The Life in My Years

An anthology of life

This week Tina of Travels and Trifles has challenged us to a Treasure Hunt. She’s proposed a list of treasure items which includes:
A pet or pets (yours or someone else’s)
The moon or the sun (extra credit for both in one image)
Clouds (extra credit if you also include rain or snow)
A reflection
A child (extra credit if with other family members)
An umbrella (extra credit if you include a person using it)
A truck (extra credit if you include the driver or what the truck is hauling)
Autumn foliage (extra credit if it’s something that only blooms in the fall)
Something fun you found on a walk

I can’t manage the extra credits above but there’s plenty of double dipping.

Below is an alpine meadow near the summit of the Beartooth Highway a scenic 68 mile drive that begins in Red Lodge, Montana and ends at the northeast corner of Yellowstone National Park.

Below, Early morning at Port Clyde, Maine.

Banner image is of a random lake I passed by while driving through Wisconsin.
Below I’ve reflected on the urban scene. The first image is a reflection of the grand Le Château Frontenac, located in Quebec City’s Upper Town. The window is in a building located on Rue du Petit-Champlain far below Upper Town.

The TransAmerica Pyramid in San Francisco is one of my favorite architectural subjects, with it’s unique shape and numerous beams and angles. The photo below is a reflection in one of the Pyramid’s windows of traffic on Columbus Avenue.

Two sunset shots.
Below, the sun’s rays emerge from behind the Grand Tetons in Wyoming.

Below, the Traverse City Lighthouse sits at the far end of Grand Traverse Bay, which empties into Lake Michigan.

Every year in September, the little town of Rodeo, California hosts a chili cookoff and car show. Below is a 1955 (?) Chevy pickup reflected in a hubcap.

When Cora and I visited Galena, Kansas on Route 66, we found an old tow truck that was allegedly the model for the character Tow Mater in the movie Cars.

Last year I was fortunate to drive through the midwest when the leaves were turning. Michigan was spectacular.
The shot below was taken from the top of Mount Brockway near Copper Harbor, Michigan.

In 2015, Cora and I visited Grand Teton National Park in early October. Before sunrise, photographers gather at the Oxbow Bend of the Snake River to photograph the rising sun lighting Mount Moran. We got up in the darkness on a frigid 26 degree morning to make the drive from Jackson to Oxbow Bend. When we arrived at Oxbow Bend we found at least 100 of my fellow photographers wielding everything from IPhones to aim and shoot cameras to DSLRs mounted on tripods. Cora waited patiently in the car trying to stay warm while I waited for the magical moment. Cora no longer goes along with me when I do the early morning shoots. She prefers a warm bed. It’s an arrangement that works well for both of us.

Saving the best (friend) for last. Lexi is my shadow, my every moment companion. If I’m in bed, not feeling well she spends the day lying down at the bedside. If she sees me grab the car keys she runs over and sits in front of me and looks up as if to ask, “Where are we going today?” When I open the door to come out of the bathroom she’s often sitting at the door waiting.
The photo below was edited with an oil painting filter.

I love the photo below because Lexi’s nose is always at work. Whether it’s on a walk or just lolling on the back patio her nose is always twitching. The image below was taken of Lexi savoring a moment in the sun at the shoreline of San Pablo Bay where there are scents aplenty.

Check out Travels and Trifles (link) for other Treasure Hunts.

23 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge: Treasure Hunt

  1. Geresa says:

    Wow what amazing finds ❤️

    1. Paul says:

      Hello Geresa.
      Thank you so much for visiting and commenting with your kind words.

  2. Toonsarah says:

    What a super set of shots! I love your clouds and sunsets and -rises, and the TransAmerica Pyramid reflection is great!

    1. Paul says:

      Hi Sarah, Thank you so much.

    1. Paul says:

      Thank you.

  3. Alison says:

    Fantastic shots Paul, loved the reflections and of course Lexi 😀

    1. Paul says:

      Thank you Alison. Much appreciated.

  4. Tina Schell says:

    Oh my goodness Paul, what a marvelous set of images you’ve shared in this one. I loved them all as well as the stories that went with them. It’s hard not to love your closing image of Lexi – haven’t we all felt like that enjoying a moment of sunshine?! And your hubcap reflection is absolute perfection – so unique! Great job with all of them.

    1. Paul says:

      Thank you Tina for visiting, for your kind words and for coming up with this marvelous challenge. I love that photo of Lexi. One of my favorites.

  5. JohnRH says:

    Wow. STUNNING photos, all. LOVE that Lexi!

    1. Paul says:

      Thank you John. That Lexi, she’s click bait. Should’ve put her as the banner photo.

  6. These are all beautiful. I especially like the truck photos and the light in the Port Clyde photo!

    1. Paul says:

      Thank you so much for visiting and commenting.

  7. M.B. Henry says:

    Oh my goodness, these are all just amazing!

    1. Paul says:

      Thank you M.B. Much appreciated.

  8. Leya says:

    Amazing photography and amazing Lexi!

    1. Paul says:

      Thank you Ann-Christine

  9. SoyBend says:

    Gorgeous landscapes, Paul! Love that second picture of Lexi.

    1. Paul says:

      Thank you. I have hundreds of pictures of Lexi and that one is one of my favorites

  10. eden baylee says:

    Hi Paul,

    A terrific prompt for photos, I love this treasure hunt idea! You’ve outdone yourself with some of these. I especially love the clouds and sun shots, and the one of Grand Teton National Park is a perfect reflections pic too.
    As for Lexi, she’s photogenic and she doesn’t even have to try, I’ll bet. 😀

  11. Gorgeous photos. If this is a competition, you deserve to win!!! All the best, Muriel

    1. Paul says:

      Hello Muriel,
      Thank you for the kind words. No, it’s not a competition. Just a chance for some photographers to display their work.

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