FRESH

Another Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge is inspiring people with the simple idea of “Fresh.”

For much of the US, freshness is probably not the operable word in these days of heat waves, wildfires and general bad weather. But here in the Pacific Northwest, summer is definitely fresh, and its what everyone lives for – for a few months the gray lifts and we have clear blue skies, warm daytime temperatures, and cool evenings.

Often there’s a fresh breeze blowing, too…

(Forgive me if you remember seeing the rags tied to the barbed wire fence before, but I think it’s been a long time since I posted any of those photos.)

Here’s another local sign of freshness: a handful of just picked blackberries. If you don’t have a bag you could grab some fern fronds to keep them from squishing. But I bet they’ll be eaten by the time you get back to the car anyway.

Then there’s fresh-out-of-the-oven.

These chocolate chip cookies were made by our master baker friend Pat Hains, who runs a comfortable  B & B in Olympia, WA where no one ever goes hungry.

And while I’m thinking of food, here is the Excaliber Burger, a very fresh burger served at the 101-year-old Ozark Cafe in the tiny town of Jasper, Arkansas, which is (happily) many miles from any cities, but close to the scenic Buffalo River and even a herd of elk.

But enough about food – let’s get even more fundamental.

What about water?

What’s fresher than a waterfall on Mount Rainer, tumbling down over mossy rocks from the glaciers above?

Or what about fresh-off-the-press?

This linoleum block artwork is being transferred to a small cotton flag. The print commemorates someone who was killed in the 9/11 attacks. Their family will receive a paper print of the artwork. The project is the brainchild of Dianne Brudnicki, an artist and teacher who lives in a small town in Washington, far from the center of the attacks. For over a decade Dianne has been inspiring local artists, students, and anyone willing to try their hand at designing and carving, to create linoleum block prints for families of people lost in the 9/11 attacks.   Each year she travels to New York to present the latest batch of prints to a new set of families. A fresh idea!

And the always appealing old standby, fresh-as-a-daisy:

I never tire of seeing daisies in a field.   More fresh entries in this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge are here.


33 comments

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  2. Lynn, I love the image featuring the barbed wire. It epitomizes the resonating quality a lot of your work has for me.
    And it brings to mind all sorts of fond memories I have from my childhood of making tents with blankets slung over the clothesline, towels flapping in the breeze and the comic infuriation of re-hanging heavy wet stuff 20 times with a billion wooden clothespins.

    I particularly like the backdrop of the snowberry (I have one little snowberry in my yard and I’ve always been fond of it).

    • Wow, I’m so pleased. Coming from you, that’s very good to hear. I miss your blog, but I assume you’re busy working and I hope it’s going well. Stay cool, and if you’re out there on the end of LI this month…well, I trust you know how to get away from the crowds!

      • thanks Lynn…yes, avoiding crowds, showing and shooting…hopefully blogging again in a few weeks after a trip west. Really enjoyed your new photographs. 🙂

      • Wait a minute – hopefully you mean you’re avoiding crowds AND you’re showing and shooting – great! Not avoiding all three! And thank you again.


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