~ Coastal Marsh Sunset ~ Wordless Wednesday + WPC – Time 5 ~

Usually I let the picture be the story on Wordless Wednesday…

P1050645…however, this time I want you to imagine an immense frog choir over the continuous roar of surf on sand in the background — exquisite and timeless!

Longbeach, WA – USA

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~ A Brief History of Gold ~ Color My World: Gold + WPC – Time 4~

Homer, mentions gold in the “Iliad” and “Odyssey” as the glory of the immortals and a sign of wealth among ordinary humans. As early as 3100 B.C, in the code of Menes, the founder of the first Egyptian dynasty, there is evidence of a gold to silver value ratio. The Inca civilization called gold “the sweat of the sun.”

“Money existed in the form of work. Each subject of the [Inca] empire paid taxes by laboring on the myriad roads, crop terraces, irrigation canals, temples, or fortresses. In return, rulers paid their laborers in clothing and food. Silver and gold were abundant, but only used for aesthetics.” (www.lost-civilizations.net)

“Man has used many and various commodities for money. In different times and places, these commodities have included salt, furs, tea, tobacco, sugar, coca, iron, copper, base metals, ivory, and cowrie-shells…. Eventually, the markets settled on gold and silver as the best commodities for money. What each of these commodities possessed at one time or another and one place or another was their high saleability. Each was the commodity most easily sold at that time and place. Thus, money became the medium through which exchanges were made. That is, it became the medium of exchange. Ultimately, gold and silver became the most salable commodity and, therefore, money.” (Why Gold and Silver Became Money, T.C. Allen)

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~ Monochrome Monday + WPC – Time 3 ~

A rock along the shoreline at the Anacortes ferry landing. I’m not enough of a geology student to know how it was formed, but it certainly is showing the effects of time and tide.


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~ The Pinnacles ~ Weekly Photo Challenge – Time 2 ~

The pinnacles at Crater Lake National Park were formed 7,700 years ago when Mount Mazama (on the crest of the Cascade Range in southern Oregon) erupted violently emitting layer upon layer of volcanic pumice. As the surface cooled, steam and gases from hot rocks underneath were released through vents and tubes which became cement hard over time. Erosion of softer materials around the vents has exposed the needle-like formations called fossil fumaroles.


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~ Time and Tide ~ Weekly Photo Challenge – Time ~

The origin of the phrase Time and Tide wait for no man, is uncertain, “although it’s clear that the phrase is ancient and that it predates modern English. The earliest known record is from St. Marher, 1225: “And te tide and te time bat tu iboren were, schal beon iblescet.”


A version in modern English – “the tide abides for, tarrieth for no man, stays no man, tide nor time tarrieth no man” evolved into the present day version. (The Phrase Finder)

Time and tide wait for no man is also attributed to Geoffrey Chaucer (1343-1400) Brainy Quotes

The view south from near Doughty Point, to Beach Haven Resort – Orcas Island, WA USA

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~ Nutty Pollen ~ Friday Flyers ~

If it’s in the air and it comes from nature, it’s a Friday Flyer!


Hazelnut (Corylus) shrubs and trees bloom in the middle of winter. Wind — abundant here this time of year — carries pollen from the male catkins (pictured) to small red female flowers which remain dormant until spring when the nut begins to grow into delicious, nutritious and healthy food for humans and critters. *The Celts believed hazelnuts gave one wisdom and inspiration. Works for me!


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~ Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Food ~

Dad agrees, Scott and his rigatoni are par excellence!


All made from scratch from a secret recipe, my brother-in-law Scott Soli, makes a mighty fine rigatoni!!


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