The challenge for City Daily Photo’s participants today is “movement,” which immediately led me to a shot from a local bicycle race, the “Tour de Dung,” last spring. Click here to see other interpretations of today’s theme.

Wondering about the name “Tour de Dung?” It’s not about manure. The race takes place in the Dungeness region of Sequim, a beautiful spot for bicycling at any speed.

Cruise ship

Cruise ships on their way to and from Alaska are a regular sight on the Strait of Juan de Fuca during the summer months. The season’s just about over. This is one of the last until next year. It’s heading into a lovely Pacific sunset.

September rose

Wild nootka roses are usually in full bloom by late June or early July. If they find a good spot they can grow like weeds. But by August they’re mostly gone and the hips that follow the blooms begin to swell and ripen. By September the bushes are covered in bright red rose hips. This year we’ve noticed late blooms. One here, one there. Not a lot of them, but still…enough for a few last satisfying sniffs of one of my favorite summer scents. The beautiful weather we had over the last couple of months must have something to do with it.


I’ve been searching for a good chile rellano since I left California. I know, I know. The further north you get from the Mexican border the lower the odds of finding one. But I still try. Last week we went to Jose’s Famous Salsa on East Washington. All in all the food was good. Compared to most I’ve had the rellano wasn’t disappointing. In fact, it was pretty good and the salsa’s really good. I think I’ll return and try their tacos and tamales. But I may have to head south for what I’m craving…or break down and get cooking.

Photo shoot

Looking at my shot yesterday a couple of people noted that the ground under the bluff at Dungeness Recreation Area didn’t look all that solid. Too right! So you can imagine my surprise a day or two later when we noticed the people shown above staging an intimate little photo shoot below the bluff, not far from yesterday’s shot.

This is not an accessible area. You can rappel down the sandy cliff or walk back along the beach from Dungeness Spit. However it’s accessed this is not a good place to perch and I’m sure that the area manager would be plenty upset.

Bluff perspective

Here’s a longer perspective of this spot taken a couple of years ago. You may notice a speck of bird — that’s an eagle. This spot is favored by birds, mostly seagulls. So even if it were a sensible place for taking pictures it wouldn’t rank high in my book for somewhere to lie down. Notice all the white specks in the shot up above? They’re not feathers.