April 20th, photo of the day: rhodies!

The rhododendrons in our apartment complex are really starting to take off. They are in varying stages of bloom all around, and in a awesome variety of colors!

Just across the street from our place is this bright red bush:


I’ve added this to Photo Friday: Crimson.

Down the walk a bit is another big flowering bush, and while pink is not usually my favorite color, this plant is my favorite rhodie, with it’s subtle pink and deeper pink outline on each petal:

Pretty in Pink

and not to mention it’s cute little stamen that look like they have eyes!

Can you see the little eyes?

Scavenger Hunt (Easter) Sunday

Happy Easter!

While I’m waking up, and waiting for my little niece and nephew to arrive, I thought I would look through my photos from the last few days and see if I have photos to apply to the Scavenger Hunt prompts!

Here is what I found:

This is a NEW way to dye eggs - wrap them in old ties and boil them in water/vinegar for 20 minutes. Added bonus: your eggs are dyed and hard boiled all at once!

LIFE can be seen in this giant tree that we planted in the backyard when we moved to this house 16 years ago!

My dad's delicious bread produced lots of FRAGRANT smells as it baked.
Also, this photo was taken 2 days ago, and all but half of one of these is gone. ;)

Who can resist a black crow surrounded by all PINK?

It's OBVIOUS that I'm going to take photos of my niece and nephew when I come to visit them!

And there they are, my Scavenger Hunt interpretations of the week!

Click here to check out all the other entries!

Photo Friday: Unwind

Okay, so I’m a day late, but I’m NOT a dollar short. Wait, am I?

Anyway, this Photo Friday Challenge is “Unwind” and I thought, where else better to unwind than at a big beautiful lake in the mountains?

Crater Lake National Park at Sunrise

At 1,943 feet deep, it is the deepest lake in the US.

So much water!

Check out the other “Unwind” entries at photofriday.com!

March 10th: With Selective Focus

I built my light box today! It’s so much fun. To make it, I used the directions found here, at nickexposed.com.

I played in cardboard boxes as a kid...looks like not much as changed!

I quickly scavenged the apartment for anything and everything I could stick in there.

These two are my favorites.

Growing broccoli


The Ansco Clipper

Do either of these count as my ‘with selective focus’ ? I think so.

Remember tonight’s the start of Daylight Savings,  so set your clocks an hour forward!


Follow me, my children…

So, I have been at this for a little over a month now, and I have 92 people -between email alerts and facebook- following my blog. This is amazing! Thank you for following me!

I was thinking, maybe since the monumentus one hundredth follower is imminent, I should offer some sort of a drawing when that time rolls around! When I started this blog I thought I would be offering you equal parts food and photography adventures, and while there have been some of both, I have been using it far more for a place to showcase my photography.

That being said, I now want to hear from you. If you were to win, which would you rather receive as a prize; a set of 5 note cards with my photos on them, or a dozen homemade whole wheat bagels?

Today Isaac and I took Ashley and Stan up to the Smith Tower! It’s a great view of the city, that offers a different perspective to the Space Needle.

Can you see the Space Needle?


*edit* I just added this photo to the Photo Friday challenge, found here! Check it out, add your own! :)