Thursday, April 30, 2009

Sky Watch redux

I stopped at the same spot to take this photo yesterday as this one I took a few weeks before. The sky is still different today--the rain clouds have fled and the snow was almost gone on Rattlesnake Mountain by eight this morning.

Other skywatchers can be found here.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

ABC Wednesday--O is for...

O is for Olympia.

Tthe capitol of the state of Washington is Olympia. Our state capitol building is considered by some to be one of the more beautiful in the fifty states. It faces the state justice building directly across from it on the Capital Campus.

O is for the Olympic Mountains...
...and the Olympic Peninsula where they are located. The city of Olympia is located at the south end of the Olympic Peninsula, just where the thumblike shape of it takes off.
You can also see the Olympics from the Seattle area on a clear day. This was taken from a hilltop in Bellevue looking over the fog hovering over Puget sound. You can see some buildings of downtown Seattle just below the highest peak.
Back to the capitol campus, a pleasant walk around the parklike area finds several memorials, this one to Washington's World War I casualties. The dedication is "In memory of the citizens of Washington who lost their lives in the World War, 1917-1918".
When will we ever learn?
Across the lawn is this memorial to those lost in world War II.

and this one: Washington's Viet Nam memorial.
When will we ever learn?
Find other O posts by visiting the ABC Wednesday site, and stop by to say "Hi" to Denise, who started it all.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Odd shots--Get out of the gutter

Check the Odd Shot details by clickig the logo in the sidebar. Leave your link on Mr. Linky if you also post an odd shot. There've been some links that did not seem odd to me, but as the interpretation is broad, I have generally left them. Do leave a comment as well--Mr. Linky sometimes disappears for me unexpectedly.

I was poking around in the photo files on my laptop and found this from last summer some time. Trees growing in my daughter's rain gutter. TREES!!! I noticd the las time we were there that they were cleaned out of there.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sunday's Psalm--Third Sunday of Easter

R. Lord, Let your face shine upon us.

When I call, answer me, O my just God,
you who relieve me when I am in distress;
have pity on me, and hear my prayer!

saguaro cactus, Arizona
Lord,let your face shine on us.
Know that the LORD does wonders for his faithful one;
the LORD will hear me when I call upon him.
palms, Riverside, California
Lord, let your face shine on us.
O LORD, Let the light of your countenance shine upon us!
You put gladness into my heart.Lewis and Clark State Park, Washington
Lord, let your face shine on us.

As soon as I lie down, I fall peacefully asleep,
for you alone, O LORD,
bring security to my dwelling.
Maryhill State Park, Washington
Lord, let your face shine on us.
Psalm 4: 2, 4, 7-8, 9

Saturday, April 25, 2009

PhotoHunt--Theme: Protect

I believe it is important to protect our kids by the way we post their photos on our blogs. Think about it.

PhotoHunt is TnChick's creation. See her for other interpretations of the theme.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Is it a SkyWatch message?

Perhaps Washington Coastal Clean-up Day volunteers were being told
"We Y you!"

Find other Skywatchers from around the world here.

I've been remiss in my ambassadoring.

I should have posted this information last week. It's about joining a team.

Let me tell you, a team is a good thing to have when doing the 3-Day. It is much more fun than going it totally alone. My first time I teamed with my daughter. Even a team of two is great.

A good team can work together in fundraising. A team gives you someone to talk to if you are shy. A team is support.

There is a special registration going for team members and it ends tomorrow. (That's why I am so remiss--I should have given you some time.) You can save $35 on your registration fee if you join and join a team at the same time. If you would like to join me in Arizona in November (the weather is wonderful there then) to walk for 3 days and have a lot of fun while promoting Breast Cancer Awareness, then e-mail me and I will give you the details of how to get in on the special registration. I can give you the information if you want to join another team, too, there are open teams for all the walks.

But you only have till tomorrow to decide and register, so think quickly.

Because I am so remiss.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

ABC Wednesday--N is for...

eagle in flight, Olympic National Park, Washington

This is National Parks Week!

While visiting Olympic National Park over the weekend to participate in Washington Coastal Clean-up Day, we learned that this is National Park Week. We were presented with a wonderful evening program about the history and riches of America's national parks.


The first area to be set aside as a national park was Yellowstone--first in the world--followed by Yosemite, Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Mt. Rainier. Our Mt. Rainier National Park was established in 1898.

The early days of the parks were not well organized, and the National Park Service was not formed until 1916 and a ranger corps established some time after that. Early rangers had to do everything from law enforcement to latrine cleaning. Rangers now specialize--interpretation, education, law enforcement, maintenance, administration.

The parks have come a long way from when this photo was taken in Sequoia in 1928.
More than 300 National Parks, National Monuments and other sites are administered by the National Park Service, and the idea spread to many other countries which have set aside areas special to them as National Parks.

Here in Skagway, Alaska, in part of the Yukon Gold Rush National Park, a ranger explains the history that is spotlighted here.

Cultural artifacts are highlighted at locations such as Wupatki Pueblo National Monument in Arizona.

Wukoki Pueblo, Wupatki National Monuments, Arizona

Parks are protected homes for critters--the elusive ones such as this pika..
...and the little show-offs such as this "camp robber" who followed us posing for two miles.
Rangers can interpret the environment for young and young at heart.

Grove of the Patriarchs, Ohanepecosh, Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington

The variety in our National Parks is overwhelming, from a peek at the peak...

Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington an arching span...
Arches National Park, Utah


Lehmann Caves, Great Basin National Park, Nevada

...ocean beaches...
Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington

...canyons grand and small...

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

...more glorious mountain views...
Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

...what water does in small or large occurrences...
Zion National Park, Utah

We have learned a lot over the years about the residents of our National Parks, so that this by zoom lens...
bear in the meadow, Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington

...has replaced this for the protection of both the bears and the humans.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, 1928

And we know that in order to participate for our enjoyment...

ready for a backcountry hike, White River Campground, Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington

...we also must participate in the parks' protection and preservation.

Washington Coastal Clean-up Day, Olympic National Park, Washington

Ken Burns, who has produced a documentary The National Parks: America's Best Idea, was in Seattle on Monday speaking about the film and previewing some clips from it. We weren't there either, but you can hear his interview from earlier in the day on KUOW here.

Visit more Ns at ABC Wednesday Round 4.

Say thanks to the ABC founder at Mrs. Nesbitt's Place.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Here's a Twofer

...from our trip back from the beach on Sunday.
Mt. St. Helens
Mt. Adams
Mt. Adams looks so different from the other side, doesn't it?

Jonna sponsors Twofers on Tuesdays
and I occasionally join her.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Odd Shot--What's that fox doing on the beach?

Not a fox--an odd piece of driftwood in the surf.
Odd Shots happens here every Monday. See the details by clicking the Odd Shots camera logo in the sidebar. Join us in the fun by adding your link if you have posted an odd shot. Since Mr. Linky disappears when the next odd shot is posted, please comment as well.

Okay--I may be the only one who can't see Mr. Linky, but if you also can't see him, just leave a comment. And since I can't see him, I won't see your link unless you post a comment. Sigh! Of course, Mr. Linky may very well appear for me tomorrow, so take your chances.

This time it was operator error. I entered the wrong code for Mr. Linky. I think I have that fixed now.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Sunday's Psalm--Divine Mercy Sunday

R. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting.

Let the house of Israel say,
"His mercy endures forever."
Let the house of Aaron say,
"His mercy endures forever."

Officer's Row, Ft. Wright, Spokane, WA
Let those who fear the LORD say,
"His mercy endures forever."

golden mantle squirrel
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting.

I was hard pressed and was falling,
but the LORD helped me.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
and he has been my savior.

blue lady butterfly
The joyful shout of victory
in the tents of the just:
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting.
encampment for Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk
The stone which the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
By the LORD has this been done;
it is wonderful in our eyes.
Grand Canyon
This is the day the LORD has made;
let us be glad and rejoice in it.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting.

Psalm 118: 2-4, 13-15, 22-24

PhotoHunt: purple

Looking forward to summer hikes in Mt. Rainier's meadows.
Other purple entries can be found at TnChick.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Mt. Rainier sunset skies

The bird in this sunset shot was an added bonus and continued to fly toward the south into the Mt. Adams sunset that I have posted at Yakima Valley Daily Photo. Despite the fact that the two photos were take within a minute of each other, the colors in the sky just a few degrees apart are totally different. You can click the photos in both blogs to enlarge, and you can click to find other beautiful skies from around the world at the Skywatch site.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

ABC Wednesday--M is for Mountains

Visit the ABC site for more Ms.
A mountain view in southern India.

A mountain view in Siberia

I've seen mountains all over the West and in other parts of the world, but there just does not seem to be a comparison to our Pacific Northwest volcanoes. Here you can see Mt. Rainier from a return flight into Seattle. Beyond it just to the left you can see Mt. Adams. (Click to enlarge to get a better view.) At the right edge of the horizon you can just make out Mt. St. Helens.

For a right now view of Mt. Rainier, look here, though sometimes you can see nothing but the fog. The volcano cam for Mt. St. Helens close up to the crater is not working right now.

Stop by and visit my new blog. I set it up so that I could post large format photos. I won't do memes on it, just whatever strikes me at the moment, so I called it 365-no themes-no memes.