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Weekly Photo Challenge: One shot, two ways

For the The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge “One shot, two ways” I waited for an opportune moment to try my hand. That moment arrived over the weekend when we decided to head up to the Mt. Baker Wilderness area for a mid-day hike. We first stopped off at the ranger station to check in and get our parking permits. Out back of the main building, this is what we saw:

Picture Lake was our next stop on our way up the mountain.  On clear days, the scenery is simply stunning, where Mt. Shuksan appears in duplicate, as a perfect reflection can be seen in the glassy water of the little alpine lake. That’s not what we saw though. Rather, the entire mountainside was banked in mist, but the glassy water did still reflect the trees along the banks.

And on the backside of the lake, we were struck by the mystical scene pictured here. I wouldn’t have been surprised at all to see a magical boat emerge from the mist, silently transporting the lady of the lake herself.

Once we reached Artist’s Point, we gathered up our packs and started to climb. Though it’s August, patches of snow are still abundant. What fun to hike in short sleeves, alternately crunching through snow and traipsing through rocky trails. Lovely sights, all around!

Though we didn’t make it all the way up to Table Mountain, we all had a ball – all 12 of us! A remarkable and wonderful group spanning three generations ranging in age from nearly-6 to 71!

Back to the challenge though — which images do you like better, the landscapes, or the portraits? I find that it depends on the shot.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic

Though there isn’t a personality trait — in any scheme I am aware of anyway — called nostalgia, I can easily imagine one, perhaps ranging from “lost in the past” on one end of the continuum to “cutting-edge modern” on the other. In such a scheme I wouldn’t fall all the way over into the “lost in the past” side of things as I do enjoy many modern conveniences, but I would definitely fall left of center. Even as a child I loved all things old and still have the collection of antique “tiny bottles” I started when I was five or six years old. I recall spending hours looking through my Mom’s collection of antique books, gazing at her collectibles and thinking about what the families were like, who enjoyed our furniture before it became a part of our household artifacts. Once I could read, my favorite stories were of times long past.

In keeping with the personality theme, I am delighted to note that my daughter shares this sense of intrigue and interest in times long gone. In these last six years its been a joy to share with her stories, activities, and movies I loved as a child. I’ve toyed with passing along my antique dresser to her (the one my parents picked up at a garage sale when I was an infant and that I’ve kept with me ever since) but still am not quite ready to part with it, if even to move it across the hall.

Whether it’s nature or nurture that spurs on our sense of wonder for things from the past, we’ll never know. But I do know this: at present a favorite pastime of ours is to let our imaginations reach back along the time-space continuum. Nostalgia, for us, is not just in the past — it’s sure to be part of our futures too. What’s old is new again.

© Erica K O’Shea at “”, 2013.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Companion

The weekly photo challenge hosted by the Daily Post prompts us to present Companionable images. With the definition “a mate or match” in mind, I thought of this image here, capturing a moment in a stretch of time where two cousins demonstrated their companionability over and over again: their shirts match, their intensity matches, their need to be right, to be first, to be …., well, you get the idea! What a good match they make! IMG_7076

© Erica K O’Shea at “”, 2013.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Curves

Sara Russo states: “Curves. I bet you can find curves wherever you are. Show me!” Here you are, then – a lovely little bird’s nest, completely out of place perched on a metal guard rail overlooking Gales Creek in the middle of winter. I love this image in its own right but I particularly love the idea of straight lines – sticks and such – put together just so, creating a curvaceous space for a plump little birdie to nestle in for the night. IMG_6079

© Erica K O’Shea at “”, 2013.

“Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape”

IMG_4902The weekly photo challenge: “escape” prompt spoke to me today, as it is indeed the end of another semester. At the end of any term I find myself at loose ends, as changing gears from a jam-packed semester to an open-ended summer ripe with possibility takes some adjusting. As I spin my wheels today, mulling over these possibilities, I find myself smiling, knowing that some of what I do this summer will surely be escapist, but done with a touch of confident intentionality too, no matter how ambitious or mundane.

© Erica K O’Shea at “”, 2013.

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