Thursday, July 30, 2009

Friday My Town Shoot-Outs: Outdoor Food

Thank you to Girlichef in Indiana for this week's theme. It was fun to think about what I could capture that would reflect my area. Give me another month and I would bring you berries, cranberries, that is. Give me two and you'd see razor clams. If possible I will add a photo of a Dungeness crab on the beach from the archives of my old computer.

Here are some of the outdoor foods of summer in Westport:

One of my favorite outdoor dinners is shish kebabs -YUM! I love marinated beef, onions, peppers, and pineapple skewered and grilled to perfection.

These wild berries were growing along a trail down by the bay and I took the photo on the way back to the car. I was surprised there were any left because there was a cyclist who was chowing down on them when we first walked by!

If you really want to make my day, call me up and ask if I'd like a pound of prawns. These babies were delicious with a little garlic and a little butter. Oh, momma!

Speaking of seafood, how would you like to reel in this hog? It is a 44 lb. Chinook salmon that made some lucky angler extremely happy! He will have one sore arm in the morning!
My dad runs the local fishing derby and I just happened to be down at the docks visiting him when this beauty was brought up to the weigh station. It was an absolutely beautiful day and I had promised my boy some ice cream, which he ate outside and obliged me by posing. I was hoping he would choose the most colorful and photogenic ice cream, like cotton candy or bubble gum, but he chose Root Beer and as you can see enjoyed it very much. I wish I had thought to have him take his hat off but I like the picture anyway.

My girl is off to camp this week so I am enjoying the one on one time with my boy. This morning I took him to the local donut shop for breakfast. Now this was a special treat - I don't load him up with sugar every day! In fact, it was our first trip to the donut shop this year (it is only open during the summer). And he's so cute that when he said "Can I pick two?" I couldn't refuse him. Sucker that I am! Notice that while he's eating the chocolate donut with his right hand, his left hand is guarding the sprinkle donut!

Enough about people food, there is a plethora of outdoor food that's for the birds around here. I'll leave you with a couple of shots of the least shy hummingbird that I have ever met. This little guy (or gal) buzzed my head and wasn't at all bothered by my lurking around his favorite lunch spot. Be sure to click on these pictures so you can see just how cute this little guy is. He's a real poser, don't ya think?

Thanks for visiting my town through my lens!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Friday "My Town" Shoot Out

Thanks to Audrey for this week's theme: Reflections. I had several ideas that never came to fruition because my baby turned 11 today and my we had a busy week! Somehow she got 2 parties, 2 cakes, and 2 special dinners out of me.
I love the way the candlelight is reflected on her face as she prepares to blow out candles for a second time on a second cake:

A shot at Bottle Beach....I think reflection is better suited to black & white sometimes.

Bottle Beach again at low tide.

And finally a goofy shot of my sunscreened leg and painted toes reflecting the sun which really does appear in the Northwest occasionally!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Friday My Town Shoot Out: Yard Objects

In the back of my mind all week has been this weeks challenge, but I didn't expect it to be just that - a challenge! Many of my photos were taken from the car as some of the interesting objects in people's yards are along the highway. I put safety first and the photos second so they didn't all turn out as I had envisioned!

Lighthouses are a big theme in this beachy town. Our city hall sign bears one and there are many of these handcrafted stone ones around town as well.

Boats that are no longer seaworthy end up in yards, or on display:

Flotsam and jetsam also end up as yard objects, as in the anchor and the driftwood that my mom has placed in her yard:

or the glass ball in my neighbor's:

During the summer, crab pots are stored in stacks near the shipyard:
and signs for fresh tuna are placed in front yards:

Wood carvings reflect the beach as well....razor clams are BIG here:
This wooden fisherman is missing his lantern - it looks like he's a schoolboy raising his hand to use the restroom!

Not all yard objects that I captured are nautical....I love this old car planter:
and the old fashioned water pump shown here:

I hope you've enjoyed viewing some of the typical yard objects you might see in coastal Washington!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Friday My Town Shoot Out/Sunday Stills

I love the homepage of this photography site - the pictures at the top make me want to visit the town! The spirit of this particular blog is to capture your hometown in the weekly themes. Sounds fun so here goes....the theme this week is "textures". I couldn't help but think of the tide pools at the jetty so here is a picture that is chalk full of textures:
It seems that the next Sunday Stills theme is also textures so I'll use this pictures for both challenges and keep my eye open this week for some more interesting textures as well.

My first "Sunday Stills"

At some point in my perusings of food blogs I came across a photography website, which happens to be one of my new hobbies. I have a digital SLR camera and a desire to know how to use it well! Hopefully joining in on this website challenge will help me to get to know my camera better and become a better photographer. Each week there is a different photography challenge. This week's theme: wildflowers. Luckily, there are plenty of wild flowers growing around this beachy little town. Unfortunately, I cut off the top of the lavender wild flower but I thought it was pretty, for a weed!