We have a house guest, Joon Joonwong, visiting from Thailand. It is so refreshing to see this magical place we call HOME through his eyes. Joon is an accomplished photographer and avid birder, so we have been taking him to various beautiful places in the area. He was super excited to see a robin the other day, “Look, a THRUSH!” Suddenly, the common little robin became an orange-red breasted delightful thrush. “We rarely see this bird in Thailand!” And Joon was in super-birder mode when he saw a blue jay yesterday. I have always thought blue jays are gorgeous, but this blue jay went from a crafty bird to a gorgeously ornate-blue feathered and black-tufted winged creature.
I have lived here for 23 years and I never take the beauty of Washington state for granted, but everything these past few days during Joon’s visit, seems to appear more beautiful because I am seeing life here through Joon’s eyes. Yesterday, we took a long drive along our Olympic Peninsula. Our drive included a visit to the Sol Duc hot springs where we soaked for two hours in the 106 degree sulphur water. The first photo I took is the featured photo above of Kalaloch beach. We were blessed with a fine day and beautiful light for taking photos.
Below is the rest of the photographic journey seen through my Leica lens.