A Chaos of Beauty

June 28, 2012

“What a chaos of beauty there is upon a June morning.”
— Louise Beebe Wilder, Colour in My Garden

And here are a few snapshots taken out of the chaos of color and beauty in Seattle right now:

Diaphanous pink Shirley poppy and bud

Pink Shirley poppies

White love-in-a-mist

Blue love-in-a-mist

Globes of allium


Clematis (I think?)


Foxglove and window curtains

The Slow Road to Tacoma

September 2, 2010

The usual route from Seattle to Tacoma down I-5 is not very picturesque — heavy multi-lane traffic is the norm, and it’s an urban and suburban landscape all the way.  I decided to put on my explorer’s hat and meander down to Tacoma the slow way, following the Puget Sound coastline as much as I could.  I was distinctly underwhelmed by the experience!

For one thing, it was just one of those days when things didn’t go quite right.  I packed a pair of sandals in case I was inspired to walk along a beach to two — turns out I grabbed two different sandals from two different pairs!  They were a set of right and left shoes, but it turns out that I did not use them anyway. 

The beach at Saltwater State Park, my first stop, was nothing spectacular — some picnic tables and benches with water views.  I think that Golden Gardens Park in Seattle is nicer (and much closer to home).  I ate my breakfast picnic — cornbread with butter and honey, a sliced peach, and coffee — while gazing at the water.  Then I headed to my next stop, Dashpoint State Park.

This is another state park right on the waters of Puget Sound.  There is camping at Dashpoint, which might be something to consider if you ever head to Seattle with an RV.  But again, I did not think the beach was anything special. 

So I headed south to Brown’s Point lighthouse.  This is a small lighthouse with a rather boring shape, but it functions.  I did learn that the Lighthouse Keeper’s house is available for rent by the week, and if you stay there, you become an honorary lighthouse keeper.  (You can find out more about this at www.pointsnortheast.org.)

It was at Brown’s Point that I discovered my wallet was missing.  I suspected that I had left it at home, but I wasn’t sure.  That made me feel uneasy, so I just decided to head back to the freeway and come home.  I’ll leave Point Defiance Park in Tacoma for another visit.

I got home without incident, found my wallet, and ate the picnic lunch I had packed.  So much for exploring!

The beach at Saltwater State Park

Gentle waves on a pebbly beach, Saltwater State Park

Brown's Point Lighthouse and Keeper's house, near Tacoma

Curtains in the Lighthouse Keeper's House, Brown's Point

Lovely hollyhocks in the garden at the Lighthouse Keeper's residence

Summer Breezes

August 8, 2010

A slight breeze lifts the curtains in the window

Old fan on the window sill

Hot summer days

Summer days in Minnesota mean heat and humidity.  Any little breeze helps.  We draw the shades in the windows and at night set up fans in the windows to blow the hot air out of the house and draw the cooler air in.  But there is nothing like a summer storm to clear the air, until the humidity inevitably climbs again.

Storm front passes through

Rain clouds build up

Walking to Work

May 3, 2010

I’ve been doing a good job greening up my commute by walking or taking the bus to work.  It’s about three miles one way (up hill).  I don’t often carry my camera with me because of its weight and bulk.  I’m already loaded down with books, lunch, water bottle, rain jacket and umbrella (you never know what Seattle weather will be doing in 8 hours after your work shift is done).  So I don’t often get to photograph things that catch my eye as I walk.

But I did carry my camera recently just so that I could capture some of the spring scenes.  Here are a few photos from that day:

Cat peering from window with lace curtains

Green trees line Green Lake (you've seen these same trees in some of my fall pictures)

Peacock after hours seen through the gates at the Woodland Park Zoo