~ Humble Beginnings ~ Weekly Photo Challenge: Bridge ~

All my life I’ve enjoyed walking across creeks on downed trees, though I never challenge logs unless the stream is shallow or slow enough for me to navigate should I end up in it!

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There is something pleasant about plank and foot bridges — perhaps it’s being so near the water.

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IMG_2031Klineline Park ~ Salmon Creek ~ Vancouver, WA

Living in an area where streams and rivers abound as water wends its way to the nearby Pacific Ocean, bridges are a part of everyday life.  My favorite for it’s majesty and sheer engineering mastery is the Astoria-Megler Bridge which I featured in an earlier post.

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Here’s to bridges that take you over beautiful waters to happy places!


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~ Summer Pastels ~ In A Vase On Monday ~

Hydrangea are at the height of their beauty right now with dazzling blues and soft pinks in abundant mop-head displays. These I planted long before I kept records on varieties!


Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus’

Also coming on strong are the butterfly attracting blossoms of Coneflower Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus’, Monarda ‘Prairie Night’ and Prairie Mallow Sidalcea hybrid ‘Brilliant’ (which started out red and has shaded to lavender over the years).



Monarda ‘Prairie Night’



Sidalcea hybrid ‘Brilliant’

Two posy’s = two vases — both from Orcas Island Pottery.


For more virtual walks through gardens visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden !

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~ Sales Event ~ Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge ~

This sign on the Oysterville end of the Long Beach Peninsula was enough to get me out of the truck for a photo session.


Soon I was ringing the bell to find out more…


…and came home with some nice chèvre!


Here’s to Cee and her Odd Ball Challenge!




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~ Almost Two And A Half ~ WPC: Delta (as in transitions and change) ~




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~ Wordless Wednesday ~


Mallard’s ~ 8 weeks +/-

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~ Classmates ~ Reunion ~ 1967 – 2017 ~

Fifty years have rolled along since I graduated from high school at the age of 18.  This past weekend Creighton, Jello and I were in Pullman, WA – USA, to attend a reunion with my classmates and their mates.  I’m still absorbing the energy.


To show up is an act of trust, a declaration of humility, and  an affirmation that we are who we were — though older and wiser now.


Night shot of Pullman and Washington State University from State Street.

June 24, 2017.


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~ Birds Eye View ~ Weekly Photo Challenge: Transient ~

Black-headed Grosbeaks are extremely wary birds — quick to exit stage left the minute they see you and long before you can get your camera up and ready.  


Today, for the first time ever, two visited the feeder on my deck.  I knew if I moved they’d be gone, so I just watched them.  Later, while I was in the kitchen with my camera at hand, one of them returned!  Wow — happy first day of summer in the Western Hemisphere!

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