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Fairy Clocks and Prairie Fire

Fairy Clocks and Prairie Fire

It may be hard to see the details, but from where I sit right now, the back field is awash in dandelion blossoms and our crabapple is near its peak of flowering. Photographs come close, but in this case it’s hard to capture the life and light (and sounds!) of a simple backyard view, so you’ll have to take my word for it: simply full of wonder. About the Dandelions… You might curse it as a weed when it pops…

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Gather and Sort

Gather and Sort

Every season is special, but for me, fall is my favorite time to collect nature’s treasures. After all, everything is ripe. Still, I’m careful (and grateful) to gather only the fallen and the abandoned. Most of my gathering takes place as I walk to work (in the business office of an assisted living community). It’s a flat 1.3 mile route on the town portion of the Olympic Discovery Trail. The first half is in my neighborhood, and the other half…

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Theatre de la Mode

Theatre de la Mode

Way out in the Columbia River Gorge near the bluffs on the Washington side, lies a place called the Maryhill Museum. It’s in the middle of nowhere and was built by an interesting fellow named Sam Hill. It was originally meant to be a mansion where Sam and his wife, Mary could entertain his school friend, King Albert I of Belgium. The museum now houses an eclectic collection including works by August Rodin, furniture and icons from Queen Marie of…

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Smoke & (camera) Mirrors

Smoke & (camera) Mirrors

Soon after purchasing my Nikon D90 in 2010, I was keen to try my hand at some long exposures. I started playing around in the dark garage, using a tripod, flashlights and laser pointers. I then decided to try my hand at some incense smoke photos, without really having a clue what I was doing. I set up a flashlight on the floor below a stick of burning incense and started snapping away. I immediately had trouble trying to focus….

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Winter Rocks

Winter Rocks

It’s February 2nd – still enough winter left for me to enjoy its inward pull, which is what I crave right now. I feel grateful for the sanctuary of home and studio, especially given the state of our world. And that may sound like I go home and hide my head in the sand. The truth is that we all handle challenges in a very personal way. Sometimes it’s on the front line. My form of activism right now is…

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