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

Thursday, December 18, 2014


Not the most inviting of fence signs!  I was wondering why the owners bothered posted it because it doesn't seem like a location that would have a lot of trespassing trouble.  I wouldn't have even considered climbing over this fence, even on a sunny day!
Linking to Good Fences

Monday, December 15, 2014

On the Path

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.     ~ Lao Tzu

Another view of yesterday's sunny fog, just a little further down the no-name creek path. Last year this was a dirt trail through thick woods, but over the summer the park expanded and this new path was put in.  I'm partial to the previous one because it felt more natural and because I felt comfortable taking Clover off the leash. Though it does make for an interesting view in the fog, with this new curvy sidewalk.  It seems like the kind of photo that should get an inspirational quote, and since I'm liking Lao Tzu right now...

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Passing By

I pass by this little nameless creek almost everyday on my dog walk with Clover, but never think to photograph it. After last week's heavy rain, the little creek started making some noise and I took notice. Water was flowing between the trees and also around the tree on the left, and it was such a pretty sight. The thing is, I never walk with my camera these days, let alone with my tripod, so it took me almost a week to remember to bring them on the walk. This morning the little creek was whispering faintly, but the scene was just as pretty because we had a light fog with the sun shining brightly through. I will have to try again here after another heavy rain.

Saturday, December 13, 2014


I awoke to a beautiful foggy morning.  Our winter inversion pattern has returned.
I wonder how long it will last.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Lake Merwin Boat Ramp

The Lewis River flows from Mt. Adams down to the Columbia River, and technically I think Lake Merwin is just the name for a dammed up portion of the river. Three adjacent dams form Lakes Merwin, Yale, and Swift, and the road to Gifford Pinchot National Forest passes all three. This particular section of Lake Merwin offered the most ethereal reflection in the late afternoon mist.
Linking to Weekend Reflections.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Cedar Creek Grist Mill

We headed up to Gifford Pinchot National Forest over the weekend to find the perfect Christmas tree as part of the National Forest Service holiday tree forest-thinning program.  Our drive up toward Mount St. Helens winds along the Lewis River, and this working grist mill is just off the main road.  On weekends you can come up here and get freshly ground wheat or cornmeal.  It's an idyllic historical spot; this photo was taken from the sidewalk portion of an old covered bridge as the roof shielded my camera from a misting rain.  I've photgraphed this mill several times in the last few years, but I've never been satisfied with the colors until today. I really like how the moss on the nearby tree turned out. In our rainy season the moss turns a rich shade of green, and I'm happy with how it photographed against the diffused foggy background.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Paved Paradise

I'm not sure what the plans are for this former parking lot along the bank of the
Columbia River in Vancouver, but it will likely be a welcome improvement.
I think this construction zone was probably looking its best this afternoon 
with these great puddles reflecting the winter sky and trees.
Linking to Weekend Reflection.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Backyard Study

Ah, November.  This might be a good post to make my annual declaration of November as my very favorite month.  I've been thinking about why I love November so much. It definitely has a different feel here in Washington than it does in the Midwest; we're well into our rainy season now, although we did have a good spell of morning frost last week.  Still, there's something about this particular change of season from fall to winter that I find so beautiful. 

I'm still working away in the kitchen.  And I'm still photographing the little tree near my kitchen window, but this time from the sliding glass door.  As I'm posting, it's gorgeously sunny; the rain spell I photographed was our second of the day, but probably not our last.  A good rainbow day.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Counting My Blessings

Today has turned into a big prep day for Thanksgiving, mainly because I've got to get some fermented veggies and chutneys going so they will be done in time.  It's got me reminiscing about past Thanksgivings, family, my own childhood and my grandparents. Playing charades, wearing radishes on my fingers, making a fort under the table as the adults had their conversations, the dessert table at Strongbow's, the turkey platter shaped like a turkey. And it's got my thinking of Thanksgivings to come.

It's a rainy day, and sort of unusual to have the rain hit the back window like this, but I thought it was especially pretty. Somehow the warm kitchen, the festive cooking, the beautiful scene out my kitchen window, and fond thoughts of family have all come together in my mood today.

Baking lots of love into my Thanksgiving dishes...

Thursday, November 6, 2014


Along my dog-walking route, at the edge of subdivision and country, sits a house on a multiacre lot.  This house has been for sale since we moved here almost a year and a half ago, and one of the problems was it has poor "curb appeal" as they say.  The fence was makeshift and the top edge hadn't been trimmed evenly.  It wasn't that surprising to me that no one was making an offer.  Last week the owners finally got serious about selling; they completely tore down the old fence and reassembled it with a nice clean edge, reusing the old planks.  The result is a really pretty patchwork of fresh and weather wood. 
Linking to Thursday's Good Fences

Monday, November 3, 2014


I photographed this tree last November 1st and happened to notice it again this year on the first (without my camera) looking pretty full of leaves.  We're having a very late fall this year, maybe because it's been so warm.  So I decided it would be interesting to photograph it again for comparison, but didn't remember to bring my camera on the dog walk until today.  What a surprise to see it looking almost identical to last year's photo!  And a nice little pile of leaves under foot.  The only difference I can tell is this year's leaves are much more yellow.  If I'm still living here next November, I'll have to continue the series...

Friday, October 31, 2014

Fall Reflection

High tide in Olympia, Washington last weekend. We're having a late fall for color change this year; even with all our rain this week, there is still a lot of color on the trees.

Linking to Weekend Reflection

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Just Hanging Around

On a rainy day in Washington.