closeup photo of flower in Port Townsend
Sunflower season is upon Port Townsend

I don’t know what my fascination is with sunflowers. We’ve had blooms for a couple of weeks, but I’ve waited to cut any for studio closeups until there were enough in the garden that a couple wouldn’t be missed. Here’s the first of a series. I feel that, while I’ve taken many, many flower photos, I haven’t gotten the “touch” yet. So the current project is to see if I can find the secret sauce that turns competent photos into artistic ones. We’ll see.

BTW, the sunflower plants in our backyard are enormous. It may be the less sunny than normal summer that’s gotten the plants to grow over eight feet tall.

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Dressing the Dog

Photo of vendor fixing a hot dog during the Port Townsend Uptown Street Fair
Get ready for a tasty hot dog

Yesterday was the 104th anniversary of the birth of Henri Cartier-Bresson, one of the more famous street photographers. In memory of his birth here’s a street photo. He is well known for coining the phrase: ‘the decisive moment,’ from the book of the same title. Another of his sayings was, “In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject,” perhaps even dressing a hot dog.

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Photo of Port Townsend’s Uptown Fair

photo of entry in port townsend's uptown street fair
We Love Uptown

Every year on the third Saturday in August, Port Townsend hosts a street fair – Uptown. In addition to the normal Saturday Farmer’s Market vendors, food vendors and crafts people put up booths to sell their stuff. Several blocks are filled with vendors, so don’t expect to drive through the normal arteries. Theoretically at 1:00 pm there is a short parade that boasts a definite cobbled together feel. I say theoretically because I’ve never seen one start on time. However, it’s a lot of fun anyway.

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Gray Jay

Photo of Gray Jay near Port Townsend
Camp Robber

The first name I learned for the Gray Jay was camp robber. It’s certainly appropriate. This bird flew down onto our picnic table and scarfed up table scraps with no hesitation. Gray Jays inhabit the mountains around the area.

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