I believe that everything starts by paying attention. Life is imperfect and any magical light we can bring into our day is worthy of our gratitude. Laughter and love, joy and celebrations slip into our lives with ease but learning to cope with the deep pain life brings to us is also necessary. I do this best with my camera, chasing down light, zooming in and out and pairing it all with truth. 

I live in Western Washington with my husband of 40+ years, in the home where we raised our three sons. We share that home now with our sweet beagle named Basil. 

Thank you so much for stopping by. 


 ©Cathy Sly 2018 

my ally

“You don't have favorites among your children, but you do have allies. ” 
― Zadie Smith, On Beauty

today is Brandon's birthday
he is my second born, a fast birth,
the middle child,
the easiest baby of them all, 
a fierce toddler and a pretty normal teen

today, he is my ally

he is the one who talks cooking with me
(introducing me to things i never thought of trying)
calls to tell me about his weekly fishing trips,
checks in on me for no reason at all, 
and helps me plan family get-togethers

he is the first to offer up a hug,
make eye contact,
cook breakfast,
help me in the garden,
and keep me on the phone way past my bedtime 

he often reminds me of my father,
who enjoyed life, good food, the outdoors
(especially time on the water)
loved with his whole heart
and pretty much excepted people for who they were 

today he turned 33,
we celebrated last weekend with a beach picnic, 
all of us together, the dogs running amok
in the sand and water,
the seven of us watching them, eating, playing and enjoying the sun 

today he will work
and tonight he will celebrate, quietly
with his beautiful wife, his dogs
takeout Chinese and a beer
and he will think it is perfect

happy birthday sweet boy, 
i love you tons, 



PS: i love this photo because you are doing what you love, fishing
with everyone you love right there. . . 
i can see Courtney and your dogs in your lenses, your main focus now for sure,
but if i look close i am just on the edge, your biggest fan . . . 
so proud of the man you have become, xooox




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