Category Archives: Snapshots from a Happy Life

Faceless

The challenge this week is to show people but not their faces. These photos were taken in Qingdao. The two below are in a “folk” temple.

Red Prayer Papers at Tian Hou  Temple in Qingdao
Lady in red.

 

Visitor to The Goddess of Heaven (Tian Hou) in Qingdao
Worshiping the Goddess of Heaven.

 A Face in the Crowd

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Harbinger of spring

 

KSM-20180219-Flowering_Quince-02KSM-20180219-Flowering_Quince-03Today it’s back to overcast, but yesterday was spectacularly beautiful, if chilly. I was glad because my son and a friend are visiting for Chinese New Year and I was afraid they would only have crazy weather. I saw these out walking the pups. I hope they don’t freeze off.

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Which way to the view?

The pups and I walk the same route most mornings, except when it is slicker weather. There is a spot along the way that we refer to as the “hump on 47th” where there are views out to the Olympic Mountains, when they are “out”. It is steep, a bit over grown and slippery on all but the driest days. Here is the path to our viewpoint from different directions (and different weather):

The view varies from mildly spectacular to non-existent:

For Cee’s Which Way Challenge

A pall hung over us

Last summer we had an unusual situation, a significant amount of smoke from wildfires in British Columbia came down into the area and there was no wind to blow it off. The silence during the smoky hot spell felt eerie.

The reflections are an indication of the very low winds. In the evenings in summer the water is often fairly choppy instead of the light ripple. In the morning it is usually calmer but not the mirror like stillness. The sunsets are often lovely but at that time the sun just faded out through the thick atmosphere.

Somewhere out there

I live in a bowl, an often cloudy bowl at that, and rarely see a true horizon. I never really thought about that much but a friend who moved to this area from the prairies of Colorado complained that she sometimes feels claustrophobic because she can’t see to the distance. I may be the other way: I noticed that I rarely take a picture of just the horizon. Here are a few, all taken far from home.

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A sunset somewhere off the coast of Australia.
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Looking out to the ocean from Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas, Australia.
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A land horizon at Masai Mara National Park in Kenya.
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The Rio de la Plata in Buenos Aires, Argentina is so wide you see the horizon not the other side.
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A sunset in the south Atlantic ocean.
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Full moon over the south Atlantic Ocean.

Forbidden Crowds

Nancy Merril’s Picture a Week Theme is Crowds. I don’t like them so I don’t have lots of pictures of them: I get flustered and try to haul myself out never thinking to record the experience.

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I think the biggest crowd experience I may have ever had was on my first visit to the Forbidden City, it was also my first visit to China and I think it was a weekend or minor holiday (possibly Qing Ming), so there were a lot of Chinese people out to see the Forbidden City the same day that we were there. I think of these pictures as being representative of China, or at least Beijing.