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Sunflowers in Seattle 08/05/2014

Seattle 08-30-2014-1This 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?
Seattle 08-30-2014-4Just like a Nile Goddess, I think.  Complete with barbs shooting out at those that displease her!
Seattle 08-30-2014-6Pretty, 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.
Seattle 08-30-2014-11This 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.
Seattle 08-30-2014-15See?  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.
Seattle 08-30-2014-18And 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.
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Seattle 08-30-2014-27Ooooh, oooh, sunshadow.  Oh wait!  That’s supposed to be moonshadow.  Well, works for suns too.
Seattle 08-30-2014-28Oh, shyness!  Let us see your face!
Seattle 08-30-2014-33Shiny!!!  Blue shiny!!!
Seattle 08-30-2014-37And 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.
Seattle 08-30-2014-38See?  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?
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Seattle 08-30-2014-49Claudia proudly shows off her new perm.  A few good shakes and you are good to go!
Seattle 08-30-2014-54Oh looking down there!  That must be where our petals went Agnes!
Seattle 08-30-2014-55This 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*
Seattle 08-30-2014-59I just got back from the petalcurist and she just got in this awesome new color.  What do you think?  I know.  Shiny!
Seattle 08-30-2014-60I hear they are having tryouts for a remake of Little Shop of Horrors!!!
Seattle 08-30-2014-64We’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!!!
Seattle 08-30-2014-72Just hide back in the corner there!  We’ll cover you.  No one will ever know you are there.
Seattle 08-30-2014-66Yeah, 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?
Seattle 08-30-2014-70Come here, my pretty.  Let me get a better look at you!!!

Seattle 08-30-2014-68I’m MEELTTTING!!!!!


Seattle 08-30-2014-77Dewdrops 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
Keep a-fallin’
Seattle 08-30-2014-75‘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.’
Seattle 08-30-2014-85AHHHH – AHHHH – AHHHHH – CHOOOOO!!!
Seattle 08-30-2014-87Don’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.
Seattle 08-30-2014-89The 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.
Seattle 08-30-2014-91The 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.
Seattle 08-30-2014-92Its really a portal to another dimension. If you look carefully, you can see the darklands beyond the lower branch.
Seattle 08-30-2014-94Shhhh!!!  Mum’s the word!!!
Seattle 08-30-2014-96Someone might want to tell that one that she’s a long way from Texas.
Seattle 08-30-2014-81Ominous looking, isn’t it???
Seattle 08-30-2014-106I don’t know.  Just cuz they were so bright and such a contrast to the background.  That’s why.
Seattle 08-30-2014-109Da-dump-da-dump  Da-dump-da-dump Da-dittly-dattly-dump-da-dump
Seattle 08-30-2014-111Oooh, what’s that???
Seattle 08-30-2014-117Okay, on the count of three, pinch your nose and drop.  1 . . . . . 2 . . . . 3!
Seattle 08-30-2014-119Its so you know which staircase to take to get to that apartment.
Seattle 08-30-2014-120We finally have an update on the ship that was lost 63 years ago.  Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any life on board.
Seattle 08-30-2014-123This is what happens when the Sirens get bored and get a head start on their winter crafting.


Seattle Japanese Garden 06/07/2013

Japanese Garden20130607_0003 I went with a new friend to wander the Japanese Gardens which is located in the Arboretum there.  To be honest, I thought we were going to the Kuboto Gardens, but I learned that is a different Japanese Garden in the Seattle ares, so it will have to be another trip at another time.
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extending out their crooked branches and fiery leaves like fingers reaching to touch and brush your skin as you pass.
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Flying Home alongside a Blood Red Sunset

 On the way back home and the sun is beginning to set, painting the skies and the clouds in a soft array of colors. There is a man sitting in the seat in front of me that at first I thought he was scratching his head at a concerning level.  After a while, I realized he was pulling this bit of hair at the top of his head and twirling it, over and over and over and then pressing it into place.  Sometimes the quirky behaviors of people are quite fascinating.  I keep thinking as I watch him that as tightly as he is twisting that piece of hair, it must hurt.I so enjoyed the time I got to spend with Mikki, seeing all the kids and the fun and celebrations, but seeing the mountains of home reaching up below me bathed in such joyous colors feels like a welcome home celebration.
 And here is a new and unique experience! To watch the sun set from 30,000 feet! The clouds embracing it as it makes its exit. A farewell embrace before welcoming the coming night.
 And the sun, flamboyant creature that it is, must first take a glowing bow before it gives up the heavens it ruled for the day.And still he continues to twist that strand of hair.  I’m guessing it would be considered rude if I took a picture of it.
 Softly sinking ever lower. Golden glows infusing everything they touch, setting the pre-night skies afire with their touch.
 Okay, I admit, I just couldn’t get enough of this fiery vista! It was just too beautiful not to capture as much of it as I could. And still the man in front of me keeps twirling those little strands of hair! Has he even noticed the beauty outside the window?
 As it makes its final dip, he explodes in a fiery tornado blasting the sky with a molten lava display.
 And the sun has finally given up the fight for the rule of the day, his bed is made and the clouds wrap him in their soft blanket and kiss him good night.
 In the dying light of the day, the Mother mountain reaches up past the lake of clouds, bathed in pastel lights, the monument that testifies that you know means you are home.
 And as we drop lower, the lights of the city. Not evenly laid out as they are in Phoenix. But, spatterings and drops strewn across the landscape like a farmer casting seeds. The lights like a Christmas tree laid out to cover the entirety of the landscape. Back home among my trees!