Clematis, Jello Mold Farm

Clematis, Jello Mold Farm

“The common hill-flowers wither, but they blossom again.  The laburnum will be as yellow next June as it is now.  In a month there will be purple stars on the clematis, and year after year the green night of its leaves will hold purple stars.  But we never get back our youth.”
— Oscar Wilde, from “The Picture of Dorian Gray”

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Clematis seed case

Clematis seed case

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Red Poppy growing at Jello Mold Farm

Red Poppy growing at Jello Mold Farm

I was captivated by the vibrancy of the red poppies growing at Jello Mold Farm.  Not surprisingly, I took a lot of photos of them.  So many that I decided they needed their own post.  Enjoy!

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I even like looking at the poppy foliage and pods:

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Garden shed at Jello Mold Farm

Garden shed at Jello Mold Farm

Here are some more photos from my June visit to Jello Mold Farm.  Lots of gorgeous flowers in bloom.  I never tire of the beauty held in these fertile acres.

Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas

Poppies

Poppies

Dahlias (I put my hand in the picture to give you some idea of the size of these giants)

Dahlias (I put my hand in the picture to give you some idea of the size of these giants)

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Greenhouses

Greenhouses

Crocosmia

Crocosmia

Another view

Another view

Love-in-a-mist

Love-in-a-mist

Lupine

Lupine

Inside a greenhouse

Inside a greenhouse

 

 

Sweet peas from Jello Mold Farm at the Seattle Wholesale Growers' Market

Sweet peas from Everyday Flowers at the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market

Sweet peas from Jello Mold Farm

Sweet peas from Everyday Flowers Farm

“Here are sweet peas, on tip-toe for a flight,
With wings of gentle flush o’er delicate white,
And taper fingers casting at all things,
To bind them all about with tiny wings.”
— John Keats, from “I Stood Tip-Toe Upon a Little Hill”

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I loved seeing the array of colors in the sweet peas at the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market.  Their ruffled petals really do look like flushed wings, as Keats so aptly observed.  And their tendrils look like wayward calligraphic lines, ready to bind those wings from actually taking flight.

I had the opportunity to visit Jello Mold Farm recently and was rewarded by the sight of a greenhouse full of sweet peas.

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I wish I could do a better job capturing sweet peas with my watercolor paints.  Sometimes, even when I paint something over and over, I don’t seem to be improving.  Aargh!

Sweet pea studies ( a few good ones in there)

Sweet pea studies ( a few good ones in there)

Bucket of sweet peas

Bucket of sweet peas

Latest watercolor sketch of sweet pea bouquet

Latest watercolor sketch of sweet pea bouquet

 

 

Doe and fawn, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Clarno Unit

Doe and fawn, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Clarno Unit

One of the amazing things about our national parks and monuments is the opportunity to see animals in the wild.  We had several memorable encounters on our road trip to the Painted Hills and John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.  Each sighting felt like luck and serendipity.

I saw this doe and her fawn on the trail in the Clarno Unit off the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument:

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I saw two rabbits.  One at the end of the Arch Trail in the Clarno Unit, and one under a bridge on the Red Hill Trail of the Painted Hills Unit.  The second one seemed mesmerized by a huge rattlesnake nearby, but it eventually woke up and ran away.

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Here is the huge rattlesnake.  I’m glad to have seen this one, as I had never before seen one in the wild.  But I was happy not to see more!

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Snake skin

Snake skin

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We saw a couple of antelope, but we were able to pull off the road and watch this one jump over a fence from a meadow, then run across the road, and finally change his mind and return back to the meadow:

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And here is a pretty moth or butterfly:

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Greenwood Avenue North at 8:00 a.m. this morning

Greenwood Avenue North at 8:00 a.m. this morning

Today is the annual Greenwood Car Show, and this was the scene on the street outside my workplace, the Greenwood Library, this morning at 8:00 a.m.  I can only imagine the crowds later in the day!

I took a few minutes before starting work to wander around with my camera.  Enjoy!

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Double take! Proud owner of Ford Deluxe

Double take! Proud owner of Ford Deluxe

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Zephyr

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Driving down the avenue to their parking spot

Driving down the avenue to their parking spot

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Vintage picnic tableau

Vintage picnic tableau

Urban sketcher

Urban sketcher

Self-portrait in highly polished car

Self-portrait in highly polished car

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The proper stances for viewing cars -- hands in pockets (preferred) or crossed arms

The proper stances for viewing cars — hands in pockets (preferred) or crossed arms

Long view of the boardwalk at the Painted Cove Trail

Long view of the boardwalk at the Painted Cove Trail

Four short trails provided access at different parts of the Painted Hills Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.  Each allowed closer access to the painted hills.

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The Painted Cove Trail took us on a nature walk around a rounded clay hill.  We stayed on a boardwalk for most of the short trail.

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Dramatic skies above the Painted Hills

Dramatic skies above the Painted Hills

Another trail, the Red Hill Trail, took us to yet another painted hill.

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We had timed our visit perfectly.  The rains held off until we were on our drive back north to Washington.  The rain came in cloud bursts, so heavy that once I had to pull off the road until the rain let up.  As we crossed the Columbia River into Washington, a vibrant rainbow appeared, seemingly giving a final blessing to our trip.

Clouds scudding along the Cascade range in Oregon

Clouds scudding along the Cascade range in Oregon

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And then the skies let down a curtain of rain.

And then the skies let down a curtain of rain.

Crossing the Columbia River into Washington (taken from the car window)

Crossing the Columbia River into Washington (taken from the car window)

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