Category: Nature

California Road Trip – Onward to Big Sur!

Everyday brought a new highlight on our road trip to California! After leaving Morro Bay on the central California Coast – here if you missed it – we headed north for one of the most scenic drives in the world – Big Sur! Our… Continue Reading “California Road Trip – Onward to Big Sur!”

Three Stacks and a Rock at Morro Bay and Cayucos

We always had the scenic coastal route in mind on our trip to Southern California, especially Highway 1 and Big Sur, between Los Angeles and San Francisco. So after enjoying our time in LA, Beverly Hills, and Disneyland, we started the next phase of… Continue Reading “Three Stacks and a Rock at Morro Bay and Cayucos”

Looking for Gold, Quartz and Diamond – Hiking on the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie

We recently discovered a new hike on the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River, Camp Brown, in case you wondered. The hike was short, scenic and wonderfully green, with great river access for Bob to practice flyfishing. While he fished, I enjoyed the scenery,… Continue Reading “Looking for Gold, Quartz and Diamond – Hiking on the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie”

A Sure Sign of Spring – the Salmonberries are Blooming

Despite the rocky start to spring – we had snow yesterday, and wind, rain and hail last week – the salmonberries are blooming! I found these on the trail recently, on the hottest day of the year when the sun was actually shining, and… Continue Reading “A Sure Sign of Spring – the Salmonberries are Blooming”

Birds of Coulon with a Shoutout to the Coot

Of all the waterfowl I’ve seen at Coulon Park – the seagulls the ducks canadian geese and great blue heron. The one with the greatest numbers gets the least respect from me – always in the background and never featured. Apologies to you american… Continue Reading “Birds of Coulon with a Shoutout to the Coot”

Bird Condos for Rent – Excavation Continues

Chickadees continue to move into cavities in the snag and I welcome them. In the meantime, excavation continues thanks to the Northern Flicker. Click on pictures in the gallery below to enlarge them. The rapid rat-a-tat-tat of the pecking resounds throughout the neighborhood, while… Continue Reading “Bird Condos for Rent – Excavation Continues”

The Azalea and the Mason Bees

My azaleas are blooming and lighting up the yard with purple, and the largest of them has become a bee magnet. It not only attracts honey bees, it also attracts mason bees and I’m only now learning the difference. My hubby put up a… Continue Reading “The Azalea and the Mason Bees”

A Rainy Day at the Zoo – In Black and White

Yesterday we visited the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle even though rain was in the forecast. And rain it did, most of the time we were there. Even so, I carried my camera and managed to sneak some pictures of the animals, which I… Continue Reading “A Rainy Day at the Zoo – In Black and White”

Looking for Beauty on a Rainy Spring Day

It’s another rainy day in the Great Northwest and the natives are getting restless. The cats are confused, wanting out but not. Then going out and wanting in again, an endless cycle. “Is there nothing you can do?” Tiger asks. “Sorry, no,” I say… Continue Reading “Looking for Beauty on a Rainy Spring Day”

Fire King, Cats, and a River!

What do these disparate things have in common? Jade green, of course! I’ll start with Jadeite Fire King – have you heard of it? It’s collectible glassware from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. My first piece was a classic coffee mug which friends remembered… Continue Reading “Fire King, Cats, and a River!”

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