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

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fence Post

I meant to post this fence scene from our trip to eastern Washington last Thursday for Good Fences, but I forgot to post that day so I saved it for this week instead. We're heading back through eastern Washington again today, so I'm hoping to have some new photos to start posting tomorrow.  Linking to Good Fences.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

La Connor

I thought this was a pretty farm up when we were up near La Connor earlier this month. We had an overcast day, but the young fields were still colorful.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

2015 Calendar

I know it seems early, but I'm pleased to announce that my 2015 calendar is printed and ready to distribute!  I'm really excited to be working with Small Changes, a regional indie distribution company based in Seattle. I dropped off calendars for them when I was up in Seattle last week.  And of course my calendar will again be for sale through  Here's the link: 2015 Pacific Northwest Calendar

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fermenting Veggies

Lots of experimenting with fermenting vegetables at my house a few weeks ago. Left to right, sauerkraut, sour beets, kimchi, more sauerkraut, fermented lemons, more kimchi, and more sauerkraut. The only one still on the counter is the lemons. They take a month, according to an article in the food section of our local paper. The rest are either in the fridge or eaten. Everything turned out very yummy after following the recipes in the Sandor Katz book, Wild Fermentation.
Linking to Weekend Reflections

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Poplar Farm, Summer

Driving home from eastern Washington took us past the hybrid poplar farm in Boardman, Oregon.  Of course I had to stop again for an abstract summer version of this farm.  I took a very similar photo in early April when the leaves where a light chartreuse color.  Here's a link to that post if you're interested in comparing, or you could type poplar farm into the search bar at the top of the page.  This image came out much softer.  I think that is mainly because I picked an older section of trees for this photo, and very little sunlight was filtering through.  Now I'll need to get this shot again in fall and winter to complete my seasonal series!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Wheat Field

It's getting to be wheat harvesting time in eastern Washington. This field near Walla Walla was one of the earlier fields to be harvested.  Wheat is the main crop around here, followed by lentils.  Everyone thinks of Washington apples, but the eastern part of the state is a big grain producer too.

Saturday, July 12, 2014


We had a short visit to eastern Washington late this week.  We crossed the Columbia somewhere just past the Dalles, and followed this truck around some curves in the hills before heading into a stretch of high desert-like country. It was a little bouncy, so I had a hard time framing this shot for Weekend Reflections.  And in case you were wondering, the tank in front was numbered 23.  I'll have a few more photos from the trip in coming days...

Friday, July 4, 2014

4th of July

This America flag-inspired ensign reflected beautifully in Percival Landing during Olympia's Wooden Boat Festival. I had to look this flag up, and learned that it's a yacht ensign; not for international travels, it can only be displayed in US waters.
Linking to  Weekend Reflections

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Butterfly Kite

I'm really partial to monarchs.  Having grown up around the Great Lakes, I got to see their multi-generational migration each summer and fall, and I have great respect for their journey and fond Midwestern memories of spotting butterflies in July and searching for chrysalises come September.  I thought this monarch kite looked so pretty glowing with the sunlight behind it at the kite festival Sunday morning.  I also have a monarch micro-kite (4 inches with a 10 foot tail!) which I had so much fun flying at the festival this weekend. I had forgotten what a carefree feeling you get flying a kite!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Kite Festival, another view

This view looking out to the ocean probably gives a better perspective on the size of the display kites.  Those large stuffed animal kites always just hovered off the ground.  I'm sure people liked them, but as a photographer I found them to be really annoying because they always got in the way of my ground line.  This shot was taken fairly early on Saturday before it clouded over completely.  I was looking forward to getting some bluer sky photos on Sunday, and the sky was beautiful but the display kites were grounded for insufficient wind.  I never imagined that happening; it's always so windy on the coast!  By the time we were heading out of town I saw the kites starting to go up, so I guess the wind picked up.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Oregon Kite Festival

We had a great weekend in Lincoln City, Oregon, exploring the coast and flying kites at the summer kite festival here.  There are a variety of kite festivals up and down the coast each summer; this one is Lincoln City is a show festival and not competitive.  These enormous kites are on display throughout the day, wind permitting, and some of the smaller kites in the background perform routines set to music, almost like a ballet dance.  They also perform precision kite routines.  There's a kite parade for kids and a competition to see who can run down the beach fastest while dragging a donut-shaped kite. Saturday we had tons of wind but it was sort of misty and overcast.  Sunday we got the sun, but it wasn't as windy so not all the display kites were flying.  Still, it was a fun event, attended by almost 15,000 kite-lovers.

Friday, June 27, 2014

In the Reeds

I liked this interesting reed reflection along the edge of 
Cranberry Lake in Deception Pass State Park on Monday.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Deception Pass

View from the fence line of one of the beaches at
 Deception Pass State Park north of Seattle. 

Linking to Good Fences

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Mount St Helens

Mount St Helens #4

And here she is! This was about the clearest the clouds got near her crater while we were there.  Visible in this photo are the north facing crater, the headwaters, the lahars, the toppled trees, and the beautiful carpet of purple and red wildflowers that bloom up here in June and July. Broad leaf lupine, red paintbrush as they call it out here, and Caldwell's pentstamon. The colors were overwhelming. I just had to keep pinching myself, this park was so beautiful. I definitely want to drive back for one more hike this summer.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


Mount St Helens #3

After the lateral blast came a pyroclastic flow, which is a turbulent spewing of hot gases, ash, and rock, followed by lahars which are basically mudflows formed by melting snow and glaciers combined with rock and ash.  The lahars flowed down several of the north facing rivers, including the Toutle River which flows from Mount St Helens down to the Columbia River. We drove along the Toutle River entering the park. I read that five rivers originate on Mouth St Helens. I think this cut at the base of the mountain marks the origin of the Toutle River.