February 16: Toward the beach

February 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

We are at one of my favorite places, Long Beach, WA. The trip down was lovely despite occasional pouring rain and a hyper child asking 1001 questions (or because of these things?) We stopped at a cafe called Elixir in South Bend (if you are there, be sure to stop) where we engaged in my favorite activities in the whole world: coffee drinking and reading (while looking at a rainbow, Wallapa river, ducks, and stray rays of sunshine falling on the hills on the other side of the river).

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Long Beach has beautiful beach grass and a gorgeous trail and boardwalk, built where Lewis & Clark first saw the Pacific (they were not impressed). Here are my guys in a blur of movement and rain

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and a fascinating whale skeleton on the trail.

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I find that in photography, as in life, I am drawn to little things and details. I find little pleasure in taking landscape photos, of wide fields or beaches. I like photographing a patch of grass, colorful coffee cups, or my children laughing. These are the things I enjoy in life too, I think, rather than big events, great accomplishments, or daring adventures (though I did enjoy those when I was younger).

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s report from this intriguing town.

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