Posts Tagged ‘photos

21
Jan
08

Travelogue

View off Fidalgo Island

Took a drive today down Chuckanut Ridge and through the lowlands of Skagit County down to the first destination point of Washington Park on the tip of Fidalgo Island. I’ve never seen so many Madrona trees in one place! We took the loop around the park and on one side the water was boiling, a true sea-foam green complete with white foam caught up and blown by the wind. Here, though, on the bluff facing southwest, all was calm.

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After leaving the park we wound around the marina until we came to a fork in the road. “Home or pie?” were the choices. Pie, of course! This is Greenbank Farm on Whidbey Island just below Coupeville, with a local artist co-op, antigue store, pie cafe and wine tasting corner. They have some of the most delicious apple pie ever, the perfect blend of cinnamon and sugar, sweet and tart, topped with raw sugar.
Mmmmm….sorry, no picture of the pie. It didn’t last long enough.
(BTW Wednesday Jan. 23 is National Pie Day…as the flyer at the shop read, “share random acts of pieness!”)

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The local fowl, however, hung around long enough to have their photo taken.

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On the way home, the sun gradually came out and the moon rose in the sky. Having grown up in the smoggy Bay Area of Northern CA I sometimes do a double-take when I see the cerulean blue tones that the skies up here sometimes take on. But Deception Pass was the most stunning view all day.

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 I’m always fascinated by the way that the always-present but usually invisible movement of currents and eddies becomes visible here. Watching a vessel attempt to navigate these challenging waters always reminds me of the trip I took with family years ago in which we had to make our way back to the marina in Anacortes in thick fog using the GPS and nautical charts since visibility was null.  I was in charge of honking the fog horn regularly… I may be obtuse, but it was a blast (no pun intended)! Some day I want to sail/motor through Deception Pass.

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Probably my favorite photo of the day. I love three day weekends – the bookworm gets to rediscover the world again, if only for a bit. A bit is enough, though, when it’s this beautiful.

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11
Jan
08

The official photographer of the family is…

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When my aunt, uncle, and cousin Joy and her kids were visiting after Christmas we went to visit our grandparents (both of whom are over 90). Joy’s daughter Ashley, who is 5 years old, took this candid photo of myself, Joy, Grandma, and the back of Joy’s son James. What amazes me is the photos that Ashley can take! She doesn’t take random shots that cut off heads or other random body parts but she always composes her shots (“Aunt Mandy get closer to Mommy”). More than that  the phots she takes are often among the best photos of people and her candid shots – like this one – are wonderful. That look on Joy’s face is a totally characteristic expression (it conjures up the laugh that goes along with it) and even Grandma looks engaged (most of the time she isn’t.) If she lived closer I think I’d make Ash my official event photographer.

By the by, in case you’re wondering, the picture in the background is me at about 3. Grandma has always adored it because she thinks I’m praying. It was only recently that I finally told her that actually that was my pouty-face. She was non-plussed; a benefit of being 90 and having dementia, I suppose. 🙂