Frozen In Time – Weekly Photo Project – Week 03 – Wet/Dry
Its such a stunning sight to see a fountain frozen in midstream. Even more when it is as impressive of a fountain as the one at the Tulalip Casino. I figured this covers the week’s theme at just about every angle. Wet and dry, liquid and solid, flowing and stationary. Oh, and crystal clear and cloudy. Oh, and not to mention, Really Purdy!!! Yup! Definitely worth backtracking to get some shots of!
I pulled down to the side road by the river because I saw the snow buildup on the banks (lingering snow is unusual around here, so I didn’t want to miss it) The sun was setting and there were sheets of ice floating down the river crunching into each other. It was amazing to sit there (Okay, stand. Too cold and wet to sit) and listen to that ice and the singing of the eagles in the trees. The scene gave the “Golden Hour” a whole new level for me that day.
Had to think about this. I spent my New Year’s on a two hikes in low 30 degree weather. We each have to define what a holiday is. I think walking a beautiful trail and seeing a driftwood elephant in the process (who I have since named Fee Fee, and yes there is more to that one) made it a wonderful holiday. I also saw hawks and herons and eagles and little brown birds playing peekaboo from the bushes. So, this is my first offering for the year.
I must first apologize for the horrible quality of most of the pictures in this post. I had the camera settings way off and didn't realize it until it was too late. So the result was that most of the shots ended up in the trash. And I suppose many of these should as well, but its just too cool of an event not to make a note of it.
This is a spiderweb hanging one of the vendors had. He also makes those little stick in the ground birds and critters for your yards. I told the lady running the booth that he really, really needs to do a spider like that. I would buy one of those!
The Seattle area is nothing if not a cloud watcher’s delight. For many, it’s too gray for them to ever make it a place to call home. For me, you can keep the eternal sunshine. We get our doses here. We have those things called “seasons” that the people in sunny environments don’t understand.We also have interesting old farm buildings out in the country. Add these with the “weather” and it can be quite beautiful!
|Recent studies have shown that the electro-magnetic charge of grains can substantially increase the range of your television antennas. They also have the added benefit of, when placed in conjunction with lightning rods, provide a data transfer method to your reanimations at the moment of awareness, thereby decreasing the level of hostility that might be encountered when they awaken from their numerous sleeps.|
Luckily, I got out with the camera before the last storm. The leaves are now all gone from this little tree in my yard. But, I had one beautiful late fall day that allowed this pre-winter’s nap shot first.
|One of the interesting things about some leaves in the fall is they seem to become almost translucent and can be almost light prisms. Even stripped of color, they glow with the luminescence of whatever light touches on their surface.|
|Coming home, the colors of the sky insisted I take a slight detour and capture some of their play across the sky. Peeking through the brush you get your first glimpse of the dying embers of the sun.|
|If I had only arrive just a few moments sooner. The colors had already begun to darken and fade by the time I found a place to park and snap the shots. Not as vibrant as it was a few minutes earlier, but still quite pretty!|
|And stripped of color, it takes on one of those haunted looks!|
|I believe that lil white peak on the left is Mount Baker. Not quite as prominent as Ranier, but it’s still pretty impressive. I think it may actually claim more lives annually than Rainier too. Cuz people like to climb it.|
|And the swans have arrived. As part of their all-inclusive resort package, their first stop is the always popular mud baths to restore their complexions and rejuvenate their bodies from the long flight in.|
|I have no idea why the have attracted the riff raff from the other side of the field. I suppose they got tired of cow dung and thought swan dung would be an interesting change-up. Caviar of the air???|
|They are rather interesting to watch though. It seems its a mixed array of blackbirds, swallows, cow birds and others. Which just goes to show that if birds of different feathers can flock together, why can’t we?|
|And new flights coming in all the time. Or, are they on their way out? They do like to field hop, so its hard to tell.|
|And just in case you are wondering. No, some of them did not get carried away with the mud baths. The tawny ones are the young swans. They go completely white at about a year old.|
|Yeah! I’m Bad! I’m Bad!!|
|Just stylin’ with my new dress on!!!|
|And this pair even came with its own escort. Wonder if they are royalty?|
|Now this just had to be shared. It’s a beet! And this is not a trick of the camera. It really is that big! And it wasn’t even the biggest one they had. And it didn’t lose flavor from being so large. I got some roast beets out of it and some beet powder. Gotta love the organic farms up here. The cabbages are even more impressive!|
|And the snow arrived! My fire pit is getting closer and closer to being done!|
|Love the first snow with tiny icicles!|
|And another sunset. Aren’t the clouds amazing???|
|Its one of those, I don’t care if its out of focus. It looks cool and you can rub your eyes after and put Visine in them. But, it’s still cool looking!|
|A friend asked how you know if they are swans in the sky. Its easy. They have the really, really long necks. You watch them fly and all you can think about is what a neck ache they must have by the time they get to their destination.|
|I had to make a trip over to the old brokey down house after the snow. I have no idea how much longer it is going to remain standing. So, I am going to try to get some shots in different weather conditions before it finally comes crashing down.|
|And I met the neighbor this time. He thought I should take his picture too. Cute little thing, isn’t he? He just watched while I took my pictures.|
|I do think it is starting to fall a bit more.|
|I like this one!!|
|This one came out pretty cool too, I think.|
|I will have to some day create a story around this house.|
|And I saw this as I was turning around to leave. I had to pull the camera out again and get a shot. Just took my breath away.|
|Even without color, its pretty!|
|This is a tree. Even though the title of the post is Sunflowers in Seattle, it does not begin in Seattle, but on the way there. This is one of my favorite trees on my island by one of my favorite coffee stands (and not because they give me goodie bags on Saturday, but that does help) However, does this not look like a lady in this tree?|
|Just like a Nile Goddess, I think. Complete with barbs shooting out at those that displease her!|
|Pretty, shiny glass balls floating in a birdbath! And I only stopped to play with them for a few moments. Course, that was because I wanted breakfast. One must have one’s priorities.|
|This was really in the restaurant and they really let you put money in to play with it. The girls in the table next to it had a blast watching me play with it. I do hope their parents let them have a chance at it as well.|
|See? Sunflower! Yes, it looks a wee bit sad. It was growing on the deck above the restaurant. It was probably sad because people weren’t coming up to admire it.|
|And momma sunblossom looked down on her little sunlings trying to think of how to tell them that the sun time was nearing its end and they needed to rise up and dance while they still could.|
|Keeping a watchful eye on all that pass below.|
|Ooooh, oooh, sunshadow. Oh wait! That’s supposed to be moonshadow. Well, works for suns too.|
|Oh, shyness! Let us see your face!|
|Shiny!!! Blue shiny!!!|
|And this multi-critter dwelling has many of the sought after amenities such as knothole balcony, stripped bark slide to ground level, climbing branches to upper levels. No reasonable offer refused.|
|See? Its not all flowers. Sometimes its trees and leaves. Look at how shiny the leaves are? Notice how often that shiny word seems to apply when its not a flower? I’m sure an analyst could have fun with that one. But, isn’t the color contrast lovely as well?|
|Claudia proudly shows off her new perm. A few good shakes and you are good to go!|
|Oh looking down there! That must be where our petals went Agnes!|
|This is what I get for not listening when they told me not to overdo it in the sauna. I’ll never be able to do a thing with this mop. What will the girls say? *Sigh*|
|I just got back from the petalcurist and she just got in this awesome new color. What do you think? I know. Shiny!|
|I hear they are having tryouts for a remake of Little Shop of Horrors!!!|
|We’d rather try out for the new Hair. They’re gonna call it Petal.All together now. Let the Sun Shine. Let the Sun Shine In. The Sun Shine In!!!|
|Just hide back in the corner there! We’ll cover you. No one will ever know you are there.|
|Yeah, its that PINK thing again. Well, I guess it looks okay on the flowers. Kinda the color of cotton candy. Hmmm? Wonder if its edible?|
|Come here, my pretty. Let me get a better look at you!!!|
|Dewdrops keep falling on my face!
Just like the gal whose feet are too big for her bed
Nothing seems to fit
Oh, dewdrops keep fallin’ on my head
|‘Will you walk into my parlour?’ said the Spider to the Fly,
”Tis the prettiest parlour that ever did you spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I have many curious things to show when you are there.’
‘Oh no, no,’ said the little Fly, ‘to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair can ne’er come down again.’
|AHHHH – AHHHH – AHHHHH – CHOOOOO!!!|
|Don’t let them deceive you. They are really alien pods that will soon hatch tiny aliens that will make the spiders look like smiling baby bunnies. The giveaway is the dark beam they are transmitting to the mother ship off to the left. Its the left pod of darkness and they count on the rumor that people almost never look up. So, they will never see it. Even if they do, they won’t figure it out untill its too late.|
|The sound of chainsaws could be heard from the street as people passed by the house, shrouded in darkness. Even the stray cat kept its distance from the ominous porch.|
|The task force at the top of the needle responds to the dark pods transmission with one of their own. The residents have always been oblivious to the real purpose of the iconic spaceship structure on top, believing it to be a product of Disney’s forgotten cousin for the world fair. He had gone on to work for NASA after his cousin refused him a job and denied the familial ties. It was a better job anyway. Plus, his family was guaranteed tickets off the planet in the event of the rumored zombie apocalypse.|
|Its really a portal to another dimension. If you look carefully, you can see the darklands beyond the lower branch.|
|Shhhh!!! Mum’s the word!!!|
|Someone might want to tell that one that she’s a long way from Texas.|
|Ominous looking, isn’t it???|
|I don’t know. Just cuz they were so bright and such a contrast to the background. That’s why.|
|Da-dump-da-dump Da-dump-da-dump Da-dittly-dattly-dump-da-dump|
|Oooh, what’s that???|
|Okay, on the count of three, pinch your nose and drop. 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . 3!|
|Its so you know which staircase to take to get to that apartment.|
|We finally have an update on the ship that was lost 63 years ago. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any life on board.|
|This is what happens when the Sirens get bored and get a head start on their winter crafting.|
|My dear friend came out for a visit for a couple of days. As we had spent the morning having breakfast on the way back from the airport and fussing around at cool little local stores, we finished the day by going for a wander at my beach. The entire beach seems to be a bleached graveyard for the trees and branches for at least a half dozen states and numerous islands.|
|Okay, so there are a few things that seem to resist the bleaching aspect of the beach, like this manzanita branch. We were fascinated with the knotted curls along the length like arthritic joints or maybe alien tentacles reaching out from the rocky blanket. Ooooh, “They Came From Below.”|
|And they insert their demonic spawn spores into the branches to wait for unsuspecting people to carry them home where they will mature and hatch and then possess the bodies of the people in the house, insert themselves into society and take over the world. They count on the fact that most people are looking to the skies for potential invasion, so are unsuspecting of what is below their feet.|
|Nature is just amazing in its ability to find a seat for new life in just about any place, on any surface. Such as a bleached out dead piece of wood that has washed up on the beach.|
|I do so like this house that just sits out all by itself on the bluff.|
|Its almost like a lifeless tree growing out of the pebbled beach on an alien landscape.|
|Quite the little battle of the goldfinches going on over the feeder. You would think there is more than enough to go around. It seems greed is not just restricted to humans.|
|It almost seems like it was an orchestrated plan to build such a linear, high tech building next to this particular sand of driftwood. Though, it seems there is one that is either rearing up in protest or celebration.|
|I was very proud of how well this one came out. I may have to work out the words of these three in their battle of the bulge.|
|Skeletal hands at the bottom of this sculpture beckoning you to look closer.|
|A weeping figure.|
|Could be a moosehead on the right there.|
Just cuz it was a cool little rusted thing.
Then we had the clouds at the house when we got back. We considered calling SETI or NASA, but opted to just watch it.
Painted skies in in the evening and morning are common. One would think they would cease to have the effect of taking your breath away after seeing them so often, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
I’m pretty sure they were in a movie I saw. War of the Worlds maybe??