Painting is just another way of keeping a diary ~Pablo Picasso

Monday, October 16, 2017

Deep in the Woods

Looks like it's going to be a colorful fall in Gifford Pinchot this year.
Hope the rain coming this week won't spoil it,
And won't bring snow to the mid elevations yet!
We went to Indian Heaven over the weekend, in search of fall color,
but it's already under a few feet of snow :(
And barely driveable in my minivan.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

And Just Like That It's Fall

Sort of unusual for summer to linger into October, but that's the lucky weather we've been having in Southwest Washington this month.  Last week we woke up one day, freezing around the house all morning, before figuring out we needed to turn on the heater!  So sunny and 70s in the day and low 40s at night is how the week has gone.  And yesterday, we even had a little fog!  Exciting only because it's fresh right now.  (I'll be so sick of fog by the end of winter.) Clover and I walked to the little creek on the campus trails to see how it looked in a thin fog.  This involved hat and gloves, although I shed them before the end of the walk.  I liked the light; a thin fog adds just the right amount of diffusion for a photo with some depth.  I'll try this spot again once the Big Leaf Maples really start turning yellow.  (Plus I'm intending to get out with my camera a few times a week, so hopefully more active on the blog this month and next.)

Friday, September 22, 2017

I Spy

A cool snag reflection in Round Lake.
I was looking down on the water from this point.
I think my angle foreshortened the branch and elongated the reflection.
That's why the shapes are so asymmetrical. 
Linking to Weekend Reflections.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Cute Kitten Post


(A.K.A. Low Hanging Fruit)
Look deep into my eyes...
I am so cute. So adorable...
Pay no attention to my mousing practice; my scratching of your furniture and curtains...
My incessant need to try to eat the buttons off your shirt...
Because I am cute beyond belief...
Listen to me purr....(purr, purr, purr)
Love me! Love Me! LOVE ME!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Bashful

One of the dahlia varieties at Swan Island Dahlia Farm in Canby, Oregon.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Patchwork

View down the rows at the dahlia farm in Canby, Oregon.
Walking down the long aisle between rows
was so much fun...a seemingly never-ending variety of dahlias!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Huckleberry Patch

It's the end of the season for huckleberries in Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
We found the most berries in this patch, but getting to be slim pickings.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Shadow Play

Hundreds of little eclipse shadows filtering through the trees, as the moon starts to get out of the way.  I read that the tree leaves are working as a pinhole camera, and that this is not unique to eclipse lighting; that we are always seeing little suns in effect, filtering through the tree light, but they show up as round spots which seems rather nondescript.  Could be.  It's something I will try to pay more attention to.  At the very least I would say that whatever light normally filters through the trees looks so usual as to not attract any attention at all.  For me at least. These eclipse shadows were something that we noticed when my family observed a partial eclipse in California a few years ago, so we were looking forward to observing it again this time.  The other thing we noticed, which was also repeated in last week's eclipse, was that you can see individual hairs on your head in shadow.  I wanted to photograph that too, but it seemed like I could only see them as I was walking.  Every time I stopped to take a photo, the detailed shadows disappeared. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipse

The view from WSU-Vancouver.  I think we were at 99% coverage, 
but the effect was really cool in my camera!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Bedtime

Sunset building on the western edge of San Juan Island. That's Victoria B.C. on the horizon.
One thing about camping is that you tend to sleep and rise with the sun.
And that was especially true for the rising part, because our camping was done as a farm stay,
and the farm had three roosters...each with its own distinct crow
...and its own internal alarm clock.
The earliest riser started his crowing at 4am. so that sort of gets you stirring!
Also there was no campfire area, I guess because it is a working farm and so they are
worried about fires when things get dry in the summer.  That was the only bad part.
When it's dark, it's dark. Time for bed.
Of course this far north in the summer, the sun sets after 9:30 and it's not dark for another hour,
so all in all it was a pretty good bedtime.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Out Standing in My Field

Ok, so it's not my field ... and yes, it's an awful pun ...
but it is the field that drew us up to the San Juan Islands last month.
That's because I'm the trip planner at my house, and I happen to love lavender.
I don't have a field. I have a tiny hedgerow along my driveway.  
Actually...it's more potential than hedgerow.  
And I wanted to make sure I was shaping it up just right. 
So that it can grow up to be a hedgerow someday.
Mid-July was the Lavender Festival at Pelindaba Lavender in Friday Harbor.
As far as festivals go, it has a lot to learn! You need more than a bunch of craft booths and a band. 
I wanted to see a demonstration on extracting lavender oil, but we missed that, 
so all in all it was kind of a bust. Other than it smelled wonderful! 
And Bill got some lavender ice cream.
The photography was so so because it was hot and bright and the whole island is one big ball of glare, so photography after 8am and before 6pm is almost a waste of time. 
And we were glamping which was really fun, so I wasn't inclined to get up early with my camera ...
 the draw of fresh coffee on a camp stove! 
But we did get to visit the San Juans in July which wouldn't have happened otherwise!  

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Bright Spot

Sometimes you have to look a little bit,
but it's always there.
Friday Harbor at sunset.
Linking to Weekend Reflections.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Taking Shape

Mooring dophins for the ferries,
reflected in the ripply water,
waiting for the next ferry to arrive.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Friday Harbor

The Marina at Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, just before sunset.  
 It's a large marina, and completely open to the public which is rare, 
so we had a fun time wandering around and admiring the boats.
Marina water is always nice and still, good for reflections.
An occasional boat came in or out, and there was a harbor seal 
hanging around too. As an added bonus, we got those great popcorn clouds!
(They might show up again on the blog in a post or two!)
Linking to Weekend Reflection.

Monday, July 24, 2017

San Juan Sunset


Just before sunset on San Juan Island, this weathered Pacific Madrone with its cool red bark
is really lit up by the setting sun.