Ice Cream Coming and Going

We managed to escape to the Columbia River Gorge for a few days where we traveled the old scenic highway on the Oregon side, stopping every few minutes to take in the magnificent roadside waterfalls, which I will share with you in a coming post.

In the meantime I’ll tide you over with ice cream from East Wind Drive-In in Cascade Locks, a must stop for the foot-tall soft serve ice cream cones according to my sister.

She was right, though we opted for the smaller kid sized versions which were big enough for us. I chose vanilla with a burst of swirled orange going, and opted for apple coming home.

Aren’t they pretty? Kid sized cones are $1.50 and no tax! Quite the bargain.

And yes, they taste as good as they look. 🙂

Stay tuned for the waterfalls.

~ Susanne

Worn out and Hunkering Down

Let’s face it – last week was rough. The waiting, waiting and more waiting got our tail twitching.

And left us completely exhausted.

Time to hunker down.

~ Susanne and Benji

Wishing I was There

Honestly now.

Wouldn’t you rather be on Oahu?

I would.

~ Susanne

A Year of Purples and Violets

It turns out our country is nearly purple – an equal mix of red and blue. This is more and more evident as we anxiously await election results.

In the meantime I went looking for purples and violets and came up with these photos from my archives.

In January – a lifetime ago – we visited the Seattle Aquarium and I found a purply vibe in this fish tank.

Lavender comes in all colors, shapes and sizes, this one deeply purple with a violet tassel on top.

I’ll close with a couple of wildflowers I found while hiking this year. I don’t know the name of the first one but to me it looks both fragile and strong at the same time, determined to grow up out of dry ground.

The Pacific Bleeding Heart also appears fragile but thrives in the moist lowland forests of the Pacific Northwest.

And that will do for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, Purples and Violets.

~ Susanne

A Conversation with Benji

“I’m glad to see you finally settled down Benji.”

“What do you mean Sue?”

“You get so wild sometimes. I don’t know what to do with you.”

“Sorry Sue. I had a rough night.”

“I understand Benji. It happens. Still I’d appreciate a little restraint on your part. You don’t have to run around like a wild man and destroy everything in my office.”

“Sorry Sue. It’s just that I feel so much better after I get that energy out. You should try it.”

“I guess I do in my own way Benji. I’ll just finish up my latte and then I’m out for a walk.”

~ Susanne and Benji

Tis the Season for Change

No I’m not talking politics though that works too. I’m talking seasons which always arrive just in time, none with more fanfare than fall.

Still it’s a process as trees take their time to change color and shed their leaves.

The Gingko Biloba wore lime last week while transitioning from green to gold, overshadowed by its more colorful neighbors.

I returned to see it today despite the pouring rain and found it the star of the show, its transformation nearly complete.

Shared with Sunday Stills Photo Challenge, A Celebration of Leaves.

~ Susanne

From the Fall Garden

We’re back on standard time in the Great Northwest. Days are growing shorter and fall is winding down and it won’t be long till winter is upon us. But it’s not over yet and here in my backyard I’m still surrounded by green.

A few flowers are blooming – these from a groundcover with the unfortunate name of deadnettle.

Hydrangeas – though a bit ragged – also provide color and interest.

Benji and Tiger are out enjoying the sunny days while they can – as am I.

And that’s all for today from the fall garden.

~ Susanne

I Saw the Blue Moon Rising

Okay so it wasn’t blue but that’s what they call it; the second full moon in a calendar month and all the more rare on Halloween. We had clear skies and no trick or treaters so I pulled out my camera to practice my moon shots – it’s been a while. The trees did their best to hold it down but the moon finally broke free.

And this is what a Blue Moon should look like, don’t you think?

That’s all for now. ~ Susanne

Some Things are Spooky After Dark

Trees
Mountains
Cemeteries

For Six Word Saturday October 31

~ Susanne

Have you Ever Seen A Strawberry Tree?

On my walk at Lincoln Park this week I stopped to admire this giant shrub – or is it a tree? – and its brightly colored berries!

No they’re not really strawberries – apparently so bland that even the birds ignore them – its botanical name is Arbutus Unedo, native to the Mediterranean. But what it lacks in taste it makes up for in beauty!

Kind of a tree for Squares and Berries for Cee’s Flower of the Day.

~ Susanne

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