Archive for the ‘My Fun’ Category


We all have our “good old days” tucked away inside our hearts, and we return to them in daydreams like cats to favorite armchairs.
Brian Carter

cat on pillows

The cat in gloves catches no mice.
Benjamin Franklin

cat eye

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.
Albert Schweitzer

cat feet

I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.
Jules Verne

cat with computer

Do not meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will piss on your computer.
Bruce Graham


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funny sign

Photo challenges are fun. Just happening upon something interesting is also fun. Here are a few things I’ve captured lately. As always, I’m interested in what catches your eye. (click on photo for larger size)

Loving this old rusty truck.

Not just yet, thanks.

grave site

This is some natty Chevy.

orange car

Here’s lookin’ at you.

Sunset fishing at the pier.


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And the last word, but really the last word.

over and out

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seattle asian art museum facade

Here are some more interesting things I found at the Seattle Asian Art Museum.

I love this little dragon teapot. Don’t you? I’ve collected dragons forever.

dragon teapot

How about this temple carving from India? Beautiful details.

Indian temple carving

Guan Yin is very special to me.

kwan yin

And this monk at the moment of enlightenment  is very dynamic. You’ll have to visit to see the whole statue as this is just a detail.

chinese statue monk at the moment of enlightenment

This armoire latch was so beautiful I thought it deserved it’s own photo.

Ming dynasty armoire latch

And back outside take a look at this gorgeous marigold.

yellow flower

And the rest of the view.sculpture with people

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Seattle Art Museum

Image by born1945 via Flickr

Part of the Seattle Art Museum, the Asian collection has it’s own building on Capitol Hill. Sitting in the middle of beautiful Volunteer Park it’s housed in the original Seattle Art Museum building. Well worth a visit, you should take yourself there soon.

The grand entrance is flanked by flowers and camels. It reminded me of the lions at the Chicago Art Museum.

camel Seattle Asian Art Museum


The inside is open and lit with skylights and has some lovely iron work.

iron work

There is a mix of the ancient and modern, temple statues, blockprints, furniture, carvings, pottery and porcelins. Japanese, Chinese, East Indian, there is something for every taste. Pictured here is a bronze work depicting seaweed. It’s much more impressive than the photo shows.

How do you like this example of ikebana-flower arranging. The pot was really interesting and was the focus in this exhibit not the flowers actually.

ikebana Japanes pottery

There is more to see, but I’ll leave you with the elaborate embroidery of royal robes. Here are a couple of details for your enjoyment. More later.

embroiderydragon embroidery

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As you know I have been involved in a daily photo challenge. This has inspired me to try some processing on my photos. I’ve managed to get my simple point and shoot to do things it isn’t supposed to. So now I am experimenting with what I can do with an older version Photoshop Elements.

I hope you find my rudimentary attempts at least a little interesting.

yellow leaf on grass

The idea is to make my photograph look more like a painting.

 So what do you think? Have you tried this with any of your photos?

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The daily photo challenges continue. Here are a few more examples of my answer to the challenge.

pink rose blue sky

Actually the rose was not part of the challenge but I couldn’t help posting it here.

Spencer the cat up close and personal

challenge=portrait. Just as I took the photo he stuck his face right into the camera.

hearse with scary dolls

challenge=through a window. I found this vintage hearse at a local car show.
ornamental iron work with hanging baskets

challenge=architecture Landmark on the Sound is now an event center, formerly the Masonic Home.


challenge=patterns I love the colors and texture on the picnic grill at the local pier.

Mt. Rainier at dusk

And finally another non-challenge photo to finish. Mt. Rainier, just as the sun began to set.


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seattle skyline with mt rainier


This week I decided to start a new creative venture. It’s something just for my own enjoyment, but I will share it with you.  Flickr, the photo sharing site, has all sorts of groups you can join on just about any topic you can imagine. I decided to not only be creative but also disciplined and joined  Our Daily Challenge 3.

beach boulders


Each day a photographic challenge is posted. The members then become creative and answer the challenge  as best they can. There are many professional photographers in the group and some folks like me who are doing it just for fun. I use a point and shoot camera unlike most of the people in the group who use a DSLR. But I have found some ways to trick my camera into doing things it was not designed for.

still life with crystals

challenge+still life

Some of the photos posted are literal interpretations of the challenge, others are down right funky. However they always make you think.  What I have enjoyed most is reading the comments people make on the entries. It has been gratifying to have so many wonderful comments on my attempts. And I am learning a lot in the process.

balls with letters

challenge=before and after

There is no pressure to complete each challenge on the day. You have up to a week to post your effort for a particular theme. And if you skip one, there are no challenge police to come knock on your door. All in all it is great fun.

shell on beach

challenge=things we hold

I hope you enjoy seeing my efforts. If you have comments, your thoughts are always appreciated. To see a larger image click on the photo.

back lit cyclamen

To see the answers of other photographers, go to Flickr and search for “Our Daily Challenge 3” under groups. You will definately be amazed at the photography.

reflection in espresso machine
challenge=inspired by keyboard key (CTRL)
fat feet
challenge=under my feet
Is that monkey, dog or man?
Salty's diver wall

These are a few of the photos I took this week. Which is your favorite?

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