What a nice surprise this morning. I don't know how, but I missed the predictions of snow so the white blanket on Sunrise Acre was like magic; unexpected and it made me smile.
Abby loved it and enjoys chasing snowballs almost as much as sticks.
Our deck had just a couple inches but other parts of the yard had more. In my mind we were moving into Spring. The crocus are coming up, the quince is starting to bloom and it has been almost balmy the last week.
Tonight, as I write, the snow is almost gone again.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Above one of my photos.
Below, my photo transformed into a painting by Debbie Daniels.
This is the second photo Debbie has chosen from my gallery to transfer into a painting. (Previous Llama photo / Llama painting)
If you're interested in this painting or anything else by Debbie you can contact her via her e-mail: email@example.com.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Port Townsend is always a great escape, if only for an afternoon. We drove up to check out Edensaw Woods, a place where you can get just about any wood imaginable.
We got there just before closing but had time to look around the store and get a tour of the warehouse. No purchases today, but we'll return.
We drove through town to an open area where we could walk on the beach and let Abby run. We walked a little and then just sat and watched the Brandt Geese coming in for the night, a seagull dive and catch a fish, blue heron, an eagle and a variety of other waterfowl.
Back in town we stopped in The Wine Seller, a crowded little shop with a big inventory and the best wine prices around. Well worth a trip to Port Townsend.
Across the street we had drinks and appetizers at Fins Coastal Cuisine. The sun was setting and hit the city dock. I was able to get out on the dock and get the picture above.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
This little guy is a regular at the bird feeder. Earlier I found him caught inside one of the other feeders. When I went out to take this he kept his eye on me but had no plans to leave the new food I had put out.
Sunday, February 08, 2009
It starts with the aviary birds making noise, more than usual.
Once alerted, Abby runs to a window to spot the intruder and when she sees it, she barks alerting us to the danger and letting us know that she needs out - NOW - to deal with the unwanted visitor.
It is that time of year when the hawks return to our yard.
We have three aviaries, once very small with parakeets (see picture below with hawk sitting on top), one larger with cockatiels and a pair of pheasants and the third with doves and another pair of pheasants.
With all the small, mealsize birds chirping and calling it is no wonder the hawks find us. It must be very confusing to them to have all those birds within sight but unreachable.
The hawk sits on one of the aviaries or on a nearby branch and try to figure out the situation. I have seen them get on top of the cockatiel aviary where it is wire and jump up and down.
They will also fly at the side of the aviary and try and hit one of the birds. One cockatiel did get hit once, but of course it was on the inside of the aviary and the hawk couldn't get to it and it did recover.
Before the rebuilding of the aviaries several years ago we did have a few holes and a hawk found it's way into the aviary with deadly results. It killed many doves but couldn't find the hole to get back out.
I found it sitting in the aviary and caught it with the net. I shook it up and yelled at it and then turned it loose, sure it would never return to the wild lady's yard. It was back the next morning.
Abby is outside now, patrolling the yard to keep the hawk away.
This photo was taken through the window but shows the tail. I'm not sure if this is a Cooper's Hawk or a Sharp-Shinned Hawk. Here is a link comparing the two. Any experts out there?
Saturday, February 07, 2009
Friday, February 06, 2009
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Last summer, August 1st and 2nd, I followed the first annual Paddle Kitsap, a great event open to kayaks, canoes, rowboats and other human powered boats.
I took photos along the way and many were posted on the Paddle Kitsap website.
I got a call a while ago and I was asked if I would share the photo of the row boat on the beach - the last photo at the end of this post.
I was happy to share and I'm sure I wrote down the information but today, driving to work, I suddenly remembered, but couldn't remember ever sending the photo.
So, if you know who it was that wanted the photo - please let me know and I would be happy to share.
The photo above is at the beginning of the paddle, leaving Port Gamble with Abby trying to help.
Above is leaving Kingston on the morning of day #2.
This is taken from the Agate Pass Bridge as the rowboat approaches and . . .
this the the boat coming out the other side - heading for the Keyport rest stop and on into Poulsbo for the final night dinner.
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Promise of a beautiful day. Photos taken from my deck this morning in Suquamish, Washington.
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Isn't this guy cute? He (or she) belongs to friends Colleen and Bill Wright who live on San Juan Island, in the San Juan Islands, Washington State and own San Juan Safaris, a great whale watching company. Check them out if you're ever in the San Juans.
I was at their home one day on a tour of the island with Colleen and took a few pictures of their several llamas and posted this one on my photo site.
Not long ago I got an e-mail from Debbie Daniels asking if she could use my photo to do a painting. I was flattered and readily agreed. Debbie, by coincidence lives on San Juan Island as well.
Today she sent me a picture of the painting (below). If you're interested in this painting or anything else by Debbie you can contact her via her e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
He looks adorable! Debbie is now going to do a painting of one of my seal photos.
Working on headers for the Kitsap Peninsula Visitor & Convention Bureau Annual Report. The one with "Welcome to the Kitsap Peninsula" goes on the inside and the one above wraps the outside of a tri-fold.
IMPOSSIBLE to say "Kitsap" in so few photos - and I didn't even include a ferry!