Aug 23, 2014

Orcas Island bike tour

deception pass
crossing deception pass bridge by bus

march's point
bike path from bus stop into Anacortes town

orcas island bike touring
top of hill as we enter Moran State Park

orcas island hiking
hiking to Mt. Constitution in Moran State Park

laundry at moran state park
repurposing the bungee cords for laundry

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Aug 6, 2014

books and stairs

books and stairs
backside of Moonraker bookstore, whidbey island

A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us.
Franz Kafka

One of my favorite staircases on Whidbey Island is the backside of Moonraker bookstore which has books lining their flower planters.

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Jul 23, 2014

happiness is ...


We got our first overnight bike tour in this week. At our first rest stop, we saw a mother doe and her two fawns. Happiness is a sweet fawn.

phone home
phone booth
The southern half of the island that we live on offers free local calls at convenient phone booth locations like this state park where we used the restrooms and saw the fawn. We don't have cell phones, so having this convenience makes me happy.

bicycle tour port townsend
forth worden state park, port townsend
I loved the park we stayed in (Fort Worden). This has been the quietest State park to sleep in. And the day we arrived, we went hiking for a few hours, so we slept well that day. Coming home meant riding for three hours in the rain. Even with the rain, it was a great trip and I already want to go again soon!

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Jul 16, 2014

what's in bloom

daisy july13 2014, gallery juana
daisy in shade with sunlit background
I will be the gladdest thing under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one.
Edna St. Vincent Millay

Daisies come up here and there. I didn't plant these. They are in the neighbor's yard (which is actually a vacant house), and I get to enjoy the daisies from my patio.

neighborhood deer
neighborhood deer

The deer come through almost daily. I was sitting out on the patio when she came into the neighbor's yard. I was trying to focus my camera and she heard the zoom lens. I took the shot before she wandered off. The lens focused on the bushes rather than the deer, but I love that look of hers.

This year I thought I'd try my hand at growing cherry tomatoes. As we are renting, it's a potted garden. I planted these from seeds and they have been growing beautifully.

The deer lopped off the first bloom of flowers. I need to buy some chicken wire to keep these recent blooms going.

cherry tomato flowers, gallery juana
cherry tomato flowers
The earth laughs in flowers.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Jul 9, 2014

at the water's edge

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marina in miniature mode

My canon G9 stopped working on New Year's day 2014, and I was ready finally to get a new digital camera and got it just yesterday.

I settled on a canon sx-50 hs which has a nice zoom lens.  Maybe now I can get better shots of all the bird life on this island! It also has some fun settings like fish-eye, miniature, soft light, and toy camera. Oh what fun I'm going to have learning what this camera can do!

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Mar 5, 2014

how i start my day

morning read and write
books and notes

Keeping the morning time open for reflection. The view of the woods tempts me to sit and stare out the window even if I'm too tired to read, make notes or do art journalling.

reflection Jan 17, 2014
time to reflect

Most days, I pick up a pen or ink brush and jot down notes and just play with my art.

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Jan 2, 2014

First Day 2014

morning read and write
coffee, morning pages and reading

Last year I bought "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron. One of her tasks requires writing three pages, first thing, each morning. Little by little, I've been doing this more often as well as reading other books. Some days I don't write anything, but most mornings you'll find me sitting in front of that window.

yashica D
yashica - d camera

This year I am finally going to use the Yashica D camera that I inherited from my Dad. I took my first photos with it on January 01, 2014. It's been years since I've used a film camera and this camera is totally non-automatic which makes it that much funner!

Happy New Year to everyone.

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Nov 27, 2013

Mi Café

november dessert and cafe
library books and coffee

The sun called me out again today. Readied with library books, I visited a local cafe and ordered my favorite apple turnover and cappuccino and found the perfect sun-centered table.

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