Back to my favorite garden this morning. Looking for new signs of Spring. The highlight was probably the patches of Snowdrops blooming under the trees. The garden was still looking pretty sleepy this cold last day of February, but there were a few signs that the seasons are changing like this Hellabore.
Friday, February 27, 2009
I was attracted to this barn by the raspberry canes. I actually have photos that highlight the canes better than this, but I liked the way this photo showed Mount Baker and the shadow of a beautiful old tree on the barn.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Grey day so I looked for a few splashes of color. This is a cute little nearby town. The orange bridge in the back is the Rainbow Bridge. On one side of the Swinomish River is touristy art galleries and restaurants, on the other side is a vibrant Native American community. Reminds me that I recently Skyped with a class here and the class we were Skyping with were amazed that Native Americans still existed.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Today on my way home from Portland, I decided to take a little detour and do some mountain chasing. Was hoping to find a nice shot of Mt. St. Helen's instead I wandered upon this old grist mill. I truly felt like this was a gift for me to get to see such a cool sight on a narrow winding road.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Had a little time after the conference to explore some more in downtown Portland. Treated myself to Voodoo Donuts after my 2 presentations and enjoyed the cool architecture in China Town and the Historic District.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Today was quite a day. I was surprised by winning a big award at NCCE. Technology Educator of the Year. Had a fun lunch with teachers from my district and a fun evening with Discovery Educator Network. But I decided to share a photo I took during my geocaching adventure this afternoon. It is fun to win awards and it was great to visit with my friends, but with the intensiveness of the conferences, the major surprise of the award, a little downtime was really nice.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I spent today in a conference room with no windows and very little visual appeal. Lots of great ideas were shared and explored. There were PowerPoints and group discussions, but these photos were a great discussion starter. We were actually talking about data. But the presenter didn't give us graphs and such, he posed 3 questions about data and asked us to find a picture that would represent our answers and ideas. We then shared.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Today was definitely about Marco Torres. Marco is an inspiring teacher and a talented photographer and film maker. I had the blessing of attending 2 workshops and a keynote with him today. My head is spinning with all that I learned. I look forward to exploring and creating with my new knowledge. I like this photo because I think that it shows the joy of creativity
Monday, February 16, 2009
Today I drove down to Portland. I will be attending conferences here the rest of the week. I still have 2 presentations to polish and the idea was that I would get to Portland and hold up in my hotel room and work. But, I just had to go out and do a bit of exploring first.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Went for a nice walk with Roswell this morning. We always enjoy walking downtown. We have a great Co-Op. Usually, the windows are brightly painted. Today the windows weren't painted, but the colorful fruit inside and the downtown streets decorated for Presidents Day made for a colorful shot.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Today, for Valentine's Erik and I went to the quirky Seattle neighborhood of Fremont. You will have to take a look at the whole set to get a good feel for just how quirky. Fremont, says that it is the center of the universe. In addition to Lenin, there is also a giant troll under a bridge and a large rocket. We ate at a wonderful little Cuban sandwich shop called Paseos. It has a Zagat rating and other great reviews, but it is just in a little shack with out even a sign. The line goes out the door and the food was yummy. I love people watching and creative expression, Fremont is a great place for both.
Friday, February 13, 2009
About this time of the year, we go on Tulip Watch. This is one of the first signs that Spring is on it's way. The Skagit Valley grows more Tulip bulbs than any other area in the US. It is very likely if you buy tulip or daffodil bulbs, they came from our valley. Tulips are available all year long via green houses, but the show that millions of people come to see and puts Mount Vernon on the map is Tulip time. In April, the fields will be a patchwork of brilliant colors and we will experience tulip traffic. If you look up Mount Vernon, or the Skagit Valley on Flickr, you will see lots of photos of fields of tulips. But this may be the only picture you will find of the tulips at this stage. Stay tuned for Tulips in April.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
I really love trying to better my craft as a photographer, but part of the process is sharing photos that speak of the day. Today was Lincoln's 200th birthday and the 100th day of school. Big time celebration at Lincoln School. Honest Abe has been gracing the halls of this old school for about 80 years. He almost goes with out being noticed. It was fun to see him celebrating today.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Today I was at a meeting in Anacortes. The facility has beautiful views out over the San Juans. This statue is at a memorial for lost fisherman. The mother and child are looking for their loved one, hoping he is safe. Today was a very blustery, stormy day with snow flurries and wind. It seemed an appropriate day to think about the fishermen (and women) who risk their lives in this profession. I know I would not have wanted to be on the water today.
Monday, February 9, 2009
For the past 8 years, I have been shoulder deep in the production of our school musical. All students grades 5 and 6 are involved in the play. Early in the year, a student director, producer and choreographer and chosen. Managers then apply to lead groups of students doing PR, Tech and props, Costume and Make Up, Sets and the Cast. Students audition, interview for positions including filling out applications and writing a resume. It is quite the process. The students (along with the guidance of teachers) produce the play. It is a major production, lots of time and stress. But in the end, you see amazing things happen in the lives of the children involved. This year, I have a new job and except for a little consulting with the new teacher in charge of Costume and Make Up, all I had to do was sit back and watch. I was again amazed. I'm excited, because tonight's performance will be Hiefer Night. To continue on a tradition I started, half of the proceeds of tonight's show will be given to Heifer International. Sitting in the back of a dark theater, not using a flash, this was the best I could do to capture the experience today.
Here is a nice article about the show. They did the whole show in sign language this year!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Today was kind of a grayish day. We went to Seattle to look for a car. In my opinion, freeways and car dealerships are not too photogenic. On the way home, I asked Erik to turn off the freeway about 10 miles out of town. We passed this barn with paintings sitting out front. Erik was nice enough to turn around for me to get this shot. This is near the famous Pilchuck Glass Studio. I guess that art just oozes out of barns in this neck of the woods.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
What a glorious day today. There was so much beauty all around I had great trouble choosing a photo to post. Mount Baker was breathtaking. I saw lots of bald eagles, took photos, but my camera just doesn't do their majesty justice. Going for a bit of variety, I chose this photo. This is the Samish River near Edison. A few years ago, a grey whale actually made his way up this river and the whole community worked together to try to help him get turned around and back to the sea.
Friday, February 6, 2009
OK, I am way out of my league here. These guys call for a huge lens and a tripod. We have lots of feathered visitors who winter in our valley including Trumpeter and Arctic Swans, Bald Eagles and these Snow Geese. Today I was tempted again to get a shot of this wave of Snow Geese swirling through the fields near Conway. When I arrived, the field was white with a blanket of geese. At some point they stirred and started this synchronized dance across the sky. It was a gray day and the colors seemed to detract from the scene a bit, so I went with black and white. Not only is the scene amazing, the sounds of thousands of geese is also quite the experience for the senses.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
This week we have been blessed with beautiful sunrises and sunsets. This was the view from my front yard about 5:30 tonight. What a blessing to just be able to look out my window and see such beauty.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
We grow lots of berries in the Skagit Valley. All kinds, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and my favorite, blue berries. I love the sea of red of the blueberries in winter. Can't wait til July when the the berry stands are selling lots of yummy and healthy berries. I got some other nice shots as the sun was rising this morning. Hard decision.
Monday, February 2, 2009
The sky cooperated for a nice sunset, but my day wasn't very conducive to photography. Crazy busy day with no time to enjoy the sun until I finally got to walk outside and see this on my way home from work. This is the view from my 3rd story office window looking out over downtown Mount Vernon and the Skagit River. You can see the Olympic Mountains in the distance.