Are We Walking to Alaska

Are We Walking to Alaska
Are We Walking to Alaska - A True Story

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Pansy and Violet Tea

Pansies and violets - two of my favorite flowers - and when they are on a tea cup - or a tea pot, they are so wonderful.

This tiny violet tea cup has some friends
Some with violets
Some with pansies


They all get along quite nicely.

Perfect for springtime tea.




Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Hydrangeas

We've been on vacation - enjoying time with our grandson Donnie in West Virginia - enjoy this post from the past.

I remember the first time I ever saw a hydrangea - I was 18 and had just arrived in Fort Worth, Texas from Alaska - Don and I got married there the next week.  His dad was driving us around to help us find an apartment and I saw the biggest, bluest hydrangea.  

Coming directly from Alaska I had no idea what it was, but I knew I loved it.  Since then I've had hydrangeas in my yard, plus I've taken photos of them every chance I got.  This summer I made sure to stop and take pictures of any hydrangeas that I saw.
Hydrangeas look great with Purple Cone Flower
Or tucked into a garden










This is my favorite mosaic of all.

Do you have hydrangeas growing in your yard?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Rain Rain Rain

This is a re-post.  The original was one year ago today.  It is still one of my favorites.


We took a ride in the rain out to see a table that we might be interested it - it was not the table for us - but the weather gave me some good chances at rain photos. 

Click to enlarge and you can see the rain drops in the water and on the goose's back and head
The water was not rough - that shows just how hard it was raining
More rain drops on  the back of the goose
Hello Ring Necked Duck - enjoying the rain?
You can see raindrops falling by his head - and rain on his back.  These guys can really motor!

 A lovely goose in a lovely rain.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Splish Splash

While trying to take a picture of this Bufflehead Duck at Lake Padden I had a hard time because he would not stay still.
Moving quickly across the lake 
Diving to find something to eat 
Taking a bath 
Splish Splash! 
Join the fun! 
Good bye!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Boulders and Mountains

Our area - and most of Washington - has some amazing boulders - We noticed right away how many there were when we first moved to Washington 

Boulders on the side of the road - covered in moss, ferns and ivy
One solitary leaf resting on a bed of moss - our rainy winters make the moss softt and green
Boulders with lichen
Moss and ferns have grown over the top of this boulder
The boulders get bigger - turning into hillsides next to the roads - our car is dwarfed by this boulder cliff
Sandstone cliffs beside the road along Lake Whatcom. I don't know if animals or erosion have caused these holes.


Vines attach to the sides of the boulders
And the boulders become mountains 
Covered with snow in the winter (North Mount Sister)
On the road up to Mt. Baker there are basalt pillars.  These were pushed straight up from the earth by volcanic pressure.  They can be broken off in chunks and in the Mt. Baker area are used as edgings for hiking trails and paths. 
Boulders form mountains and erosion and gravity cause the rocks to crumble and become rock slides.  Taken at Heather Meadows on Mt. Baker.
Rugged granite mountains in the Mt. Stuart Mountain Range in central  Washington 
  
Mt. Stuart -  the second highest non-volcanic peak in the state, 10th overall, at a height of 9,415 ft (2,870 m) 
Moving into Eastern Washington we find a landscape similar to the Grand Canyon - formed over the centuries by weather and erosion from the rivers 
Gigantic basalt pillars were pushed straight up out of the ground from the lava flows 6 to 17 million years ago. 
The cooling of the basalt columns caused cracks and fissures in the columns, and the columns begin to fall 
There are stunning formations cause by erosion, weather and time.  You see these formations along miles and miles of hiway through this area 
The boulders and mountains of Washington are truly magnificent!


Friday, April 18, 2014

Tea Time



Tea for one -  -  -
A hand painted teapot, cup and saucer 
Pretty flowers for a hand painted tea set
It becomes a teacup and saucer - and a little teapot
Just right for an afternoon tea
 Flowers always make a tea table so pretty.  . 


Add a pretty hand crocheted tablecloth. .  .
An embroidered napkin and a crystal napkin ring.  .  . 
The perfect tea set for a spring cup of tea.