Of All the Splendors Here

September 20, 2014

Foggy dawn near Chehalis, WA

Foggy dawn near Chehalis, WA

In a New Dory Downriver to Home

Alone again,
I see the silence still has
a home for me.

Of all the splendors here
the best is I own nothing.

The cat-tails belong to the blackbird,
the willow belongs to the beaver,
the mud belongs to minnows and frogs,
to ducks and herons,
to everything that needs to go untroubled
to live and die with grace
unshaken
and thriving to the very end.
— from Notes from Disappearing Lake: The River Journals of Robert Sund, edited by Glenn Hughes and Tim McNulty

“The day, water, sun, moon, night — I do not have to purchase these things with money.”
— Plautus (254 – 184 B.C.)

Fog along I-5 near Chehalis

Haunting fog

Fog along I-5 near Chehalis, WA

Fog along I-5 near Chehalis, WA

Zinnia, J Foss Garden Flowers

Zinnia, J Foss Garden Flowers

I took advantage of the lingering sunny summer weather to take a drive south to J Foss Garden Flowers of Chehalis.  I met Janet a couple of years ago and had dreamed of someday wandering her flower fields with camera in hand.  This has been an unusually dry summer, and that presented challenges this year for flower growers.  But farming is like that.  I saw much beauty in the flower beds on Janet’s farm.  I think you will agree.

Delphiniums in the greenhouse

Delphiniums in the greenhouse

Delphinium shadows

Delphinium shadows

Clear blue delphinium

Clear blue delphinium

Zinnia bed

Zinnia bed

Zinnea

Zinnea

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Limonium latifolium hybrid

Limonium latifolium hybrid

Clematis

Clematis

Clematis

Clematis

Clematis

Clematis

Celosia cristata 'Cockscomb'

Celosia cristata ‘Cockscomb’

Brain-like cockscomb

Brain-like cockscomb

Boltonia 'Lime Dot'

Boltonia ‘Lime Dot’

Foxglove

Foxglove

Foxglove

Foxglove

Cosmos

Cosmos

Achillea millefolium terracotta

Achillea millefolium terracotta

Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums

J Foss Garden Flowers

J Foss Garden Flowers

Van loaded with cut flowers, ready for the market

Van loaded with cut flowers, ready for the market

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s hard to find something to say every day in this blog, and so I will invest in a day of quiet — Wordless Wednesdays.  Instead of words and quotes, I will practice expanding my point of view by taking 12 different photographs of an object.  I got the idea for this practice/exercise from Drawing Projects: An Exploration of the Language of Drawing by Mick Maslen and Jack Southern.  I think it will be challenging and interesting to find less obvious angles as I wield my camera.  See what you think.

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Giant hibiscus (with color effects)

Giant hibiscus (with color effects)

“In my view, you cannot claim to have seen something until you have photographed it.” —  Emile Zola

Giant pink hibiscus in the gardens at the Center for Urban Horticulture

Giant pink hibiscus in the gardens at the Center for Urban Horticulture

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Like Zola, I seem to see better through my camera lens.  I can frame details that are harder to zero in on when I gaze with just my eyes. I was amazed to see such joyful, spring-like pink in the late summer gardens at the Center for Urban Horticulture. These giant pink hibiscus were in all stages of bloom — from bud to fallen petals.

 

 

A Cathedral of Anticipation

September 15, 2014

Watching the sunrise at Sunrise Point, Mount Rainier

Watching the sunrise at Sunrise Point, Mount Rainier

“But a summer morning when the sky first glows is a cathedral of anticipation.”
— Verlyn Klinkenborg, The Rural Life

Cascade Mountains from Sunrise

Cascade Mountains from Sunrise

Cascading Cascade Mountains at dawn near Sunrise, Mount Rainier

Cascading Cascade Mountains at dawn near Sunrise, Mount Rainier

Early morning departure.  Driving in the dark.  Arriving at Sunrise Point on Mount Rainier just in time to watch the sun rise over the Cascade Mountains.  Clear skies at dawn.  It’s worth sacrificing sleep to experience this glory even without the drama of illuminated clouds.

A Portal to Complexity

September 14, 2014

Sunflower

Sunflower

“Almost any object of contemplation becomes a portal to the complexity of creation.”
—  William deBuys, The Walk

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Watercolor, crayon and ink sketch of sunflowers

Watercolor, crayon and ink sketch of sunflowers

Free Museum Day Nationwide

September 11, 2014

 

Spare sculptures, Maryhill Museum

Spare sculptures, Maryhill Museum

Today’s post is my public service announcement spreading the news about the Smithsonian magazine’s annual Free Museum Day on Saturday September 27, 2014.  Its website provides a list of participating museums by state, and once you decide which museum you’d like to visit, you can register and print an admission slip.

One year my husband and I took advantage of this offer to make our first trip to the Maryhill Museum along the Columbia River in eastern Washington.  This year I plan to go to the Tacoma Art Museum to see Matika Wilbur’s photographic portraits of Native American Indians.

This program provides a wonderful opportunity to treat yourself to some culture.  Let me know where you will be going!

 

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