Do you love where you live?


No, I don’t mean your house, specifically. Or that “house,” in the picture. (which, despite appearances, happens to be in one of the most beautiful spots in my state, Dungeness Spit–home of the famous and delicious Dungeness Crab).

As you may have gathered, I do love where I live. For many reasons, not the least of which is just pure, scenic beauty. I rarely leave the house without my camera, especially not my daily walks along the sound, because you just never know what you’ll see.

When people think of the Pacific Northwest, many think only of rain and gray skies. I’d like to dispute that with some of those pictures I promised. Skies in the Northwest can be the most colorful you’ll ever see. Not that they can’t be gray, mind you:


Or downright dark (yes, that’s snow):

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But they can also be so bright it almost hurts your eyes. We call these days “severe clear”:

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They can be golden:

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Or pink:

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So orange you look toward Mt Rainier just to be sure it hasn’t blown:

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Sunrise can sneak up on you:

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Or explode:

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And where I’m located, sunsets are second-hand:

Baker Sunset cropped

And on some exceptional days, the sky doesn’t even look real. I call these watercolor mornings:

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I think it’s pretty clear why I love living here. I knew this was home the first time I came here, even if it did take me a long time to get here. And I still wonder why it took me so long, why I just stayed where I was planted, as it were.

How about you? Have you always lived where you are, or are you a roamer by choice or by necessity? Are you happy where you are, or do you long for someplace else?

21 thoughts on “Do you love where you live?

  1. Rowan Worth says:

    Oh, those are GORGEOUS!! Right now, I’m NOT happy with where I live…I’m just not sure where I want to go. I grew up in a military family, so moving every 3-5 years was the norm. Staying in one place was fun at first, but I do miss the variety. I’m looking for a change soon.

    • Thanks, Rowan! I can’t imagine moving as often as our military people do. As my bio says, I’m a stayer. 😉 And an absolute westerner, too. Hope you find your dream place and are able to get there.

  2. Eve Gaddy says:

    Gorgeous pictures! I love them! I can certainly understand why you love it. I’m happy where I live most of the time. In the spring and fall it’s especially beautiful. Summer heat and humidity are not fun, though! That’s when we try to go elsewhere.:)

  3. azteclady says:

    What beautiful skies! Thank you, so much, for sharing them with us.

    I confess I haven’t been happy here for quite a while–sadly, it is not easy (read: cheap) to change locations, particularly across the continent.

    I have moved around some–same continent, four countries. Always on the Caribbean side, though for many years I’ve longed to move to the Pacific Northwest. The quirky bit is the original reason I would like to move there: a book written some 26 years ago by Elizabeth Lowell. (Love Song for a Raven, if you are curious). Pretty much everything I’ve read about the area since has only fed the dream.

    • Yes, there’s a lot more than our famous gray here. 🙂
      No, moving is never easy on many fronts. I’ve done it six times–well, seven; once was in the same apartment building, just across the courtyard, so I’m not sure that counts!

      I love Love Song For a Raven! Carlson is one of the best heroes of all time. That book, and Lowell’s Chain Lightning are actually what started me on my writing journey.

  4. Shirley says:

    Thank you for sharing. We want to visit the Pacific Northwest on a long extended vacation to just tour the coast and enjoy those marvelous sunsets!

  5. I absolutely love your photos! I’ve never considered that the Pacific Northwest might be a place I’d like to visit. Now I do! Although there are a few things I do enjoy about where I live, it’s not my favorite place to be. For me, that would be a toss up between the Philippines and Chicago…two places I used to live.

    • Thanks for dropping by! It is beautiful place that speaks to me on a very deep level. I hope one day you are able to get to that place for yourself.

      • I don’t know. I suspect I suffer from a bit of wanderlust thanks to the whole Military brat upbringing during my formative years. 🙂 I do find things I enjoy about most of the places I’ve lived, though.

  6. Louise Dunlap says:

    I’ve lived in Washington State my whole life and consider the whole state my outdoor playground. I’ve traveled a lot, but these mountains are where my heart is.

    • I completely understand. And if I had to chose only one feature to live with every day, it would be mountains. I find unrelieved flatness depressing! And Cascades or Olympics, we have some of the most beautiful mountains anywhere!

  7. Edna Dutra says:

    I love your pictures. And I love Cape Cod, MA where I live. My paternal ancestors were Cape Codders and I’ve lived here for over 63 years Yes, it gets hot in the summer and cold and snowy in winter but that’s what I like. All the changes are good for the soul.

    • Thanks for coming by, Edna. I’ve not been to Cape Cod, but what pictures I’ve seen are beautiful. How wonderful that your roots go so deep! And I think the changes keep you from complacency, make you aware that time is passing. I love it here for the same reason.

  8. Rosemary Elwell says:

    I don’t like the heat or humidity in the summer (which lasts about nine months, give or take), but some of southeast Texas looks pretty darn good.
    [url=]062[/url] by [url=]RosemaryBE[/url], on Flickr

    • Hi, Rosemary! I adore everything about Texas except for that heat/humidity. Well, and maybe some of the bugs. 😉 Are those cranes of some sort in your pics, the pink ones? We have herons here, and their beaks are pointier. And those are some happy dogs! Thanks for sharing.

      • Rosemary says:

        They are roseate spoonbills. I also took some pictures of some egrets and what I think are ibis. (Im not good with wild birds.) We are a bit too far inland to get seagulls, but they are pretty common just 20 miles down the road. And I hear you on the bugs. The mosquitoes are terrible. Fire ants are bad down here, also.

        The German Shepherd is Leontine (aka Leo), the larger black and white one is Ilka, and the smaller black and white one is Lucky. All three (plus all eight cats) are rescues.

  9. azteclady says:

    Ms Dare, I hope you had a good holiday season and that this year brings you only good things in all areas of your life.

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