Many of the old barns have not been painted for years now and are weathering into pretty grey colors.
Is this barn winking at us? Does it have a secret?
A little farm shed - no longer in use
The blackberries are coming!
A garage, a small barn, some Trumpeter Swans to the right - and a hammock to the left. Life is good
Just the barn - in a large hay field on the way to Stanwood, WA. Another day - another view - without the garage or the hammock.
Patched up but still standing
New tin roof
Old tin roof
Not a grey barn - but a very interesting new style of silo. It certainly covers a large amount of the farmland.
Chicken ranches used to be a big part of farming in our area - there are many long chicken houses still left standing - though only one chicken enterprise still operating - on a much larger scale than this would have been.
Still used for hay storage - the new roof keeps things dry during our rainy winters (and rainy autumns and rainy springs - and sometimes rainy summers).
On a cold spring day (what day hasn't been cold this spring?) we packed a picnic and headed off to Silver Lake, it is on the way to Mt. Baker.
The sunshine catches a fern in the undergrowth.
The heavy rains have inundated the little dock at the boat launch - you will be sure to get your feet wet here.
It has been cold - but I think it is time to take the "thin ice" sign down.
Canada Geese spend the year at the lake
A spring Robin - looking for a worm, no doubt
Even on cold days the kayakers are out and about
This is a county park and there are campgrounds, playgrounds, rowboats and paddle boats for rent, picnic areas and cabins to rent. We stayed in this cabin, sitting high above the lake on a bluff, several years ago. It has a nice deck around in the front, looking out over the lake and a fireplace, plus walk-in shower, a kitchen and beds.
We had never seen deer in the park before - they were quite tame as I took photos.
The old stumps from the logging days in this area are returning to the earth. Bears and other animals will claw at the stumps to find tasty morsels to snack on.
Canada Goose swims near an interesting newer stump.
A conference of stumps.
Mosses, ferns and lichens often cover the older stumps.
New trees will grow on top of the old stumps - their roots snaking down to the earth, and covered with moss.
There was no one at the swimming beach or the picnic area this chilly day - we ate our picnic in the car, out of the wind and the sunshine through the car windows kept up warm.
Our County Parks are a treasure for all to enjoy -there are over 7,000 acres of parks, plus the parks in cities and towns.