Washaway Beach & Willapa Bay

By: BriarCraft, 9:37 PM GMT on August 23, 2014



Willapa Bay is fairly shallow, half of the volume of water inside it enters and leaves with every tide and creates a dynamic ecosystem that includes mud tidal flats and salt marshes. These, in turn support vast beds of eel grass and shellfish. And during the spring migration over 100,000 shorebirds stop here to eat and rest before continuing their journey north. Additionally, there is a large year-round bird population.

A hundred years a...

Updated: 11:35 PM GMT on August 26, 2014

The Season Turned

By: BriarCraft, 8:39 PM GMT on August 10, 2014

Astrologers and meteorologists have their own definitions of the seasons, using fixed dates. There is another sort of seasonal change and that is one you can feel if you pay attention to that sort of thing. Where I live, the season turned from summer to fall on July 25th. Some years it is earlier or later. It is not a fixed date.

The best way I can describe it is a sudden difference in the feel of the air. Sudden, as in from one day to the next. Jul...

Updated: 6:28 AM GMT on August 17, 2014

Coldwater Lake at Mt St Helens

By: BriarCraft, 9:44 PM GMT on July 22, 2014

As the crow flies, I live about 35 miles from Mt. St. Helens. Driving, it is 55 miles to the end of the road at Johnston Ridge Observatory on the west side — close enough to go there on a whim for an evening photo shoot. Recently, I have been toying with the play of light and shadow when the sun is low in the sky and it seemed like a fun idea to go up the mountain and see what the shadows might reveal.

I have visited the volcano, both east and west side...

Daytripping to Olympia

By: BriarCraft, 4:44 AM GMT on July 06, 2014



I had two reasons for visiting Olympia. First and foremost, it is home to my very favorite farmers market ever. Those not familiar with farmers markets may be wondering just how much lettuce a person can want to buy. Let me tell you that farmers markets are far more than that. Perhaps the only Washington farmers market that is open year-round, it has over 400,000 visitors in the 135 days it is open for business. And they are not just buying lettuce....

Updated: 5:03 AM GMT on July 06, 2014

Are You Compositionally Challenged?

By: BriarCraft, 10:17 PM GMT on June 22, 2014




For those of you who like digital photography, Calpoppy and I have started a new Flickr Group, called Compositionally Challenged. We plan to have a weekly photo challenge, with members supporting others in their quest to become better photographers. This is an invitation only group, so if you would like to join us, send a WUmail or FlickrMail to Calpoppy or me. Photographers of all skill levels welcome.


Sit down, rest a bit, hav...

Updated: 11:28 PM GMT on June 24, 2014

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