My Camera and Me - A Travelogue
Have Camera Will Travel...
I have somehow developed a passion for photography.
I have never taken a class in photography. Can't even figure out the handbook for my camera (Canon A720/IS). Which says a lot about the camera, actually. Point and click is my kind of camera.
In spite of my photographic shortcomings which are many, I've compiled a collection of photographs of which I'm quite proud and would like to share some of them with you in this lens.
My camera tells a lot "About Me".
This camera lens photo is by Wolfgang Lonienand is used with permission through Creative Commons. All other photographs are mine.
A good snapshot stops a moment from running away.— Eudora Welty
The Housesitting Connection...
or how I became obsessed with photography.
My husband and I accepted housesitting assignment for many years. It was a wonderful way to travel from cold Minnesota winters to warm locales. We enjoyed most excellent assignments in
Manhattan Beach, California;
Bainbridge Island, Washington;
San Diego, California;
My camera goes with me everywhere. We're inseparable. Bonded together permanently.
Granted that's not a huge travel itinerary but we've had multiple housesits in all of these places and it suits us just fine. You could spend lengthy amounts of time in any of these spots and never see everything there is to see.
There are housesiting opportunities all over the world! In order to travel all over the world, you must board an airplane. We choose not to do that. But that's another story.
It's been fabulous fun and my camera and I have had more photo ops than you can shake a fist at. This country is beautiful.
Arizona - The Desert Southwest
A camera's dream adventure.
I love Arizona. We once had a housesitting assignment in Tucson in September for about three weeks. It was hot!
But (and this is the truth) it was tolerable! Yes, it was. Hot in the sun but if you move into the shade the difference is remarkable.
They call it "dry heat" and I'll take it over humidity any day.
Here are some of my impressions of the Desert Southwest.
A hundred ten in the shade is sorta hot, but you don't have to shovel it off your driveway.— Unknown
If you go... - ...you will need a good travel guide.
Washington State - The Pacific Northwest
Two cats - Ohits (for Oh, it's the big cat...) and Muffin (or The Muffs) are our two charges whenever we housesit for their "humans" on Bainbridge Island. We love those two cats. Bainbridge Island, Washington is about a half hour ferry ride from Seattle, Washington. It's in the Puget Sounds and it's about 50 miles long and 10 miles wide.
The city of Winslow is a beautiful place and we have thoroughly enjoyed each housesitting assignment there. What's really great is that we're within walking distance of the Ferry to Seattle so it's just a matter of walking on, riding to Seattle, spending the day shopping or sightseeing and then returning to Winslow in the evening.
This map appears on the official Bainbridge Island website.
My Camera and me...
...in Washington state's Skagit Valley.
A few more favorite photographs:
I took this spectacular photo of Mount Baker on a (rare) clear day in February.
The Deception Pass Bridge spans 1487 feet. That's over 1/4 mile in length! Approximately 20,000 vehicles pass over the bridge each day. And it has been designated a National Historic Landmark
This is a view of Puget Sound from Deception Pass which connects Fidalgo Island and Whidbey Island.
This is Ediz Hook on the Olympic Peninsula. Ediz Hook is a 3-mile long spit in Port Angeles Harbor. It's kind of a tradition for visitors to stack stones on the rocks along the spit. I have no idea why but every time I've visited there are stones stacked here and there.
Driftwood, giant seawood and rocks at the Ediz Hook
If you go to Washington state... - ...this travel guide will be a great companion.
From the Back Cover:
Tired of the same old tourist traps? Whether you're a visitor or a local looking for something different, let Washington Off the Beaten Path show you the Evergreen State you never knew existed.
on a winter's day..."— The Mama's and The Papa's
A perfect climate. Not too hot - not too cold.
Five or six housesitting assignments in Manhattan Beach morphed into a lasting friendship with the homeowners and their two beautiful Siberian Huskies.
They moved out of the state this year so we won't be going back to that sunny spot but we'll stay in touch. And we will miss those sweet Huskies.
Each time we went, we filled each day with adventures and my camera and I were on a mission to record as much as we could in the time that we had.
A Camera for you... - ...and lots of other photographic necessities, as well.
"No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow."— Lin Yutang
I hope you've enjoyed the photos I've posted here and have learned a little more about me in the process. I'd love to have you comment on your favorite photo or on places that I've mentioned that you love, too.