Saturday, March 30, 2019


Objects in the Photos May Appear Closer Than They Are

The first of every month is City Daily Photo theme day, and April's theme is Yellow. Because of our late snowfall in February and March, all of my flowers are behind schedule for blooming. Consequently, there are no yellow daffodils or yellow tulips or yellow forsythia in my garden to photograph. What else is yellow this time of year? 

Admittedly, I had to dig deep for a subject for this month's theme. 

But then a week ago I was driving to Spokane to visit my grandchildren when I came upon a convoy of heavy machinery moving down the highway. I first noticed the big yellow OVERSIZE LOAD sign, and then I saw that each vehicle was also yellow, albeit dirty yellow. VOILA! I had found my subject(s).

Now to capture these rolling behemoths without endangering myself or others. Being an iPhone photographer made it easier because, 1. I always have my phone with me, and 2. It's easy to set it up on the dash and take several photos in burst mode.  It also helped that there was little if any other traffic behind me, so I was never in danger.

These photos should bring out the little boy or girl in all of us who once loved playing in the dirt with their yellow Tonka toy trucks. 

Oh, and the last photo? That's me piloting my yellow snowblower in February. Even at 69, I love pushing around big machinery. (I couldn't resist including it in this month's celebration of the color Yellow.)

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Thursday, February 28, 2019


This Photographer's Dilemma 

The first day of the month is always theme day for City Daily Photos bloggers. In anticipation of this month's them I envisioned taking photos of the young shoots of green that began popping up in my garden in early February. However, that all came to a screeching halt when the first of several dumps of snow hit southeast Washington state, which includes Walla Walla. 

While many people continue to grouse about the late arriving snow, I am openly giddy about each additional snowfall because I simply love snow; and it's just not winter in these parts without that frozen white stuff. But what is there that's green that's not hidden by snow?

My (snow-covered) green bottle tree!

Below are three variations on the theme, using different Prisma filters to create other interesting effects. Do you have a favorite?

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Friday, February 1, 2019


Whirling Chinese Pagoda

I guess I missed it, even though it's still February 1 in Walla Walla, WA. What can I say? 

January's been an awfully l-o-n-g month. No snow in Walla Walla to capture my fantasy or photos. Instead, too much rain and fog and grey. 

Perhaps this will spark my energy and creativity for February.

Monday, January 21, 2019


In Celebration of Women and Issues Important to Women

These are a few of my favorite signs

I'll let the signs speak for themselves.

I love the alliteration. (This was in response to a FB post before the march
that threatened attending with open carry.)

Tuesday, January 1, 2019


I missed posting for the November 1 CDP Theme Day because I was still traveling home from my 21-day safari in Tanzania, Africa; therefore, I am choosing to make up for that by posting a few of my favorite photos out of the 10,000+ photos I took from that trip. 

As you can imagine, choosing the BEST photo was difficult, so I include a potpourri of special moments of the safari.

If you are interested in seeing more photos of the people, animals, and sights of the Serengeti and East Africa, I invite you to click on the link to my other blog as I relive and reflect on that trip of a lifetime. 

An Ostrich family on parade.
We saw many single Ostriches, but seeing this family of  mama, papa, and seven babies was unusual.

Of all the animals we saw, the giraffes are my favorite. 

This lion is definitely well camouflaged. 

It's an impromptu photo like this taken from the window of our moving vehicle
that really tells a story of the people. Two Maasai warriors are bicycling to market
as the driver talks on his cell phone and the rider holds on to a young goat.
Also notice the two wooden walking sticks which are iconic Maasai.

Another impromptu "stop the Land Cruiser" moment was visiting with
and learning about a group of  Maasai males who are in their 4-6 month
post-circumcision ritual of becoming a warrior.
The self-applied white face paint is to frighten away evil spirits.  

Children love to play ball, and these Massai children are no different.
In this case, their ball is the nest of a Social Weaver bird,
and the ball-tosser is my partner Doug.

A sleeping leopard

Four young lion brothers

Of only 30 rhinoceros living in Serengeti Park, we were fortunate to see these two
which in turn allowed us to check the Big Five off our list of must-sees.

If you are interested in seeing more photos of the people, animals, and sights of the Serengeti and East Africa, I invite you to click on the link to my other blog as I relive and reflect on that trip of a lifetime.

Friday, November 30, 2018


I missed last month's CDP first of the month Theme Day as I was still away on a month-long trip to Africa and was not able to post a photo for November. Even though I may not be a daily poster person, I have tried to keep up with the monthly theme days. Oh well, I'm back for December's JOY.

What JOY is it to be three and six years old? 

When contemplating this month's theme, this image of my two grandchildren kept popping into my head. Their exuberance and simple joy of making a gingerbread turkey is palpable. 

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Sunday, September 30, 2018


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
--Margaret Mead

The first of the month is theme day for City Daily Photo bloggers. This month's theme is "Change."

In a little over a month, mid-term elections will be taking place in the US. For many voters, it portends a change in the balance of power in both local, state, and national governments. Voting is one way US citizens can affect change, and as a concerned citizen of Walla Walla and Washington state, I am doing what I can to visibly support the candidates and issues that will bring about change.

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Friday, September 28, 2018


H A T T A W A Y' S On Alder

First of all, let's make it clear upfront that I am neither a foodie nor a restaurant reviewer. But I like good food, comfort food most preferably, and going out to dinner so that I don't have to cook. The way I see it, I cooked enough for a lifetime as a wife, mother, and deli owner. So when I saw the name of a new restaurant pop up on my Facebook timeline, I thought we'd give it a try.

HATTAWAY'S on Alder renovated the space where Saffron used to be. The result is light and airy incorporating clean lines and natural materials. 

As early diners of that certain age, we arrived promptly at 5:00, the hour of opening.

Sunlight poured in the west facing windows giving the crisp, clean lines of the interior a soft, warm welcoming glow. 
The plaid cushions along with plaid shirts worn by the servers also spoke to my own down home plaid persona.

The house-made thick cut chips with sour cream and a salmon egg arrived gratis from the kitchen. Yummm!

Although not listed on the menu above (a photo I borrowed from their FB page), the seafood corn chowder split between the two of us was superb. 
The base was creamy and flavorful and was filled with a seafood melange along with bright yellow kernels of crisp, fresh corn. 

My mustard crusted salmon with a tarragon potato cake satiated my palette
with the crunchy exteriors giving way to perfectly cooked salmon and a soft, smashed potato interior.

At the same time Doug's halibut cheeks on a bed of creamy grits and barbecue butter 
satisfied both the Pacific Northwest man and the Missouri-bred boy in him.

Sadly, I forgot to take a photo of our dessert--bread pudding--which was nothing like the sloppy, mushy stuff of the all-you-can-eat buffets of my childhood. 
You'll simply have to try if for yourself. 

The service all around was friendly and attentive, and we enjoyed meeting the owners Richard and Lindsay Hattaway themselves. As recent transplants from Savannah, Georgia, Richard chuckled when I asked, "Why Walla Walla?"  Besides the usual wine, friends, and reputation answer, he quipped, "Well, it had to be in Washington state in order to use the underline in our logo." Good answer!