Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.

Abraham Lincoln

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Shadows come and go but like strong character, trees are what really leave their mark on the world.

Posted as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge:  Shadow

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

I don’t know why the month of May always ends with everyone in our house sick but once again we’ve spent the last 7 days suffering through a cold that simply will. not. end.  Sick or not life must go on and our week was full of some nice weather, end of the year school activities and a chilled bottle of wine. 🙂

Sunday afternoon Ryan and both felt the beginnings of a cold but we ran to the local Hardware store for a few supplies and sure enough by Monday my head was so congested looking up made me feel dizzy. I snapped a photo of some trees anyway then sat down for a little rest…  Tuesday I realized Ryan has outgrown all his summer clothes and needed a swimsuit asap for a school activity so off I went to the mall.

When was the last time you saw a working pay phone?  Now I can say Wednesday, June 3rd.  Thursday I came home to a very bored dog but once I changed out of work clothes, gathered up the leash, treats, and plastic bag all Finn wanted to do was sit in the sun and hunt for bugs.  Fine with me!  Friday night we celebrated the end of the work week with a chilled bottle of Rose from Sleight of Hand Cellars named by Seattle Magazine as one of the “next cult wineries of Washington State” and Saturday morning started our weekend with a trip to the farmer’s market for fresh fruit and vegetables.  We’ve worked our way through several boxes of tissues, plenty of decongestants and gallons of water but I think everyone is on the mend and ready for a productive week ahead.

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.

A Surprise Everyday: Shaking Up March with Hipstamatic (week 2)

At least once a day I shake my head and wonder where the time went.  I know rushing through weeks, feeling let down because I couldn’t finish an unrealistic “to do” list is a bad habit but one of the benefits of this weekly series is visual proof that I did find time to relax even if I feel like I am always running (or driving) from one thing to the next.  I’m even starting to look forward to writing these Sunday afternoon recaps and the quiet hour spent thinking about where I’ve been and wondering what I’ll find to share next week.

Sunday was another atypical warm winter day in the Pacific Northwest so Ryan, Finn and I drove up north to Bellingham, WA for a visit with my parents.  We enjoyed a nice lunch together then my mom and I worked through the beginnings of a new project. Later Dad, Ryan and I went down the marina for coffee and a leisurely walk around fishing boats and Bellingham Bay. Monday is my latest attempt to capture these mossy trees in color and Tuesday is a shot of our early blooming Rhododendrons.

A big part of my Wednesday was spent in the car driving the round trip between Tacoma and Edmonds and after successfully navigating both work and traffic I still made it to Ryan’s school in time to pick him up after practice at 4:30.  Whew!  Thursday morning I thought the bright green moss on the road looked pretty even though it’s dangerous to walk across with an excitable dog on the leash.  I decided to risk a quick photo and Hipstamatic rewarded me with the BRAVE “muscle arms”. 🙂

Friday the 13th brought the good news that our favorite Fair Trade gift store is reopening and Ralph the guard dog is happy to announce he’s coming back to work.  The week ended with a stormy Saturday filled with rain, wind and a little sun so my photo is an inside the house shot and a little peek into Ryan’s room…the perfect hideout for a teenage boy who loves science, engineering and history.

Each photo is straight from my iPhone 6 and Hipstamatic’s “shake to randomize” function and 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 within the app.  I’ll be back next Sunday with 7 new photos and maybe even a few new favorites!