Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
The prairie here at Coupeville was natural, and was the first area to be settled by white folks. It's still being farmed today, although it's about the last area with large-scale farms left on the Island. This view is across the prairie to Ebey's Landing, which is below the level of the fields. You can see the Port Townsend-Keystone ferry making the crossing. The wind blows most of the time, and the trees show it's ravages.
And, it's the night of the full moon, so I dug out the tripod and tried some more shots. This is a longer exposure - I'm not sure why the moon has such a glow, but I'm assuming it's the lens on my camera. At least with the tripod I can try different exposures, so I'll keep at it.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
And it's been a while since Buzz has appeared here! Please, please, please throw my ball! I want to run through the meadow as fast as I can! Yes - that disgusting glob of gook is actually his tennis ball. It has been through rather a lot, as you can see!
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
We did some more with the metal and wire again today - Gretchen found a brass cat face at the thrift store, and is using it to make a piece that will hang outside in her garden. I started another woven piece - maybe it's getting time to finish a few of them! I really enjoy working with the metals and wires - just need to follow through and complete them. More ideas than time, usually!
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
At the water's edge, all the little critters were scurrying around in the shallows. It was about 2-3 inches deep, and very clear. There were lots of teeny crabs of all different colors - look closely at the last photo -there are at least 9 crabs there - some blending perfectly with the sand. They investigated holes in the sand, and under shells and seaweed - very busy little guys. Little power struggles occured when two crabs met!
I had to approach slowly, so as not to alarm them, and I settled down to wait for them to return. As I was taking the photos, those pesky clams continued to squirt - I wondered why my backside suddenly felt wet!
My wisteria is finally blooming - more than a week behind others in the area. Usually it blooms before the leaves come out, but not this year. It may be the way I pruned it - I don't really know if I'm doing it the right way. In any event, it's pretty!
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
MOUNT ST. HELENS UPDATE
Current Volcanic- Alert Level WATCH ; Aviation Color Code ORANGE : Growth of the new lava dome inside the crater of Mount St. Helens continues, accompanied by low rates of seismicity, low emissions of steam and volcanic gases, and minor production of ash. During such eruptions, changes in the level of activity can occur over days to months. The eruption could intensify suddenly or with little warning and produce explosions that cause hazardous conditions within several miles of the crater and farther downwind. Small lahars could suddenly descend the Toutle River if triggered by heavy rain or by interaction of hot rocks with snow and ice. These lahars pose a negligible hazard below the Sediment Retention Structure (SRS) but could pose a hazard along the river channel upstream.
Potential ash hazards: Wind forecasts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), coupled with eruption models, show that any ash clouds rising above the crater rim today would drift northeastward.
Potential ash hazards to aviation: Under current eruptive conditions, small, short-lived explosions may produce ash clouds that exceed 30,000 feet in altitude. Ash from such events can travel 100 miles or more downwind.
Recent observations: The 27th anniversary of the 1980 eruption finds clear views into the crater from Johnston Ridge Observatory. The mountain continues to rebuild itself with steady growth of the lava dome accompanied by occasional micro earthquakes and rockfalls.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
We sure can collect lots of supplies and tools. But that's part of the fun - finding things to use in our art, and finding new uses for our tools. It's also what makes the group so wonderful - everyone contributes their stuff, and it's always different from your stuff! So then we all have lots and lots of stuff to work with.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
We walked down to the library to see the Bead Nuts display, which had many good pieces. It was a challenge - we all had the same beads, and had to use them all, but could use any additional materials. There was a lot of variety, and some beautiful work!