We decided to spend the day exploring Death Valley. After a yummy breakfast burrito, we explored Rhyolite, a funky little Ghost Town near Beaty, NV. Erik and I have vague memories of being here before but can’t quite remember why we were there, but didn’t go into Death Valley. My guess is that it was during the summer and Death Valley would have been too hot. Erik, loves old mines and rocks and stuff. So we climbed up a hill and explored, (from behind the protective fences) some old mine shafts. As always, I found some wildflowers along the way. We then headed back into Death Valley. Pictures really don’t do it justice. It is so vast, stark and breathtaking. We went to Badwater Basin, the lowest point in the Americas at 238 ft below sea level. We then headed for Baker, CA. We saw some really huge sand dunes along the way. When we got to Baker, we recognized Mad Greek’s Café from Diners, Drive Ins and Dives. It is really funny to see this Greek restaurant out in the middle of the desert. I’m not much into Greek food, but it seemed the thing to do. We then headed to Barstow, along the way we were blessed with an amazing desert sunset.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
My husband said today that he was glad that he married me in the digital age. I took tons of photos today. Good think to have digital and a pro Flickr account. Really, there are just two main subjects. We spent the morning at the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve. Lots and lots of wildflower shots, plus a few interesting reptile shots. We then headed to Death Valley. Lots of rocks and sand dunes. Not much opportunities for wireless, so I am not able to do all the fun things that I would like to do with my photos yet, but will clean them up, organize and geotag when I get a change. Impossible to pick just one photo. How can I pick the rattlesnake with all those beautiful wildflower scenes. And then there are the sand dunes, so very different. I finally chose a wildflower shot, because I love wildflowers. As we brainstormed ideas for our trip, the Poppy Reserve was top on my list.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
This morning we really did not know where we were going to go. Snow in the mountains East of us was hampering our original plans so we were just kind of flying by the seat of our pants. We decided to head towards the desert since the desert is something that would not be fun to do during the summer. Instead of heading straight there, I suggested that we drive over to the foothills and head South on 49. Wow! What a beautiful drive! We oohhed and ahhed the whole way as we drove through rolling hills covered in wildflowers. We stopped in several cute little mining towns along the way. Really a great day. Our original goal was to make it to Lancaster for the night. We only made it to Bakersfield, but the day was well worth the slower pace. I told Erik that it is going to be hard to beat day two of our Spring Break adventure.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Day one of our journey towards the sun. We left Mount Vernon in a rainstorm and headed south on I5. Didn’t find sunshine until about Eugene, Oregon. Erik wasn’t big on stopping. His idea was that we get as far as we could in one day. Anything worth seeing we could easily go back to he said… Our goal was to get at least as far as Redding, California. Erik did stop for me to take photos of Mount Shasta, but I chose this driving shot, because I thought that it spoke to the day of non-stop driving better. We made it to Redding. Ate at a funky little steakhouse called Jacks, frequented by bikers and then headed on down to Sacramento for the night. 815 miles in all.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Took a photo earlier of this cafe of one of the ladies cooking my yummy meal. We often come by and find all 8 seats taken and have to wait for another night for some of this spicy Thai food. Tonight, all of the seats were open, so I decided to take a photo. I just love all the different lines in this photo. (By the way, this is our second night in a row to eat here this week... Fudged a little on this photo. Actually took it last night after I had already posted my photo of the day.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
This morning I had to drive to SeaTac for a Digital Learning Environments Conference. Traffic just doesn't bother me so much when this is the view. I'm always amazed with the majesty of Rainier. I know that I shouldn't be taking photos while driving in traffic, but I think that the traffic is part of the shot in this case. I was safe and left lots of breaking room. I had 3 very different shots to choose from today. I chose this, because, this isn't something I see every day.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I know, I know, I have lots of daffodil pictures and there will be at least a few more. This photo was actually an attempt at appreciating the beautiful blue sky that finally appeared this afternoon after cold and sleet this morning. My parents have lots of stories of precarious positions they would find me in as I looked for the perfect shot. Laying down in the middle of the chapel at Thanksgiving Square trying to capture the spiral stained glass, hanging upside down to get better looks, etc. This wasn't that difficult of a shot but I did have to lay down and look up to get that beautiful blue sky. Hope there are lots more blue sky days on the way.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Happy Birthday to fellow 365 Challenge Photographer Eric Destrude. Eric turns 50 today and his brother Tim asked for his fellow photographers to post a 50 photo. If the sun would ever come out here, the daffodils would wake up and say happy Spring in a big way. I keep watching the fields for the perfect day to share the beauty of a field painted in yellow. But for today, in honor of Eric's birthday, 50 daffodil buds, just waiting to shine. Happy Birthday!
Monday, March 23, 2009
This is a typical first week of Spring, very winter like. Cool, gray and rainy today. Nice to come home to a toasty fire. Makes all that firewood we split yesterday seem a little more worthwhile.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
You might not know this, but I'm a Lumberjack. I am a proud alumni of Stephen F. Austin State University home of the mighty Lumberjacks. Today I felt more like a lumberjack than ever before. With the unfortunate need to have our huge old Elm tree cut down this week, we are faced with an overwhelming amount of wood. Huge logs were completely covering one of my perennial gardens. Our goal today was to uncover the garden hoping that the squished plants will recover and to split as much wood as possible. Luckily, we were able to rent a log splitter. Even with the two of us working all day and the power of the log splitter, we were only able to split a little less than half the wood.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
I saw what I wanted to do with this photo, but couldn't quite get my camera to do what I wanted. Will need to read up on what I can do with depth of field with my little camera. SnowGoose Produce is coming alive. Not much produce at this point, but lots of veggie and flower starts, bunches of daffs, oysters and amazing giant ice cream cones. This is a place I visit often so as the season progresses, I am sure that you will see more photos from this location. These are flats of pansies at the farmstand, the horse barn is at a farm across the road. Wasn't happy with the point of focus on the original photo. The eye couldn't find a place to rest. So I blurred the edges to narrow the focus a bit. Thanks to my plurk friends who helped me solve this problem.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Another drive by photo. Driving home from Seattle, decided to go through the farm fields on the way home. I was hoping the daffodils would be in all their splendor, but not quite yet. Nice colors with the dark sky to the east and the sun setting in the west.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
The lime green flag on top of the Space Needle is commemorating Seattle's new professional soccer team the Sounders. In front of a crowd of 32,000 fans waving green scarves, the Sounders beat the Red Bulls 3-0. Not at all a soccer fan, but it was neat to see the excitement and community spirit building around this new team.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Pulled in all directions today. Relied on my own garden for a photo. Actually, I love going out and looking for a photo in my own yard. Still not a big show of stuff blooming. Little windflowers, jonquils and such. Hoping tomorrow when they take down the big tree, that I will still have a yard full of flowers when they finish. A bit scared. Checked my daffodil fields today. Almost ready to bloom but not quite.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
This morning I knew that my photo was going to be a photo of the Seattle Post Intelligencer on it's last day to publish. This newspaper has been around since 1863 and sadly, they had to stop the presses today. There will still be an online presence, but no more paper on your doorstep. This photo is actually contrived. We do not receive the Post Intelligencer on our doorstep. I set out this morning to find a copy, both to photograph and share with my dad, the biggest fan of newspapers I know. By 7am this morning, after looking at over 15 locations, all I could find was the commemorative section and not the actual paper. I would hope that means that lots of people got out early to pay their tribute to this long lasting newspaper. I fear that it means someone swooped in and purchased them in bulk to sell later on EBay. As I looked for the PI all over town, I didn't once notice that little ole me was actually featured on the front page of our own local paper. A nice article about the growing use of technology in our district and how I am learning from my Professional Learning Network. So, this is a staged photo of the the commemorative section of the PI and the Skagit Valley Herald sitting at our doorstep. As my dad would say, long live newspapers.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Today I am grieving the loss of a great old tree in my yard. We woke this morning to find one of the 3 large trunks of this giant had been uprooted during a March windstorm. A call to an arborist confirmed my fear that the giant tree would have to come down. This home to scampering squirrels and nesting birds, this tree where young boys and girls, now old men and women once played will no longer be a sentry in our neighborhood witnessing the history of our community.
I love trees. I figure that anything that is as big and old as this tree deserves respect. When I was in 3rd grade, I had to memorize the poem, Trees by Joyce Kilmer. I still think of that poem whenever I see an old majestic tree.
I THINK that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth's flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day, 5
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain. 10
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Went to a Japanese restaurant for lunch today. I am quite amazed that we have a place like this with conveyor belt sushi and hibachi tables in our little community. One out of 10 restaurants here seems to be Mexican. I love good Mexican food, but I also love variety.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Rainy day and errands today. Wondering where I was going to find a photo on such a blah day. Had to go to the fabric store to buy fabric for curtains. Lots of color and variety. Feel weird taking photos in a store, but did it anyway. Chose this as the photo of the day to commemorate Pi Day. Lots of circles.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I'm a volleyball widow. This is what Erik would do every night if he had someone to play with that often. As it is, he plays 2 or 3 nights a week. Tonight was a tournament so I decided to go watch. Even with my little point and shoot, I thought I was able to catch some action. After viewing my photos, Erik said, "no wonder my knees hurt."
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I started off this challenge in January with a photo of this coral bark maple dappled in rain. Frigid day here with snow still on the ground, but the sky was so blue that it warranted another look at this beautiful tree.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Sadly, we said goodbye to a beloved teacher and friend today. Jean Swanson always had a smile and a positive attitude. She could always share with you a story of how a student had touched her life each day. She has touched many lives and will be greatly missed. A life well lived.
Monday, March 9, 2009
March is a confusing time of year. Friday it seemed like the perfect time to mow, Lowes was definitely ready for the mowing season and then pow, another blast of snow.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
We have a local window artist who seems to get a lot of business around town. Today as we were eating our burritos, he was outside scraping off a winter scene and painting tulips. He travels by bike with little cups with paint and brushes in a milk crate strapped to the back. Still not real comfortable taking photos of strangers. Before snapping this shot, I got a few shots of his bicycle with the paint pots.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Very busy day at work. No time to think about photographs. Left work and discovered a glorious day. When I arrived home, Erik was mowing. (First time of the season.) Thought about that for a photo. But decided to celebrate that rare blue sky.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Got to Anacortes a little early for my meeting today. Wanted to find a photo. Was hoping for nice weather. Anacortes is really a beautiful place. But today, it was a bit gray. I drove around March Point and noticed this old relic. Another drive by shooting. Would love to know the story behind why this is here now, and stories about the adventures this old train car has had when it was up and running.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Yesterday, I shared that I was watching this field. Today, I had the opportunity to drive by again on my way home from Anacortes. Even though the signs that the harvest were near were there yesterday, I was still surprised to see them out in the field today. Even though it is a crop for selling and not really a garden, I am hoping that they let a large patch bloom. They look so happy in the fields. This was a drive by shooting, not quite as close or clear as I would have liked, but I thought it fit in nicely with my photo from yesterday.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
I am watching this field and barn. Have some great photos from a few years back of a field of daffodils with the brick red barn in the background. I see today that the daffs are just about ready to bloom. Boxes are set to collect harvested buds. The old school bus will transport the seasonal workers who come to harvest the our bulb crops this time of the year. Beautiful afternoon, blue sky, puffy clouds and great colors.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Our neighbor across the street has a corner rose garden. Her garden is the first place in town to see a carpet of crocuses in the Spring. I have a crocus, here and and there, but she has a carpet covering her whole rose garden. It is always an exciting and welcome day when Katherine's crocuses are in bloom. (notice the happy visitor in the photo)
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Yesterday we broke down and bought a new car. We bought a Civic Hybrid. It is a nice little car and I think that it fits me pretty well. But, my neighbor's carpet of crocuses are also in bloom. Her crocuses are always the first Spring show of color in our town Although buying a car is a big deal, I was happier with my Crocus pictures. But since you are likely to be inundated with flower photos in the next few months I thought I'd share a car photo to commemorate the new car.