Memories of Pink Rhododendrons

I like pink in small doses offset by other colors.

Like rhododendrons found in the woods.

Washington state’s flower, coast rhododendrons thrive under the dappled shade of forests, like these on Hood Canal.

In fact, pink rhododendrons remind me of childhood trips to Hood Canal to visit my grandma and grandpa. It was a long drive, and as we neared our destination, we’d see who could spot the pink shrubs in the woods first. It was a game my mother thought up to keep us kids busy.

Later, I wanted to see rhododendrons in bloom in the Redwoods, and finally did on one of our road trips to California.

They almost look primeval among the big trees, especially after playing with them in Lightroom. 🙂

Sharing with Sunday Stills Color Challenge, Pink.

~ Susanne

A Nature Walk in Green

In my last post I lamented our rainy spring here in the Great Northwest, too much for even the most hardened local. Still, it does make for some delicious shades of green.

Yesterday, there was a break in the weather so we headed to Nolte State Park.

We left the fishermen behind

and took the 1.4 mile walk through the woods around Deep Lake.

The ferns were thick and tall many with fronds still unfurling.

When we got tired the benches invited us to sit and rest

reminding us why we call this place home.

~ Susanne

Surviving Spring in the Rainy Northwest

To those who just moved here let me say, it’s not always this bad.

Yes, we get a bit of rain in the Pacific Northwest but sometimes it actually stops.

Really it does.

And trust me, you don’t want the other extreme – like last year’s brutal heatwave when we had temperatures in the hundreds for days.

So get outside during the sunbreaks; enjoy the green when you can – after all you’re paying for it.

Take a walk in the park at Flaming Geyser

Hike to Twin Falls

Bicycle the Cedar River Trail

That’s how we get by.

~ Susanne

Playing with Painnt in the Garden

I recently discovered the Painnt application and decided to try out the free version on some of my garden pictures.

Bee on Chives

My Favorite Rose

Lady’s Mantle in the Rain

It was fun to play with but I think I like the originals better.

What do you think? 🙂

~ Susanne

Celebrating Trains, Planes and Automobiles!

My husband likes anything with wheels, so we’ve managed to visit many different museums and historic sites dedicated to them, in our travels over the years.


We found the Sante Fe 5021 at the California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento on our recent road trip.

He spent hours inside the excellent museum, while I was in and out, then toured Old Town.

We once visited Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where I took this picture of Bob in front of Big Boy Steam Locomotive # 4012.

I also took his picture in front of Steam Train #2023 at Heritage Park in Calgary, Alberta. In fact, we’ve visited several parks in Western Canada with steam trains, including one in Edmonton, where soon after we boarded Bob disappeared. A few minutes later he returned and said, “I hope you don’t mind. I’m going to ride up front with the engineer.” No, I didn’t mind, and the memory still makes me smile. 🙂


There’s no shortage of planes at the Museum of Flight in our hometown of Seattle. To be expected I guess, since Seattle was the birthplace of the Boeing Airplane Company.

We found more airplanes at the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum in a less likely place – Hood River – where they were tucked in among the automobiles.

Planes and Automobiles

I enjoyed all the brilliant colors and shapes of the planes and cars displayed in the museum.

But not as much as Bob, who spends twice as long as I do, and reads all the fine print.

Fortunately for me, there are wonderful views of Mt. Hood next door while I bide my time. (He extends the same courtesy to me when I take twice as long when we visit gardens.)

By the way – do you know what all these pictures have in common besides the wheels?

Numbers! Thats why I’m sharing this with Sunday Stills.

~ Susanne

You Know What They Say About the Early Bird!

This robin does!

Happy Saturday! 🙂

~ Susanne

Benji’s Herb Bed


You’ll find him between the catmint and the chives.

~ Susanne and Benji

Photinia and the Bees

It’s been a cold and rainy spring in the Great Northwest and I’ve been worried about the bees.

Until yesterday when I found them in great numbers on the Photinia, a shrub I’ve totally neglected.

Not that it needed me to thrive.

It thrived without my notice. Or attention. Or appreciation.

An ordinary garden shrub I thought, good only as filler in the background.

Until I saw the blossoms and smelled their fragrance.

The bees know and love it.

Bees which till now, seem to have been in short supply.

So thanks to the Photinia. I still may neglect you. But I will always appreciate you. 🙂

CMMC, June Close Up.

~ Susanne

A Soft and Furry Monday

Outside is rainy and cold, but inside is warm and fuzzy.

Hope your day is as relaxing as Benji’s!

~ Susanne

Just a Kitty in a Basket

Nothing to see here.

Just a kitty in a basket.

Happy Caturday from Benji.

~ Susanne

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