Weekly Photo Challenge: Sol Duc

For this week’s photo challenge,  I couldn’t help but think of some of the wonderful rivers in Washington:  Snoqualmie,  Skykomish,  Skagit,  Snohomish.  Beautiful rivers with equally beautiful native names.  But I finally settled on the Sol Duc which means ‘sparkling waters’ in Quillayute.   The Sol Duc River flows through Olympic National Park and along its course plunges over Sol Duc Falls.  The easy trail to the falls through lush rainforest has the best reward of any hike I know.

And so for this week’s photo challenge I give you the Sol Duc River and Falls.

Liquid

~ Susanne

Sunrise in the Garden

I woke early one morning and wandered in my garden just before sunrise.

I found the clematis climbing the evergreen shrubs nearby, its pale pink blossoms made lovelier by the contrast.  Smart plant that clematis.

I stopped to admire the garden art, lit from behind by the rising sun, and appreciated once again my husband’s creativity.

I turned on the stream with the flip of a switch and let the water flow, another sign of his handiwork.

At the designated time known only to him, Benji emerged from his hiding place to join me while I rested.

A wonderful time in the garden.

~ Susanne and Benji

Scenes from Lake Wilderness

Don’t you wish you could walk down this road?

Or rest by this lake?

Or dream by this stream?

We did.  At Lake Wilderness in Maple Valley.

It was oh so green and peaceful.

~ Susanne

Washington My Home

My ‘place in the world’ undoubtedly starts with Seattle where I was born and raised when it was just a sleepy Boeing town. Now exploding with technology and traffic, it’s increasingly crowded and expensive to live in. No matter. What I like the most is not the city but the surrounding natural environment. And so I decided to zoom out and go with Western Washington for this week’s photo challenge, starting with Mt.Rainier, its most iconic symbol.

Mt Rainier

On a good day the mountain can be seen as a beautiful backdrop peering over and enhancing whatever lies in front.

And you can always drive the distance for a more close-up view of the mountain.

Can’t see the Forest for the Trees!

Trees, trees, trees, in our neighborhoods, forests, and parks. Can you see why Washington is called the Evergreen State?

Abundant Water

And I don’t mean rainfall, though we get our fair share of that too. Let’s start with the Pacific Ocean which forms the western border of our state. Did you know the northwest corner of Washington has some of the most rugged coastline in the country?

Of course there’s Puget Sound which is much more accessible. Just hop a ferry boat and see for yourself; we have the largest fleet of ferries in the country.

And how about more water moving in another direction at Snoqualmie Falls?

I could go on but I think that’s enough of ‘my place in the world.’  So now I leave you with a lovely rhododendron, the state flower of Washington, easily taken for granted since it flourishes everywhere.

Like everything else here I guess.

Place in the World

~ Susanne

More Turtles of Coulon

The weather was nicer this week than expected so I headed to Coulon Park to walk the trail along the shores of Lake Washington. I wasn’t the only one out.

It was a real log jam.

~ Susanne

Mostly Cloudy Skies

Last night’s skies were mostly blue with clouds strewn about and lit from behind  as the sun began to set.

The clouds gathered and thickened after sunset, saturated with lovely shades of blue, purple and lavender.

This morning’s skies look like dishwater as milky gray clouds form a single blanket covering everything.  No picture necessary.

Remember the song, ‘Home on the Range?’

‘Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,
And the skies are not cloudy all day.’

They weren’t talking about the Pacific Northwest.

~ Susanne

What is it? Unlikely You’ll Know

While walking down a garden trail I saw from a distance a great beehive, the largest one I’d ever seen. ‘Those bees were surely clever to have made such a home,’ I thought.

‘Highly unlikely,’ I realized as I drew nearer for it indeed was huge and made of wooden blocks.

‘Perhaps a home to bats or birds?’

But as I approached I realized that too was unlikely as it was not soiled as one might suppose it should be if birds or bats lived in it.

‘Then what is it?’ I asked myself again.

A work of art the sign said.

Built from the salvaged wood of old grain elevators from Eastern Washington, “it is a catenary dome, 10 feet in diameter by 13’ 6” high. When curved walls are built from square cut timber, wedge-shaped voids appear where the boards meet. Daggers of light split the dark space within, rising to the apex in a tightening spiral.”

At Bellevue Botanical Garden, for this week’s photo challenge:  Unlikely

~ Susanne

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