Friday, August 28, 2020

Long days in the brilliant sunshine of "subdued excitement"

Bellingham (aka B-ham), "the city of subdued excitement" is really a treasure. This is not news to me as I've been up here at least a half a dozen times in the past 13 years but being here for August is extra special.  The days seems to go on forever with long hours of daylight and brilliant sunshine, kind of like the brilliance knob of your computer is turned all the way up. Here are some of my photos from this past month here ...

Sehome Hill Arboretum adjacent to the Western Washington University campus
Lynden, Washington

a rare cloudy afternoon looking out at the Taylor Dock
Photo Lake looking at Mount Shuksan

the summer fun with the youth of Bellingham (Taylor Dock)
Sehome Hill Arboretum

Historical mountaineering photo on Mt. Baker
Heather Meadows about a 100 years ago (when people were hardier apparently)

Late August afternoon on Bellingham Bay
A ski fence in Glacier, WA

nature is always putting on a show in the Pacific Northwest
view from Capt Whidbey Inn on Whidbey Island

Thursday, July 23, 2020

And those clouds here in the PNW

Two days ago it was hot here in Port Townsend. Then as if someone turned a switch, the cool came in. When this happened, wind and a sense of cooler times ahead. Therefore I had to put my phone on a tripod looking west to record the most glorious sunset. Here it is ...

Monday, July 20, 2020

Distilling lavender

This afternoon I made my way out to Mesha's Lavender Farm in Sequim. Unsure what to expect, it is with great delight that I showed up to see nobody there but me, Mesha and two others who were distilling lavender today in their enormous copper still. I learned so much about lavender, fragrances, distillation, etc.

Monday, July 13, 2020

The magic of Oregon is for real

This past weekend in Florence, I was able to really experience the magic while staying over the weekend. Walks in the dark on the beach in late summer twilight with Dan and Terry were really immersive for me to enjoy the five senses of the beach here. The briny smell of the ocean, sound of gentle surf, because of the summer light, it seemed semi-light at 9:30pm -- so special. In order to get to the beach from the beach camp, we literally went through Alice in Wonderland's rabbit hole (see photos).

artwork in Yachats, OR

Terry leading the way through the thrushes to the beach

Terry and Dan doing "jumpology" ala Philippe Halsman

Dan having an excellent jump

wee Stella is mighty and would follow us for many miles on the beach 

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Fifty years ago in Florence -- 8 tons of a whale blown to bits

This little news tidbit has fascinated me for some time. Like many things on the Internet, I don't remember exactly when I watched this for the first time but who can forget it. Not since I learned about MIKE THE HEADLESS CHICKEN was I so fascinated with such a thing.

And so for the big FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY, I've finally made it here to the "Exploding Whale Beach Camp". in Florence Oregon.

me the camp

logo created by Judyth Greenburgh

Nightime beach walk

the stunning Florence bridge

Dan and Terry, my hosts!

Lighthouse Love in Oregon

Today I was fortunate to get a "behind-the-scenes" tour of the Heceta Head Lighthouse. As a longtime fan of lighthouses, this was so cool. Allegedly this lighthouse is the most photographed one in the United States. It cast the first beam on March 30, 1894 but since 1995 it has been a bed and breakfast with many iterations in between those years.

me in the lightkeeper's residence

Monday, July 6, 2020

Beach time this morning in Bandon, Oregon

This morning there was a terrific minus tide at Bandon Beach. So three of us grabbed bicycles and went to ride for about two hours and ten miles on the beach. The salty air, briny smells and many of Neptune's creatures exposed for all to see was perfect.

me in one of the Bandon sea caves

Derek, Rick and Kolo (the dog)

Labyrinth made this morning by "Circles in the Sand"

Circles in the Sand, worth checking out this website about them

Rick and Kolo enjoying the cool sea water