WPC: Landscape

In response to this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge….the landscape of vacation.


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The Changing Seasons: March

March has been somewhat of a blur. Not just in the way that events small and large have taken up my time and attention, but in the way the rain has slid down the window, pooled everywhere, and pummeled all the sprouting, blooming, greening things. I had hoped to get out and take pictures for this month’s Changing Seasons post. I even put it on my calendar. But the rain. Lots of rain. I think I need a waterproof camera if this photography thing is gonna work for me. Relying on my iphone is insufficient.

Thus my selection is small, and none of them of rain. Which is really what March is here in the Pacific Northwest. Lots of rain. And light. In these northern latitudes the light is returning, and for me, that’s the biggest change. Walking home from work takes about an hour. In winter, this is done entirely in the dark, as my previous Changing Seasons post showed. But in March, especially once the “time” changed, I walk entirely in the light! You can really see the difference here:

Late January vs early March.

With the return of the light, the plentiful rain and the mild temperatures this year, everything began bursting out.

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And if any of you can recommend a good camera suitable for photography in a downpour, please tell me! It’s time …



The Changing Seasons: February

February has been a real roller coaster of a month for me. A family medical emergency (everyone’s ok now) threw me off and my blog has been sorely neglected. Luckily, earlier in the month a break in the usual February rain inspired me to get out to Silver Creek Falls. Ten waterfalls of various heights are scattered along multiple trails, but I think I only made it to nine. Yes, I pooped out.

I took a lot of photos, but these are my favorite from that hike. The winter sun barely reached into the narrow valley. The mist and water joined with the slanting light in so many beautiful ways…


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WPC: Seasons

This photo came to mind when I looked up this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge: Seasons….I recently made an unexpected visit to my family in Southern California. While walking on the beach on a foggy day I was struck by the quality of the muted sunlight on the water. I tried to capture it on my phone:


Seasonal fog in an otherwise sunny place leeched all the colors from the scene. I loved the moody peacefulness.

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Winter Door

It’s January, and here in the northwest US that means dark, cold, grey, wet and foggy. Seriously, it’s not a winter vacation destination. It’s a hibernation, procrastination kind of season and this door is a fine example:


Around here holiday decor often remains well beyond the season, but the sentiment is lovely, so who cares? Tomorrow, honey, I’ll take it down tomorrow. Or maybe in April, okay?

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Dawn of Fall

Near where I work there grows a row of Dawn Redwoods. I find them startling because unlike the other redwoods, firs and conifers in the neighborhood, these graceful trees are deciduous.


Each fall when their needles turn orange I have to remind myself that they are healthy and just following Nature’s plan. Next spring bright green needles will sprout and they’ll once again look like “regular” redwoods.

The world is indeed beautiful, varied & strange…