Sunny Treasures On A Cloudy Beach Day


Sara, Cameron & sea lions

A mid-week visit with my daughter and grandson was more than enough to brighten a cloudy day. This child did more running, jumping, digging and diving into sand than should be legal. I was exhausted just watching. I am so grateful for this special day.

Half-Moon Bay and Westport Marina, WA. Phall Photos 2015

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Between Inlets and the Ocean

East Fork Satsop River

East Fork Satsop River

Or…between The Cascades and The Olympics. Like the eyes on the portrait that follow your every move, these mountain ranges gaze down at you, no matter the direction you travel…more on my blog post Phall Photo Friday; A Few Map Inches and 3 Counties here:

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Morning Glory Evening On Willipa Bay


As you already know, I’m having a lot of dental work done in South Bend, WA. It’s a 35-mile trip from Westport, but what a beautiful stretch of roadway it is! I’ve shared many of my photos of the plants and other wild things along the way, but not many of the bay itself. Once I pass the tiny towns of Grayland, North Cove and Tokeland, there is a long winding road that dips inland in a few places, but mostly runs parallel with the shoreline of the bay. Please enjoy these few evening shots along the bay, and indulge me in a few more morning glory photos. I just can’t get enough of their simple beauty. Taken with my phone camera 2 days ago. Six photos in the slide show.

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Getting Wild On My Dentist Travels

My dentist is 40 minutes away. I have to go, but I can have some fun on the way back! I was running late and could barely keep my truck on the road… I kept seeing cool things to photograph and explore. That’s why it took me two hours to get home 🙂 The road between Grayland and Raymond is filled with pullouts and logging roads. The winding 2-lane road holds back Willipa Bay on one side, and the wilds of the forest on the other side. Big job for such a little road. Of course, I was enticed by the wild side. Here is a sampling of the photos I took.

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This one has been tough to identify, but I couldn’t stop taking photos. Caught a few bees taking a sip…Mountain Phacelia imbricata or Rock Phacelia egena. Either way it is a type of scorpion-weed. As you can see, the morning glories love it too.

Speaking of morning glories…Calystegia sepium is such an exquisitely beautiful pest. I have witnessed her trying to strangle everyone she meets.

Rubus laciniatus, Cutleaf Evergreen Blackberry or Evergreen Blackberry is a prickly and tasty wild one. The berries are unique and fruitier than the other blackberries.

Delicate, but mighty, Queen Anne’s Lace-Daucus carota.


Mount Rainier and The Beauty Below Her

My mid-May trip to see Kevin in Packwood, Washington has hardly gotten started, but one short trip led to all these photos. I’m using my camera phone and his Olympus. Distance photos are impossible on my phone, but Kevin’s camera keeps having battery issues. Still, I hope you enjoy. These are all Phall Photos 2014. Click on to enlarge.

South-west view of Mt. Rainier.  From a hill above Packwood.

South-west view of Mt. Rainier. From a hill above Packwood.

Taken with the Olympus. Wild things, of the green and colorful kind:

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Taken with my phone camera in the woods and around Packwood:

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