LOCAL WALKS: Nothing Exotic

No exploding volcanoes here, no thundering waterfalls, no calving icebergs, no wild elephants or glimmering Northern lights. Just a potpourri of “scenes seen” around the island in the last few weeks, mostly around town, with a brief nature break in the middle.

1. What’s more quotidian than a sidewalk? But oh, what beauty here!
2. One day in April, a No Parking zone received a blessing from cherry blossom petals.
3. Rusty building supplies seen across from a ship-building and repair business in town. Ever since it arrived here last summer, we enjoyed seeing the RV Atlantis, a Woods Hole Research ship that was in for a major overhaul at Dakota Industries.
Woods Hole, which is based in Massachusetts, is “the world’s leading, independent non-profit organization dedicated to ocean research, exploration, and education.” The RV Atlantis is a global class research vessel that carries a human-occupied submersible on board for exploring the world’s oceans. The submersible, called ‘Alvin’ has accomplished amazing things.
Work on the Atlantis was finally completed this spring; the ship left Anacortes in early April. Video of the departure can be seen here. As I write, the ship has left the Strait of Juan de Fuca and is transiting over the deep underwater canyons off the northwest tip of Washington State. Here’s the tracker.
7. Just a short stroll from the shipyard, Pelican Bay Books has an extensive maritime book section, excellent coffee, and always-freshly-baked pastries. I like a town where industry and culture get close to each other.

8. I wonder if this tree’s injury was caused by something human-made.
9. I found this noble Bigleaf maple tree one rainy day while driving down a dead-end road.
10. Standing on a dock in the rain, I watched the clouds descend on Mt. Erie.




17. “B” Dock at Cap Sante Marina was full up with fishing and crabbing vessels the other day. A walk down the length of the dock offered glimpses into a world I know very little about.



20. Under a moody Pacific northwest sky, I pointed the camera west one evening, toward the San Juan Islands. The knoIl where I stood wraps its rocky arm around Cap Sante Marina, making it a favorite haunt for locals to catch their breath and enjoy the view.



  1. With your attentive eyes and a glance around full of wonder and fascination you discover charm everywhere! Thanks for sharing your artful photos! I’m charmed! Have a charming day! Cheers, Petra

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    • I can’t say enough good things about it – the book selection is excellent, the people are great, each drink is carefully made and they bake treats several times a day. What’s not to like, as they say in New York! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping by, Robert.

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  2. Nothing exotic, maybe, but again you made the plain things magic πŸ™‚ So many inspiring pictures. Wood and rust are always exciting elements and I like your agenda here. Some photos remind me of artworks with collage: #13, 14 and 16. You have the look for it! These are so fantastic and minimalistic πŸ™‚ I also love #7! Every detail is perfect and there is a sense of humor about it. Also 2, 3 and 4 remind me of artwork on paper. 3 could be a painting as well. Of course you found some nice petals πŸ™‚ and I like the combination of the colored steps with the flowers. In this series you cross the “frontiers” of photography, if I can say so, the frontier to painting, collage etc. You chose clippings with great compositions! The bark (strange marks) and the maple tree are beautiful. Inspiring post Lynn!

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    • You must have collaging on your mind – that’s a very interesting observation, that some of these have a collaged look (yes, it can be a verb AND a noun!). πŸ˜‰ I’m really glad you see the perfect, harmonious order and at the same time, the slight oddity in #7. Everything in its place, even the electrical meters. #3 could definitely be a painting, I agree. I love your idea of crossing frontiers between disciplines: photography and painting, collage, etc. Thank you for that. Have a good day at the market! πŸ˜‰

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  3. Here some remarks, Lynn.
    Hopefully the formatting will be preserved πŸ˜‰

    Some kind of a skirt πŸ™‚
    Some kind of art
    We once watched a movie in β€žUniversum Bremenβ€œ, where a submersible had been the star. BreMarE ist the research center.
    What a yellow
    I like a town where industry and culture get close to each other.
    Me too. πŸ™‚
    Wow, what a find. Interesting to guess
    Two colours
    delicate and massive
    Very interesting a- fter a closer Look.
    same as in 12 πŸ™‚
    Two brothers
    Nicely β€žweakβ€œ Blue and red
    Floating Letters πŸ˜‰
    Very nice!

    I enjoyed the ride. πŸ™‚

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      • I’m not sure how you formatted your comment but it’s fine with me as long as I can read it. I appreciate all your thoughts. #1 would be a lovely skirt for a mouse to wear. πŸ™‚ I’m glad you see the art in #2. It’s nice to hear that you know what I’m talking about when it comes to industry and culture existing side by side. Your “two brothers” comment is hysterically funny. I like your observation about the colors in #17. Glad you enjoyed the ride, Gerhard, now I hope you enjoy your weekend, too. πŸ™‚

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        • Usually we would have travelled to Diessen, a well known ceramic-market, but its cancelled the 2nd time in a row.
          So we’ll stay at home and work with clay on our own. It should also be a rainy day as far as the weather app teils us.
          Have a nice weekend!

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  4. This time the photos with less nature and more human/technical world really inspire me, dear Lynn:
    First of all, No.13, in which I admire the strictly geometric shapes and strong colors. But I also think No.2 is strong; the heavy concrete stripes that are simply overwhelmed by the delicate flower petals! I like your idea of making the corresponding stripes follow directly as No.3, like an echo, an answer to the previous picture.
    No.5 is a classic combination of nature and technology: the grain of the wood, which can still be recognized, combined with the strict cutting of the wood – and the metal band (?) that connects the wavy natural shape with the hardness of the technical world … you have an eye for such coincidences and transform chance into deliberate design masterfully. Another pleasure that you are giving away here and for which you cannot be thanked enough.

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    • I’m grinning – you chose #5 and #13 (OK, and #2) and today is 5/13….and you know what that means….and on top of that, I was unsure whether anyone would “get” #5, an image I like a lot. The same goes for #13. I liked the almost severe, formal aspect of the shapes with the toned-down colors but I wasn’t sure other people would see it that way. Thank you so very much, another B-day present. πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you for stopping by and letting me know, Caelyn. I photograph nature most often but I did something different this time. Still, I snuck those in here and I’m glad you liked them. Have a good weekend!


  5. Hi Lynn, Well, maybe not exotic but it’s a visual paradise. πŸ˜„ Your collection defines, for me, seeing the extraordinary in the everyday. I love the coupling of color and texture in 2, and I immediately saw a figure relaxing against a wall in 3, your industrial details are terrific and I love the gloves. And your last wide shot gives some context to your stunning environment. Terrific post!

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    • Ouch, is this reply late or what? πŸ˜‰ And you wrote such a nice comment so please know that I did read it shortly after you wrote it and it brought a smile and a sigh. (We were on the way to spend the night in Seattle so the early morning flight would be less painful than if we went directly from home.) I’m so glad you enjoyed the industrial details – it was fun finding that place. You mentioned context – when we keep honing in on details, it’s important to remember to step back, right? Thanks, Jane! πŸ™‚

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  6. Your photos always make me stop and take a second look. Some because they appeal to my aesthetic, others because I’m wondering what about it appealed to you. Always a journey seeing the world through your lens.

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    • My apologies for a very late reply, Jackson. I really do appreciate hearing from you. That’s funny about your Yakima experience – I can see it. I think mine is encapsulated in a memory of a pleasant dinner at a restaurant (I found it – Cowiche Canyon Kitchen) and a stroll afterward. It’s a funny place. I hope all’s well with you.


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