I am challenging myself to post a photo each day of the year. I am hoping that this challenge will encourage me to keep my eyes open for the wonders around me, document a great year and improve my photography techniques.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

5-31-09 Columbine in my Garden

Spent a beautiful day working in my garden. More color every day. I love perennials, they hold the promise of another beautiful year.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

5-30-09 Emma's First Cache

5-30-09 Emma's First Cache, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Had a great time showing some teachers how to Geocache at our Discovery Educator Network Geocaching event in Mount Vernon. This was Emma's first cache. One of my favorite things about Geocahing is that it is such a wonderful activity for families. How much fun that Emma and her Daddy spent the morning outside exploring together.

Friday, May 29, 2009

5-29-09 Fields of Dutch Iris

Another flower crop in Skagit Valley. Not quite as showy in the fields as the tulips and daffodils, but probably more individually beautiful.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

5-28-09 ESD 189 View

5-28-09 ESD 189 View, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

I spent the morning at our Educational Service District in Anacortes in a meeting. This is the view out the the huge floor to ceiling windows that wrap the room. A very inspiring place to work, if you can keep from day dreaming about island adventures.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

5-27-09 May Garden

5-27-09 May Garden, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Almost forgot to take a photo of my garden this month. Everything is really growing. Except for the beans that got munched by some squirrels. I am planting more beans or squirrel food today. There are green little strawberries, the broccoli is blooming, the garlic and spinach are ready to eat. I also have quite a crop of potatoes in another location.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

5-26-09 Anti-Gardening Kitty

This little guy kept pouncing on me as I was gardening today. Very sweet kitty, but gardening looked like a game to him.

Monday, May 25, 2009

5-25-09 Kalama Church

5-25-09 Kalama Church, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Heading home from Portland today, this pretty little church caught my eye on the top of the hill as we drove up I-5. Erik pulled off the freeway and we drove up the hill to take a closer look. My Mom and I both love old wooden churches. Thought I would share this with her on my blog today. Another interesting thing about this church is that it is right next to Kalama High School which was the setting for the school scenes in the movie Twilight. The high school is supposed to be Forks High School, but I guess the movie producers weren't that enamored with the real Forks High School which is about 150 miles away from this school.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

5-24-09 Kung Fu Panda on the MAX

These 2 kids were watching Kung Fu Panda on a Blackberry to pass their time on the light rail. Cities are a good place to work on people photos. I can easily take flower and barn photos daily, but to capture people is really difficult for me. On this trip to Portland, I have really been pushing myself to try people photos. This was my favorite of the day.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

5-23-09 Portland Reflections

Erik and I are enjoying a weekend trip to Portland. We did a little exploring downtown this evening. Of course, I took photos as we explored. This was my favorite shot even though it is similar to a fountain shot I took in Seattle a last weekend.

Friday, May 22, 2009

5-22-09 Fields of Orange

5-22-09 Fields of Orange, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

This was a quick drive by photo, but I was attracted to the field of orange flowers here. I don't know if these are wild flowers or if they were planted here, but it sure does stand out as you drive by.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

5-21-09 Almost Bluebonnets

5-21-09 Almost Bluebonnets, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

I love Texas Bluebonnets. I grew up celebrating Spring with blankets of blue wildflowers in the fields. Bluebonnets remind me of home and family. No bluebonnets here, but we do have lupines which are cousins to the bluebonnets. So, every time I see lupines, I smile and think of home and my dear family.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

5-20-09 Sky Lights

5-20-09 Sky Lights, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

This old barn comes equipped with sky lights. It is funny, I guess I have always liked barns, but since I have started this challenge, I have really noticed the great variety of barns in our area. I tend to lean toward, farms and flowers probably making it seem that my town is much more rural than it is. But who really wants to look at photos of Best Buy and Walmart.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

5-19-09 Cabbage Seed

5-19-09 Cabbage Seed, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

The Skagit Valley produces over 1/2 of the cabbage seed sold in the world. I always find that fact a little amazing, because I never think cabbage when I think of our valley. Right now the cabbage is blooming. It doesn't get the glory that the tulips do, but this yellow gold looks quite nice growing in the fields.

Monday, May 18, 2009

5-18-09 Data Crunching

5-18-09 Data Crunching, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Spent the day with 4 schools working on their school improvement plans. Lots of numbers, wordsmithing and data crunching. Each of the people at the meeting takes very seriously, that behind those numbers are real children with real and individual needs.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

5-17-09 Monardia

5-17-09 Monardia, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Worked really hard in my gardens today. So hard that I wasn't sure I could move to go take a photo. Lots of stuff growing and blooming. I love my garden this time of the year.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

5-16-09 Celebrating Sunshine

5-16-09 Celebrating Spring, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Decided to stop by Seattle Center on my way home from a tech workshop in Seattle today. Got some fun shots of the Space Needle and the EMP, but I thought this photo really captured the spirit of the day. We don't have warm sunny days often enough in the Pacific Northwest, and when we do, we celebrate.

Friday, May 15, 2009

5-15-09 Globally Minded Goat

Decided to take a drive this afternoon to find a photo. I have driven by this global yard art before, but the goat in the driveway caught my attention today. Looked like the goat was pondering world peace.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

5-14-09 Bearded Iris

5-14-09 Bearded Iris, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Back to flowers. This evening, I came home to sunshine so I went out and explored the garden to see what is in bloom. Everything is growing very rapidly. (Unfortunately, this includes the grass.)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

5-13-09 Sandals and Socks Weather

Although I didn't actually wear this today, it occurred to me that it was definitely sandals and socks weather here. Much of the year is actually sandals and sock weather here. The season says sandals, but the temperature and rain says socks. Not real thrilled with my picture selection today, but with the sandals and sock weather, this was all I could come up with today. :)

Here is a video to explain sandals and socks a bit better.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

5-12-09 Roswell the Patient

5-12-09 Roswell the Patient, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Roswell loves, loves, loves to go out to our property on the peninsula. This is the only place that we let him off leash and he can run with wild abandon. 2 years ago he went after a squirrel and broke his toe while at the property, this time, he cut his foot. (Same foot.) Today it looked like it definitely needed stitches, so we took him to the vet. The vet put him under to stitch him up. Now we have one drugged dog. Next time we go to the property, I am thinking Roswell needs some booties.

Monday, May 11, 2009

5-11-09 Seeds

5-11-09 Seeds, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Back to work today. Not much time for photos. I did get a chance to go out to lunch today. I was meeting a person who has a similar job in another district to share ideas. I chose one of our local restaurants which is in an old building down town and prides itself in serving local yummy food. As I was waiting, this sign for their newest restaurant caught my eye. One of my favorite things about living here is how farmers and farmland are honored and the bounty of each season is celebrated.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

5-10-09 Lake Quinalt

5-10-09 Lake Quinalt, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Lake Quinalt: A beautiful jewel in the Olympic National Park. This morning we took a beautiful drive around the lake driving through giant moss covered trees and by amazing waterfalls. A great way to start our day. This morning we at breakfast at a little dive in Amanda Park. Surrounded by this beauty, the residents are not your typical environmentalist. Logging this land is their bread and butter. The Spotted Owl is their enemy. Last night "Spotted Owl" pizza was on the menu. This morning we saw this spoof on hamburger helper at the little restaurant where we ate.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

5-9-09 Banana Slug

5-9-09 Banana Slug, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

I am never happy to see a slug in my garden, but these Giant Banana Slugs are the heroes of the rainforest. Unlike the slugs in my garden who love to munch on my growing plants, these guys only eat dead stuff. They are the decomposers. They take the forest trash and turn it into rich soil.

Erik, Roswell and I made our first trip out to our property this year. The property is located in the Hoh Rainforest on the Olympic Peninsula. While Erik wrangled with the chain saw to clear the road and clean up fallen trees, Roswell and I were out taking photos of slugs and such.

Friday, May 8, 2009

5-8-09 Build an Arky Arky

5-8-09 Build an Arky Arky, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

This clever ark is home to His Place Children's Church. (The rest of the church is next door.) I have always thought it was clever, but really looks clever with a foreboding sky and the blue flower "sea"

Thursday, May 7, 2009

5-7-09 Vegetable Garden

5-7-09 April Garden, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Decided it would be a good thing to take a garden photo at least once a month to show the progress. In addition to this little garden, I also have lots of potatoes and berries planted in various locations in the yard. Here there is spinach, carrots, peas, beans, broccoli, zucchin, strawberries, tomatoes, onions and garlic. Always sounds like a lot when I list it. Last year was my 1st year for a vegetable garden, so I still have a lot to learn. I am really enjoying the process.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

5-6-09 Bleeding Heart

5-6-09 Bleeding Heart, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Rainy day today. Came home this afternoon and looked for raindrop pictures. Got some good raindrop shots, but I discovered that my Bleeding Heart was blooming too!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

5-5-09 Tulip Artists

5-5-09 Tulip Artists, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

A longtime tradition at Mount Vernon Highschool is to collect the petals from the lopped tulips to create art. I have seen the fleeting but finished results before, but this was the first time I got to see the artists at work. Yesterday, students went to the tulip fields and collected bags and bags of lopped tulips. Various clubs had created plans for their design. Much like a club would plan for a float in a parade. As the cold wind and rain whipped through, students worked quickly to paint their designs with tulips. Other photos from the event.

Here is an article and video from the Skagit Valley Herald about the event.

Monday, May 4, 2009

5-4-09 Apple Blossom

5-4-09 Apple Blossom, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

We have two tiny apple trees. Although they are tiny, they actually produce fruit. So great to see these little twigs with blossoms. Hard to believe that something so small can actually produce fruit.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

5-3-09 Washington Park

5-3-09 Washington Park, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

This was supposed to be a rainy day but it turned out to be spectacular. We took Roswell out to Fidalgo Island for a nice walk in Washington Park. Lots of pretty wildflowers blooming. Had some nice close ups, but I agreed with Erik, that I needed to have the water and the islands in the photo to give some perspective as to where we were. Turned out to be surprisingly beautiful day.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

5-2-09 Vegetable Soup

5-2-09 Vegetable Soup, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Woke up this morning excited about walking to the farmer's market for the first time this year. Checked to see what time it opened and found that although it does start in May, it doesn't start until May30th. Oh well. Decided to make veggie soup anyway.

Friday, May 1, 2009

5-1-09 Dandy

5-1-09 Dandy, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Happy May Day! I remember picking flowers to put in May Baskets on May Day. I thought that they were beautiful bouquets. As an adult it turns out that those pretty yellow flowers are actually annoying weeds to have in your garden. It is all in the perspective.

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