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

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.

Friday, July 21, 2017

View from the Lighthouse

View from the Lime Kiln Lighthouse tower on San Juan Island. For a look at the lighthouse, see my post from Wednesday titled San Juan Island. I've got plenty more reflection photos from our trip to San Juan Island last weekend; it is an island after all, and I can hardly stay away from reflection photos as it is! But for today's Weekend Reflection I decided to go with the reflection on the wonderfully wobbly glass panes of the lighthouse tower. It's a bit confusing maybe, but intruiging to me. The sunset light is reflected, along with the smaller sized diamond window frame. The shoreline is visible through the glass in view. For more island reflection images, check back throughout the next week or so.
Linking to Weekend Reflections.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

San Juan Island

Lime Kiln Lighthouse on the western side of San Juan Island.
Historical info on the lighthouse found at this link: Lighthouse Friends.
I was interested to read that a Spanish explorer named the islands San Juan and Orcas in honor of his benefactor, a Mexican Viceroy by the name of Juan Vincente de Guemes Padilla Horcasitas y Aguayo (Orcas coming from Horcasitas, which suggests that Orcas whales are named for the island, where they can often be spotted, and not the other way around! 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Bandon Sunset

Sun setting behind the rocks, with the light filtering through.
Beautiful ending to a beautiful day.
Linking to Weekend Reflections.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Sunset Perch

Our first sunset in Bandon, we headed down the beach toward Face Rock, arriving a few minutes before the sun would set. Fellow photographers were lurking around every rock. I especially appreciated this guy, scrambling up an outcrop to stake out a high ground position above the rest of us. He stayed there for as long as I was on the beach. His rocky compatriot, the seagull on a distant chimney rock, took flight just as the sun was setting. I thought the two of them made a great pair.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Footprints

Change of pace for today, something more abstract. 
This was from our first evening at the beach, walking to Face Rock just before sunset. 
The sun was so low in the sky that the light sand ripples looked like zebra stripes. 
I think the tracks are probably from a playful pup, maybe even my own dog Clover. 

Friday, June 30, 2017

The Legend of Face Rock

This section of the beach in Bandon is named for Face Rock, which comes with a legend: Many tribes had gathered at the beach for a big potlatch to honor the gods. The visiting tribes were warned of an evil spirit in the ocean. But the daughter of a mountain tribe didn't listen. By the light of the moon, she snuck to the ocean with her dog, and her basket of baby racoons (I've also heard kittens, but I like the idea of a basket of racoons).  She was enticed into the glimmering water, swimming out further and further in the moonlight, her dog barking frantically.  Suddenly a black shadow passed over the moon, and the evil spirit of the water grabbed hold of her, her basket of racoons, and her trusty dog. The next morning the tribes looked in vane for the girl. As the mist cleared, a series of rocks became visible in the water: the daughter, her face gazing toward the setting moon, the basket of racoons (there is a rocky outcropping just to the right of her, I hadn't heard the legend when I took this shot or I would have included it), and her dog barking on the shore (I'm not sure which rock this would be, but it doesn't looks like I got that one either). It's a good legend, I think, with all the proper lessons: healthy fear of the water, listen to your wise elders, and the moon has something to do with the tide. That's it in summary. If you're interested in reading more detailed (and better written) versions, an online search should provide you with some entertaining reading.
Linking to Weekend Reflections.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Doorway to Cathedral Rock

Cool passageway through this rock, with a glimpse of the much larger rock outcropping called Cathedral Rock. My son found a web of tunnels and passages through Cathedral Rock and had fun mapping it out during low tide. So much to explore at this beach in Bandon, Oregon.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Tide Pools

It was a half mile walk down the beach from our hotel to Face Rock, and because the labyrinth drawing always coincides with low tide (and we were heading to the labyrinth), we got to see lots of interesting tide pools along the way.  The biggest tide pools form around the rock formations, but these little pools had such an interesting pattern and texture that I wanted to include them in a beach scene.