Weekly Photo Challenge: Enveloped in the Marvelous

The life of our city is rich in poetic and marvelous subjects. We are enveloped and steeped as though in an atmosphere of the marvelous; but we do not notice it.
Charles Baudelaire


Our everyday lives are filled with marvelous moments just waiting to be acknowledged and the richest of us make it a daily practice to notice these gifts in our surroundings.  This little boy found his moment in front of a fountain while we found ours enjoying lunch outside on a beautiful spring day.

Posted as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge:  Enveloped.

A Surprise Every Day: Shaking Up May With Hipstamatic (week 1)

Sometimes I wonder if seemingly random choices are really influenced by real-time events in our lives.  These seven randomly processed images from the past week surprised me today with their faded colors and soft focus and also by the fact that they are a visual interpretation of how I’ve felt here at home.  I really made an effort to stop at least once each day and look for interesting object or event but in reality I only faintly acknowledged these things as the bulk of my attention was pulled from life here and directed toward my brother and his struggle with a life threatening medical condition.

Six years ago he almost didn’t make it through his first critical episode with blood clots in his lungs, legs and torso and in the past four years two more members of my family have faced the same diagnoses.  Thankfully we are all here, alive and enjoying life but the fear is always present and you can’t help but wonder when the next one will hit.  Easter Sunday was Hans’ “next one” and he’s spent the past 6 weeks in and out of the hospital. Last week was the hardest with two serious surgeries and a stretch of time in Intensive Care. He’s home now ready to recover and rejoin his life and we are all starting let go of some worry and breathe a little easier. In many cases (like this one) there is nothing you can do to either prevent or cause blood clots but I urge everyone to take care in the situations where you really can have an immediate impact on your health.  I know this is a departure from my usual post subjects and as a general rule I don’t write publicly about events that are too personal but today it didn’t feel right to not mention anything when recapping my week.  Long time readers might remember seeing Hans and his handiwork in my series about our home and yard remodel projects and his sweet black lab Heidi has starred in several posts of her own so I thought it would be appropriate to share a little about his condition and to take a minute to encourage everyone to follow your physicians directions regarding post-operative care and medication management. Don’t brush off unusual shortness of breath, racing pulse or new pain and please seek help if anything changes suddenly.

I’m not one to sit quietly and worry so in times of stress or trouble I’m always moving, trying to keep busy and pass the time.  This week was no different and it started with a nice lunch and visit with friends.  When John’s co-worker retired last summer their company gave her a Dogwood tree as a retirement present but since summer isn’t the best time for planting we decided to wait until spring to deliver her gift.  Monday is a shot of our deck pots blooming in spite of my neglectful gardening.  These little petunias were left in place over winter and look like they are ready for a second summer of cheery red flowers.  Tuesday is a close up of a painting I liked hanging in a department store hallway but unfortunately the artist wasn’t noted.  If I discover who to credit later I’ll be sure post an update.

Wednesday is a big round of wood left from a tree that was leaning close to the house.  It’s too heavy to move now so were using it as a coffee table on the back patio.  Thursday’s photo is of an old shipping container parked in our neighborhood and living out a second life as a workshop/studio space for rock hounds and gemstone artists.  Friday shows the preparations for Seattle’s annual May Day Marches, note the empty streets, police presence, news vans and lack of street people during what should be a busy Friday afternoon.  Saturday was the happiest day of the week and we spent a beautiful afternoon in Seattle exploring the Pompeii Exhibit at the Pacific Science Center then seeing Avengers: The Age of Ultron in IMAX 3D in their newly remodeled theater.  I snapped this photo just as the Monorail passed through Seattle Center and started to disappear inside the EMP Museum.

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: Split-Second Story

Split Second Story

Who can get the closest without a soaking?  In the summer this fountain is full of happy kids but only the bravest are willing to face the random spray pattern in early spring.

Posted as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge:  Split-Second Story.

iPhoneography Monday: 5-26-14

iPhone Monday 5-26-14

The fourth Monday of each month is Challenger’s Choice at Lens and Pen by Sally’s weekly photo Challenge and I’ve selected architecture so I can show you one more view of the Experience Music Project Museum at Seattle Center.  Gold is the last color in my series after silver, blue, pink and red but I may have one more post to share in a few weeks. 🙂

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.

iPhoneography Monday: 5-19-14

iPhone Monday 5-19-14

It’s time for Black and White photography at Lens and Pen by Sally’s weekly Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge and today I have a view from inside the courtyard of the Pacific Science Center.  The four pavilions which house the traveling and permanent exhibits surround these shallow pools and at night they glow with light from underwater fixtures.

1 Day 1 World Project: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

1D1W 1

For the 1:00 pm entry in my new  1 Day 1 World Project I have this stormy view of Seattle taken from our Sky City table at the top of the Space Needle.  The restaurant makes a complete 360 degree rotation every 47 minutes and  John, Ryan and I recently spent a fantastic 2 1/2 hours celebrating Ryan’s birthday while enjoying the incredible views.  You might remember we spent Ryan’s actual 13th birthday giving away free books as part of World Book Night 2014 and even though he was incredibly generous with his special day I promised we would plan something fun later that was all about him.  Well, this lunch was definitely in his honor but John and I enjoyed it as much as he did!

Our first 1 Day 1 World posts captured noontime moments from Germany, Canada, England, Singapore and the American states of California, Illinois, Oregon, Texas and Washington. If you have a photo or story to share about your 1:00 pm hour I’d love to see it!   Please tag your post 1 Day 1 World Project for easy reader searches and/or link your post in a comment below so we can all enjoy your view and together we’ll build a virtual 24 hour day filled with images from around the world.

If you’re new to the 1 Day 1 World Project please take a look at my introductory post here.  This 1:00 pm post will remain open for new submissions until the end of Saturday, May 17th and a new post for the 2:00 pm hour will open for entries Sunday, May 18th.


OneDayOneWorld – Hour Two – 1pm






Donna at 1pm


Weekly Photo Challenge: On the Move

On The Move

Regular readers know I’ve had fun posting small exterior images of the multi-colored Experience Music Project Museum in Seattle, WA.  So far we’ve seen snapshots of the Silver, Pink and Blue sides but I haven’t had a good Red image to post until last weekend.  Our manageable spring showers had just turned to heavy rain so I didn’t want to point my phone up for a big shot and risk a third soaking (yes, I’ve dunked it twice 😦 ).  Instead I settled for a quick photo of the reflective red tiles and the street scene happening behind us.  The bright yellow taxi cab was an added bonus and I thought a good representation of On the Move for the Weekly Photo Challenge.

Travel Theme: Close-Up


This week Alisa’s weekly Travel Theme:  Close-Up is all the encouragement I need to post another view of the unusual curved sides of the Experience Music Project Museum at Seattle Center.  This museum is dedicated to the history and exploration of  music, science fiction and popular culture and its unique appearance has anchored this corner of the center since 2000.

When Frank O. Gehry began designing EMP, he was inspired to create a structure that evoked the rock ‘n’ roll experience. He purchased several electric guitars, sliced them into pieces, and used them as building blocks for an early model design.

A fusion of textures and myriad colors, EMP’s exterior conveys all the energy and fluidity of music. Three-thousand panels, made up of 21 thousand individually cut and shaped stainless steel and painted aluminum shingles, encase the outside of the building. Their individual finishes respond to different light conditions and appear to change when viewed from different angles, reminding audiences that music and culture is constantly evolving.  Source – EMPmuseum.org