Scenic photos of the week

Manarola, one of the five villages in the Cinque Terre in Italy, showing homes on a hillside with water and boats in the foreground.
“Manarola, one of the five villages in the Cinque Terre in Italy,” by Paul Rae, Olympia High School Mathematics Department Chair and Varisty Bowling Coach

OSD employees are encouraged to email the Communications department a photo of their artwork portraying nature (e.g., landscapes, sunrises or sunsets, an interesting cloud formation, a close-up of a flower) for consideration in this staff blog. Your image can be something you captured on canvas, in a photograph, on a textile, in a pencil, charcoal or pastel drawing, with wire — the possibilities are endless!

Please remember, you can be a novice or a professional. You can submit photos taken with your phone or a fancy camera. The goal is for as many employees as possible to participate!


  • Nature/scenic images only (no people or pets please).
  • Attach a photo of your original art in jpeg or png format to an email and send to The higher the resolution, the better.
  • Photos must be in-focus and cropped so the art is visible.
  • Include your name, title, work location, and if applicable, where the image was taken (you can name the city, for example, or provide even more specific details (e.g. sunset taken from Long Beach, WA). This information will be included with each image published.

Depending on the number of images submitted, we will print one or more in each issue of the staff blog.

Warm October Day on the Hood Canal at Doewallips, showing paddle boarder with hills behind and waterfront in the foreground
“Warm October day on the Hood Canal at Dosewallips,” by Amanda Whitehouse, third grade teacher, LP Brown Elementary School