Thursday, May 26, 2016

Little Critters

I have chosen some of the littlest of critters to share for our header theme of Little Critters.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016


Our headbanger theme this week is water, proposed by Tom.

For some reason, when I go looking for my best water images in my photo files I go to the desert.
Our daughter's pool

Cormorants at Veterans Oasis Park

Strange creatures live in the water--this tank is at one of the museums--I forget which

I think maybe the reflections are what strikes me when I see wildlife in the waters in parks in Arizona.

Of course, we have plenty of water in the Northwest as well (it's what turns our own deserts to parklands and farmlands.)

Including fantastic waterfalls such as Palouse Falls (in the midst of the desert.)

The other headbangers are linked in my sidebar.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016



I proposed the theme of memory, having no idea what I or any of my headbanger friends might do with it. You can check from the links in the sidebar.

I proposed it because memory--well, memory is a terrible thing to lose, and watching my husband unable to pull up some of the best of memories is heartbreaking.


The hat.

The hat is in my header because it and its like are a great part of a lot of memories we have shared. The hat was a gift from one of our daughters, and it has graced his head for nearly every winter  adventure since. Other hats are part of other adventures. There are many.

Does he remember clean-up at the beach?

...or hiking in Scotland?

Our trips to Alaska?

What about the many visits to the kids in Arizona?

How about the snowshoeing trips to Mt. Rainier?

There's the hat!!!!!

Pictures help him to retrieve some of these memories.
But sometimes they are just out of reach.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


Trying to find some texture for our theme this week. The headbangers are all looking for texture in their photos. You can see what they found by following their links in my sidebar.

We have lambs and kids down the road. Usually my neighbor and I are commenting on the number of lambs in late January. This year we were wondering that there were no new offspring. But that changed over the last few weeks as the tiny babes appeared. A good close-up of one of the lambs would be a great texture picture.

But alas, I had to do my close-up in my own yard and here again I am featuring that great harbinger of spring:

 Indoors, some baskets gave a good texture image.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Our Theme this week is Spanish Design

Actually, after checking the other headbangers' blogs, I discovered that our theme for NEXT week is Spanish Design.  Alas, I am stuck posting late as it is and without something handy for looking down. If I had my camera with me I would look down on the messy desk at my office. But I don't. So there it is. At least I am well prepared for next week.

So I searched back to a visit to one of the missions of California which we visited a couple of years ago. It is not one of the original 21 missions founded by Fr. Junipero Serra, but one which came later and is not on the El Camino Real--the King's Highway--but off from it a ways nearby.

The sign tells its story.

The tower is my header.
Oh, I thought I brought the sign with the story of the cactus. If you notice, at the top of the bell tower near the cross a cactus grows. It was planted there by Fr. Peyri to mark the completion of the construction of the mission.

Other headbangers will have already posted their interpretation of Spanish Design. Look for their blogs through the links in my sidebar.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Signs of Spring

What could be more of a sign of spring than the dandelions which adorn my front step?

The rose bush nearby has new growth.

And so does the mountain ash.

Other signs of spring are the workers in the fields, vineyards and hopyards.

Check out the other signs of spring found by the other headbangers linked in my sidebar.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016


These are some of my favorite photos from my Dad's albums. They really look sepia in the originals although some of the scans look more black and white.
He enjoyed traveling around the area. He did some research in the desert.

The boy on the trike is my cousin Melvin, who will be ninety this year. Not sure who the little guy about to fall off the wagon is.

Before the "Keep Wildlife Wild" campaigns. I believe that is my granddad facing the camera, and the critters.

another of Dad's cars. Quite a fascination.

That is my Dad. (I inherited my fear of heights from my Mother.)

This may be my favorite picture. And I am not sure with his head buried under the hood if it is one my his friend Hall took of my Dad and one of his cars, or if my Dad took it of his friend Hal.
Cropped for the header.

Headbangers. We have fun each week with a new theme. Other members are linked in my sidebar.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016


My theme for my headbanger friends.

Some of my birds.

A disclosure. I am not getting out to take pictures lately--hardly at all. The pictures I post are collected from my files over several years. I drastically need a road trip.

Except for the geese, these pictures were taken in Arizona, and parks near Mesa and Chandler. The geese were in a lake in Oakland California.
Blue Heron

Cormorants cooling off

Cactus Wren--love this one, I call it "What you lookin' at?"

Are these cormorants, too? Not sure

Not sure about these guys either.

On my way to meet some friends.

Oh, there they are. I don't know what these guys are but they sure have long skinny legs.


Birds have gone now.

Links to the blogs of  Mac, Tom, Lew, and Christine are in my sidebar. Follow them to go birdwatching today.