The Red Umbrella Mystery

When I went to lunch this afternoon, I found this abandoned umbrella, slightly damaged, lolling in the middle of the sidewalk. Of course, this begged the question - why was it there? Perhaps the owner went into The Underground, where you get a free straw with every drink. Who could say no to that?! Or, …

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Stop and Smell the Agave

Sitting at Jalapeños in Barkley Village, I watch bartender Maribel Rivas pull out an iron flight caddy and fill the first of three cascading shot glasses with Silver. I’m a little nervous. After my first Irish whiskey flight years ago, I booked an airline ticket to Dublin. So, as Maribel pours Reposado into the second …

Canopy of Light

  The clouds that settled over Bellingham Bay on Sunday morning began drifting into the Chuckanut Mountains by early afternoon. I was driving south on Chuckanut Drive at the time, through the place where the sunshine met the fog, breathless at the beauty of it and desperate for a place to pull over with my camera. …

Redefining Happily Ever After

I got married 18 years ago yesterday. Through some odd twist of fate in the Skagit County Clerk’s office, I was granted a divorce exactly 10 years to the day later. In the time since, I've literally flown around the world looking for that special someone. The only person I've found is myself. I'm pretty …

Revisiting Angel Eyes

Waking up to another foggy morning, I decided it was time for an updated shot of ol' Angel Eyes - especially because there seems to be so much interest in her this time of year. I first posted pictures of Angel Eyes three years ago on my blog: Her Angel Eyes are Haunted Happy Halloween …

A Walk in the Park

I had to deviate from my Ireland posts to show everyone what a beautiful fall day it is in Bellingham, Washington...and also ask a question about HDR photography. Recently, I found the HDR Toning option in PhotoShop. I've used it on a few of my photos, with some manual fine-tuning. I'm not sure if I …