A beautiful, misty, December hike through Forest Park in Portland Oregon:
This was my first ever attempt at taking photos of a Lunar Eclipse. Unfortunately, it was very hazy that night and I don’t have a very powerful zoom lens…but these two turned out ok. In 2033, when the next Super-moon/blood-moon/lunar eclipse happens, I will be ready! But, until then, here is what I got!
This year has been pretty A-typical, weather wise, and June has been no exception. Normally this time of year it is still damp and cool and I have always said that summer starts on July 5th in the Pacific Northwest (as it almost always rains on the 4th). But, this year summer arrived sometime in April. We are now pushing 90-100 degree days with no end in sight, which in itself is so rare in these parts that both the locals and the native plants and animals are in a state of shock and disbelief. The grasses have already turned brown and the dark, wet, rainforest trees appear dry and brittle. The flowers and berries that normally bloom and fruit in mid-late summer are already here and are giving us all an uneasy feeling about what is to come.
It has been a while since I got out with my camera as I just finished up my first year as a classroom teacher and honestly have been too exhausted to think about photography. But, now that I have had some time to rest I am again ready to get out and explore this beautiful region that I call home! Here are a few photos from around my house to get started and there should be many more to come of areas across Oregon and Washington over the rest of the summer!
Well, it has been quite a while since I have posted anything, mostly due to finishing grad school and moving to a new home (again!). But today, my husband and I are beginning a month long bike tour of Western Washington, the San Juan Islands, Vancouver Island and the Canadian Gulf Islands! Over the next month I plan to post photos and stories of our adventure, but it will be a bit different than most of my past posts. I will only have my iPhone with me, so my photo quality won’t be the same as usual and I probably won’t write long, complicated posts due to not bringing a keyboard.
Today was day 1 and included a 19 mile ride on the Western-Chehalis trail from Yelm, WA to the Olympia-Lacy Amtrak station and then a 3 hour train ride to Edmonds where we stayed in a hotel for the night. Tomorrow we will be riding from the ferry dock in Kingston, WA up to Pt. Townsend, WA.
Check back for photos, stories and thoughts on touring by bike over the next month!