My son and I took dance lessons from Dean Paton a couple of years ago at Century Ballroom in Seattle (highly recommended, by the way). Sometimes, on the weekend, I would attend dances there and photograph from the sidelines. One of those evenings, while standing at the bottom of a stairway leading to the balcony, […]
I am working on a long-term book project of interviewing and photographing women over 50, that I call The Beauty of Wisdom. It is an ongoing body of work that will become a book when finished, but I feel it is time to give birth to it, even while in progress.
My son and I went out for a walk one night and the streets were glistening, a beautiful reminder of the rain earlier in the day. About 20 minutes into our walk it began to rain again and showed no sign of letting up, so we turned back toward our place. When we were almost […]
One day as my son and I were walking across one of the bridges along the River Tweed, I noticed this ‘scene’ as I looked down on the water. I loved what I saw; the lines, the texture, the continuity, and the break in continuity. I hope you enjoy it, also.
I felt sad to leave Connemara this morning. Connemara felt like mine. It felt like it was my cabin, the land I lived on, my mountains, my people, my little neighborhood store ten miles down the road, the sheep and horses part of my family. Saying goodbye to the vastness, the fields, streams, and all the […]
One of the fun things you experience when traveling is how different everyday appliances can be. We have seen many variations on heating systems, washers, dryers, showers, and even refrigerators. The one we found the most interesting was the dryer we had in our second apartment in Hungary. Please pardon any and all faults with […]
The cottage we are currently renting is surrounded by sheep on three sides. It is lovely to see them grazing in the lush fields of green at the base of these lofty mountains. The sheep are getting used to us now. The first few days we were here, they would run away whenever we stepped […]
In early July, my son and I began a long-term travel adventure to Canada and Europe. Life brought to us what felt like a now-or-never moment and we chose ‘now’ versus the possibility of regret for risking the alternative of never. I sold everything I owned, including my car, and off we went! We have been […]
Yesterday my son and I went to the Seattle Art Museum to see the Kehinde Wiley exhibit. The best word I can give you about the exhibit is. . .GO! Go even if parking downtown sucks, go if you’re wondering whether it’s worth your time and money (it is!!), go even if you have to swim there. Seriously. […]
I’m in the middle of an ongoing project of copying all my old CD’s into my iTunes library on my computer and phone. It’s a project I’ve been putting off for a long time. I’m not sure why I’ve put it off since I’m finding it’s easy to do in the background while I’m working on […]
Recently, a friend of mine posted a link on social media to an article that featured her. I was very happy for her featured story, but I saw that the writer and the publication used a photograph that I had taken of my friend during a photo session (my friend was in possession of a couple of […]
My new favorite hat. I picked up this hat on my visit to Colorado two months ago and it has become my most favored hat to wear. Why? It takes me back to Colorado…the expansive sky, the sunshine mixed with crisp cold air, the people I met, the dogs I met! Fort Collins is one […]
During my recent trip to Colorado to attend a group show I was in, I added an extra day’s stay at the beginning and end of my trip so that I could explore the area and take photographs while I was there. When I travel, it’s always photography related…a workshop, expo, exhibit, etc, meaning I’m […]
Early last month I went to Fort Collins, Colorado, to attend Opening Night of an exhibition entitled “Memories, Stories, Histories” at The Center for Fine Art Photography. It’s not every day that I get to have my work exhibited at a fine art gallery so it was a big deal for me. I decided to […]
I am a firm believer that a photo session should be FUN, both for those being photographed and for me! :) Humorous things happen sometimes during the sessions and, yes, I keep shooting because those are photos that will always bring a smile. When these moments occur, I often get just one shot at it and […]
At the end of August, I boarded the Seattle-Bainbridge ferry to photograph a friend’s wedding on Bainbridge Island. On the trip over, I went to the upper deck to possibly take some landscape photographs. There was a storm forecasted that day and the winds were already kicking up. About halfway through the crossing, the ferry personnel announced […]
Last night was interesting from where I was located. During much of the moonrise phase, there was a thin layer across the sky preventing us from seeing the initial rising, which is something all the early birds were hoping to see. At first, many people were checking their cell phones and looking at the promised timetables […]
Personal work done by photographers often has a very important, and serious, story to tell. My own personal projects are about things I want to say in the world that matter to me. They vary in the degree of depth and magnitude, but none are as lighthearted and fun as the personal project I just […]
It was a while ago when I visited LaConner, pre-tulip season, on purpose. No tourists, no cars on the road, the entire B&B all to myself, and some of the daffodil fields were still in bloom. It was awesome. I had to do night walks while I was there since night photography is better […]
Over the weekend, I attended the opening of the Onyx Fine Arts Exhibition, held at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, at the University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design. A wide variety of work, by amazing and very talented artists, is on exhibit there. Just a few of the artists were Earnest […]
Every time I visit New York City, I am reminded that world peace is possible. If you have doubts about that, just ride any NYC subway during morning or evening rush hour. During my last visit, I stood on a subway with countless other people, shoulder-to-shoulder, packed in so tight that there was barely room to expand my lungs […]
Birthdays. At a certain age, they go from the childhood excitement of cakes, gifts, and parties, to the years of thinking you’re getting old because you’re turning 30 or 40 (but, it’s just a number then), to the years where you get an annual reminder that you won’t be here forever. My birthdays are […]
Last night, I attended an arts event that was a unique and interesting twist on figure drawing classes, where artists come in and sketch a (typically nude) model. This sketch class; however, hosted by Arts Unlimited of Renton, had actors from the 425 Theatre Project as models. Last night’s theme was the 1920s and the […]
The Fremont Bridge is a Seattle landmark that has been around since 1917 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Due to its low vessel clearance, it holds the distinction of being the most frequently opened drawbridge in the United States, opening an average of 35 times per day. I took this […]
Seattle’s Century Ballroom, on Capital Hill, offered a salsa dance on Valentine’s Day, preceded by a one-hour lesson for newbies. I decided I would take my camera on a date and, together, we would go photograph some love. The following photo is of the two beautiful and talented instructors that gave the pre-dance lesson and had […]
I was happy to make it out to the February Arts Walk tonight in Pioneer Square and see the work of many talented Seattle artists. The difficult part of the Arts Walk is choosing which galleries to visit in a given month because it is impossible to see them all in the allotted time. The wonderful part […]
This morning, I sent one of the fog photos I took yesterday to our own Seattle Weather Guru, Cliff Mass, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington, to ask him what conditions could cause such an amazing display on one of the buildings downtown. He asked to see more photos and gave me […]
Today was an epic day for photography in Seattle. Fog rolling in and out, over and over, all day. I took photos throughout the day as the fog kept ‘changing the view’ in my neighborhood. First thing this morning, when the sun came out for a moment, I saw this incredible scene outside my window… the […]
We are fortunate here in downtown Seattle to have a beautifully-designed public library. It is fun to visit, whether to read a book, take photographs, or admire the architecture. The red floor is especially interesting. And, of course, being Seattle, a small coffee shop awaits you inside. Here’s to real books, bookstores, and libraries. May they always be […]
May we continue to create a better world together, not only for ourselves, but for our children and beyond. The children in these photographs, along with many others, attended the Seattle MLK March and Rally with their families earlier today, where they witnessed everyone standing together in peace and love. […]
I thought maybe those of you who do not live here might enjoy seeing what downtown Seattle looked like after the game yesterday. Smiles, high-fives, hugs. . . even if you were sitting in the gridlock of post-game traffic, someone would run by your car and give you a high-five. For Seahawks fans, it’s a dream come […]
I added animal portraiture to my website tonight. If you have time to take a look, here’s the link to see them. As always, feedback is welcome and appreciated. I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!!
I was in West Seattle a few days ago to meet a friend for lunch and, as I was walking back to my car, I noticed a beautiful mural in progress. My first thought was how wonderful that street art was being supported and, upon closer inspection, how beautiful this work-in-progress was. The talented artist behind […]
The Seattle-Bainbridge Island ferry ride, late this afternoon. Leaving Bainbridge Island … Seattle on the horizon … Some holiday commuters taking advantage of a photo op … Almost home …. About 5:30pm, from the Seattle side … Happy Holidays to everyone.
As I was driving home the other evening, I noticed a soccer team practicing. What caught my eye was the beautiful, intense contrast of the bright lights on the field against the black sky. I turned the car around and spent the next few minutes on the sidelines. :) And, of course, I have to add a […]
Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal last night. Long exposure, with a street lamp graciously lighting the foreground for me. :)
Yesterday, in Pioneer Square, I happened upon a Holiday Dog Costume Contest. Some pretty cute contestants competing for the title. . . . And, the title went to ….. “Dr. Desmond Jones” and “Penny Lane” … 2014 Pioneer Square Dogs of the Year!
A couple of weeks ago, I had a portrait session with a woman who will be included in a long-term project I’m working on and, much to my joy, her ‘grand-dog’ was there. His name is Jackson and he is a giant bundle of love. He made me feel welcome by residing at (ok, on) […]
This photo was taken while on a bike ride last month. I-5, Seattle, WA
A balmy 57 degrees yesterday in Seattle.
Harlem sings the sweetest song, and wraps itself around your soul, with notes of love divine. Morningside Park, Harlem, New York
This photo was taken just a few weeks ago in early October. I was on a bike ride and saw this bride and groom having their photos taken, in the park, in the setting sun. Their photographer was no doubt getting some amazing shots of them (he’s behind the trees on the left) but I […]
The escalator in a building in downtown Seattle (the Norton Building). It’s one of the longest escalators I’ve ever seen. Many people use it to get from First to Second Avenue if they don’t want to (or can’t) climb the hill between these two streets. Let’s just say that if you walk it, your Achilles […]
Time for some ‘old-fashioned’ b&w, courtesy of my M3. Earlier this year, in the spring, I took a day away by myself and went up to the famous tulip fields in La Conner. Being either smart, or weird, or maybe both, I made sure I went before the tulips actually bloomed. The beauty of that […]
For Day 2, I am posting a portrait of Ayo, taken back in 2010. We spent a few hours making photographs around Pioneer Square and there are so many I like that it’s hard to choose. I decided to go with one of the more quiet images, though there were plenty of smiles and laughter during […]
I just started the 5-day B&W Challenge on Facebook and thought I might post the photos here, also. I took this photo back in 2010 of the MLKBallet when they were performing at The Triple Door in Seattle. Day 1. . .
While out for a bike ride a few weeks ago, I stopped into Cicchetti (chi-KET-ee) to visit a friend who works there and, as usual for me, had some photographic fun. Here are the hard-working chefs preparing delicious food for everyone. By the way, fantastic food and staff. Highly recommended.
This weekend, I attended Oprah’s “The Life You Want” tour in Seattle. It was better than I even imagined it would be and I am glad I decided to go. It was an inspiring weekend and so much more than just a series of motivational speeches. Every part of life was addressed . . . […]
My beautiful baby brother. It is his birthday today and I wish I could call him and talk for hours like we used to, and I wish I could give him a loving embrace, and tell him how much I love him. He left a giant hole in my heart when he died seven years […]
I recently visited Manhattan for a photography event, which happened to coincide with the famous NYC Halloween Parade. I was also in New York for Halloween in 2011, while attending Jay Maisel‘s workshop, and we were sent out to photograph the parade. However, that year, I was unable to get anywhere near it. Thousands of […]
If you’ve been following my blog for a bit, you might remember me writing a blog post recently on the healing power of horses. One of the horses featured in that article, and the one that inspired me to write it, Lucy Lu, just passed away. Lucy’s love was palpable; the very air you breathed in her […]
Last night was SO beautiful in Seattle. Warm and pleasant, a summer night in mid-October! Even after 10pm, it was beautiful out. I had to go for a walk and, as always, I brought my camera with me. I decided to take my Leica, even though I rarely shoot with it at night because at high iso’s, […]
Saturday night, I went to the CD Release Party of my friend, Ben, and his band, St. Paul de Vence, at The Tractor Tavern. It was the final night of their recent tour, culminating back home in Seattle. A fun night of great music and good people. The Tractor employs every color of the rainbow […]
I had the honor of photographing a charity golf tournament last week, put on by Windermere Real Estate Company and Windermere NW, which comprises 11 offices in Greater Seattle. The event, held at Inglewood Golf Club, raised money for the Windermere Foundation, a 501©(3) nonprofit organization, which raises and distributes funds to support low-income and homeless assistance […]
A couple of weeks ago, I did a photo session with my friend, Sarah. First, we took some photos of her running that she can use on her blog. She’s got a brand new wordpress blog where she writes and posts photos about her experiences as a new runner. I hope you’ll go check it out at runchickenrun.net and […]
Aussie in the park, as the leaves begin to fall.
The bench in front of me, on the Seattle-Bainbridge ferry Saturday . . .
Imagine there’s no countries, It isn’t hard to do, Nothing to kill or die for, And no religion, too, Imagine all the people, Living life in peace . . . – John Lennon
Don’t you love it when your timing is right?!!! Even when it seems like pure coincidence? It’s still a fantastic feeling. I feel so grateful and fortunate when I seem to have landed in the right place at the right moment. This happened to me just the other night. At almost midnight, on my way […]
For the past several days Highway 99 in Seattle has been closed for some repairs. I live near the section of the highway known as the Alaskan Way Viaduct and I decided to walk up there while it was closed and take some photographs from views that are normally inaccessible. Pedestrians and bicyclists are not allowed […]
Cooler temperatures and fog this morning are a welcome sight here in Seattle, at least to me! No offense to the folks who adore temperatures above 85-90 (I wish I were one of them!) but, for me, it has been TOO HOT here lately. I am starting to have fantasies about a summer home in Alaska and […]
Monochrome Madness is a weekly blog ‘event’, hosted by Leanne Cole and Laura Macky, which is now at Week 24! For those of us who love monochrome photography, it is a post we look forward to each week. The photos, from people all over the world, are posted on Leanne’s blog and she includes links to each photographer’s blog/website, which […]
I have always enjoyed photographing horses. If I am driving somewhere and come upon a pasture or farm with horses, I cannot help but stop and spend some time with them and ask them if I may take their portrait. (Yes, I actually ask, and they let me know, without the need for words, if […]
I attended the concert of a friend of mine last night, Benjamin Doerr, and his band St Paul de Vence. The concert was at The Triple Door in Seattle and was held in collaboration with Melodic Caring Project, an incredible organization, founded by Levi and Stephanie Ware, that streams LIVE, personalized concerts to kids and teens in the […]
The Blue Angels are in Seattle for Seafair celebration. Their practice sessions and performances are held over Lake Washington, which is far enough away that I do not see or hear them. However, today, I was working at home and I heard the roar, so I grabbed my camera and ran outside. It’s my first year […]
Saturday night, I saw the Torchlight Parade in Seattle for the first time. I wasn’t planning to attend but I had to go out to pick up some late dinner so I thought I would stop by and check it out on my way. As you might guess, when I went to ‘check out’ the parade, […]
Right after a short cat nap, things will start moving. Real fast. At least…that’s what I heard. ;)
Who could resist checking out an event with that title??! Apparently, not me!
The First Thursday Arts Walk in Seattle never disappoints and the July exhibits are no exception. This month, I started out at Greg Kucera Gallery, where the ‘Kinetic Sculptures’ exhibit by artist, John Buck, is absolutely amazing. Massive, intricate, and extremely creative pieces. Well worth your time if you’re in Seattle. If you are unable to […]
I took myself out to hear some live music again (Brian McKnight, playing Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley in Seattle this weekend) and, of course, here are a few photos from the evening . . .
If you’re ever visiting Seattle and you happen to do something stupid, the Emerald City has got you covered . . .
Boney James concert recently (June 14), Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, Seattle. Great live music and making photographs… a heavenly combo.
Seattle’s First Thursday Arts Walk in Pioneer Square was held last week and I was happy to make it out this month to visit a few of the galleries. So much incredible work out there, as always….
It was not my intention to go to Ballard that day. I just felt the need to get out of the house and enjoy the sun a bit. So, I took off with no destination in mind other than staying away from anything that resembled a freeway. I headed north and, as I crossed the Ballard […]
I just returned from visiting San Francisco a few days ago. If you’d like to see more pics, they are on my website as of tonight….. . Thanks for stopping by!
It was just too beautiful in Seattle today to stay inside. I’ve spent the last several days in front of my computer so I decided to play hooky for the afternoon and take off on my bike. I started out via my typical route but when I got to the place where I normally turn around and […]
While walking up Western Avenue the other day, I came across this message written by one of the merchants on the Ave. What a sweet gesture for anyone passing by. Payin’ it forward….
I have to say that when the sun shines its warm rays on Seattle and the ‘good’ clouds move in, it is glorious here and the sunsets are magnificent. And, because it is not this way all the time, the sun is pretty much worshiped by those who live here; it is never taken for granted. […]
Butterfly house. Pacific Science Center. Seattle. Sunday afternoon walk. Butterflies: Transformation, rebirth, lightness of being, playfulness.
About ten days ago, I rented a couple of lenses to play with and try out. I enjoy renting a lens now and then that I may not necessarily want to own (or spend the money to own if I won’t use it enough to justify the cost), or to try lenses I may consider buying. Lens rentals are pretty […]
Earth’s beautiful display in Seattle tonight….
So, I think you will understand my disappointment when I posted the Lunar Eclipse photograph (where the moon was hidden behind clouds) when you see my practice shot taken the night before. An unedited, 47-second exposure, taken just 24 hours before….. Look at that moon!! Posting this in honor of what might have been. […]
When I looked out from the porch of the cabin, it was completely dark, raining and cold; the only thing (barely) visible, at all, was the light and reflection of a single lamp post. Since the porch was protected from the rain, I decided to get out my tripod and play around to see what I could see. […]
There’s nothing like a night of live music to soothe the soul. Last night I went to see Stanley Jordan in concert…. Wonderful concert! Incredible talent.
I decided I’d adopt the European lifestyle tonight and walk to the grocery store. A couple of things caught my attention on the journey…..
I attended the First Thursday Arts Walk last night. I missed the one in February since it fell on moving day for me, so it was good to have the privilege to see more work of the amazing artists in Seattle. I decided to take a different route this month. First stop was Frederick Holmes […]
I went for a walk the other day, before the nasty cold and cough took up residence in me. I’m just now finally getting back to my blog, still coughing but improving each day, thank goodness. There’s nothing like a round of illness to remind you how wonderful it is to breathe clearly, and what […]
In going through some old photos tonight, I came across this one that I took on a street corner in NYC. With only a second to capture it before the light changed, it is what it is photographically, but it warms my heart every time I see it.
but his grief is affecting his vision a bit; Duchess was a show “OFF” ;)
She would have turned 12 in April. Our Grand and Wonderful Duchess.
I happened to drive past St. James Cathedral today and, when I saw that it was open, I decided to step inside and possibly make some photographs if there was no service in progress. I have not yet photographed any of the cathedrals in Seattle to add to the personal project I’m working on. Here […]
And, this will be the last one I post, at least on a daily basis. I was planning to continue right up to the Super Bowl but I think it’s getting a bit boring for people to go on for so long with it (another full week of the same type of photos seems like […]
Seen at Westlake Center….
Obviously, my blog is not a sports blog; however, being a Seattleite (and we ARE talking the Seahawks AND the SUPER BOWL!!), I thought it might be fun to post a 12th Man photo every day until the Super Bowl. They are everywhere here in Seattle, so I started collecting 12th Man photos yesterday when […]
I went for a walk before the big game today and took a few photos. The first thing I encountered was a little Seahawks car decor. Following that was a bit of bad sportsmanship, where a group of 49er’s fans had taken over the J&M cafe and were misbehaving enough to have police brought […]
The fans love their Seahawks and the Seahawks love their fans! The excitement permeating the air in Seattle is palpable as the game approaches tomorrow. The 12th man is everywhere and the waterfront ferris wheel has been blue & green for days, putting on spectacular shows, all the way from footballs to the letter S, […]
I had to make a trip to Bainbridge Island yesterday and, between appointments, took a drive to one of my favorite places, Crystal Springs. A beautiful fog was still hovering, even though it was almost 2pm….
The First Thursday Arts Walk for January 2014 had big shoes to fill after December’s event. This month did not disappoint.
For a few moments tonight, the sunset did a beautiful cover of “Ribbon in the Sky” …….
The ferris wheel on the Seattle waterfront is all lit up in candy canes tonight….
My son and I went out for a walk today and discovered it was Santacon, which made for a high-energy atmosphere on the streets and some fun photos!
Fountain at Harbor Steps, Seattle, WA
A few of days ago, I decided to go to Home Depot to get a couple strands of Christmas lights to decorate the ceiling in the main living area of my home. It turned out that Home Depot had no Christmas lights. Completely sold out. They were sold out of most everything Christmas-related. However, they […]
If there’s a report on CNN tonight of a stolen traffic cone (or, maybe that’s more of a Fox News story), then I’ve got a photo of the suspect. Well, maybe just an ID on the coat and backpack since his head is turned away from me (I wonder if he knows that he is […]
It is quite possible that these two hold the answers to all of the world’s problems, but they’re just gonna nap while the humans try to figure it all out…..
Last night, I attended Seattle’s monthly “First Thursday Art Walk” in the Pioneer Square neighborhood. Not being one to map out every detail in life, I started out on my own and the first gallery I came across was AXIS on 1st Avenue. It’s a beautiful space and I hope to exhibit my work there […]
As I was strolling through the art museum recently, this caught my eye…..
A silhouette dropped down between me and the beautiful view I was gazing upon. For a second, it looked like a scene from the old Cary Grant movie, “To Catch a Thief”, but the bucket revealed the truth. I’m just happy my camera was handy.
Today. November 7. It is his birthday. My little brother celebrated only 43 birthdays. He deserved 100,043 birthdays. He was a beautiful soul who knew how to love. Everyone who met him felt his authenticity, love, and sweetness. He died a few years ago but is still missed every day. Tonight, I had to write. […]
Seems I’m in a reflective mood these days. I’ve always enjoyed photographing reflections, but they seem to be jumping out at me more than usual lately. I’ve taken so many in the past couple of weeks that I could not help but see the obvious connection between what I was photographing and what was going […]
And here they are, cutest of the cute…my doggies. They are husband and wife, together all their lives. They were with a breeder until a few years ago, when he/she took them to the shelter. I had recently applied with a dog rescue group and I got the call on these two lovelies, asking if […]
I did something last night I’ve never done before. I took myself out on a date. Bonnie Raitt was in town and, though I’ve been a fan for a couple of decades, I’ve never seen her live in concert. I did not want to miss seeing her because I am not dating anyone, and it […]
As a photographer, it is delightful to wake up to a foggy morning! Nature offers to us dreamy, magical scenes, for a few fleeting moments, that require little to no editing….Nature’s photoshop presets completed for us. This morning, I immediately knew where I wanted to go, as quickly as possible (the forecast for the day […]
My personal tastes don’t lean toward the hard liquor stuff, but I do love to bike and the lovely bicycle caught me eye. Ride on….. :)
Life sometimes brings surprises out of what seems to be such an ordinary thing. As I walked the streets of Paris one day, taking photographs and observing life, it began to rain. Hard, sudden rain. The kind of rain you cannot ignore for long if you’re carrying your camera and not wearing a raincoat. As […]
I rented a camera for the weekend, a D800, so I could test it out, see what I think of it, and satisfy my curiosity of what it’s like to shoot with 36 megapixels. I’ve only had it a few hours but grabbed a few shots this evening, taken with a 24mm, 1.4….. First pic […]
I came across this store yesterday as I walked home during a surprise, but glorious, September thunderstorm….
The cat walk from the Colman Dock ferry terminal to First Avenue in Seattle holds the footprints of many souls who travel between Seattle and Bainbridge Island/Kitsap Peninsula. Every hour, except between 2-5 a.m., the ferries are coming and going and the cat walk is crowded with people. And then, once in a while, it’s […]
I am in the process of editing photographs that I recently made of a large, extended family group. A family I love, filled with truly awesome human beings. There was much fun and laughter the entire time and the photographs reflect this; however, there were a couple of moments that the children graciously shared with […]
I was at the gas station this evening. I stood there watching the dollars turn on the pump for a moment, then I gazed off into the trees and sky nearby. On the other side of the gas pump stood a person doing the same thing. We both stood there, facing each other, barely five […]