Winter on Lake Padden



This scene on Lake Padden (south of Bellingham, Washington – a place without snow) is winter to me: the naked trees, the fog, the way the neglected dock slopes into the water.

What is winter like where you live?

Happy New Year!

The journey through Coupeville, Washington ends with this unidentified object.  It appeared to be combination of crab and  beach stones, fused together to create some sort of festive pier decoration.   It was so ugly, it was beautiful!

I started my photo blog last March on Blogspot, which was dedicated to images from my cell phone.  The daily photo challenged me to look at the world in new and unique ways.   By August, though, the cell phone idea got old, and I decided to move over to WordPress  and revamp the blog concept to include images from not only my camera phone, but my Nikon point and shoot, and the borrowed Canon 40d.   I’ve had the great pleasure of meeting a lot of talented photographers and writers through this forum, which has made the last half of 2010 very rewarding.   I’d like to wish all of you a very Happy New Year!  May you be blessed with new vision and sense of excitement about what 2011 holds!


As I’ve stated previously, 2010 has personally been a tough year.  Between learning how to study again and taking tests, a bad break-up, and discovering how much my property value dipped with the economy, I feel exhausted.  If that weren’t enough, the pre-election attack ads threatened my last nerve.  Following that political sepsis that poisoned the nation slowly throughout the past couple months, leaving me nauseated with click of the TV remote, I decided it was time for healing.

For the rest of this month, to celebrate Thanksgiving and all the blessings in my life, my daily post will be about something for which I am thankful.  I think healing can only come when we choose to see the positive and live our lives in a way that helps support each other rather than tear down. 

Because she is closest to home (literally), my first “thankful” post is dedicated to my roommate, Jessica. 

Jess is a strong, beautiful Italian woman who (as insiders know) obtained something our group calls “LUF” status.  I can’t share what that acronym means in this blog, but it has to do with her ability to be blatantly honest with everyone around her, telling it like it is.  You can trust Jess absolutely with anything, and I needed her positive energy in the house when she moved in last June.  Jess can power through any bad or uncomfortable situation in life and make the most of it.   For her unique outlook on life and her strength, I am thankful.  

These blue chairs are for you, Jess!  🙂

Resolute on a Long Dock

The sunset was breathtaking, and there I was driving up I-5 without my camera.  But, I did some quick calculations and determined there was enough time to go home, grab the Canon, and get to the marina to capture what was left of it.  My calculations didn’t allow for the slow mustang on Squalicum Parkway or the time loss for walking in heels down a long dock, however.  Sure, people laughed at me as I clanked down the dock and disturbed every living thing within ear shot.   It didn’t matter, though, because I was determined to get the shot. 

It didn’t happen.   I arrived at the end of the dock, weaving through large fishing boats, to discover the sun had disappeared behind the large rock wall.  I’m sure the whole marina heard me sigh.

Disappointed, I turned to leave and discovered a man standing on the bow of a ship behind me – in the perfect position to still get that sunset.   Turns out, we’d both had the same idea. 

It was one of those beautiful chance meetings in which I met another local artist  who is equally as passionate about photography.   He gave me some good pointers and ideas on the long walk back to our vehicles. 

His name is Jeff Aspnes…go check out his website –!