Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Rain today so it washed out the scheduled bike ride for me. However, there was a break in the weather so I hunted up Swan Creek where this ride was to take place. Finally stumbled on it. It was very damp and muddy but the tiny little part of the 40 acres I saw looked worth a trip back in dryer days. I seem to be on a flower theme here but it is spring.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Walking around the neighborhood I found too many choices for today. I chose this one because the blossoms were so delicate and perched so precariously I knew immediately they will only be with us for a few days. With the wet, windy weather we're having they could be gone before tomorrow.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
This wisteria is getting ready for its first bloom and the vine is loaded with buds. It is a tease, really. The buds will get bigger and bigger and it will seem they can't get any bigger. Then suddenly they will burst forth with white blossoms edged with a glorious lavender-blue and filling the air with its intoxicating scent. I can hardly wait!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
I can see the Ft Steilacoom is a place that begs revisiting again and again. This trip barely scratched the surface.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Oh, my, if these magnolias don't just make you want to reach for the Mint Julips! These were in the front yard of an old man who told me he couldn't remember exactly what kind they were: he used to know but he'd planted the tree 30 years ago. I had to have them for the blog: the colors were so intense and delicate at the same time! Nature is amazing!
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
This was a perfect First Day of Spring day. It was just warm enough, and the colors were wonderful. This is the Nisqually Estuary where dikes were built in order to farm the land years ago. Last spring the dikes were breeched to allow the land to go back to nature and to re-create the salt water marshes. Already the wild life is repopulating the area. While I miss the 5.5 mile walk on the dikes the views now are spectacular. We thought the tide seemed to be going out but weren't sure. You can see how close to the twin barns the water is now. It will be fun to watch the area develop over time!
Friday, March 19, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
This is Gig Harbor near Anthony's Restaurant at the end of the harbor. I'm not fond of the composition but I do like the colors. Looks like a real spring day! The clouds this afternoon were stunning. No doubt there will be more of GH in the future but from different angles. I wanted this one because it is as close to the water's surface I think I can get these days at this vantage point.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
McKay Marsh is on Ft. Lewis, uh, Joint Base Lewis McCord or JBLM as we like to say...
Monday, March 15, 2010
Stopped briefly downtown deliberately with this shot in mind. The UW Tacoma is in the heart of downtown occupying refurbished original buildings. Looking down the staircase one sees the old Union Station now The Federal Courthouse and the Washington History Museum reflecting its architectural style. Through the arche peeks the hot shop cone of the Museum of Glass. Beyond in the distance stand the massive cranes on the tideflats used to unload ships and the Cascade foothills that tomorrow may have snow. What an IDEA as suggested atop the UW building in the foreground!
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Spent the day driving around the hook of the Hood Canal. Stopped at Lake Cushman and found this cedar tree. There were so many wonderful things to photograph on this overcast day it was difficult to choose which to post. Oyster shells on the beach, creeks running into the canal, mossy rocks, mountain reflections, abandoned apple press and many more. It is just the best spending the day with a close friend.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
This steel bridge goes over the river just before you drive into downtown Sumner. This sleepy, quaint little mostly rural town isn't where you'd expect to find graffiti but there it is on this otherwise lovely old bridge. You can't help but notice how little of the bridge you'd be able to see once the trees and bushes begin to leaf out.
Friday, March 12, 2010
This was a cold winter day. An abandoned picnic table was waiting for summer and a family to have their lunch while dangling feet get cooled and tickled by the lake water. Today that table was pelted by hail and harshly brushed by a frigid wind while its metal feet grew icy to the touch. Only the water birds dared venture into the lake.
Ok, this is two photos today but I couldn't resist. This one helps illustrate what sort of day it really was. I am on the hunt for reflection images because of an upcoming workshop.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
I have to confess I was having too much fun with friends to concentrate on getting a really fine picture for today. These two fellows were fishing (not catching they confessed) under the Narrows Bridge. The tide was going out and it gets pretty fast through there. The wave you see was repeated continually as the surge passed through. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have been able to keep my footing in those swells. And it was at least as cold as it looks. Temperatures dropped 12 degrees from yesterday. It is, after all, still winter.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
What a glorious day this was! The mission of the day was to get daffodils so I went to the MIA Memorial Park where I knew some were planted. Not so many were out, however. It is possible I got some at least nice pictures and at the end of the day it has been hard to decide which to choose to post for today's entry. The dozen or so I culled from the batch were not all daffodils and I like them all for different reasons. So the posted one isn't necessarily my favorite of the whole lot. This singular flower was special because the fact that the bloom wasn't perfect made it even more beautiful. It seemed like it was trying to be a "double" without quite making it. There was heather in the background so all the others had blurred heather to accentuate the yellow; this one, as it turned out appears to have a very dark background making it's own, individual statement.
Friday, March 5, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Evidentially I forgot I had posted a shot of Little Red Schoolhouse yesterday. Actually I didn't. I noticed the framing of the tree so made a special trip to take the picture. The camera for most of these is an Olympus 7.1mp with a 18x optical zoom. It is an SLR wannabe. Most likely the majority of photos for this blog will be taken with that camera because it is one of two car cameras so it is with me nearly all the time. The other car camera is a pocket point and shoot with a 10x optical zoom. The photo I wanted to post didn't turn out and the others were not composition that pleased. So here is today's posting. Tomorrow will be different.
Monday, March 1, 2010
Mid afternoon at the Little Red Schoolhouse in Lakewood, WA. An overcast day without wind accentuates the abandonment of this overused and outdated three room schoolhouse. It sits on the edge of the parking lot of the current elementray school and within site of the middle school it would have populated. An old, disappearing unused road runs along the backside of the building. The windows are boarded up, the shingles are curling, moss grows on the roof. The one bright thing is Caring For Kids, an all volunteer organization serving the children in the school district where this old school stands, uses the building as storage. Somehow the roof doesn't leak and it isn't damp inside and there is no evidence of vermin; almost as if the building is protected to continue it's nurturing of children however that can happen.