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#252 Storm Coaster

| August 6, 2009

Sky Watch When the skies come down to watch us! Seagull and storm clouds, Port Renfrew, Vancouver Island, B.C. We spent three days camping with these clouds, but even in the rain this little part of God’s creation is stunningly beautiful.  The world was monochrome.  I shot this picture in full living color.  The trees […]

#251 Salmonberry

| August 5, 2009

Unripened Salmon Berry. Friday Harbor Labs, San Juan Island, Washington State. Rubus spectabilis are native to the west coast of the United States from Alaska to California. They look much like a raspberry, but are less robust in flavor. They are good eaten raw and can be preserved, but taste best when mixed with another […]

#250 Wild Rose

| August 5, 2009

Wild Rose on Cantilever Point, Friday Harbor, WA. San Juan Islands. Wild roses grow in Asia, Europe and North America.   It is a deciduous shrub and grows up to 4 feet tall.  The fruit of the wild rose — rose hips — can be harvested for jams, jellies teas and even wine.  Rose hip soup, […]

#249 — Textures

| August 2, 2009

Sign Post & Wild Grasses. Lime Kiln Park, San Juan Island, Washington State. This weathered post secured to a chunk of rusting metal is surrounded by what I believe is wild rye grass.  The different textures, colors, and the patterns of sun and shadow called to me. photographer: Charlene L. Amsden

#248 Hard-n-Soft

| August 1, 2009

Hard n Soft, 2009 Rocks & Feathers. Fourth of July Beach, San Juan Island, Washington State. If you’re looking for a sandy beach, don’t look around the shore line of San Juan Island.   The trees sweep down to the sea and the beaches are mostly rocks and driftwood, though patches of sand can be found.  […]

#246 — Lamb's Tail

| July 16, 2009

Lamb’s Tail, taken at the Anacortes Ferry Terminal, Anacortes, WA. The delicate, feather like fronds of this beauty caught my eye.  I snapped the photograph not knowing what it was, but luckily I live with a card carrying botanist and — though he didn’t know what it was, either — he knew where to go […]

#245 — Cormorant Condo

| July 15, 2009

Cormorant Condo 2009. Photo taken at the Anacortes Ferry Terminal, Anacortes, WA. from the back of an outbound ferry. One of the best pieces of advice I have been given as an amateur photographer is, “be sure to turn around and look behind you”.   This sight doesn’t present itself to the forward facing passenger on […]

#244 — San Juan Sunset

| July 14, 2009

San Juan Sunset 2009. Photo taken from the deck of a Washington State Ferry on Puget Sound. The natural beauty of Puget Sound is a balm to my soul. There is a peace and a quiet that settles inside me there.  I have vacationed there twice and I think it is a place I could […]

#242 — Desert Daisies

| July 12, 2009

Desert Daisies 2009. Photo taken at the Vantage, Washington scenic overlook on the East side of the Columbia River. Despite its namesake, parts of the Columbia River Basin are hot and dry and dusty. These flowers grew and blossomed among sage brush and rocks, but they could not sustain life in the relentless sun and […]

#241 — Strawflower

| July 11, 2009

Strawflower 2009. Photo taken at the Anacortes Ferry Terminal, Anacortes, WA. This little golden beauty grew in a pot at the end of the sidewalk. It shared space with several of it’s brothers and sisters, some flashy Lamb’s Tail Joey, and a few Petunias.