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

Sunday, September 16, 2018


In recent years we've driven up to Indian Heaven Wilderness in Gifford Pinchot to pick huckleberries for a birthday pie. Last year we went up late in August. Picking was slim, but the leaves were starting to turn red. I decided to try a hike up here in the fall to enjoy the color, and we returned mid-October...only to find the entire area under two feet of snow! Huckleberries start growing around 3500-400 ft. so rain at the lower elevations can mean snow in the mountains. This year we hiked in September, trying to beat the rainy season. We did find some lovely shades of red, especially in the clearings. Hurray! I'd love to get up here again this season; with luck I'll make it back before it snows. 

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Familiar Places

Back to a familiar spot on the WSU trails...quiet, shady little Mill Creek. There's a little foot bridge behind me, and it's just a few steps down the bank before you can dip your toes in the water.  I used to stop here with Clover, especially on hot days so she could get a drink. This was my first trip here without her, which felt really strange. I'm realizing that I spend a lot less time outdoors and also a lot less time photographing since she passed away. It's starting to feel like it's time for a new puppy at our house.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Garden Mascot

Working in the yard today, and noticed this little guy.
Like the ladybug, the praying mantis is a sign of a balanced ecosystem.
I paused and gave thanks with him, then went and got my camera. :)
I tried front and backlit, but opted for the backlit 
because it made the day lily leaf so much more interesting. 
Plus I liked his wing detail and backlit body shape.