West Coast Signs

A drive through Washington, Oregon, and California can be as much a cultural experience as it is a breathtakingly beautiful journey. This is particularly true for those, like Mary and me, who have spent numerous years living in places like Kansas and Arizona. The Great American Northwest definitely features different landscapes than what we know best. A wide variety of photos featuring the magnificent scenery we experienced will be shared in upcoming posts.

Bainbridge Island, WA

Bainbridge Island, WA

Before we take a closer look at the scenery, however, we wanted to share a sampling of the signs, plaques, and even tee shirt graphics that we saw on our trip. Why? It helps illustrate that while a region may be different geologically and topographically, a sense of humor can often be a common bond.  To Mary and me, the Northwest is very familiar in that it is a diverse, fun, free-thinking region. The signs of this were everywhere. Highlights from our journey included the:

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HistoricStep Back -1j

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IrreverentOver the top-1blurj

Teens and technology orientedTeens & Tech - 1j

Civic-mindedCivic - 1j

Thought provoking

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We loved our Northwest journey and look forward to soon sharing more of the photoremedy we enjoyed. As always, we encourage our readers to directly receive our new posts. You can sign up for this by following our blog (directions are in the right hand column on photoremedy.me pages). If you want to know more about why we publish this crazy blog, check out the “Blog Background and Initial Post” link displayed at the top of the page on all our posts.

Plunging Back to Earth

The opportunity to shoot a few photos of the picturesque Atlantic Ocean had me incredibly excited as we headed to South Carolina’s Folly Beach during our recent trip to the East Coast. Although it was a bit chilly, it was as beautiful as I imagined.Folly_Beach_Mary_Kelley-1 (1 of 1)

My sister, Kelley, and my wife, Mary, were brave enough to test the water. Kelley’s husband, Chris, then treated me to some of the most glorious photoremedy I have experienced. Chris showed me that by tossing tiny cheese crackers in the air one could lure shore birds to within arm’s reach.

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As Chris threw the crackers to the birds, I snapped away rather joyfully.

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Since the birds never seemed to get their fill, Chris soon tired of the activity and handed the crackers off to me. I tossed the crackers directly overhead with one hand and maneuvered my Canon with the other.

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It was truly magical. At times, it almost seemed as if I was flying in formation with the birds.

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My heart soared with my new found friends. When I ran out of crackers, I joyfully returned to my travel party. That’s when I noticed that while I was smiling, they were all laughing hysterically. My heart plunged back to earth as I realized I must have done something rather stupid. My family, my trusted friends, were clearly laughing at me and not with me. I thought to myself, “That’s odd what the heck did I do this time?” As it turns out, it wasn’t what I did as much as what was done TO me.

Damn birds crapped all over me.

Photo by Kelley Kimery

Photo by Kelley Kimery

This only took a little wind out of my sails. When it comes to getting a few good photos and lots of photoremedy, I say it’s worth putting up with other’s crap!