Tiny spider web in the rosemary bush, holding the morning's raindrops all day. Funny what a difference a slightly different angle of view makes!
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Today is our 35th anniversary, and we wanted to do something special. So we went to the "Paddle to Swinomish", the annual gathering of all the Native tribes around the Pacific Northwest. They paddle their canoes from their reservations to whichever tribe is hosting the event that year. This year it is at the Swinomish Reservation, across the channel from the little town of LaConner. The Tribe built a new park with shelters shaped like the traditional cedar woven hats.
We were there for the arrivals - this was the first canoe to arrive.
Then more and more started coming in. Each tribe chanted while they paddled, so you could hear them before you could see them.
Many members wore cedar hats, and some wore carved wooden masks.
It had started to rain, and it just kept getting wetter and wetter! The landing site was a small island created on the shore, so that the current wouldn't interfere with the canoes trying to land.
When they landed, they continued to sing their chants while being welcomed by the other tribes.
One of the cedar hats. I would have loved to get more photos of the hats, but it was way too wet, and we had to leave sooner than we wanted.
The gathering will last over a week, and the tribes will have "protocol", or potlatch, which is when they present gifts to the other tribes and share with them. It has become a very important part of their heritage. They expected over 100 tribes to paddle, with thousands more attending, some from as far away as New Zealand! We were hoping to find our friends in the Snoqualmie Tribe, but nobody could point us in the right direction, so we were unable to find them.
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Sunday, July 24, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Saturday evenings are the Ranger talks at South Whidbey State Park, and tonight it was about our local raptors, so Barb, Marjorie and I went. There was a great view of the Olympics and Puget Sound, and local marine traffic catching the light of the setting sun.
Unfortunately, we also caught the light of the setting sun, and it made the slide show almost invisible! But the Speaker was good, and she had recordings of the bird calls, so it was fun. A bit mosquito-y, but fun!
Earlier in the afternoon, Barb and I went to Carol's 70th birthday party, given by her stepdaughters at their beach house. It was a beautiful afternoon with good food and company, sitting out on the deck. All in all, a nice day!
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Friday, July 22, 2011
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Thursday, July 21, 2011
When we go to the mountains to pick black huckleberries, one of the signs that it's the right time for the berries to be ripe is the fireweed blossoms. This is the stage they are at when we are usually there. Here at sea level, they've just begun blooming, and the thimbleberries and black raspberries are ripe. The blackberries aren't started yet - they're in full bloom, though.
I liked the purple of the fireweed next to the yellow-green of the thimbleberry leaves.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The weather has been so nasty, I didn't even notice that my daylilies are blooming! These are bulbs I brought back from my mother's garden in Ohio.
And I cracked up when I saw this photo - the bee's Butt! He flew into the frame just as I shot it!
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011
This is my big Garage Sale find - a large set of these wonderful Silver Leaf glasses. 6 each of the larger ones, and 10 of the smallest. Turns out they were made by Libby in the 1950's, so they're actually 'vintage'! No wonder I like them so much!
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Monday, July 18, 2011
This is the cover of the little journal we worked on after our Photo Crawl last Sunday. I haven't finished all of the inside pages, but I used photos of everyone's journal to create a cover for the photo book we're making. No pre-view of that yet - you'll see it when everyone gets theirs!
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Sunday, July 17, 2011
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Saturday, July 16, 2011
This is the seedhead of a Cow Parsnip plant in the ditch. They can get over 8' tall - this one was about 5'. The flowers were white, but the seeds are a gorgeous purple color, and dry to a pale brown. It turns out these are not poisonous, but are easily confused with Water Hemlock, which is the most poisonous plant in the US. The leaves are quite different, so I was glad to find out this isn't poisonous, although contact with the plant will cause a poison-ivy type rash. I was very careful not to touch it!
It had poured all night and into the morning - actually, it rained off and on most of the day. Later, though, it cleared a little, then we had a shower and a rainbow! I don't think it can be seen in the photo, but there was a double at one point.
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Friday, July 15, 2011
Coming home late from Sally's Game Night With The Girls, the rain was spotty, and there was mist rising from the road, only visible in my headlights or the streetlamps. So I tried to get a shot through the windshield (did I mention it was a bit rainy?), and although you can't really make out the mist very well, I caught a bonus when a car approached in the other lane. I was stopped in the road - not driving!
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Thursday, July 14, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
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