Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Tell a Story

I proposed the theme of "Tell a Story" some time ago with something totally different in mind than what I have here to share. Perhaps the other Headbangers will post pictures that tell a story within themselves as I had intended. But when looking last night for some story worthy photos, I suddenly remembered these which were taken more than ten years ago when I was called upon at the last minute to provide an entertainment program for the Summer Reading Program at our local library. (More than ten years? I just realized that the teenager in the background is the same age as my youngest daughter, 37. So this had to be about twenty years ago.)

I appeared a couple of days later as Ms. Frizzle, the star of the Magic School Bus series of children's books. Ms. Frizzle is a creative school teacher who takes her students on amazing field trips in her magic school bus. Trips such as under the sea to study the fishes or through the blood vessels to study the body. There are dozens of these stories.

For each lesson, Ms. Frizzle dresses appropriately, with an outfit covered with things that might be seen on that particular trip; and in the last scene of each book she has changed to a dress that predicts the next destination in the series.

In this first image, which I will adapt for my header, I am wearing fish clothing. the skirt, the hat and the necklace  feature fish prints. (I wonder what happened to those. I could use those fish fabrics for a quilt.) I am holding the Magic School Bus story where the class goes under the sea. I can't see the exact title but I can see the bus in its dive.
 I apparently had a quick change ready, as here I am entertaining the kids with my invisible dog and am dressed in a skirt and apron with pets on them. (Do you see Rover's collar at the end of the leash?)

My husband, Ranney, is a great one for telling stories. His Dad used to say "Don't get him started!" Of course, his Dad was also a great storyteller, too, and had plenty of experiences in his ninety two years to build them on. Here is Ranney telling his favorite spooky story to the grandkids at our campfire during "Cousin Camp" this summer.

What stories have the headbangers told this week? Take a look at their blogs which are linked in my sidebar near the top.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

It's not for nothing that it's called the Evergreen State.

Lew set the theme for today's headbangers as "Fall Colors". No wonder as it is the first day of fall and I am sure that the trees are starting to put on a show in his neck of the woods.

We went out looking for some fall color over the weekend. Well, when we went out to our favorite mountain hangouts I remembered the theme and said to my honey--I can get some fall color shots for my blog.

As I say, it is not for nothing that we are called the Evergreen State, for much of what we saw was as this view down the Eastside Road (Highway 123)..

Spots of color were pretty awesome. It is still early for the fullness of fall's display, but you can see the start of the turning.

Fall colors in New England and the Eastern Seaboard are very dynamic as there is an abundance of hardwood forests. Here where much is evergreen we love the spots of birch, alder, and maple dotted through the green.

I declare, though, that the true colors of fall are the blue, green and silver of the Seattle Seahawks.

Go Hawks!

I am sure that our headbanger friends have seen some gorgeous signs of fall in their areas, with or without a football team. You will find their links in my sidebar near the top.

Thursday, September 17, 2015


The headbangers theme this week is Fifty. We are coming up in two years on our fiftieth anniversary. Our friends Angelica and Martin celebrated half that this past week with a renewal of vows and reception.

Martin beams at his bride of twenty-five years.

The mariachis played for two hours at the reception. I want mariachis for my fiftieth.

For a full fifty, though, we took our last cruise to Alaska during the state's fiftieth anniversary.
Here is a view of our ship. I will use it for my header.
This bear was pretty blasé about the celebration.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Away - Day

Not really sure what Mac had in mind when he suggested the theme "Away - Day". Of course he is away--for much more than a day.

These folks are getting ready for an away day.

We were on an away day when we saw these horses on an away day.
Sometimes we see a ball game when we are on an away day.

Many times our away days involve either a National Park

 or Family.

Then there are the ones that involve both.

For my header I decided that the ultimate away day is being had by those here.
When I took the picture of the plane flying parallel to us we were on an ultimate away day--days--when we traveled to Scotland to hike and to Lincolnshire to visit Mac.

Other header challengers are linked in my sidebar. Would you like to join us?

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Latest Pictures

While these are not the latest pictures I have taken, they are some recent ones from this spring and are available to me at the moment when I am not connected to my external hard drive.

Baby Bears

Almost gotta be better than kittens, right? They were at Bearizona when we visited that park near Grand Canyon in March.

Other headbangers linked in my sidebar.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Headbangers Odd Shots

I am the one who scheduled the theme of Odd Shots for this week's challenge. I was remembering back when I did a weekly meme on the theme. I guess I got out into the world with my camera more often then.
I was watching for some odd shots as we were out and about this weekend. Sometimes you see them when the opportunity to take a shot is not there.
There was the altar server on Sunday when we were visiting the parish near the lake. His robe was short enough that if he had been one of my trainees I would have told him it was time to move up a size. Below the hem were his lime green socks. I tried to get a picture with my phone, but I am not good with the phone camera, nor with sneakily taking pictures in church. I missed the socks as he processed out with the priest and lector. Perhaps he was recognizing that it is Ordinary Time and the liturgical color is green. But more likely he is an avid Seahawks fan.
Other possible shots I missed because I was headed down the freeway at 70 mph. That is not conducive to photography and by the time you notice you are way beyond the image. We passed some of the fattest wild turkeys on our way home from the lake. I had never seen such fat wild turkeys. They might not have been the oddest shot, but I would have liked to have saved it. This morning I saw a blue heron on a snag on the river. Awesome shot that would have been, but maybe not odd.
I did see another odd shot the other day while driving. The wind was fierce (fanning the many wildfires raging in our state.) A man was walking along the side of the freeway carrying a large panel of plywood. Why, I wondered, is he walking along the freeway struggling with that piece of wood in the wind? Then I saw his pickup up ahead that it had blown out of. SECURE YOUR LOAD!
So, having failed miserably in getting any recent odd shots, I ran through some of my files looking for some good ones from the past.
fun shadow image--I would hate to meet in a dark alley.

My friend Mary got this fortune cookie when we went to lunch one day a few years ago. She was 85 at the time. Mary passed away a couple of weeks ago at the age of 90. She will be missed.

These bikes always look odd. Have you encountered any of them on your own wanderings?

The wind turbines can create some imaginative images when cropped just right.

A restaurant we always lunch in in Leavenworth collects the dollar bills left as tips. In their former location the bills covered the walls and the ceiling. When they moved, the bills were gathered and there was approximately $12,000 which they then contributed to the medical care of the mother of a former exchange student from Ukraine. Awesome odd.
But this one is probably my favorite of old odd shots. The yield sign, for which someone obviously did not yield.

You can see more of my odd shots if you click the odd shot label at the bottom of the post. I wonder if the other headbangers found anything as odd. You can follow them from my sidebar links.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


Still without internet at home. There is supposed to be a contract in my e-mail for a new company, but it has not yet appeared. Before we headed off to the doctor's this morning--yes, Wednesday is always doctor day--I loaded up my most recent months' pictures on the laptop so that I would have something to work with here.

You might wonder how this image represents melting. You will see below the other pictures. These few were taken during our two camping trips last month. In between hospital emergency room visits and Vacation Bible School, we camped with the kids (Cousin Camp) and had our own just the two of us escape to the woods.

Here is the full photo I cropped my header from. The kids starting to get arranged for a group picture at Paradise. They are waiting for the rest of the cousins.

 Now what does that have to do with melting? I promise, I will tell you later.
Two weeks after Cousin Camp we took our home away from home back. The weather was not quite as good.

It is melting snow that makes for rapids in the river and melting snow creates waterfalls..

Melting causes the glaciers to recede. Glaciers recede when there is, over time, more melt than there is new snowfall added. The Nisqually Glacier once reached to the location of the bridge and beyond. Now we see the Nisqually River from Ricksecker Point, and on this July day the glacier is hiding in the mists.

So why does my header image represent melting. Well, that picture was taken at Paradise this July. Usually there is still snow on the ground at that time with signs of the melting in the form of puddles and draining water. This past winter's snowpack at Paradise was the least since records were kept.   This next picture was taken at the same place in February. (You can see the line of trees upper right.)

My headbanger friends will have other melting pictures. Their links are in my sidebar.

Sorry, I can't seem to get rid of the extra copy of the river picture without deleting everything.


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Ahh! Time to Relax

Posting quickly as I have to do taxi service. You would think I were a soccer mom. Hubby had an overnight in the hospital this weekend, but is seemingly back to his normal self today. I will not give back his car keys till that has been the case for a few days.

Some of these are spot on, others more subtle.

Cousin Camp chess game.

Definitely relaxing

Grandpa's campfire stories are the best. The kids ask for the same ones every year.

Let's hug Grandpa before we leave.


Can't leave out my mountain--this taken from the opposite side as usual.

More lazy afternoon

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Mac gave us the theme of "Texture" for this week. I should post some quilting as my texture since I am at a quilting retreat, but I gathered some textured images from some National Park trips during the last year. Of course you will see MY mountain.

But first, the textures left by the forces of nature on the rocky surfaces
 of Capital Reef National Park in Utah.

 And what water and wind have done to create the fins and hoodoos of Bryce Canyon (Utah).

Still in the Southwest, the manmade texture of a watchtower at the Grand Canyon. (Arizona)

Now let me come back home to Mt. Rainier National Park (our home park).
The texture of the stonework of the entry arch at Chinook Pass contrasts with the textures of the evergreens and the wildflowers.
 No, these are not trees. Moss -- close up.
 This log we found in the Nisqually riverbed is part of a footbridge. The work was done by hand.
Mount Rainier's glaciers provide the most interesting textures as wind, melting, freezing, shifting of their surfaces create some interesting images zoomed in.

Natural textures.
You will see the links to the other headbangers in my sidebar.
And now to get busy quilting.