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  • #262 Foxglove

    Posted By on August 17, 2009

    Macro Monday

    Lisa’s Chaos


    Foxglove, 2009.

    Foxgloves make me smile. I love their color, their little bell shape and their fancy leopard skin spots. I took this particular photo by the side of the road in Friday Harbor, WA, and I actually laid down in the ditch to get the shot. Intent on what I was doing, I didn’t know I was no longer alone until a woman jogging by came to a screeching halt and tried to help me up. That was very kind of her, but I didn’t want up! When I finally convinced her I was fine, she wandered off muttering to herself about weirdos and eccentrics. I wonder if she meant me? I wasn’t the one talking to myself!

    #261 Cosmos

    Posted By on August 16, 2009


    Cosmos, 2009
    Photo taken on San Juan Island at Krystal Alpaca Farms.

    I love these bright fuchsia flowers with their feather leafed fronds. The bold pink and green and yellow combine in a visual symphony that delights my soul.

    #260 Bee At Work

    Posted By on August 14, 2009


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    Bee at Work
    Bee At Work 2009.

    I have been very busy lately.

    #259 Just Before Sunset

    Posted By on August 13, 2009


    Just Before Sunset

    Mt. Baker, Summer 2009.

    This photo was taken from aboard a Washington State Ferry crossing Northern Puget Sound.   If you ever have the chance to ride one of these ferries out of Anacortes, Washington, don’t forget to look back over your shoulder after leaving port.  Mt. Baker is a glorious, not-to-be-missed sight that I never tire of seeing.  She’s dazzling in this slanted, late afternoon sunshine, isn’t she?

    Photographer: Charlene L. Amsden
    Go and check out more Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

    # 258 Abandoned

    Posted By on August 12, 2009

    Thematic Photographic 62 – Abandoned

    Hosted by Carmi


    ABANDONED adj. Forsaken or deserted.

    This lonely bicycle sits outside Bilger Hall on the University of Hawaii Campus at Manoa.  I have passed by it many times wondering how it came to be abandoned.  Did the bike’s owner graduate to higher priced, classier transportation?  Or perhaps he (or she) quit school and just walked away leaving everything, including the bike behind.  Of course, it could just be that the key to the lock has been lost.  Whatever the reason, this bike sits by the wayside alone.

    #257 Wind

    Posted By on August 11, 2009


    Sailboat listing in the wind.  Picture taken from a Washington State Ferry just off San Juan Island.  The wind was high, but a haze hung in the air.  The sun was shining and the land was drying out after three days of rain.

    Charlene L. Amsden, photographer

    256 Strawflowers

    Posted By on August 10, 2009

    Strawflowers.  Photo taken at the Anacortes Ferry Terminal, Anacortes, WA.

    Strawflowers — also called Everlastings — should be picked and hung to dry before their gorgeous yellow centers are revealed.  The flowers in this photo are past their prime.  When preserving an Everlasting, the stems should be removed and replaced with wire stems.

    Charlene L. Amsden, photographer

    #255 Evergreen in Blue

    Posted By on August 9, 2009


    Douglas Fur tree on Cantilever Point, Friday Harbor, WA. San Juan Islands.

    That gorgeous blue you see beyond the tree is ocean and mist.  This was an early morning shot on a semi-cloudy day.  I love the surreal pattern the waves left behind and the many shades of blue in the background.

    #254 Lavender Forever

    Posted By on August 8, 2009

    Lavender Fields

    Photo taken at the San Juan Winery, Friday Harbor, WA. San Juan Islands.

    The gardens at the San Juan Winery are a gorgeous riot of texture and color.  Did you know that Lavender is a member of the mint family? I was very surprised to learn that!

    As I looked at the Lavender, I knoew I wanted a photo, but I really wasn’t expecting to be dazzled by the view when I raised my Nikon SLR to frame this shot.  To me, the Tiger Lilies in the background add interest and color to what would otherwise be a rather ho-hum composition.

    Charlene L. Amsden, photographer

    #253 Gumweed

    Posted By on August 7, 2009


    Gumweed on Cantilever Point, Friday Harbor, WA. San Juan Islands.

    This tall yellow flower grows in abundance all over Western Washington.  As you can see, the Spittlebugs love them!  The “spit” you see here is actually a protective nest for the Spittlebug nymphs.  Spittlebugs mostly feed on grass but they will also eat some bushes and ornamental plants.  Gardeners have complained of them on their produce, too.  Feeding Spittlebugs often damage and deform the plants they feed on.  For instance, the blossom they have infested here will never bloom.

    Charlene L. Amsden, photographer