Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Travel (Chetzemoka)

Cheech-Ma-Ham (Chetzemoka)

Cheech-Ma-Ham was 40 years old and chief of the S’Klallam tribe when the first white settlers arrived in Port Townsend, WA.  These settlers decided his name was too difficult to pronounce so in 1848 they changed it to Chetzemoka and gave him the royal nick name Duke of York.  Continuing the trend his son was called Prince of Wales, his two wives became Queen Victoria and Jenny Lind and eventually these nick names led to the present-day Prince family name.

In 1855 Chief Chetzemoka signed a treaty giving up all S’Klallam land in exchange for the rights to fish, hunt and gather in their traditional areas but treaties like this one were largely misunderstood by the Indians and eventually led to the Indian Wars of 1855-1856. During this time Chetzemoka presided over a secret meeting to decide whether or not the tribe would kill all white settlers in the area.   Nine nights in a row the chief sent a “danger” message to white leaders from Signal Rock until the tenth day when the tribe agreed to spare the settlement. Chief Chetzemoka was celebrated as a hero by the white community and when he died in 1888 he was buried in the white cemetery in Port Townsend, WA.  Today both a city park at Signal Rock and a Washington State Ferry are named after Chief Chetzemoka.


This small Chetzemoka was resting on the beach during our visit to Fort Warden and Port Townsend, WA in August 2015 and my image is posted as part of Sally’s Mobile Photography Challenge:  Travel.

iPhoneography Monday: Travel (Underground in Seattle)

iPhone Monday 3-23-15

The fourth week of every month is Challenger’s Choice at Lens and Pen by Sally’s Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge so for March I’ve chosen this shot of the upper walk way through Seattle’s Bus Tunnel and Westlake Station.  I visited the tunnel a few weeks ago looking for material to finish a day of random shots for my “shake it to randomize” project and while I eventually selected a black and white image of the a large clock for my recap post I’ve been waiting for this week to share my favorite color shot looking down the tunnel.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

What is family? For some, family is defined by genetics. For others, it is simply those with whom you share a bond of love.  Or maybe it is nothing less than an expression of the universality of human experience…

Josh R. – The Daily Post


I don’t know about you but my family generates an amazing amount of laundry every week.  Aren’t you a little curious about the family that inspired this piece of outdoor sculpture at the Shidoni Gallery in Tesuque, NM?

Posted as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge:  Family

Phoneography Monday: 10-28-13

iPhone Monday 10-28-13

The fourth Monday of every month is Challenger’s Choice at Lens and Pen by Sally’s Weekly Phoneography Challenge.  Sally provides us with a variety of subjects to pick from including street, night and architecture photography so today, I paged through my files looking for something that met at least a few of these criteria.  I like this shot of one of the NYC Public Library Lions taken during my trip to New York last December and since the only camera with me was my phone and I took this one on the street at night I thought it would be fun to re-work it and publish the new version today.

I used the native camera in my iPhone 5 and used Snapseed for additional edits.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

Sea. What kind of emotions does the sea or ocean make you feel? Do you remember the first time you went in the water? Had a wave crash on you? Felt the sand burn your feet? Do you feel more peaceful around water? Do you hate the beach? What’s the most interesting thing about the sea for you?

Sara Rosso  – The Daily Post


Today’s Weekly Photo Challenge asks us how we feel by the Sea.  If you are a regular visitor you already know I spend as much time as possible by the water so for me the difficult part of this challenge was to select just a few photos.  To narrow down my choices I decided to show you a fun, misty afternoon at Canon Beach on the Oregon Coast.  This visit was in the late afternoon and the beach was surprisingly quiet.  We had a great time splashing around in the shallow water pretending to surf the little waves and Ryan managed to slip a goofy expression or gesture into every picture we took as a family.

The sound of waves crashing on a beach and the smell of salt water are two of my favorite things in the world and these sensations are at their peak on the coast.  Our Puget Sound area has its share of beautiful coastlines but they are protected from the full force of the west wind by the Olympic Peninsula and the impact of stepping to the edge of the continent can’t be beat.

Do I feel more peaceful at the beach?  Yes!

Black and White Tuesday: Santuario de Guadalupe

B&W Tuesday 8-20-13

The Santuario de Guadalupe was originally built as a church in Santa Fe, NM in 1777 and currently houses the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s collection of New Mexican santos (carved images of the saints), Italian Renaissance paintings, and Mexican baroque paintings. Though it has been renovated several times The Santuario is the oldest, still-standing church that is dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe in the United States and Canada. It stands at the end of the famous Camino Real, the main route from Mexico City via Chihuahua to the Southwest.

Unfortunately the interior was closed the day of our visit but we were able to walk around the outside, rest on the stone benches and appreciate the architecture of this beautiful building.

A Word A Week: Roof

In a June post I wrote one of the things I love about travel is the chance to experience a brand new view in very normal moments. Walking down the street and people watching in cafe’s are two of my favorite “normal” locations and as a result I spend a lot of time pointing my camera up to the sky capturing roof lines and clouds that are so different from what I see here at home.

These roof top views are from the area around Santa Fe New Mexico and posted as part of Sue’s A Word A Week Challenge:  Roof.

Phoneography Monday: Black and White 7-15-13

La Casa Sena

iPhone 5 native camera and edited in Snapseed

The view from the courtyard at La Casa Sena in Santa Fe, NM.

Posted as part of Lens and Pen by Sally’s weekly Phoneography challenge:  Black and White

A Perfect Day for Paddle Boarding

Last Sunday we filled our backpacks with swim suits, towels and sunscreen and walked down the hill to the Edmonds – Kingston Ferry for a day of fun on the water.  I tried and failed many times to photograph a pod of Orca whales so you will just have to take my word for it that we saw them on our ride to Kingston.  It was such a treat to see the whales jumping through the water with Mt. Baker in the background.

Kingston is a cute little town built around the harbor and is full of restaurants and ice cream/coffee shops catering to the ferry travelers.  We had a great lunch at the Kingston Ale House before paddling and then cooled down with ice cream on the way back to the Ferry.

If anyone in the Puget Sound area is looking for a great way to spend the afternoon I encourage you to check out Kingston Adventures. They rent Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUP’S) by the hour as well as Kayak and Mountain Bikes plus they have awesome kids camps and guided trail adventures.  I have to plan my next trip around one of their sunset paddles!

Our return trip to Edmonds shared the water with two huge cruise ships on their way north to Alaska.  Another trip on my “some day” list…  All in all a perfect day in the Pacific Northwest.

*This post is my 100th here at Northwest Frame of Mind and I want to share a heartfelt thank you with all of my readers.  I continue to be surprised by how many of you around the world are interested in this corner of my life  and am so happy you are sharing a few minutes of your day with me.   My first seven months as a new blogger have been a blast and I am looking forward to my next 100 posts!