Category Archives: Picture Galleries

Flowing around the world

For Lens Artists Photo Challenge: River.

A search of memory lane

I think I found a photo with everything on the list, plus a couple of the extra credit items.

A bicycle.
A church, York Minster.
Mountain landscape and waterfall, Myrtle Falls at Paradise on Mount Rainier.
Dog in an expressive portrait.
Bird, a great blue heron.
A double rainbow and a boat, near Punte Arenas.
An airplane at sunset, near Beijing Airport.
A musical instrument, sculpture in La Conner, Washington.
A hot spring in Kurobe Gorge, Japan.
A funny sign, at least it makes me smile…it is a “keep off the grass” sign in Weifang, Shandong Province, China.

For Lens Artist’s Challenge: Treasure Hunt.

  • Challenge Items: Sunrise and/or sunset, Something cold and/or hot, a bird, a dog, a funny sign, a bicycle, a seascape and/or mountain landscape, a rainbow, a church, a musical instrument, a boat, a plane, a waterfall
  • Extra Credit Items:  An expressive portrait of one or more people, a very unusual place, knitting or sewing, a fish, an animal you don’t normally see, a bucket, a hammer, a street performer, a double rainbow, multiple challenge items in a single image. My opening image, for example, includes a sunrise, a seascape and birds in a single shot. See how easy it is?! 😀

Almost Autumn

What passes for summer here in Seattle hasn’t quite let go, but signs of autumn are starting to show. Today’s dog walk showed signs of the seasons shifting.

The squirrels are active, we had to stop several times to see if they would come down and play…

…alas no. Even Ginger had to sit down after a while of waiting to see.

Even after several minutes the squirrel still didn’t come down, so Ginger finally let me lead her away. Is she stubborn or persistent?

These leaves are tinged with red, indicating autumn.
This dahlia is in full, glorious bloom, with buds coming on, indicating summer.
A quince about ready for harvest, indicating autumn.
Leaves starting to change, indicating autumn.
Fuschia in full summer glory.

Leaves starting to color shift for the new season:

Late summer cone flowers and a beautiful, shiny spider’s web for autumn.
The holly berries are reddening. Autumn’s colors foreshadowing winter.

My garden is still hopeful.

Maybe we’ll see an Indian summer.

For Ragtag’s daily post: autumn

P.S. Is anyone else having problems with WordPress letting you set a featured image?

Arty-choke

Last Saturday we went to an art show featuring some watercolor painting by my husband’s very talented uncle. Beside the library where the show was held there was a pea patch garden. I love pea patches.

Even though it was a rather grey, drippy day I wandered about a bit. This patch of artichokes, past the harvest stage, caught my eye. From different angles the flowers* brought to mind roses and waterlilies.

These were processed using various effects in Topaz Studio 2.

For Cee’s Flower of the Day

*The artichoke we eat is the bud of a large, thistle-like flower. This post shows the artichoke flower we found when we came home from a vacation last year.

Hello, September

September seems like it really should be the beginning of the year. I never feel like January’s New Year’s has any thing to it. Things aren’t changing in the weather or natural world, the holidays are emotionally exhausting and I don’t feel ready to look at the past or energy to move into the future with purpose.

September is a month of change and transition. I tend to have time reflecting about the year at my annual trip to Mt Rainier in August and when September comes with the cooler weather I feel ready for new endeavors.

All of these photos were taken within four blocks of my home.

This week I decided to try and take photos that show the transition between summer and fall. The days are shorter and the little bit of rain we’ve had is bringing some things back into the green while others head toward seed formation.

Putting together a gallery seemed like a natural when I saw City Sonnet’s prompt: Welcome September.

Magic Mountain

Better than any ride at Disneyland! The lupines along this portion of the trail were amazing.

These are some photos of the upper (higher elevation) portion of the lakes loop trail starting at Paradise. We had a misty but bright morning the day we hiked the loop.

For Son of a Beach’s Which Way Photo Challenge