Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Headers--Repeating Pattern

When I proposed the theme of repeating patterns I was thinking of patterns in nature, in agriculture, and in quilting. Most of my pictures here  are from the first two. I am still divided between two of these for my header. I hope I have decided before I get through this post.

I went back to November for this one, from our visit to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum on our Thanksgiving trip to Arizona. The spines on this cactus form a pattern, as do the shadows of the spines.

The rest of the outdoor pictures  are from around here and taken within the last two months.

The hop yard across the road provides me with a lot of graphic interest. Its repeating pattern of poles and wires can be fascinating. I am getting a bit tired of being surrounded by poles, but at least during the winter you can see past them. I am documenting the changes in this horizon on my A Year across the Road tab.

On this sections of poles down the road from us they are preparing for the spring. The irrigation lines are strung on each end pole, waiting for time to stretch them out through the field.

The tractor that distributed the irrigation lines left its own pattern in the soil.
 This has to be my favorite hop yard photo. We had days and days of heavy fog in January. The angles formed by the poles and lines  fades into the distance.

When we spent Sunday of President's Day weekend up at Mt. Rainier, we hoped to do the Carter Falls hike that we often take during the summer. This involves crossing the Nisqually River on a footbridge. Alas, the footbridge was out. This is the surface of the log chiseled out by hand tools to create the footbridge surface. I find the pattern of the tool markings to be interesting.

The we looked up in the sky and saw this interesting pattern in the contrail. What must the winds have been doing up there!

A couple of "blocks" over from us we saw a pattern of fruit boxes lined up by the pattern of trees in the orchard. Seems a little early--I thought they put the boxes out near harvest time.  The quotes on the word blocks is because the word is a bit deceptive. You see, the blocks around here are a mile each, but they really are blocks.
 And these trees lined up for a windbreak seem each to be almost identical. A pattern of branches which will also change with the season.
I had better include a quilt pattern here. This one was made by my grandmother Della, and is in possession of my cousin Ruthie. The blocks are pinwheel, and the signatures are relatives and neighbors of Grandma's in San Gabriel so many years ago.

We say hasta la vista to Craver vii who is leaving our Headbanger group because of time constraints in extra responsibilities at his work. He has be a crazy fun addition to the group and I hope he visits frequently and returns when things settle down for him. The other members are listed in my sidebar with links to their blogs. Please visit them.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


So here I am after the doctor visits. This weekend I had collected all my images for

Repeating Pattern.

I guess I was not the only one.

So when I double checked the theme and realized I was a week ahead of myself, I quick found some reflection shots and made a header. No time for a post then, though, as we had to be up early.

So here goes.

This first rearview mirror shot, if I recall, was a traffic slowdown near Salt Lake City on one of our Thanksgiving week trips to Arizona. I was not driving.
Here, I was driving, but probably stopped at the corner because there was little traffic and I could. I like that there are multiple reflections--in the mirror, in the side of the car itself.

 Hey, Tom I have a heron, too!
 I have another from this series that looks even more like an impressionist painting. This and the heron were taken on hikes around Blackberry Island in Leavenworth, WA.

The big red buses reflected in a window along with some more elegant buildings.
 I love this view of Westminster Cathedral in the windows across the square.
 I kind of think I like this one where it is broken up into different windows better, though.
Here's the two headed duck I used for the header.
 Reflections of the light features in the pond at Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo.

Check out the headers of my friends. Their links are in my sidebar. Some of them are really awesome. No, most of them are really awesome.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Header Challenge -- Vertical

Vertical is Christine's choice for this week's theme for our Headbanger friends. I contemplated whether I could totally rearrange my blog so that I had a header along the side--a long tall image--maybe my favorite animal...
 ...who is definitely on the vertical.
Or someone climbing a vertical wall such as this one in Zion National Park.

...or the yet more well known El Capitan in Yosemite.
Do you see them--there just at and above the horizontal light streak?
All spectacular!

But since my daily horizon view of the vertical was made spectacular the other evening, I chose the hop poles as my header. It came too late to use for last week's theme of something red.
The other header challenge members can be found in my sidebar.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Red is the color of the headbanger's theme this week.

Red barns--

Red balloon--
 Red quilt--
 Red paddleboat in San Francisco Bay--
 Red tomatoes...

 ...make red ketchup--
Red hearts of God's love for Valentine Day--
I am not early, but at least I know what day it is this week. Check out the header choices of my headbanger challengers from the links on my sidebar.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Headbangers--Spare Time? What's that?

The headbanger theme this week is Spare Time.

I told Craver when he proposed this theme that since I am retired, there is no such thing as spare time. This week I proved either that or that my memory is totally gone.

If I had some spare time, this is what I would be doing.

The other headbangers have already posted, and I told them to go ahead and vote without me. Check out what they have done from the links on my sidebar.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Big Birds for the Headbangers

Big Bird

So you want to see a funny big bird? You have to check out this traffic cam.
Now for my own big birds. I have seen them from Alaska to Arizona, in the wild and in captivity, in parks and wildlife reserves and rest areas. Some bigger than others.
Take a look.
Egret--Lake Merritt--Oakland, California

American White Pelicans--Lake Merritt--Oakland
 White Pelicans visit our valley seasonally. These probably find the lake in Oakland a good place to stay year round. Their wingspan is a good six feet.
Sandhill Cranes outside Othello, Washington
 Sandhill Cranes can stand nearly six feet tall, so you can imagine their wingspan. Thousands of them descend on the Mid-Columbia National Wildlife Refuge and nearby farmlands each spring as they rest on their migration north to breeding grounds in Alaska.
Bald Eagle near Juneau, Alaska
 We saw this eagle as we returned from a very successful whale watching tour during an Alaska cruise.
"Lady Baltimore"--Bald Eagle--Juneau, Alaska
 Lady Baltimore looks out at us with her one eye. She was injured by hunters, and now lives at the Mt. Roberts Visitor Center at the top of the tram.
San Francisco Zoo
 Don't know what this guy is, but he sure looks steady on his FOOT.
Eagle Totem--Ketchikan, Alaska
 Now here in Southeast Alaska is where totem poles and totems belong. This eagle is one of many totems in Ketchikan--and one of many eagles.

Flamingos--San Francisco Zoo
 Did you know that baby flamingos are gray and fluffy?
Penguins--San Francisco Zoo
 Penguins have attitude.
Great Blue Heron--Veterans' Oasis Park--Chandler, Arizona
 You might not expect to see water birds in Arizona, but this park and its wonderful trail system features several lakes.
Crane--Veterans' Oasis Park

Cormorants --Veterans' Oasis Park
It can be quite warm in Arizona, even in November. I think these cormorants are cooling off.

Sandhill Cranes--near Othello, Washington
 More cranes. I hope to get better pictures of them this year.
Seagull--Sun Lakes State Park, Washington
 Not so very big, but they made up for it in individual loudness.
Wild turkey--Sun Lakes State Park
 If Ben Franklin had had his way, this would be our national bird.
Canada Geese family--Sun Lakes State Park

Big birds need big nests. Near Lake Shasta, California

Not sure, but these guys might be Sandhill Cranes or a related species. Near Grass Valley Rest Stop, Northern California.

Mute Swans--near Grass Valley Rest Area
We had seen Mute Swans at the Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge, so we recognized them when we saw them in California.
The headbangers are birdwatching this week.
You can see their finds if you click their links near the top of my sidebar.