What catches the eye at a random moment –
sometimes it’s the usual suspect,
sometimes it’s not.
Two of these were taken with my phone – #3, and #8. The rest were taken with my well-worn Olympus OM-D EM-1 camera using several different prime lenses. I didn’t venture far for these; they are things that caught my eye at home or nearby.
- A fallen tulip at a local public garden.
- A poppy at the same garden. These petals too will fall, and when they do, they will become invisible to most garden visitors. Such is life; most people follow the received wisdom that says healthy flowers on their stems are beautiful, while those that have fallen to the ground are not worth your time. We know differently.
- Neon in the bookstore window; let me sing the praises of our used bookstore: they always have the NY Times and a local paper on hand, they serve excellent espresso and bake fragrant rosemary-olive oil rolls right in the store, they often exhibit decent art, they stock an intelligent mix of used and new books, and the WC is tastefully decorated.
- Playing with reflections and my shadow.
- Seaweed wrapped around a branch after a high tide at Lottie Bay.
- Seaweed twirled around branches, three months earlier. It looks like it’s been a long time since the tide was this high – maybe this happened during a winter storm.
- Boxes inside a greenhouse, seen through a plastic tarp.
- A view through the car window from Fidalgo Island’s March Point; an oil refinery is right behind me, and an uninhabited, protected island is to the right. The island on the left is only accessible by boat or plane and has relatively few residents.
- The berries of Twisted Stalk (Streptopus amplexifolius). The woodland wildflower can be found here, and in the Yukon, in Korea, in Burma, in Germany, Spain….in other words, it has a wide distribution. This particular plant is in a small pot and really should go into the ground, but for now I enjoy the bright red berries at the kitchen window.
- Looking west late on a summer day, the water glints through tall grasses at Ship Harbor, Fidalgo Island.
- A tiny mushroom on a mossy log at Mount Erie, Fidalgo Island.
- An old outbuilding collapses into the ground on Whidbey Island. Wood returns to the earth readily in this damp climate.