Artist Inspired Blog Circle August 2016 Blue

I have recently joined a new blog group called Artist Inspired.  The Artists Inspired Blog Circle is made up of an exceptionally talented group of photographers from all walks of life, from all over the world. They are wives, mothers, friends, daughters and visual storytellers who draw from their own experiences to create art that is inspiring, unique, beautiful and thought-provoking.  I feel privileged to be a part of this group.  They are incredibly supportive of each other and constantly encouraging each other to do better.

The topic for this month is Blue.  Currently I am lying on my back after foot surgery and so this was an opportunity to get back to posting my Seattle/Orcas Islands/Leavensworth trip.  If you have not read any of the other blogs and want to, then look for the links below.

When learning that we were going to be going to Seattle I started researching what there was to do there.  Orcas Island came up on my radar and I really wanted to go there.  The boat trips were expensive and the family debated whether they wanted to do that or a train ride to Canada.  I wanted to do both but I really wanted to see Orca.  After chatting with a friend in Seattle we decided to do the Orcas Island ferry trip to Friday Harbor.  Here are my blue images from the Orcas Island trip.

Enroute to the Orca Islands

Enroute to the Orcas Islands.  The day was blustery and the weather had turned cold.  The closer we got to the island the colder it got.

Practicing with the Lensbaby Sweet 35

Seattle had been even temperatures so this was quite a change in weather. The jackets came back out and we bundled up.

Boarded the ferry to Friday Harbor and picked my spot for the trip.

We boarded the ferry to Friday Harbor and picked my spot for the trip. I was whale hunting.

Bitterly cold and cloudy and overcast, but I was determined to stand outside in the event that I may see an Orcha.

I was determined to stand outside in the event that I may see an Orca, despite the wind biting at your face and body. If there was whales to be seen I wanted to see them.

I was obssessed with finding things in the water, and leaving this tiny little port I spotted something - ugh it is just rocks.

I was obsessed with finding things in the water, and leaving this tiny little port I spotted something – ugh it is just rocks.

We passed beautiful uninhabited islands which I quite easily could have laid claim to if it wasn't so darn cold.

We passed beautiful uninhabited islands which I quite easily could have laid claim to if it wasn’t so darn cold.

I hate being on the other side of the camera, and hats are not my thing, but I guess it is nice to acknowledge that you were actually on vacation with everyone.

I hate being on the other side of the camera, and hats are not my thing, but I guess it is nice to acknowledge that you were actually on vacation with everyone.

Small outcrops of rocks that become the home to the floating debrit and flying birds.

Small outcrops of rocks that become the home to the floating debris and flying birds.

Holiday home, Vacation home? I am not sure but I would be willing to spend some time on that island.

Holiday home, Vacation home? I am not sure but I would be willing to spend some time on that island.

Practicing with the Lensbaby Sweet 35

It is good to spend time with my brother. I do not get to see him often enough. We are fortunate that business brings him across here and we are able to meet up with him after his conference is complete.

Wooden houses nestled on tiny islands in the middle of nowhere.

Wooden houses are nestled on tiny islands in the middle of nowhere.

The rugged beauty and endless waters simply entranced and amazed me. I would definitely like to explore this area in summer

The rugged beauty and endless waters simply entranced and amazed me. I would definitely like to explore this area in summer

This is the first sign of moving traffic, a ferry traveling back from one of the islands.

This is the first sign of moving traffic, a ferry traveling back from one of the islands.

Spending time with Barry and Enid is such a pleasure. Our family is so fractured with us living in the US, my brother and his family in South Africa and Richards family in Australia, and right now my daughter in Macedonia. Time with family is a treat and one to be treasured.

Spending time with Barry and Enid is such a pleasure. Our family is so fractured with us living in the US, my brother and his family in South Africa and Richards family in Australia, and right now my daughter in Macedonia. Time with family is a treat and one to be treasured.

I was so busy trying to take a photograph of this outcrop of houses on this particular island that according to my family, and I would not put it past them to say this, but apparently I missed the one and only whale to be seen on this trip. It was not an Orca but possibly a Gray Whale.

I was so busy trying to take a photograph of this outcrop of houses on this particular island that according to my family, and I would not put it past them to say this, but apparently I missed the one and only whale to be seen on this trip. It was not an Orca but possibly a Gray Whale.

Nestled into this little alcove is Friday Harbor. I am looking forward to spending time exploring the island. Hopefully we will not get wet but more about that in the next blog.

Nestled into this little alcove is Friday Harbor.

Arriving in Friday Harbor. Richard is unusually bundled up and prepared for the windy cold weather when we exit the ship.

Richard is unusually bundled up and prepared for the windy cold weather when we exit the ship.  I am looking forward to spending time exploring the island. Hopefully we will not get wet but more about that in the next blog.

The ferry trip to the Orchas Islands was well worth it.  The cost was low and the boat ride was pleasant.  The scenery was stunning.  Next time I want to go in summer.  Perhaps then I will see whales and Orca in particular.

You can find the blogs to the Chihuly Gardens inside and out,  to Pike Street Market,  the Seattle Waterfront and Ferris Wheel, Bainbridge Island,  Seattle LibraryColumbia Building and Chinatown, and Seattle City Scenes by clicking on the highlighted names.

Keep a look out for more of the upcoming blogs, on Friday Harbor, the trip back to the mainland and Leavensworth.

You can also find me on FacebookFlickr, and Instagram

Just a reminder that this is a circle blog and I would encourage you to click to continue on reading what they other photographers in this group have for you.  Please stop by Carrine Patrice Huffman Power’s photography page and read her blog.  Don’t forget to leave a little love on their pages.

 

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The Artists Inspired Blog Circle is made up of an exceptionally talented group of photographers from all walks of life, from all over the world. They are wives, mothers, friends, daughters and visual storytellers who draw from their own experiences to create art that is inspiring, unique, beautiful and thought-provoking.

 

23 Comments on “Artist Inspired Blog Circle August 2016 Blue

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  2. What a gorgeous collection of images–you paint such a lovely picture of the Seattle area!!!!

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  3. wonderful!! i’ve been to washington once, when i was 18 (looooong time ago) . i would love to go back. your photos just cemented that idea 🙂

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  4. Stunning images! I love the ones of the beautiful blue water! I also am inclined to be behind the camera rather than in front, but I love this image of you with your camera!

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  5. beautiful photos!!! I love the pacific northwest ❤ I have only been there once in my life and your pictures make me want to go back ❤

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