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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #64 – Countryside and/or Small Town

The theme from Amy for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #64 is: Countryside and/or Small Town.

 

I live in the big cities most of my life. The advantage of living in a city is the accessibility. But I realize that needs are relative. Lifestyle is a learned taste and habit. People can feel satisfied with a simple living. They may not know the existence of certain things and do not have a need for them; therefore, they may not miss them.

We bought a 10-acre land 35 years ago in Sequim, Washington Peninsula at the foot of the National Forest. It was an undeveloped parcel. The previous owner logged most of the big trees. They made a profit from the sales of logging. They poured gravels on the logging trail as a road to access the property. The purchase was to build a retirement home.

We rented a trailer to camp out there to do some inquiry. The minimum necessity to make the land livable was to have electricity hooked up, dig a well and connect the sewage pipe. The first thing we needed was water. Upon inquiry, we realized that drilling a well cost $5,500 per drilling for an average depth of 150 feet. If they detected no water, we needed to pay to drill another spot to find water.

I started to walk around the property and do some thinking. Even though the price of the land was reasonable, it required a lot of effort and resources to make it livable. One discouraging thing to me was that the closest neighbors were 10-acres away. It was hard for me as a city girl not to have neighbors close by. Eventually we sold the property.

When we travel, I appreciate going to see countryside that frees my mind and gives me a sense of tranquility such as Denali in Alaska, Bavaria in Germany, places we passed by in Amsterdam, Longleat and Stonehenge in England.

 

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Denali, Alaska

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Stonehenge, England

 

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #64 – Countryside and/or Small Town

 

 

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #63 – My Magical Garden

Ann-Christine invited us to look at our Magical Garden this week for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #63.

I have written several posts about my magical garden. The hummingbirds, the flowers, the trees and the baby birds.

There were more baby birds in my magical garden. On August 13, 2019, A pair of Mourning Doves came to the previous occupied nest, checked it out and decided to use it. Mama bird laid two eggs and nurtured two babies. The bigger baby flew to the nearby bush. Then Mama, Papa and the bigger brother left.  I thought Mama would leave the younger one alone, but she came back to stay with him for a while. Later that afternoon, the younger one left the nest also. The amazing thing was, both babies came back to the nest to spend a night together. They were gone the next day afternoon. I never saw this behavior in the birds in all the years.

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“Everyone likes birds. What wild creature is more accessible to our eyes and ears, as close to us and everyone in the world, as universal as a bird?” – Nature historian Sr. David Attenborough

“Birds are a miracle because they prove to us there is a finer, simpler state of being which we may strive to attain.” – Douglas Coupland

“Birds are indicators of the environment. If they are in trouble, we know we’ll soon be in trouble.” – Roger Tory Peterson

 

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The summer is mild this year with only several hot days. The flowers in my garden delight me without demanding too much work. I posted many flowers previously. This is the first time I post the following flowers.

“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly our whole life would change.” – Buddha

“If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden.” – Claudia Adrienne Grandi

“Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.” – Helen Keller

 

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Vinca Valiant Apricot doesn’t require too much water. They are annual flowers, but with proper trimming, the new flowers grow in the following year.

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The Iceberg roses are not demanding attention. The dead flowers and stems fall automatically. I chose to trim them the same way I care for other roses.

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Geranium has gorgeous colors and blooms all year round. It’s a low maintenance plant. I trim them because I like to keep the bushes to certain sizes.

 

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 63 – My Magical Garden

 

 

 

 

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #62: Silhouettes, the Sun and the Moon

This week for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #62, Patti invites us to share the Silhouetted photos.

 

1.Alaska 2018

It was raining when we arrived Anchorage, Alaska, last year. We were apprehensive if there would be a sunny sky in Denali National Park. I was delighted the weather cleared up as the tour bus approached the Park. I took this photo of the clear sky with the bright sun behind the tree, giving me the image of a star on top of a Christmas tree.

 

2.Maui 2011

On this day in Maui, the clouds drifted on and off in front of the sun. I often come up with images of the shadowy clouds.

 

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I love to take photos of the full moon. On this night, I waited on the driveway of my house for the clouds to clear for the moon.  I like the turnout of the jagged and blurry image of the trees. Later that night, I took many photos of the clear full moon.

 

5.2017 sunset in the neighbor

The heavy traffic contributes to the smog in downtown Los Angeles. The sunset could be an awing color show and the silhouette of the buildings makes a unique framing.

 

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This is one of my favorite sunset photos taken in Key West, Florida. I was running along the waterfront, trying to get a clear view. It turned out the silhouette of the people created a different dimension to the photo.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #62: Silhouettes, the Sun and the Moon

 

 

 

 

Lens-Artists Challenge #61: Precious Pets – Hummingbirds

This week’s Lens-Artists Challenge Tina introduced the theme “Precious Pets.” She mentioned spending time with her brother and his wife in Colorado, watched how they tended the hummingbirds. Tina now has anew found appreciation of the little creatures and captured some wonderful photos.

I started feeding the hummingbirds in the summer of 2014. Did the hummingbirds stay all year round? I had no idea. If they flew south during the winter, did the same hummingbirds come back to my garden? I didn’t keep track of them until June 2018.

The orange tree in the backyard grew big and tall. My husband trimmed it. After trimming the tree, on June 14, 2018, I discovered a hummingbird nest. He just missed it by one branch. Whew!

 

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Baby Hummie poked his head out of the nest waited for the feeding. I grabbed the ladder, climbed up to take a photo. I moved some leaves out of the way to get a clear view, but scared the baby. He flapped and popped out of the nest. It scared me because he was not ready to fly. I quickly got down the ladder, picked him up in my cuffed hand and returned him to the nest. Papa fluttered above my head. I retrieved from the ladder quickly.

Apparently Baby Hummie was hatched days before I discovered him. I only watched him in the nest for four days and caught him flying away. He flew behind the cypress trees. Eventually Mama brought him and showed him the bird feeder. He stayed close to the bird feeder for six months.

 

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Winter came. My research shows a baby hummingbird cannot fly south to Mexico from California in his first year. The mature birds fly 900 miles straight only stop to feed. Mama and Papa stayed until it was very cold. Finally, early January this year, only Baby Hummie stayed. I worried about him every day especially when it was cold and wet. Baby was smart, he perched on the low wire surrounding his favorite Salvia bush next to a three-feet high brick fence. It sheltered him from the pouring rain and open wind.

 

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Papa came back after three weeks. Mama came back a few days later. They were excited about the reunion, dancing and chasing each other. Papa led Baby Hummie fly away from the feeder little further at a time.

 

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On April 7, 2019, I didn’t see Baby Hummie the whole day. I was heartbroken, thinking of all the scenarios. Did the squirrel eat him while he hibernates at night? Was he attacked by other animals? Was he grown enough to be gone? I prayed for Baby Hummie. It was okay if he was gone, as long as he was safe. The next day, I saw him just once with Papa early in the morning. Perhaps Papa wanted him to fly a further distance. He then came back a couple times a day. And it became more and more frequent returns.

I’m happy to let you know that the last three months, Hummie stays in my front yard and the backyard all day. Papa and Mama come to visit, do their acrobat dance several times a day. As for Hummie, he perches on many favorite spots.

Besides the bird feeder, his favorite nectar is from Slavia and other purple trumpet flowers. I make sure the feeder is full and his favorite flowers grow well.

 

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Lens-Artists Challenge #61: Precious Pets – Hummingbirds

 

 

 

 

 

Lens-Artists Challenge #57 – Taking A Break

The theme for Lens-Artists Challenge this week from Tina is: Taking A Break.

The Huntington Library is a great place to go when we want to take a break. I lived about 2 miles from The Huntington in the early 1980s when there was no admission fee. We are now living about 25 miles from it and it’s convenient to go to spend a day. Since I have been there many times, during the last visit, I took time to read some manuscripts in the library and read the descriptions of the art collection. Taking photos is not allowed in the library. It’s allowed in the art collection with no flash of the camera so I took photos of the famous Pink Lady and Blue Boy.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is an educational and research institution established by Henry E. Huntington (1850–1927).  It is in Los Angeles County in San Marino, California.

The library contains a substantial collection of rare books and manuscripts, concentrated in the fields of British and American history, literature, art, and the history of science. Spanning from the 11th century to the present, the library’s holdings contain 7 million manuscript items.

In addition to the library, it houses an extensive art collection of 18th- and 19th-century European art and 17th- to mid-20th-century American art. The 500 acres property includes 120 acres botanical gardens, the Japanese Garden, the Desert Garden, and the Chinese Garden, along with the Rose Garden, Australian Garden, Herb Garden, Shakespeare Garden.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huntington_Library

 

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Lens-Artists Challenge #57 – Taking A Break

 

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #55 – Dreamy Dreams

The theme this week from Ann-Christine for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is: Dreamy. I will tweak a little bit here. The photos I chose present dreamy images, but the quotes I picked are about dreams.

 

1.Maui

Driving to the top of Haleakalā, the East Maui volcano (in Hawaii), the tallest peak is 10,023. feet.

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman

 

2.Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

 

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A helicopter riding with the glacier landing on Chugach Mountains in Anchorage, Alaska.

“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” – James Dean

 

4.Yellowstone hot spring

Mudpots in Yellowstone: Hot springs that are acidic enough to dissolve the surrounding rock. Typically, also lack water in their systems.

“I have had dreams, and I’ve had nightmares. I overcame the nightmares because of my dreams.” – Jonas Salk

 

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Driving along a river in Anchorage, Alaska

 “Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.” – Langston Hughes

 

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Old Faithful, the most famous Geysers in Yellowstone, erupts every 90 minutes.

“Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.” – John Updike

 

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Overlooking the mountain range on Pacific coast from the airplane.

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale

 

8.Key West night

Fog came in after nightfall in Key West, Florida.

“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.” – T.E. Lawrence

 

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Sunset on the west coast on the way from California to Oregon

“20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #55 – Dreamy Dreams

 

 

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