November came and went in a flash. Actually all of 2017 somehow feels like it passed by in the blink of an eye…or the snap of a shutter. My 365 photography project for 2017 (two years in a row!) has one month remaining.

Anna's humminbirdAnna’s Hummingbird

Between teacher-parent conferences, holidays, vacations, and a couple photo shoots for me, there was a lot going on this month. ‘Tis the beginning of the busy season!

sunset Ebey's LandingEbey’s Landing on Whidbey Island at sunset

We made one trip to Jenne Farm in Coupeville on Whidbey Island. Our happy place! I even got to spend the afternoon (in very cold, blustery weather) photographing island herons and other shore birds. On the way home we were treated to the sights and sounds of snow geese and trumpeter swans who pass through Skagit Valley on the migration south.

Great Blue HeronHeron Landing in Coupeville, Whidbey Island

This month I also had the opportunity to do a couple family photoshoots. I’m hoping for more in the coming year! One of my personal goals for 2018 is to grow my family photography business.

FamilyGraves Family

I’ve also been trying to experiment with light and lenses, trying out a few fun specialty lenses like those in the Lensbaby line. This coming year I’m contemplating changing my special project from a 365 (one photo every day of the year) to a series of self-education projects. I have so much I’d like to learn!

Seattle with Lensbaby Velvet 85Seattle at dusk with Lensbaby Velvet 85

And with that, here’s November!

365 Project

Life is just a snapshot in time,


Lake Washington sunrise

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.

~L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

black and white dahlia macro

Next to spring, fall is my favorite time of year. The colors, the earthy smells and even the rain (though last winter was just simply too much!). Hillsides glow as the sun creeps lower on the horizon and trees dress in their most colorful attire. I do feel some sadness as my gardening season comes to a close, even though a few tomatoes still cling to the vines and my Dahlias continue to bloom like nobody’s business!


My bird friends become very active and visit us regularly, many of them fattening themselves for their winter migration and others just needing extra fuel as they get ready to hunker down in cold weather. We’ve had flickers, juncos, jays, chickadees, sparrows of several varieties, hummingbirds, towhees, finches in red and gold, bushtits, robins, wrens and occasionally starlings. Some days it’s a regular party in our backyard!

And with that, here’s October:

365 Project

Life is just a snapshot in time,


Recently I was challenged to take seven black and white photos of my life. No people were allowed to be in the photos and no explanation of what the photos represent. I really enjoyed this challenge and feel inspired to shoot more black and white! Here are the seven photos I chose:

black and white whidbey farm

Day 1

black and white bald eagle

Day 2

black and white dahlia macro

Day 3

black and white lace curtain

Day 4

cat in black and white

Day 5

black and white Lake Washington

Day 6

black and white hummingbird

Day 7

Life is just a snapshot in time,


  1. Hi Beth ~ Have come to your site, wondering if you may be Ted Bresky's friend? He and I met during our senior year of high school when my family moved from the San Francisco Bay area CA to Easton CT. What a cultural shock! Anyway...Ted and I have renewed our cross continent friendship (CT-AZ) via Facebook. I also am a photographer (semi-pro) with many, many other interests and Ted has recommended ~ no less than three times ~ that you and I should 'meet.'

    Very much like your 7-Day B&W Challenge selections! I also chose birds, a flower close-up, my cat, and gauzy textiles...though your lovely curtain image (which took me a few moments to figure out-good!) is much better than my impromptu attempt.
    October 28, 2017  4:43 am

Armenian Festival

This September marked Seattle’s first Armenian Festival! For my little Armenian it was a fantastic celebration. Lots of great activities for kids, and the grown-ups took home a prized Gyumri beer!

bird jay

My feathered friends continue to visit, busy readying themselves for fall. Chickadees, wrens, finches, jays and recently a flicker family. I love watching them.

flower dahlia

As summer transitions to fall dahlias, salvia, and agastache are still blooming, but our vegetable garden is slowing down, ripening the last of our tomatoes.

Here’s looking at you September:

365 photo project

Life is just a snapshot in time,