Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Dark Side

I am working under a handicap here. First of all, I provided this week's theme with nothing particular in mind other than Halloween. I've been busy and not had a chance to take or search my files. And my computer is acting like a recalcitrant teenager. Or worse. So I don't have access to my photo files nor my editing software.

So I went into my blog image archives to find something dark.

Here we are at sunrise in the Inside Passage--the edge of darkness.

Here we don't quite see the dark side of the moon.
Here is another dark day on the sea.
The luminaria lights up the darkness. This really was the dark side of the Christmas season, as we went to see the luminaria at the Yakima Arboretum a few years ago, the night was so cold and damp that only a handful of the paper bag lanterns stayed lit.

My headbanger friends will have done better. You can see their offerings by clicking the links in my sidebar. In the meantime, hopefully, a trip to the Geek Squad or some similar resource will put me back in the running.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Signs of Fall

Our theme this week, given us by Lew, is signs of fall. I think that Lew probably has a great many good fall leaves to show in his neck of the woods.

There is a reason that MY neck of the woods is known as the Evergreen State. But we DO have some colorful leaves as well. There are a few in my yard--my birch trees are turning. I could find a great display at the Yakima Arboretum. But our weekend took us over the mountains to Tacoma for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Light the Night Walk, so I have a few out of the box signs of fall.

You are probably wondering about the strange scene that I chose for the header--definitely out of the box--and I will get to that. But first, the Walk. You see, for us a new sign of fall has become the trip to Tacoma to participate in this walk. We will do it every year for as long as we are able..

 Ranney got to be in the survivors' group photo. His cancer is still with him, but treatment is keeping it suppressed so that he can continue to enjoy life. There he is with the red hat in the back.

We raised our red lanterns in support of blood cancer patients.

The white lanterns are survivors. The yellow are in memory of those lost. There must have been at least a thousand participants in the walk. Do you see Mount Rainier peeking out of the clouds? What a great setting for the walk.
We did see some colorful fall leaves along the route.

Event parking was at a high school parking structure, and another sign of fall was taking place in the field  below.
On our way home on Sunday we took the route through Mt. Rainier National Park for a quick hike to Grove of the Patriarchs. That is always good for some fall color. The mushrooms in the previous post were also on this hike. 

 And more gold and red at Box Canyon.


We went on home by way of White Pass. Now, I did mention the Evergreen State, and there across the valley are prime examples. But wait, you may say. Why are some of those needle bearing trees so yellow.
It is a myth that evergreen trees do not lose their needles. They just don't turn yellow and drop all at once like deciduous trees do with their leaves. EXCEPT for the tamarack. Tamaracks needles turn yellow in the fall and lose the needles.
So that brings us to the image used for the header.
What does that have to do with fall?
That is Rimrock Lake in the fall (on Sunday to be exact.) It is one of several reservoirs in the Cascades  that fill from the snowmelt each spring, and are drained into the irrigation systems of Easter Washington by summer's end. I hiked to the middle of the lake to an island once.
In the spring it looks like this.
So there are my out of the box signs of fall, well, and a few very traditional ones.
The other headbangers will have some amazing signs of fall in their blogs, found from the links in my sidebar.

Monday, October 20, 2014


From our hike on Sunday at Grove of the Patriarchs.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Few of my Favorite Things ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪

Raindrops on roses
and whiskers on kittens
bright copper kettles
and warm woolen mittens
wild geese (and tame--sort of)
that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things.
Those are Maria von Trapp's favorite things.
I would say that my favorite things are traveling and hiking.
Made even better with hiking while traveling.
Gairloch, Scotland with our hiking tour.

What are the favorite things of our headbanger friends?--check out their blogs on my (right) sidebar links.

We are walking for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society this coming Saturday. While not a hike as such, it could be included in our favorite things. A link to our sponsorship page is in my left sidebar.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Street Performers

Have you ever seen someone playing piano in the middle of the sidewalk?

You don't get street performers in a small town like the one I live in. So we will have to rely on some pictures from or travels. Alas, no picture of the piano player in Seattle, but these stilt-walkers joined a charity walk in Tacoma a few years ago.
 (We will be walking again in Tacoma in the Light the Night Walk for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on October 18. For more information abut LLS, blood cancers, and the Light the Night walk, or to sponsor us, look to the links in my left sidebar.)

In Edinburgh the street performers were traditional.
 In London on the Embankment and the Millennium Bridge, they were...
 (What can one say?) 
 melodic...and rhythmic.

But none of them would fit in my header space. So a look at a different type of street performance...
 These street paintings were in Edinburgh.

Some of my headbanger colleagues live in larger cities than I do, so perhaps they see this sort of thing every day.  Check them out in my sidebar on the right.