Finding Red in Washington

Who doesn’t love red?  Not me.  So I went looking through my archives and came up with lots of red from travels in my home state, ‘the other Washington.’


I saw this one day as I was walking to the Sculpture Park downtown and immediately thought of badminton. Wrong!  It’s an umbrella turned inside out from the wind, about right for Seattle.

I had no such trouble identifying this one correctly. Popsicle anyone?


Ninety miles north or so you will find ‘For Handel’ at Western Washington University in Bellingham.  I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for this charming town and college campus and still find the sculpture as wonderful as when I attended school there, sometime in the last century.


Let’s cross the mountains now and find some more red at Apple Annie’s Antique Gallery in Cashmere.  Though we’re mostly ‘de-collecting’ these days, it’s still fun to look through the gallery, wax nostalgic and grab a chocolate milkshake at the Fifties Diner.


While we’re on the other side of the mountains I might as well finish up in the tiny town of Zillah.  Remember the Teapot Dome Scandal?  Don’t worry, nobody else does either.  The corruption scandal involved the U.S. Dept. of Interior leasing government oil reserves in exchange for bribes. This gas station was built in 1922 as a memorial to the scandal but the real Teapot Dome was the location of one of the oil reserves in Wyoming

Are you seeing red yet?

For the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, Find Something Red.

~ Susanne

Rainbow Cheer

Rain, rain, rain all week long but today I caught a little sunbreak and saw the hint of a rainbow over Lake Washington.

I managed a short walk at Coulon Park while the rainbow played hide and seek with the clouds and sunshine until finally disappearing.

~ Susanne

Summer Wishes

As winter drags on and spring seems out of reach I’m already wishing for summer so I can revel in the garden

soak in the sunshine

and rest in the shade by the stream.

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, Summer Scenes.

~ Susanne

Moments with Benji

I heard him singing from the landing this morning, bright eyed and bushy tailed.

“What are you doing up there Benji?” I asked.

“I’m bored, Sue. There’s nothing to do.”

“Why don’t you go outside and play?”

“Too cold, Sue.”

“But you had a great time yesterday and it’s no colder now than then.”

“But remember I didn’t stay out long. When’s the weather going to get better anyway? I’m tired of it.”

“I know the feeling Benji. But we just have to wait. Springtime is coming.  In the meantime you can join me in my office but stay off the keys please.”

“Of course, Sue.”

~ Susanne and Benji

Winter Clouds and Fragrant Blooms

I was working on another post when I looked out my office window and saw clouds exploding against the blue sky. There were birds singing and a sweetness in the air as I walked to the end of the street to enjoy the show.

Even as I watched, the clouds seemed to soften and subtly change their form.

Upon my return I found the source of the sweet scent – Sarcococca – Sweet Box.

This hearty shrub, neglected by me all year long, emits the most wonderful fragrance from its tiny blossoms.

A sweet foretaste of spring.

~ Susanne

Chihuly Bridge of Glass and Union Station

Wow, who knew??   Yesterday we went to the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, but I’ll save that museum for another post.  Because right next door were beautiful works of Chihuly glass and I’d like to share that with you first.

The pedestrian Bridge of Glass connects the State History Museum and Union Station to the Museum of Glass, and is decorated with artworks by Tacoma native and internationally renowned artist, Dale Chihuly.

The striking Crystal Towers – actually made of plastics – dominate the bridge but there are plenty of other artworks to be seen from the walkway, including the Seafoam Pavilion overhead,

and the Venetian Wall, displaying 109 Chihuly sculptures.

All are free to the public.   (The Museum of Glass, where you can witness live glassmaking and even make your own glass is not.)

I decided to head next to historic Union Station – opened in 1911 and now a federal courthouse – for a look inside,

and was surprised to find more Chihuly glass including a magnificent chandelier hanging from the dome.

I trust it was safely secured and took this picture from underneath, looking straight up.

And in case you didn’t know there’s another Chihuly Museum, in Seattle near the base of the Space Needle Chihuly Garden and Glass.   I intend to visit that one sometime this year; the same time as I go up in the newly remodeled Space Needle, yes the one with the glass floor.  When I do, I have no doubt you’ll hear all about it.

~ Susanne

Snowy Days

WordPress tells me I’m on a roll – posting three days in a row – why not go for four? 🙂

We had the promised snow this week though not much accumulation at our place – the tiny beads of powder didn’t rise above one inch.

The streets were clear so we bundled up and headed out for a walk on the Cedar River Trail. This was the view from the car as we pulled out of the driveway.

There was still lots of color with the red twig dogwood and the gold of the weeping willows.

There were more ducks than people out so I went to say hello and startled them. Sorry boys.

It was cold and windy and snowy but we made it to the end of the trail and back home again where we warmed up by the fire.

Later on that day I captured the turbulent sky at sunset.

I think the worst is over as I see blue skies ahead today.

~ Susanne

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