The Beaches of Inishbofin

Inishbofin is a small island off the coast of County Galway, Ireland. With a population of 170 and accessible only by ferry, it’s a quiet retreat away from the mainland. My favorite part about visiting was renting a bicycle and exploring the beaches…and having them all to myself! _dsc8453_dsc8502_dsc8462_dsc8584_dsc8472_dsc8603_dsc8635_dsc8505_dsc8623



I was shocked to step outside yesterday afternoon into 80 degree air for a few reasons:  1) the weather app on my phone was incorrect, and 2) it’d been extremely windy, so I assumed it’d be somewhat chilly, and 3) it’d been rainy and miserable all week.  

 To celebrate what was probably the last beautiful day of the year, I decided to take some pictures out at Clayton Beach off Chuckanut Drive.  I first started at Larrabee State Park, but South Whatcom Fire Authority was practicing rope rescue on the cliffs.  Not that rope rescue isn’t interesting, but I’ve already been there/done that – plus they had someone there taking pictures.

Inspired by the leaves in a post last week, I thought I’d search for the first signs of fall here.  This was unsuccessful, but I did find some different subject matter.

Someone must have known I was coming and considerately gathered all of these shells for me to photograph.  I loved the purples, but also the contrasting textures of the course rock surface and the smooth shells.

There’s no shortage of interesting rock formations on Clayton Beach – or anywhere along Chuckanut Drive.

The light filtered through the trees and highlighted the still very green leaves attached to the peeling trunk of a Madrona.

I find these trees so fascinating and beautiful.  One of my favorite Northwest subjects.

Camera:  Canon 40d

And it’s Not Even Hump Day…

David’s work inspires me.  Take this picture he posted yesterday of something as completely ordinary as marbles.   Somehow he throws together some green and blue glass, with a speck of orange, and it comes out looking like a masterpiece.

I had this in mind as I took a short walk this afternoon.  Another transparent snail shell (and empty one this time) grabbed my attention, but I didn’t really want to photograph it because I’d already done something similar last week.  But then thinking of the cumulative effect of David’s multiple marbles, I thought I’d gather a few shells and see what that looked like.

Like my friend Karen had told me, those little shells really are everywhere.   It took me a minute to grab a handful and position them on a bench behind work.  As I’m working to capture the effect of the light through the shell, I kept seeing this little Latino face pop over the wall.  Before I could fully turn my head to acknowledge his presence, he would pop back down.  So, out of the corner of my eye I watched him watch my little photo project.

The big surprise came when one of the supposedly empty shells started to move, and a slimy little life emerged and began cleaving to the neighboring shell.  I got more than I bargained for!

After I returned indoors, I watched through the window as the Latino boy scampered around the wall and over to the pile of yellow shells.  I was really hoping he’d take them, but I think he was afraid I’d come back.

Light through the snail shellsA little slimy life emerges and spots a new shellHe mounts his victim

Camera:  Nikon Coolpix 100