Another flower harvest in the valley. This time peonies.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Had just a little sunshine this morning. Tried to get out and get some gardening done. Went to one of my favorite nurseries. There is an old school house with a beautiful garden on the grounds. Not sure what this plant is, but the bees and humming birds were really enjoying it.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
This local bug (even though it is sporting a Canadian flag) always reminds me that life really is good. :) I see it parked at the Y next to my office. But I got this shot while waiting for a light to change. The weekend is here. No big plans, but looking forward to celebrating the fact that lifer really is good
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Today, I had the opportunity to celebrate with the k-2 students at one of our elementary schools. They do a project based learning activity where they learn about plants, grow plants, sing about plants, etc. (In English and in Spanish) and then they have a plant sale where they raise money for hungry children. Each year, they give the money raised to WIC and Heifer International. I got to accept the giant check on behalf of Heifer International. I am a huge fan of this Flower Power program.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Lose the rectangle today. Make a photograph with a square (1:1) aspect ratio and post it. Crop if needed.
Back to my garden today for a quick photo after a long day.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
My garden is full of photo opportunities, but I wanted to do something a bit different today.
This Kachina was given to me during a Hopi ceremony my first year of teaching. One of my Hopi students invited me to a baby blessing ceremony. This type of Kachina is given to someone at their first ceremony. I have so many special memories and souvenirs of my adventures in teaching.
Monday, May 24, 2010
I'm a big fan of lupine because they are as close as I get to my beloved Texas Bluebonnets. The cool thing about lupine is that they come in many, colors. This looks purple until you get up close and examine it. Lots of colors on this one lupine.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
I have too much good stuff growing in one of my gardens. Beautiful treasures are hidden by the foliage of other beautiful treasures. I know that I need to do some thinning, but what do you thin when you treasure it all?
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Interesting to see farming at such a hands on level. Not sure what these workers were planting. I know that there was broccoli in this field last year. But the process is planting each seed by hand. My back aches just looking at this. Makes me appreciate each bite I take. There is hard work behind the veggies we eat.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Enjoyed a great hike with Erik and Roswell today out to Craft Island. Craft Island is only accessible by land at low tide. Great views of the San Juans. Lots of eagles, herons and wildflowers. The best part of this hike is that it is close to home.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
This may just look like a field of rather colorful weeds, but it is actually a cabbage seed crop. Farmers in the Skagit Valley grow around 75% of the US cabbage seed and 25 % of the world's cabbage seed. Farmers also grow other crop seeds like spinach and broccoli.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Had a meeting in Anacortes today. I had heard that the wildflowers were especially pretty right now at Washington Park so I stopped there before going home. Did take some flower shots, but thought I'd just share the view on this gorgeous afternoon for my photo of the day.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
I love flying over Mt. Rainier when coming into Seattle. I love even more when the mountain is out to greet me when I land. Home from visiting my parents in Houston. Unfortunately, I found out my dad was back in the hospital when I returned. Hopefully, they will get things straightened out and he will get a good night's sleep and feel better in the morning.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
While visiting with my parents, I have enjoyed several nice walks. They live in a peaceful neighborhood with lots of great smells, scenes and sounds. There is also a wealth of nice walking trails and gardens in their little town. Today, I walked on the LaNana Creek Trail. This little cardinal caught my eye and my ear and he happily chirped in the forest canopy.
Friday, May 7, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Trying to get my daily walks in even without Roswell my trainer. Today, while visiting my parents in Nacogdoches, Texas, I went on a walk at the azalea gardens. Not many azaleas blooming, but this little guy added a little color.
Excited that we got to bring my Dad home from the hospital today and he is doing well. Hopefully, me walking, will inspire him to do the same. I want him to be as healthy as possible.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
After a long day of traveling, I made it to Nacogdoches and was able to get a good visit in with my dad. He is progressing well from his surgery and looking good. Hopefully he will be able to come home tomorrow. He has a brand new recliner full of reading material just waiting for him. I also got in some good visiting with my mom and my nephew. Special times.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Tonight, we could tell it was rainbow weather. On our way home from dinner, we went looking for a good place to get rainbow pictures. There was a full double rainbow. Unfortunately, my camera couldn't quite take it all in. Had already take a photo of the day, but I have decided to share this one instead.
Monday, May 3, 2010
The fields aren't as showy as the daffodils and tulips, but I love when the fields of iris bloom. Went out tonight in a wind storm to get some photos. Wasn't sure I was going to get the flowers to stand still for the photos.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Every year around May 1st there is a Farm Workers March. Farm Workers and others who support their hard work, come out to show solidarity and support. It is always a peaceful and proud group of people.
Spent the day in Seattle, enjoying the Mariner's vs. Rangers and walking through Pioneer Square, the waterfront and Pike Place Market. Dodged raindrops throughout the day. This umbrella, wouldn't be much help, but it is a good reminder of why things are so lush and green in the the Northwest.