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Northwest Lava – Exploding Color

Today’s Sunday Stills is all about color – lava – browns, blacks interspersed with vivid oranges – Woodlake Tiger colors. Knowing her challenge ahead of time colored and influenced my photography as we strolled around Portland, Vancouver, and Spokane. But don’t worry no one gets burned in these lava pictures.


I loved the blazing volcanic swirl of the dahlia. I darkened the colors a little bit and did a little cropping in Lightroom just because it’s fun to experiment. All of my pictures for this post also work for John’s Cell Pic Sunday, and won’t he be surprised when I post them on Sunday???

Fruits and Vegetables

Terri, Kirstin, and I explored Vancouver. When I lived in Portland, I don’t remember getting any closer to walking around Vancouver than the rides in Janzen Beach on the Portland side of the bridge. So, it was so wonderful that we could meet Kirstin near her home. She drove us around giving Terri a much-needed break and we had so much fun. Thank you so much, Kirstin. Do you have a favorite lava food? (besides chocolate which I didn’t show! LOL) I loved the gourd. It looks like real bubbling lava!

Tan and Tanned Animals

Ft. Vancouver is a marvelous place to visit. They have volunteers dressed in the parts of life in the days of the Fort. As we walked from building to building we experienced a bit of life in the days before statehood. One of the main trades of the time was fur which was so essential at the time for warmth in the winter. Can you guess the most valuable fur? Don’t let Lava Bear influence you. It’s a specific fox found only in that part of the country.

Fire and Coals

A volunteer baking bread over the coals

I was super disappointed when she didn’t offer us a bite of the bread. You can see how it turned out on Terri’s post today. My picture is almost identical. After she left, she was going to bake some fish for her lunch. Yum.

Statue Inside the Ft. Vancouver Gift Shop

This cat is modeling the latest fashion – notice his tongue is sticking out. He must be a teen.

I have so many pictures for PPAC, so even though this was a free public building with art, it doesn’t show from the street, so it’s fair game for this post.

Hot Lava at Home

Terri needed to look no further than her own shelf for lava colors

I took pictures of Terri’s decor because she is so talented in how she uses baskets and plates and I am not at all. I decided not to sell all my empty baskets in our garage sale next weekend after photographing what I could do with some of them. Isn’t this a beautiful display?

Night Before Traveling to Portland

Old Town Scottsdale

Vince took me to the airport and what fun we had the evening before I left. We walked around Old Town along the canal. The sky treated us to a lava sunset.

Ode to Terri’s Aero

Aero – caught in the act of looking up at me.

As you know, Terri’s sweet dog is no longer with her. I got to know Aero while she was with us this summer in AZ, and he sat with me constantly while I was with them. Brodie is too big to hold, so I was partial to Aero. I was so glad to have one last chance to cuddle this sweetie before he left this world where he feels better. I don’t have any great pictures of Aero because I was always either holding him or walking him or off running. Hard to do that and take pictures.

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    • Interesting. I think of papaya as being smooth on the outside. I’m not familiar with all the types of papaya, though. Thanks for taking the time to comment, Gift. I know how busy you are! 🙂


  1. Gorgeous photography, my friend. But the capture of Aero is especially dear. I am sure Terri appreciates your sharing it.

    We are just back from the pumpkin patch. Oh, the colors and textures!! And photographer dream. Your photo of the “Indian” corn is so pretty, I like the angle at which you snapped the corn. We don’t need to see the whole cob, which would have been my inclination. You caught just the right amount in your lens!!

    Sounds like you gals enjoyed a very special time together. Glad you could connect with one another in Portland.

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    • Thanks! Actually I cropped and rotated the image, which I thought made it more interesting. Thanks again for your encouraging comments. I bet you got a lot of great photos at the pumpkin patch.


    • It felt that way looking at it, too, Marilyn. I have several pictures of Vince taking a picture to prove to myself that it was real! Thanks for the lovely comment. 🙂


      • I have a very few pictures that I feel that way about taken in Maine in October and in the desert in Arizona. But yours has a sharpness and clarity I haven’t not seen often in photographs. It’s not only beautiful. It’s as close to perfect as I’ve seen for this type of photograph.

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        • Wow, thanks, Marilyn. I took it with my cell phone, too. What a lovely thing to say. I didn’t think my pictures were as good as my husband’s even. It is amazing the quality that cell phones produce. I don’t think you could enlarge it, though even though it’s a lot of pixels.


    • Well, I didn’t know he was going to pass. He was only 12, I think, and Puppy Girl is 13, so I didn’t expect him to be so sick. He didn’t act sick, just a little slow moving. But such a sweet dog. Thanks for the comment, Jodie.


  2. Where to begin with this lovely post, Marsha? I just got home from volunteering at the Fall Festival. A couple neighbors asked about Aero so I had to share the story. It gets a little better with each day. Thank you for sharing that cute pic of him, the orange and brown are perfect in that image, and for cuddling him while you were there. In the winter, he loved to snuggle up. Brodie just gets on the bed at night and tries to hog it all.

    You caught some excellent images of our trip! Fort Vancouver and the area there was such a treat! Well, if I’m going to use my photos I’ll have to come up with another challenge soon, LOL! I guess I missed that orange cat–you really have a great eye for public art! Thank you for showing off my decor–that turned out to be a great shot!

    But my favorite is your sunset in Old Town Scottsdale–just exquisite! Oh and tell Wayne that all the creatures he has shot with his lens will remember him in Heaven. We’ll have to talk this week, thanks for your creative and lovely post!

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    • Terri said to tell you they will be. I can’t claim to be an expert, but I know God is good and he cares when one sparrow falls. So that said, I think she’s right. They will be there. If heaven is more glorious than earth, how could there not be animals that we know and love. Probably they will all be tame.

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  3. So much to study, savour and digest! I appreciated the intense colour of the flowers. Thank you. Two of our three sons are good photographers and I was a happy snapper years ago. Always a good challenge. Cheers.

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  4. Thanks for such a colorful post with all of your pictures and delightful time with Terri and pup dogs Marsha. It’s so impressive how you have connected and kept your friendship going!
    Great walking and that amazing sky is gorgeous ❣️

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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