Friday, June 28, 2013

Liberty Lake Sunset

Stormy skies most of our camping trip gave way to this beautiful sunset (and sunshine and blue the day we went home.)

Skywatch is here.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

What's the Buzz?

Tom gave us the theme of "What's the Buzz? for this week's Headbangers competition. As I will be camping with the grandchildren this week, I am preparing this post to arrive on Wednesday--Headbanger Day. I doubt I will get a new header up by Wednesday, but it would be among these buzzing bees and other bugs.

I don't know if these guys buzz, but here's looking at you!

There in the bloom on the left.

Hmmmm! Maybe the buzz has stopped.

There's gotta be some buzzing going on here.

Bumble Buzz


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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Almost summer

It is almost summer. (We thought it WAS summer, but thunderstorms, hail and the lake in our driveway in the last couple of days made us wonder.) So I chose the beginning of summer as the headbangers theme for my turn this week.

Alternately "Summer Solstice".

I admit I had something in mind when I chose the theme as we had just been on our first camping trip of the season, a brief overnight to check out our equipment, a good thing to do before a longer trip as we found that our air mattress had an eight inch gash.

So it's not quite solstice.

But that's okay because my pictures are not quite Stonehenge.

Columbia River view

wind farms on the hills on both sides of the Columbia

 The Stonehenge Memorial in Klikitat County overlooking the Columbia was built by Sam Hill as a memorial to the young men who of the county who lost their lives in the First World War.
On another trip a few years ago the predominant view to frame with the stones was Mt. Hood. Hood was hidden on this trip.

What have the other headbangers chosen for the beginning of summer or summer solstice images? Their links are in my sidebar.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Fighting the Wind

This gull had a rough time getting anywhere   against the wind at Maryhill State Park along the Columbia River.
The choppy river shows how windy it was.  

We shouldn't have been surprised. We once had a pie blow away while picnicking along the Columbia.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Headbangers are looking across the rooftops this week

I'm early again.

When Lew gave us the theme this week of "views across the roof tops" he said to climb a tree or a mountain or stairs or take the elevator.

Sorry, Lew. I am not going to climb a tree or a ladder. I don't have any stairs that go up, just down, nor are there even buildings tall enough here to provide the view, and elevator??? nearest is forty miles away.

However, I can reach back into my archives from several trips that provide some rooftop views and meet the criterion to " just include the tops of houses or buildings." In fact, I may actually include some of the most unusual roof images that show up this week.

I will start close to home--
Seattle rooftops
Is that Pill Hill? I see at least one hospital.

across the roofs to the roofs of the stadiums

landing on the roof

rooftop garden
(These are from the Space Needle, by the way.)
Let's travel now--to the UK, 2010
walking the castle rooftop with a view to the cathedral
hotel room view of the station roofs

 Ullapool, Scotland
B & B view THROUGH the roof

Stop for a few days in
Houses of Parliament
Charing Cross Station
Buckingham Palace. Happy Birthday, Prince Phillip

Big Ben--These were all taken from the London Eye.
Edinburg, Scotland
Edinburg Castle from Calton Hill
Calton Hill from Edinburg Castle
(and the Firth of Forth--had to add that because it sounds so cool)

Now let's go to Russia (1998)
Small dachas from the Trans-Siberian Railway

Gardens and rooftops in Krasnoyarsk (Siberia)
Kremlin rooftops include many onion domes.
And so, let's go on to India.
St. Joseph Boys' Village, Tamil Nadu, India
In the summer of 2000 I spent a month in India at St. Joseph Boy's Village, a home for poor, abandoned, and orphaned boys in Tamil Nadu. Our project there was refurbishing the roof of the cottage where the home's cooks stay. Along with local workers, three American volunteers removed the roof tiles, cleaned them, replaced the roof, and painted the building.

It was hot and dirty work.

Here is the cottage with the roof tiles and beams removed.
Dan and one of the older boys bring a tub of water for cleaning tiles.
You can see some of them stacked there at the left. We used wire brushes to remove years of grime.

One of the locals starts to put up the rafters.


 The rafter beams are coconut wood.

 There was some cement work needed as well.
No cement mixer here--just putty putty in a pan.

The boys prepare for the housewarming once the work is finished.

Now this final India shot, which I may adapt for the header, is across the courtyard to another building in the complex on laundry day. Lew probably did not envision laundry across the rooftop when he presented us with the theme.

 Well, I imagine I may have the most variety in regards to rooftops in this post. And I don't know that I have ever put quite this many pictures in one post.

But wait!! I am not finished. I am going to go back even farther and show Lew that I was not always reluctant to climb a tree or the stairs, or even a cathedral dome. Roofs of tiles the same color as those India ones. I found these two selected photos to scan.

from the cathedral

Florence (Firenze)

from the top of the Duomo
So let me tell the story of that climb to the top of the famous Catedrale de Santa Maria del Fiore, the Duomo, in Florence. I spent my junior year of college in Florence in 1965-66. (Yes, I am that old.) We had classes four days a week and did a lot of weekend travel around Italy. But like everyone, it was sometimes easy for us to overlook the treasures nearby. Not wanting to do that, some of us made sure to spend some of our travel time right there at home.

So one day we went to climb up through the cathedral dome to see the view from the cupola at the top. It was a long climb on stairways that wound through between the inner and outer skins of the dome--a little narrow when you had to pass another party that was going down.

One such group consisted of a diminutive  Franciscan friar and his companions. And as they wound around the bend, you could hear his plaint which, loosely translated from Italian went like this: "If I ever....puff puff...get my hands...puff puff puff...on whoever...puff puff... talked me into...puff puff...climbing......." and you can well imagine the rest as the sound faded around the curve of the dome.

Now that I found this picture, I will really have a hard time deciding which to post in the header.
You can see what the guys have decided for "Across the rooftops" by clicking their links in my sidebar sometime Wednesday afternoon.