One More

October 25, 2013

Painted Explosion

 

 

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Pollinator

June 19, 2013

Pollinator

 

 

I am always happy to find, bees, butterflies and frogs in my yard.

These days dependable denizens of the garden are disappearing fast because of things like heavy pesticide use and climate change.

What a sad world we will live in if they do disappear forever.

In the case of bees, we won’t just be sad but seriously deprived of the fruit and vegetables from food sources we heavily rely on.

I truly hope I never see the day when my small friends have vanished.

 

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June 16, 2013

Twin Fawns at Linda's House (6-15-13)

Here in Port Townsend we have a love/hate relationship with the Giant Spotted Sumatran Rats otherwise known as White-tailed Deer.

Our herd is protected, so there is no Bambi blasting within city limits. I have no doubt that, were this community to suddenly experience

a natural disaster of some sort, the herd would instantly become fair game. And deservedly so.

This privledged class of herbivore acts like the worst of the royals.

They are arrogant, aloof, and fearless in their quest to decimate every garden they can gain access to. They will devour just about anything green and juicy.

Even plants that are listed as “deer proof”. Last year they attacked my euphorbia; A plant that produces a highly toxic white sap. It didn’t phase them.

If it’s a plant you prize that will be the first item on their menu.

I don’t eat red meat but, after dealing with these ravenous pests, venison steaks sound incredibly appetizing.

Deer on 30th (6-15-13)

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I may not appreciate the prospect of large Rhododendrons in my own small garden, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the beauty and splendor of their spring blossoms.

This past weekend I visited the Washington State Rhododendron Garden which, conveniently, is a very short drive from my house. The garden is immediately after the entrance to Fort Worden State Park. Right here in beautiful Port Townsend. Sunday was a “free day” for the state park system and, with my limited budget, I try to take advantage of such things as often as possible. As far as peak rhody bloom is concerned it would have been better to visit the garden in mid-May, but one does what one can. There is no free admittance to Fort Worden then.

I took almost a hundred photographs of about thirty different plants ranging in color from bright white to deep red, pale lavender and rich golds. It was an overcast day with a slight breeze that proved perfect for taking pictures of flowers.

If you ever get the chance to visit PT in Spring I highly recommend spending time at the State Rhododendron Garden.

Horses In Hawai’i

November 30, 2012

In April and May of 2008 I was fortunate, due to the grace of a very fine friend, to visit the Big Island of Hawai’i for a month. While there I was able to experience some of the most incredible events of my life. I was able to go snorkeling frequently and the first time in the water I found myself swimming with a sea turtle. Unfortunately, I do not own any underwater camera equipment. So the memories of my wonderful time snorkeling have to suffice. Though that doesn’t help you see what I saw, does it?

I do, however, have many shots of my above water adventures. Including these images taken on a day devoted entirely to using our cameras. As I’ve said before, horses are among my favorite subjects. By chance my friend had an association with a young woman who worked at a ranch where visitors rented horses for day excursions across the lush green hills and valleys near Waimea. The animals were about as tame and friendly as any horses I’d ever been around and, it was obvious, the young women who tended them loved them.

This hour period of my journey has to place among the high points of my visit to Hawai’i despite the fact I can walk about 5 minutes from my home here in PT and interact with my doctor’s horses and donkeys. Perhaps the difference was all in the locale or maybe it was just being around so many friendly horses. I have no idea why, exactly, but I’ve been around abused horses and watched way too many videos of cruelty done to these fine beings. It was lovely being around working horses who were cared for with love and appreciation. In so many instances world wide that is not the case.

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This puppy, less than six months old at the time, was rescued from a dump where he had been abandoned. From the instant he met the horses his herding instincts went into gear. For an untrained herder, he was quite the little master.

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Tender Mercies 4-14-08

In Between Rides

 

 

 

 

 

Snowflaked 4-14-08

 

 

Backsides In Motion 4-14-12

Autumn Ends

November 11, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Autumn In PT: Part Three

November 3, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

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