Sep 17, 2014

end of the season

forest and sun
changing seasons in the forest

The weather has been perfect for bicycle riding, and we got one more bike tour in last week. The ride to the state park was comfortable. With Autumn coming on, the humidity is almost nil and the mornings and nights are colder. We usually stay in the hiker/biker campground where cars are not allowed, but campfires weren't allowed there. Knowing the night would be cold without a campfire, we stayed in the regular campgrounds and enjoyed a bbq and campfire.

outdoor market surly ride
outdoor market ride

Saturdays we sometimes ride to the outdoor market in the next town. The outdoor markets will be ending soon. I'll miss buying those garden vegetables and fruits picked at their perfect ripeness. But I am sure, I'll find many things to like about riding in the Fall weather!

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Sep 12, 2014

old cars and dog walker

dog walker and old car


It's a dog-friendly town and you can find dog dishes filled with water and dog bones inside and outside of stores or along neighborhood streets.


old red car

On this particular day last Tuesday, there was a group of old cars that settled for the afternoon. Most of the town's buildings were built in the early 1900's, so the cars married well with the buildings. I enjoyed being taken back in history.



old cars

Most of the cars were from the years 1912 to 1915. There was even one that was steam-powered. Some of the drivers and their passengers were dressed in the time period as well. There were a total of 100 cars from that era in town!

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Sep 3, 2014

summer window reflections

seattle beer july 2014
window reflection in seattle


I love sitting outside. It doesn't matter if it's sunny or raining. It just feels good to breathe the fresh air. I took this photo outside a pub where my husband and I were enjoying a beer.

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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 ...

fawn
fawn


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.

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cherry tomato flowers
The earth laughs in flowers.
Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Jul 9, 2014

at the water's edge

marina by gallery juana
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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