Artist Inspired: September 2016: Gold

It is so hard to believe that a month has past.  I am still in the recovery process of foot surgery and am unable to go out and take photographs right now.

The last time I blogged with Artist Inspired, the theme was blue and I shared image from our trip to Friday Harbor.  This month the theme is gold and I decided to share with you the trip home from Friday Harbor.  If you want to see what Friday Harbor actually looks like check out the links below.

We had an amazing day heading out to Friday Harbor, the scenery was outstanding and the town of Friday Harbor was quaint and unique. The people were friendly and chatty.  We stopped in at a pub for a beer and chatted to the bartender a while.  Finally we headed back down to the ferry waiting area and met up with Barry and Enid.  Our day was closing and we were heading back to the mainland.  It was really cold and I was not sure I was up to standing outside whale hunting for whales that do not appear to be evident where we are traveling.  Hang out on the ferry ride with me and enjoy the scenery.

It was with sadness that we left Friday Harbor. I think there was more to see but we did run out of time. Our day was good. A few drops of rain but nothing we could not deal with. Leaving Friday Harbor, the closing day is cloudy and overcast.

It was with sadness that we left Friday Harbor. I think there was more to see but we did run out of time. Our day was good. A few drops of rain but nothing we could not deal with. Leaving Friday Harbor, the closing day is cloudy and overcast.

We had company along the start of the journey and when we stopped to pick up passengers at one of the islands

We had company along the start of the journey and when we stopped to pick up passengers at one of the islands

At one stage we crossed paths with another ferry. It is amazing to see these ferry boats out in the water.

At one stage we crossed paths with another ferry. It is amazing to see these ferry boats out in the water.

I am always optimistic that we will get a sunset and so I ventured back out into the cold, now having given up on the whale, hoping that at least the sunset would be amazing.

I am always optimistic that we will get a sunset and so I ventured back out into the cold, now having given up on the whale, hoping that at least the sunset would be amazing.

And I was not disappointed. Slowly the sun began to set and the sky turned gold.

Richie joined me out there and we were not disappointed. Slowly the sun began to set and the sky turned gold.

Practicing with the Lensbaby Sweet 35

I loved the effects of the clouds in the sky against the darkness of the islands and the reflections on the water.  Richard, my brother, one other random stranger and I were the only people outside photographing this beautiful splendor.

The sun dipped below the clouds and the reflection bathed on the wake of the boat.

The sun dipped below the clouds and the reflection bathed on the wake of the boat.

I am loving the sunflare and the peacefulness of being out on the water during this part of the day.

I am loving the sunflare and the peacefulness of being out on the water during this part of the day.

We are in the middle of no where when suddenly a bird flies into the sunset. That is really special for me.

We are in the middle of no where when suddenly a bird flies into the sunset. That is really special for me.

Sunset from the ferry on the trip back from Friday Harbor to Anacortes

Slowly the sun started to drop again into the clouds.  The beauty was going to disappear soon and I will be sorry to see it go.  For me the beauty of creation is found at times like these, with a Sunset in the Orcas Islands

Sunset in the Orca Islands

The last rays of the sunset, and the night is closing in. It has been a beautiful day and a great close to our evening. Arriving back on the mainland we made our way back to our accommodation and then meandered across to the closest eatery, which happened to be a pizza place, to have dinner. It is bitterly cold and I am ready to bunker down for the night. Pleasantly tired.

 

A traveler sees what he sees, a tourist sees what he has come to see.

~ G. K. Chesterton

 

Before I close out on the Gold theme, just a reminder that this month is the Pediatric Cancer Awareness month and is also linked to the color gold.  If you want to help out go here to see what you can do.  

 

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 Ellie Meachem’s photography page Live Life Inspired Photography and read her blog.  Don’t forget to leave a little love on their pages.

 

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, Seattle City Scenes , the ferry trip to Friday Harbor, and Friday Harbor the town, by clicking on the highlighted names.

Keep a look out for more of the upcoming blogs, the road trip to Leavensworth and the town of Leavensworth..

You can also find me on FacebookFlickr, Instagram and Google+

 

 

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.

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.

24 Comments on “Artist Inspired: September 2016: Gold

  1. What a lovely golden glow – I love how you shared the progression – it’s so incredible to witness the change in colors and radiance and you were so patient to observe and reflect on it in such a beautiful way. ❤

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    • Thank you Elizabeth. We were on a 3 hour ferry ride back to the mainland. I can sit for as long as it takes to watch a changing sunset so long as there are no insects biting me. It was so worthwhile.

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  2. Sharleen, those sunset images are stunning! The gold sun, the reflection in the water, and those clouds combines are just perfection!

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  3. Absolutely stunning series Sharleen, I love the subtle difference in each puc – my favourite is the one with the bird 🙂

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  4. Hey, I recognize those islands 🙂 You captured them perfectly! When I picture a Washington sunset these images are what I see in my head. Beautiful!

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    • Rachel – I loved Seattle and the islands, and Leavensworth. We said it would definitely be on our bucket list again. I even enjoyed all the snow and for a S.Florida person that is a lot 🙂

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  5. These images are just stunning!!! I love the wide range of images that you included and tied together in the same theme (and I’m looking forward to exploring this part of the country some day!).

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    • Nikki – it is well worth the visit. Without doubt if the opportunity came up again I would be on the plane heading up there. I loved the entire vacation – city and countryside.

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  6. I adore that final image of the sun peeping from behind the clouds! Gorgeous work, Sharleen!

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    • Thank you Ashley – it is kind of hard. I tried today but walking with a crutch and trying to get down and focus with the twist was not fun – so I gave up and went home. Another day.

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