Sunday, August 30, 2009

Odd Pod

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Sunday's Psalm--22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

One who does justice will live in presence of the Lord.

Whoever walks blamelessly and does
who thinks the truth in his heart
       and slanders not with his tongue.
One who does justice will live in presence of the Lord.

Who harms not his fellow man,
nor takes up reproach against his neighbor;
by whom the reprobate is despised,
while he honors those who fear the LORD.
One who does justice will live in presence of the Lord.

Who lends not his money at usury
and accepts no bribe against the innocent.
Whoever does these things
shall never be disturbed.

Psalm 15: 2-3, 3-4, 4-5

Photos were taken in the Seattle area during last year's Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Our Mt. Rainier SkyWatch trip

If you remember my Sky Watch last week, I showed the view from a couple of years ago, promising to show you what we would see the next day in the same place. So, here it is. When we arrived Friday morning at Sunrise Point, this was what we could see.
Mt. Rainier and all its surrounding peaks played hide and seek all day that day.
You can recognize the same peak to the south that was
visible over the valley fog in last week's shot.
On Saturday morning, it was clear. From Sunrise Point, you could see clear to Mt. Adams. Those are the same trees we saw in the fog from the day before.
There you can see it better now.
Watching the sky is always interesting at Mt. Rainier.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

ABC Wednesday--F is for...

ABC Wednesday, the inspiration of Denise,
offers up scores of interesting F posts today linked here.

F is for Fireweed.

On top of My World

Duting the summer, my world regularly includes the trails around Mt. Rainier. We were there Friday and Saturday, and on Saturday, after a moring hike up to Glacier Overlook , parked at Sunrise Point and hiked back to Sunrise.
The hike is about three miles.
I had forgotten how "uphill" the trail is from Sunrise Point as far as Dege (Deh ghee) Peak. That is about half the distance, and at each bend I would say "It levels off at that next clump of trees." Not really a problem, but we had already done about five miles that day. When we got to the spur trail to the top of Dege Peak, we did not join these folks up there.
Instead we continued on to the Visitor Center, where we picked up a prearranged ride back with the Law Enforcement Ranger Dan, who was planning to go out to the Point to do a quick litter patrol.
This is my world this Tuesday--well, last Saturday. Visit others here. I have some shots I am saving for SkyWatch Friday, so watch for those later in the week.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Odd Shots on Monday--really really ODD shot

As I exited the freeway to get some gas a couple of weeks ago, I spotted this. The light was long enough for me to get out my camera. I still wasn't quite sure what I was seeing, so I zoomed in.

Need I explain why this is in Odd Shots?


The light changed and we rounded the corner. The large black "creature" is a gorilla rather awkwardly lying on its stomach. The vehicle advertises a dental clinic. Hey, I warned you last week!!! Really, I did!! I didn't think I was going to get to show it to you from the front, but just the other day I saw it again and got this shot.

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sunday's Psalm--21st Sunday of Ordinary Time

R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.

winter sunset tree
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear me and be glad.

Peace Gong, San Pedro, CA
Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
The LORD has eyes for the just,
and ears for their cry.

Point Fermin Lighthouse, San Pedro, CA
The LORD confronts the evildoers,
to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.

Washington State Supreme Court
Taste and see the goodness of the LORD.
When the just cry out, the LORD hears them
and from all their distress he rescues them.
kids at Sarge Hubbard Park, YakimaWA
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
and those who are crushed in spirit he saves. Taste and see the goodness of the LORD.
Many are the troubles of the just one,
but out of them all the LORD delivers him; view in Eastern Oregon

flooding on Yakima River, January '09
he watches over all his bones
not one of them shall be broken.

Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Psalm 34: 2-3, 16-17, 18-19, 20-21

They didn't hear the Keep Wildlife Wild message

The squirrels that it. The humans were doing their best.
We only get up to "Second Burroughs" about once a year, and this weekend it was time for our annual trip. The views there are spectacular.

But the Golden Mantle Squirrels in the area have not heard the word we were spreading on "Keep Wildlife Wild Weekend" a few weeks ago. Since it took place during my computer woes, I didn't post about it. Along with dozens of other volunteers, we spent the day spreading the word about how important it is to prevent the wild animals being habituated to humans through learned behavior--especially feeding them.

This little mama was particularly aggressive in seeking what she had learned that the lunchers there would have available. Notice how tightly everyone is hanging on to their chip bags, and this lady is holding her sandwich high--not knowing how to deal with the little beggar.
C'mon, let me have some.
I'll check out another table.

It wasn't till almost the end of the half hour we sat eating that she showed up at our rock. I thought maybe she recognized the uniforms and knew we would not be a soft touch.

There are a variety of reasons for not feeding the animals, and creating nuisances like her is only one of them. Just think, chips are considered "junk food" for us, what impact can all that sodium and preservatives have on her little body? Fed animals do not fair so well once the season for human visits is over. Animals can carry disease. Animals coming into the parking lot (not a problem at Burroughs Mountain) looking for dropped food are in danger of being hit.
All these dangers because of things they learn from us when we don't use our common sense.
Mary from Faith Fabric and Photos was visiting in my neck of the woods the last couple of weeks. We were unfortunately unable to schedule a meet-up, but she has some great pictures from her visit at her blog.
(If you are looking, I will get a psalm up later.)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

We're going SkyWatching!

This shot was taken from Sunrise Point two years ago this weekend.

I'll show you this weekend's view of the same next week.

Visit the skies of the world at Sky Watch Friday (give or take a day or two.)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

ABC Wednesday--E is for

Elegant Jacob's Ladder
The delicate blossoms of Elegant Jacob's Ladder were plentiful as we hiked the Sunrise Rim Trail last month. I think the name comes from the look of the leaves.

You can find other E-s here.

My World Tuesday--Let's Read

Reading has always been an important part of my world. I have done my best to pass that love along to my own kids, to my grandkids, and to hundreds of kids when I was teaching and operating the school library.
So when I was asked to help with our local library's summer reading carnival, I was ready and willing.
Volunteers manned a dozen small carnival games after a story time in the library.
Kids had to read a number of books to be eligible to participate. They were pretty excited about some of the prizes.
See the world according to bloggers from just about everywhere through the links here.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Odd Shots Monday--saving the wedding

I didn't take this photo. That's the top of my gray head leaning into the picture. Do I know the bride? No, but I helped save the wedding.The conference center where we were holding our quilting retreat is also a popular venue for garden weddings. It looks over the Puget Sound--the view is wonderful and the sunsets can be spectacular. Our sewing room windows looked out over the expanse of lawn, and the preparation for the first of three weddings for the weekend. Setting up chairs, photo shoots, waiting for the DJ who was an hour late.


One of the quilters had talked to one of the bridesmaids in the hallway, so they knew what we were doing there. Sixteen women, as many sewing machines, who knows how many particular projects.


And then they came running into the sewing room. "Does anyone have a needle and thread?"


Ya think maybe? Hmmm?


So that is how I happen to have my picture in a stranger's wedding album, sewing up the bit of seam that had split on the wedding gown. The photographer kindly took one with my camera, too.


Well, now we had a stake in this wedding. So we watched every step from our windows, till our projects called us again. And after the wedding the bride and groom stopped as they walked up along our side of the building toward their awaiting limo. We could see but not hear her explaining the split seam, the quilters in that room up there. And her new husband looked up at our windows and gave us a thumbs up.


Oddly enough, I had already taken a picture that I thought would be my odd shot. The evening before during the rehearsal, the wedding party getting a shower from the automatic sprinklers. Do you enjoy taking pictures from odd angles, pictures of odd happenings, and-- just wait till you see my next week's odd shot here cause you'll split a seam yourself laughing--really weird stuff? Join us on or about Mondays for Odd Shots. All the details are linked by clicking the Odd Shots camera in the sidebar. Leave a link here if you play, and a comment as well because Mr. Linky disappears when the next odd shot post goes up.