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Silhouettes   Leave a comment

I never have given much thought into those photo challenges that you see around  different sites.  In part, I don’t think of myself as a good enough photographer when I see some of the photos that are submitted.  It is once again that mind-set of me comparing myself against the world… when it really I should be looking at if I’m happy with it, the heck with everyone else!

In June one of the blogs I follow – Nick Exposed –  joined up with another blog – Seeing Spot Photography – to put together photography challenge.  I glanced at, but again, didn’t put much stock into.  At the start of July they posted the gallery of pictures taken.  The one thing that piqued my interest was how they spun this as it is a community project.  And that they wanted people from all levels to participate.     That was certainly different from others I had seen.

Then this past month they announced another community project.  This time it was focused on capturing silhouettes.  After thinking on it for a few days and having ideas come to me.  I decide why the heck not give it a try.  It would be healthy for me to stretch out and try some different things.  I quickly learned that trying to capture a silhouette is not as easy as it looks.  The lighting has to be just right and behind the subject.  Yikes!

I did manage to capture a couple of pictures one evening as I walked my little town of Sedro-Woolley.  I meant to try to get out more during the month, but as always… everything else in life seemed to come first.  I did submit one picture from my walk and it was just published this last week on Nick’s blog along with other contributes from the month.  All the photos look great.  Make sure to take a moment and check them out.  And I highly recommend joining in on the next community project.

This is the photo I entered.  The subject is a metal post made to look like a log with a wood carved eagle at the top.

 

I didn’t actually submit this one.  I had to actually use LightRoom to bring down the color of the flag to make it look more like a silhouette.  Felt like I was cheating a bit too much.

Have a great week!

Shipwreck Day   1 comment

During the summer every year, the city of Anacortes host Shipwreck Day.  The city blocks off several blocks of streets in their downtown area, where people from all over the community set up booths to sell their wares.  In some (or many) cases, it is a chance to have a mini garage sale.  You just never know what you may find as you wander down one side of the street and back up the other.

Yesterday was my third year going with my friend David.  We started the day off going to breakfast at Joy’s Bakery and Cafe (a must for breakfast if you are in the Sedro-Woolley area!!).  It so happened to be David’s birthday and our server brought his french toast to with a lit birthday candle.  This gave us some time to catch up and analyze which lens David should purchase next.

After breakfast we headed over to Anacortes to join the crowds.  Even with a cloudy overcast for the morning, hundreds of people had shown up to see what treasures they could find to take home with them.  It certainly added a challenge to the day as David and I took photos.  David made sure to note his birthday by taking a picture of a sign posted.  Overall we had a good time.  I only made a small purchase of a new hand fan.  David couldn’t find anything that he needed.  However, we were able to snap a few pictures… which is what we were after the whole time.

A table full of old masks.

Loved all the old tins this table had for sale.  How often to you see one for Scotch Tape?

A few old signs pointing the way to the beach.  The crazy thing, the arrow was pointing the correct way to the water.

Collection of different “antique” items for sale.

Visit me on Facebook to see pictures I post through the week.  🙂  Have a great week!

Been a bit…   1 comment

Hi all…  I know it has been a bit since I last posted.  I was doing good at keeping up with a weekly post and then I hit a snag.  I went down to my parent’s house for about a week and a half at the end of May.  The full purpose while there was to clear away some of the years of clutter that had built up.  This left no time to think about writing or taking pictures.  The we did accomplish a great amount…  but, there is still plenty more work to do… but that is for another day.

With missing two weekends of blogging, it pulled me out of habit I had been building.  And then June came and went… I’m honestly still trying to figure out what happen to June.  That month just seemed to disappear.  If anyone knows where it went, please tell me.  That leaves me with it now being July.  And hence, I am starting back up and hopefully (fingers crossed) will build the habit back up to where I keep this going.

So.. pictures.. During that missing month of June, my daughter (who just turned 13 this past week!!) and I went over to Port Angeles for my cousin’s graduation party.  We just made a quick weekend trip over there.  I took my camera along, as you just never know.  Saturday we drove over taking the Edmonds to Kingtston ferry.  By the time we arrived in P.A., there only enough time to visit with family and then a retreat to hotel.

Sunday morning, after having a nice breakfast and finding a car wash (the local sea gulls didn’t seem to like my car), we had a chance to head up to Hurricane Ridge.  I was very excited, as I had hoped we would have a chance to go.  My daughter was being an “almost teenager” and showing no interest at all in going.  After making the decision that she would just deal with it, we made the drive up.  I was nervous because it was cloudy that day.  I was afraid we wouldn’t be able to see anything once we got up there.  Up we drove… and up… and up… and WOW!  We went right on up past the clouds that were hanging over the city.  The ridge was sunny and warm.  It was just beautiful up there.

By the time we got to the top and walked around, my daughter’s mood had improved.  She was happy and talking and wanting to play in the snow that was still hanging around.  The sad part was we only had about an hour to spend there before needing to head to the party.  On the way down we made one last stop.  Along a curve there was a pull out that allowed this great view of looking over the clouds.  My daughter actually offered to “pose”.  This was a little shocking, as she doesn’t like me taking pictures of her.  Of course I said yes!  and here are the results.  I did a few different color options.  I can’t make up my mind which I like best.  Feel free to voice your opinion. 🙂

Color

Sepia

Black & White

Yesteryear

Have a great week!

Around the Yard   4 comments

This past week the weather has been great.  The hubby and I decided to take full advantage of it around the yard to first part of the week.   We got my raised bed finished, weeds pulled up from another bed, and the lawn looking great.  My Grandma came for the second half of the week.  We spent some nice time visiting.  Her and I went and picked up some starts to fill up my raised bed.  Overall the week was fantastic!  Who can complain about sun and time with family?

Yesterday my hubby, daughter and I went out to a wild bird store.  We picked up a new platform feeder and a squirrel feeder.  The hubby set up the squirrel feeder and I got the new bird feeder up on a hook.  Within ten minutes of having it filled with seed and going inside, a flock of evening grosbeak had found it and were happily chattering and eating.

The one thing that I did not find time to do this week was to get out and take photos.  So, this morning I quietly went out onto the deck and snapped some pictures of the visitors in my yard.

My raised bed.  I’m attempting to grow some vegetables.

This little guy briefly visited my yard.

The grosbeak are enjoying the new feeder.

These two are checking out a piece of plastic that blew in to the yard.

I’m thinking this little one was maybe trying to find a spot to start a nest.

This little house finch was sneaking in some food. 

A Golden Finch is visiting the thistle feeder.

Our resident squirrel is enjoying a snack.

Have a fabulous week!

Bay View – Washington State Park   Leave a comment

When I woke up yesterday, I was greeted by rain clouds outside.  Now, this was not what the forecast had promised.  And I was very tired of the rain.  I was ready for the nice weather that we were suppose to have.  Frustrated, but knowing there was nothing I could do, I might as well move on with the day.

So the my family went out for the morning and by the time we were done with lunch and heading home the sun had finally made an appearance.  All the grey clouds were making their way to go over the Cascades.  Now the decision, to go out for the afternoon or work in the yard.  The grass was certainly in needing to be cut, but it could wait one more day.

I gathered up my camera bag and my hubby and I hopped into the car.  Where to go.. where to go…  I knew I didn’t want to go east, since that was the direction the rain clouds had taken.  So we went west.  I was wanting to go to the Breadfarm in Edison anyways to pick up a loaf of bread (They have such delicious bread!!).

We then wander the roads around the area.  One of stops brought us to Bay View State Park.  Being part of the Washington State Park system, it does require a Discovery Pass or you need to pay a parking fee.  Lucky for us, we have our Discovery Pass!

The park is located within the small town of Bay View, Washington.  The town sits on the coast line that looks out over Padilla Bay.  Nearby is the Padilla Bay Interpretive Center.  A great place to stop in the learn about the Padilla Bay Reserve.

The park itself isn’t large. It has an upper side that host camping for RVs, trailers or tents.  There is trail from the area that leads under the road to the lower park portion.  You can also just drive and park in the lower park area.  The park sits along the coast line.  There are lots of picnic tables, a covered area and fire pits.  There is even a couple of horse shoe pits.  This park does not include any play areas for kids.  However, with a beach to explore, who needs a  playground?

The beach is your typical rocky beach you find in the Puget Sound.  There is drift wood and seaweed too.  The views look out over to the refineries in Anacortes and out into the Sound towards the Hat Island and the larger Guemes island.  Overall, if you are looking for a park to visit for the day to enjoy a picnic, I would certainly recommend it.  I can’t speak towards the camping, but there were a good number of people utilizing it.

Have a great week everyone!

More Tulips!   2 comments

Yes, I know… not another post of tulips.  What can I say?  The month of April in my area is all about the tulips.  Therefore, another post about tulips.  I thought it was only fair that since my last post showed only tulips from Tulip Town, that this post show pictures from the other main tulip farm – RoozenGaarde.

I had a very brief moment this last week to go over to Roozengaarde to grab some pictures.  And I really do mean brief.  I dropped off my daughter for swim team practice then went to a quick appointment.  After that, I had an hour before I needed to pick up my daughter.  The rain had briefly stopped, so I figured it was now or never.  When I got there, I jumped out the car and quickly walked to the entrance to pay my $5 fee.  (Sidenote: Both Tulip Town and Roozengaarde charge an entry fee.  The nice thing about Roozengaarde, is the entry fee covers parking in at any of their other fields for the day.  Tulip Town doesn’t seem to have any other fields open to the public.)

I walk into their garden area only to realize in my haste, I forgot my tripod.  Knowing time is an issue between picking up my daughter and the threat of it starting to rain again, I decide I’ll just deal with out it.  I put my lens hood to protect not against the sun, but the miscellaneous drops of rain that are coming down and pray to the rain god it just stays like this.

I spent the next 45 minutes wandering around the garden area and the nearby fields, before dashing back to my car to pick up my daughter.  Most likely my quickest trip ever to the tulip fields.  I did manage to snag a few “decent” photos.  I hope you enjoy a few of the pictures I managed to capture.

The picture above and below were taken within the garden area.

The picture below is of the tulip heads that have been topped.

Looking out across the fields towards the Cascades.

Local’s Night   10 comments

Yes.. two post in two days.  Crazy huh?  Well, this is more of my “normal post”.  Unlike my Ninja vs Pirate story that will just pop randomly here and there.  So.. on with my post! 🙂

Like clockwork, every April in the beautiful Skagit Valley we have the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.  We celebrate all the beautiful tulips, daffodils and iris that are grown.  People come from all over to have a chance to see the tulips, along with all the other events that happen through out the month.  Of course,with all the people visiting, comes a lot of traffic.  There are many locals who just cringe when April comes around.  And all the locals know, if you want to go out to see the tulips yourself… don’t go during the weekend!!  One of the local farms helps support that thought by having a local’s only night during a weeknight in the month of April.  It just happened to be this last Wednesday.

I made plans during the day to go with my friend David that evening, since my hubby still was battling a nasty cold.  We were a little nervous that it wasn’t going to happen due to a downpour of rain in the middle of the day.  But the skies cleared up by the time we were done with work and off to the fields we went.  We spent a solid amount of time there that evening and I was able to capture a some decent pictures.

Hope you enjoyed your quick trip through the tulips. 🙂  Have a great week.