On to 2017…


and creativity –


and more.


The Photos:

December fog settles into a stand of Douglas firs on the shores of Lake Washington

A rusty bolt holds fast on a footbridge near Seattle

Old willow, weep not…your reach is wider than we know

On the street, downtown Seattle: new construction

Winter ground: how beautiful are the fallen (a park near Seattle)

Calm waters on Lake Washington





  1. All excellent! I can’t pick one as a favorite so I’ll pick two: December fog and Calm waters. The only thing I don’t like about the other photos is that I didn’t take them.

    • πŸ™‚ The funny thing about the fog is that I cut off the houses – they are just under the trees, spoiling the look, but I decided to make it mine and cut them out! πŸ˜‰ The calm water was truly calm though…

  2. The combination of that marvelous fog and the title — “Forward” — reminded me of a famous slogan from decades ago: “Onward Through the Fog.” It was the slogan of Oat Willie’s, a famous Austin, Texas head shop. In 1968, a character from one of Gilbert Shelton’s comics, β€œOat Willie,” was drafted to run for Texas governor. Oat Willie lost the race, started the smoke shop, and became an enduring inspiration to Austinites. Well, at least to some of them.

    He wasn’t as lovely as your photos, though: not by a long shot. The blues are beautiful, but the bolt is my favorite. At first, I thought it was a chocolate cake with powdered sugar on top.

    Creativity, enjoyment, and the manifold pleasures of recording the world are my wishes for you in the New Year. I’m looking forward to being inspired by your work.

    • Wow, that’s funny – you have such an incredible storehouse of a memory! I’m happy the bolt is a favorite – it has a mate, maybe I can find it – maybe not.
      Thank you for your wishes – so nice…who knows, maybe we’ll meet? I’m thinking about a Texas birding and botanzing trip. Someday! For you, I guess I wish continued story telling and adventures on the road, and in your mind! Fogged or not…well, probably not.

      • If you ever head this way, of course I’d be happy to take time to show you some of the sights. We’re in the middle of some of the best birding in the U.S., and there are wonderful wildlife refuges about. I’m beginning Master Naturalist internship training in January, so I’ll be at least a little more knowledgeable. Now, I know where the “good places” are. In a few months, I’ll know more about what I’m seeing — I hope!

    • That’s what I’m wondering – do I need to adjust something? Seriously, lately the colors around here are very bluish-greenish. It’s true that the Douglas firs are ubiquitous and they are a deep bluish green, and those ones were near water and sky, this reflecting more blue. But I don’t know if it’s always that way this time of year or what. I will confess that the willow leaves in that photo of the ground are processed to be bluer than they really were – I liked the look.
      A peaceful New Year to you too, Gunta!

      • I LOVED the look, too. My favorite shade of blue. Don’t know if colors are playing tricks this time of year, but the effect is delightful whatever its origin.

  3. It just dawned on me you were referring to the foggy misty first shot (perhaps?) for the Douglas fir mention. I’ve had that sort of thing happen once in awhile, too. I suspect it’s a trick of the light. Perhaps? On the other hand, I was referring to the willow leaf blues. Very clever of you to do that! πŸ™‚

  4. Ah, right, you said leaves, not trees…in my haste I made a mistake. But you figured it all out. In “real life” whatever that is, those leaves are a beautiful steely blue-gray; it actually is only a little bluer here. I enjoy the processing – playtime!

    • I always post a “bunch” of images and am curious to know which ones are favored, so thanks for letting me know…that place is actually surrounded by houses with traffic close by, but I always find something interesting there.

  5. Definitely hoping to see more and more such as these in Lynn’s Wanderings and Observations come 2017 πŸ™‚ Love the calm waters and Douglas firs in mist … the sky has a tinge of pink … dawn ?? Lovely .
    Wishing you well for the year ahead BB … no more tips of the unexpected kind ! I hope all is 100% healed and fixed .
    x Poppy

    • Dawn?? I’d like to say so, but honestly, if you see pink in my skies it’s late afternoon…yes, no more broken bones – still working on range of motion, it takes forever to get it back fully. Wishing you the best as well, and I would love to see more visual treats from your neck of the woods, but no pressure! πŸ˜‰

    • Oh, that’s nice to hear…I don’t work as hard on that aspect as I used to and it’s a good reminder, to keep trying to make the images sing together. I don’t like showing only one at a time…I was looking for variety here without destroying the flow. It probably helps that they’re all taken in the same month: the chill pervades! πŸ™‚ Happy New Year to you too.

  6. “Old willow, weep not…your reach is wider than we know”β€”is this part of a poem? Googling shows me only to your site, so are you the poet here? It’s a lovely line no matter what its origin. And it’s a lovely photograph. Numbers 1 and 2 round out my favorites here.

    • πŸ™‚ It came to me as I looked at the image – that willow has a wonderful presence. We go to that park a lot, because it’s close by, so I’ve gotten to know the willow a little. Thanks for letting me know your favorites – I feel like I managed to squeeze out some nice photographs from a pretty bleak landscape.

  7. You have such a wonderful eye Lynn. As you can see, I’m terribly behind but I’m getting there. Wishing all the very best and lots more of your wonderful creativity for 2017. πŸ™‚

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