My Year In Pictures: December Week 2

A week filled with Christmas preparations and winter weather make for a merry and bright set of images today.  In typical Pacific Northwest fashion we’ve had our first SNOW freak-out, lit up the short and gray days with plenty of bright lights, enjoyed peppermint mochas and spent a little time shopping online.  The snow may be gone but we know it’ll return so in the meantime I’ll listen to Seahawk football, fold my laundry and watch Ryan and John put up our outdoor lights so everything will be colorful and cheery when we come home tomorrow. 🙂  How are you spending  your weekend?

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iPhoneography Monday: Street Quotes

I don’t know how many times I’ve walked past this wall of bronze tiles outside the Westlake Park Starbucks in too big of a hurry to notice what was happening around me but last month I finally slowed down enough to see several of them are actually inscribed with interesting quotes.  I’ve since returned twice to photograph a few of my favorites and am posting them here today as part of Lens and Pen by Sally’s Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge:  Challenger’s Choice (street photography).

iPhone Monday 1-26-15 City Quote 1 iPhone Monday 1-26-15 City Quote 2

iPhoneography Monday: 4-14-14

iPhone Monday 4-14-14

The second Monday of every month is dedicated to Macro at Lens and Pen by Sally’s weekly photo challenge.  We were out-of-town again this weekend and while I took a lot of photos in the Skagit Valley Tulip Fields none of them were macro which left me thinking I might need to skip this week.  Then this morning I read Sally plans to take a nice, long spring vacation and realized this was my last chance to participate in April so here is an up close and personal view of the 2014 Starbucks Siren.

A little history about the Siren from the Starbucks webpage:

“Let’s go all the way back to 1971, to when Starbucks was first coming to be. In a search for a way to capture the seafaring history of coffee and Seattle’s strong seaport roots, there was a lot of poring over old marine books going on. Suddenly, there she was: a 16th century Norse woodcut of a twin-tailed mermaid, or Siren. There was something about her – a seductive mystery mixed with a nautical theme that was exactly what the founders were looking for. A logo was designed around her, and our long relationship with the Siren began.”