Are We Walking to Alaska

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

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Sunday Ride

Finally last Sunday we had a partly sunny day - here in the Pacific Northwest they say "sun breaks" and we all know that means we are going to have no rain that day - hopefully.  So off we go - first brunch and then out to look for birds.  It has been so long since I've taken a good photo - what with a miserable winter cold that overtook my life.  Don was doing all the cooking and cleaning and shopping - and I was just trying to survive the nasty cold - but I beat it - finally.  Nothing so bad as a winter cold - unless it is a summer cold, or a spring cold - well you get the idea.  Cold free - we set off on our adventure.
 I've seen this black swan in a private pond for several years now - and never stopped to take a picture - today was the day
 I was amazed at the ruffly feathers
 Such a pretty bird!!
In Black and White the reflection shows up much clearer, as do the drops of water on his neck.
 I was hoping he would spread his wings so we could see more of the white - but not today


 And here come the swan's buddies - two ponies in the same field
 They were very friendly - and while I was concentrating on the swan, one came right up and touched my face with its nose - I told her it was not nice to scare people like that - but she thought it was funny.
See you next time - with eagles and hawks

Wee Ones Wednesday - new clothes for winter

Abigail Clarissa Wellington-Jones and Poppy Sunshine have new winter clothes.  I sewed the raincoat and crocheted the poncho
 Abigail has a poncho in case it snows, and snow boots, while Poppy has a slicker, rain hat and rain boots - for the rainy weather we are having right now
 Diane - at Lavender Dreams, has a Wee Ones Wednesday post also - so stop over and visit her blog - it is a lot of fun.  Her dolls are having a slumber party this week.



Boots to keep us dry and warm

Dolls are Madame Alexander and are available at amazon.com 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Barn Collective - Dragonfly Barn


This is one of my all time favorite barns - it is declining, but still standing.  The surprise was, when I took the picture I did not know that there was a dragonfly in the photo - didn't see it until I had the picture on the computer.

I love how the barn and the  dragonfly are both in perfect focus.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Sunlit Sunday

With all the rainy days we've had lately - it has been difficult  impossible to get any sunshine photos. So I've picked some of my favorite heron photos on a sunny late afternoon, to share with you.


We were driving past Drayton Harbor, just outside Blaine, WA and there was the heron - looking for dinner at the mouth of the slough - the sun was just beginning to set and the colors were amazing.

 A Ring Neck Duck floating by



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wee Ones Wednesday - New Dolls

My dear friend Diane at Lavender Dreams always posts a Wee One Wednesday - and today is a very special one - it is her birthday - so stop over and wish her a Happy Birthday - she is one of the very sweetest people you'll ever meet - so visit her blog and tell her JoAnn sent you.

And speaking of birthdays - mine isn't until March - but Don got me two new dolls as an early birthday present - meet
 Meet Gabriella Hannah
 And Madeline Violet
 Gabby will cut and style your hair - she even has real scissors
 And Maddy likes to read with her stylin' glasses
 Pink boots for Maddy
 And black sneakers for Gabby
Abigail and Poppy Sunshine are happy to have two new sisters
 All dressed up in their nighties - they are ready for a slumber party (they don't like to call it a sleep over)
 Hand knitted nightie and long robe, and hand sewn flannel jammies and robe with matching flannel slippers


 Everybody looks cozy and happy


 New friends are best friends
Night - night

Dolls are Madame Alexander and are available at Amazon

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Barn Collective

The barns in our county are disappearing at an alarming rate.  I like to get photographs of them while they are still here.  Our regard for our past reflects our thoughts of our future.

Many barns are still kept up and used - and even more are in disrepair and abandoned.
 Some are old and shabby

 Some are falling down

 This is a very typical hay barn for our area
 Some have been repainted and reroofed

 Some need paint but are still in partial use

And some have a lovely view of the mountans

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Mt. Baker Mosaic

The lenticular cloud over Mt. Baker is a sign of turbulence - thank you for that info Margy - and they are avoided by pilots - but to those of us on the ground they are a great chance for some fantastic photos.  Because the weather is turbulent when the clouds are visible, the shape and size of the lenticular clouds change constantly.