Wither 52 Frames?

✍️ 🕑 March 2023 • Series: 52 Frames • Tags: flowersmacro photography

If you've been reading this blog for a while, then you probably know that I've been participating in 52 Frames, a creative exercise consisting of weekly photography challenges. There are 52 weeks in a year, hence the name.

I started doing this in January 2021, and I managed to continue doing it for 114 weeks straight, a little over 26 months. And then I missed some...

March 2023 in Review

Birthdays, Pizza, and Bushwacking

✍️ 🕑 March 2023 • Series: Month in Review • Tags: Eurovision 2023good eatspizzaparksbird photographypublic libraries • Places: Juanita Bay Park Union Bay Natural Area Seattle Central Library

Is this the kind of birthday party I had this month? I don't quite think so.
Is this the kind of birthday party I had this month? I don't quite think so.

The amount of energy I've had to devote to blog posts this month is... low.

And there were good reasons for it, like having 16 unexpected visitors (❤) or spending a weekend walking up and down some hills.

So let's get into it!

Eurovision 2023: First Impressions (feat. Chelsea & Brit)

• Series: Eurovision First Impressions • Tags: EurovisionEurovision 2023music

Alright, we're back with the fourth annual Eurovision First Impressions post, taking a look at each entry into the Eurovision Song Competition for this year.

This year we have entrants from 37 countries, fewer than recent years. Bulgaria, Montenegro, and North Macedonia all withdrew citing financial constraints, which is a pity because they are all countries I am enthusiastic about seeing in the competition. (And yes, they are countries that have delivered some top tier bangers.)

My expectations are somewhat diminished, as I have foreknowledge that many of the entrants are singing primarily in English (possibly in a greater proportion than previous years), and because I have on good authority that there are a lot of rock songs in here.

Do I want Eurovision to rock?

Most certainly not.

Joining me for this endeavor is Chelsea, who you may recall from last year's post, or from being mentioned all the time on this site.

Chelsea's pal Brit, who has never watched any Eurovision anything ever, is also in town and her commentary enriches this post.

Together, we listened to all 37 songs for the first time, and I did my best to jot down the comments and conversation. And so, dear reader, we hope that you'll enjoy our takes.

Snow, Sunshine, & The Year of the Rabbit

Looking Back at February 2023

✍️ 🕑 February 2023 • Series: Month in Review52 Frames • Tags: snowshoeingsnowy hikessunsetsLunar New Yearsbald eagles • Places: Hyek Sno-Park

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By the barometer of "I think I have seasonal affective disorder, and I deeply, deeply, deeply long for the sun to come out", February has been a shockingly lovely month. There have simply been more sunny days than I would have imagined, even if its end has been marked with frigid temperatures and dustings of snow.

Fortunately, I've had other reasons to be loving this month, though it has not been without its frustrations.

Read on to hear about how quickly this short month has gone by!

And read on to find out what everyone's crowded around...
And read on to find out what everyone's crowded around...

The Rest of the Books I Finished Last Year


✍️ 🕑 Late 2022 book reviewspoliticsgraphic novelsoilCanadaAlbertaTurkey & 3 More Tags

For whatever reason (probably my long dormant desire to be an academic), I've decided to write lil reviews of stuff I've read and stick them on my blog.

And so now, as promised, I give you, dear reader, my impressions of a diverse set of books I read later 2022. Yippee!

The five books under discussion cover geographies from Sweden, to Alberta, to Harlem, and topics from street portrait photography, to international geopolitics, to insanity. Perhaps one of them will pique your interest.

Frosty Franklin Falls

✍️ 🕑 • Series: Steve in Seattle • Tags: waterfallssnowy hikesroad walking

Sometimes timing is everything.

Wintertime visitors to Franklin Falls need to be aware of a few things when they plan their visit. In particular it would be ideal to time a visit around three things: avalanche risk (undesirable and potentially fatal), freezing temperatures (desirable), and crowds (probably undesirable but not fatal).

Provided you time it right, and you are equipped with microspikes or similar, the hike to Franklin Falls is easy, fun, and rewarding.

West Tiger #3

✍️ 🕑 • Series: Steve in Seattle • Tags: Issaquah Foothillsbird photography • Places: West Tiger Summit #3

Another weekend in January, another excuse for a hike.

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This time, I was again sticking closer to the Issaquah Foothills, in large part because of how much I enjoyed my recent hike on the Chirico Trail. I had seen some beautiful pictures from the end of this particular trail, and I wanted to check it out for myself. The trail's incredibly uninspiring name: West Tiger #3.

For the most part, conditions were clean, tracks were easy to follow, and it was a nice, brisk, uneventful hike.

The elevation gain, a mere 2,100 ft. The trail, dry and bare, below snow level.