March 31, 2008

Island Life

Spent a couple days on Whidbey Island. The weather actually cleared and we were able to hike one of our favorite hikes, the bluff at Ebey's Landing. But not before a stop at Miriam's Espresso Cafe for the Morning Glory Muffin. I can't say enough good things about these muffins. Healthy? Not likely. Tasty? Off the charts. La Vie En Rose Bakery in Anacortes, WA creates these tasty treats and we look forward to treating ourselves.
On the hike we were treated to several fly-bys by a bald eagle and an osprey. This was the best shot of the eagle I could manage. Pretty good, I think. The temp was just barely 40 degrees and things were gusty on the bluff. But once the sun came out it was really nice. It was snowing the next morning, however, but back home the sun shone again.

March 28, 2008

Signs of Spring?

I thought it was Spring. No matter. Snow is pretty and we don't have to deal with it too often.

March 27, 2008

Signs of Spring

In spite of the snain (snow + rain) falling last night, Spring is coming. The giant ornamental plum tree in the front yard is in bloom. And it smells wonderful. We have some fallen branches in a tall vase on the dining room table.

March 25, 2008

March 18, 2008

Everyone Enjoys the Daffodils

What's that between the garlic and daffodils? It's something but I can't quite tell...

aha! It's A-Rod, a neighbor cat. He's catching the last of the day's sun.

March 11, 2008

The Future of Food

Well, it's not a recipe but it's certainly food related. Food that we are growing and will be eating. On my food blog which for now is called feed yourself.

March 10, 2008

Ghost Dancers

It was a foggy drive to school one day last week. I shot a few frames while heading toward the bridge. Out of the fog danced figures of light.

March 07, 2008

All Creatures Great and Small

It's because this bird was no bigger than a crow that I didn't think to look up. I was sitting on the couch in front of the picture window and the cat had just made herself comfortable on my lap (which took forever). I see birds come and go all the time but something made me look up at the wire. I knew immediately it wasn't a crow but couldn't tell what it was. I thought about it for a solid minute before I tossed the cat onto the floor (she really didn't like that) and ran for the camera. I only got three quick shots before it stepped off the wire, swooped almost to the ground across the street then began to fly away. It's a horrible picture but once I boosted the exposure to the max I was actually able to make out the features: the beak, eye, ring around the neck, white underside feathers and two white tail-bands. Once I locate my bird book I hope to identify it. Looking on the Internet hasn't been helpful. It was really exciting to see it right in my yard.

March 03, 2008

A Recent Drive to Fremont

A recent drive to to Fremont via 99 and the Viaduct. Just hold up the camera and shoot and shoot and shoot. Later, you realize you actually took shots worth seeing, especially after you straightened them up. Above, I'm on 99 approaching downtown. Freight cars on the right. Orange cranes that move freight cars to the left.
My little monk doll who rides on the dash with my Day of The Dead skeleton (you might make out the reflection of him in the windshield).
On the Viaduct.
Great sky and mountains just peaking over the photo's horizon.
Into the tunnel and on my way.