Inspiration in the Clouds

I went to the park today and found everything and everyone happy and festive in the warm sunshine.  There was the heavy scent of ripe grass evoking childhood memories and a little truck with its driver dispensing ice cream bars.  Children ran and jumped and climbed and twisted in the playground while uniformed boys played a tidier game of baseball in the diamond nearby.  I was there to walk and made my way around the path encircling much of the park and soon I noticed the clouds above.

Thick and curdled. Together and alone.  Pulled apart and strewn about. Each lap revealed new shapes and sizes, new angles and accents as the clouds stayed put or drifted in the sky, brilliant in white and full of inspiration to imagination.

A child’s project?  Cotton balls glued to a poster of blue, the green tree stamped in after.

No, let’s move the trees above the clouds where they belong.

Or better yet,  remove all the trees; the clouds and blue are enough.

But something more.  A moon perhaps – I think it was – a tiny green orb hiding in the gap.  Look for it.

Inspired to imagination by the clouds.

~ Susanne

The Continuing Saga of Benji and the Chair

‘Benji, we need to talk.’

‘Sure Sue.  I’m always available.  Just give me a minute or two to sharpen up my claws.’

‘Actually Benji, that’s what I want to talk to you about.  My chair is not a scratching post.’

‘Really Sue?   How come all the other cats got to use it?  I smell them you know – Shadow – Joey – Henry – Annie.  Even Tiger uses it!’

‘Yes Benji I know about all the cats that came before you.  They got in trouble too.  And I’m working on Tiger.  You both have outside privileges and can use the trees to keep your nails trimmed.  Not to mention the scratching posts in the corner!’

‘Okay, Sue. I appreciate that.  I’ll try not to use it for a scratching post anymore. But what about my teeth?  I’ve got to keep them sharp and free of tartar. Trees would give me splinters.’

‘No Benji,  of course not!   How about using your teeth to catch a few of those varmints outside who are digging up my garden? That’ll keep them sharp.’

‘Gee Sue.  You don’t have to get so touchy about it.  Are we done talking now?’

‘Yes Benji, we’re done.’

‘Thanks Sue.  I’m ready for my nap.  I’ll just use this scratching post.’

‘Do you see any irony in that Benji?’


‘O never mind.’

~ Susanne and Benji

Final Weekly Photo Challenge: All Time Favorites

Time to say goodbye to The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge with the final prompt, ‘All Time Favorites.’  So here you go.

Happy Sleeping Cats

Trails of the Pacific Northwest

Soos Creek Botanical Garden

All-Time Favorites

Thanks Daily Post for the inspiration!

~  Susanne

The Colors and Solitude of Long Beach

Long Beach bills itself as the longest beach in the world.  Maybe that’s a stretch – no pun intended. Still at 28 miles, it ranks #3 on the list of longest US beaches and #8 in the world. And if you add in some other qualifiers it rises further to the top. Longest driving beach in the world?  Yes, you can take your car out there but be careful or you’ll get stuck in the sand. Longest beach on a peninsula? Sure. The beach in Washington State runs the entire length of the Long Beach Peninsula, which is bounded on the west by the Pacific Ocean, on the east by Willapa Bay and on the south by the Columbia River.

There’s much to do in the area.  A few small towns line the narrow Peninsula as you drive north to Willapa National Wildlife Refuge.   At the bottom lies Cape Disappointment where Lewis and Clark first saw the Pacific Ocean in 1805, after a long walk across the country.  There are historic lighthouses and an interpretive center but more about those in another post.  In this one I will focus on the star attraction of our visit, the beach itself,  in all its different color palettes.

We woke up in the morning to see the ocean and sky blended into lovely blue pastels.

Patchy afternoon clouds added interest as we walked the boardwalk through the dunes.

All appeared silver and gray when the clouds took over, and horses and riders stood out in contrast.

And later when the clouds burned away we were treated to the golden glow of sunset over the Pacific.

Yes, the weather here can sometimes be fickle and strong currents and riptides make the beach unsuitable for swimming.   But this is a place of quiet and solitude,  a beach to enjoy for its sheer magnificence.  Where you can walk for miles in the sand or stroll the wooden boardwalk; ride a horse on the beach or a bike on the Discovery Trail.  A wonderful place to retreat; I can’t wait to return.

~ Susanne

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twisted Tendrils

I just returned from a few days in Long Beach on the Washington Coast (look for posts to come on that) and while I was there visited nearby Cape Disappointment. As I walked through dense coastal forest I noticed flourishing native shrubs tightly packed together alongside the paths. In particular I noticed a wild vine wrapping itself with its tendrils around anything growing nearby.

I found the tendrils to be quite charming and appropriate for this week’s photo challenge: Twisted.


By the way, in case you hadn’t heard, there will be no more Weekly Photo Challenges on the Daily Post site after the end of May. Too bad. I found the Photo Prompts to be fun and helpful and I will miss them.

~ Susanne

Happy Garden Cats

The boys are happy in green.

And with each other.

They’re happy garden cats.

~ Susanne, Tiger and Benji

Wowed by Clouds

I went looking for the sunset last night but was wowed by the clouds instead.

These were thick and buoyant like mysterious creatures under the sea.

They lit up with a filter applied.

This  giant was delicate with hints of pink.

But became wild and wonderful enhanced with a filter.

Here whipped clouds filled the sky

made more dramatic below.

Looking at the world – and the clouds – through rose colored glasses.  Why not?

~  Susanne

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