of the Olympic Mountains from our front door.  A quick ferry trip and 2 hour drive is all it takes to start hiking in the mountains, exploring beautiful beaches and walking through a rainforest.

I’ve got a great set of new photos from the end of August and beginning of September 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 (or two) blog read is more your speed my weekly recaps will continue here along with caption notes containing editing information for each photo.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reward (Gifts From the Sea)

The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh


Our first view of the Washington Coast from Rialto Beach and posted as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge:  Reward.

iPhoneography Monday: 10-20-14

iPhone Monday 10-20-14

I always smile when I see small stacks of stones placed carefully along a trail so this old beach log on the Washington coast stopped me in my tracks.  I don’t know if we are looking at the finished work of one artistic beachcomber or if several walkers left their markers in a row but I couldn’t leave the area without a few photos.

Posted as part of Lens and Pen by Sally’s Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge:  Black and White.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray


This lone surfer quietly watched the water from Washington State’s Rialto Beach for 30 minutes before he decided the time was right to grab his board and enter the fray.

iPhoneography Monday: 8-11-14

iPhone Monday 8-11-14

We’re slowly unpacking after a fantastic vacation in the Olympic National Park and I can’t wait to start sharing photos from our hikes through the mountains, beaches, lakes and rainforests of the Washington State Peninsula.  This week is devoted to macro mobile photography at Lens and Pen by Sally so I’ll start small with a view of the plentiful mussels and barnacles living on Rialto Beach but don’t worry I have hundreds of new larger than life photos to choose from in an attempt to communicate just how large and scenic this part of the country really is.