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Bigley Rainier pushed sunsetCooper Point Sunset – Aug 24, 2015 Tom Bigley

Squint your eyes, and read the signature on this grand photo.  Tom and Joan Bigley regularly and now and then send photos of the ever-changing view from their front deck.

Via this image, taken almost one month ago, we’re looking across the southern arm of Puget Sound, near Olympia, Washington.  I’m tempted to go on and on, showing a gallery of their fabulous “sends” for those of you new to this blog.  However, unless you tell me otherwise, you’ll just have to wait for future posts.

Tom has generously given permission for free use of his photos — the only stipulation:  that you and I give credit to the photographer.  Please remember!

Regarding headers at the top of the page:  you’ll note their frequent changes, according to the subject at hand or my mood of the moment.  Here’s today’s, cropped from Tom’s photo and edited to show off the cloud “wave” (maybe a bit too much?) from my side of the mountain (and of WA state).   If it were my photo, I’d name it “Pink Tsunami”.

Cooper Point Sunset Aug 24, 2015 Tom Bigley

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HAPPY SABBATH — ENJOY SOME FLORA

WOW!!   This blog seems to be mixed up with another by the same name.  That is, they’re both mine, but accessed from here differently.   And sent differently some how.  Consequently, I’ve posted sometimes on one and sometimes on the other for several months.  I’ve had a terrible time with it today,  just now finding the draft that should have gone out hours ago.  So here it is below.

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I’m trying to post more regularly on this blog, better communication with you folks, plus good practice for both camera and post-camera editing don’t you think?  With that in mind, I prowled the garden this morning, with plans to focus on flora.  Here are some images from that quest.

Dusty Miller -- looks something like reindeer antlers in the velvet, doesn't it?

Dusty Miller (Senecio sp.) — looks something like reindeer antlers in the velvet, doesn’t it?

Tall Garden Phlox -- Many hues & blooms right through 100 degree weather. A mainstay in my garden and vases.

Tall Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata) — Many hues, & blooms right through 100 degree weather. A mainstay in my garden and vases July – September.

Black-eyed or Brown-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia sp.) -- Until seen through the lens, I didn't know it had such bristly eyelashes!

Black-eyed or Brown-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia sp.) — Until seen through the close-up lens, I didn’t know it had such bristly eyelashes!

Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) A

Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) A “weed” they call it. However as beautiful and far more generous in this climate than any orchid

Cone flower (Echinacea X) Precision in our Father Creator's hand, each after its kind (as we are) and yet each an individual (as we are).

Cone flower (Echinacea X)   Precision from our Father Creator’s hand, each after its kind (as we are) and yet each an individual (as we are).

Petunia X -- a volunteer, brought as a seed with a plant from a friend's garden, and over 6 feet across!

Petunia X — a volunteer, brought as a seed with a plant from a friend’s garden, fragrant and now over 6 feet across and snuggling Phlox and other neighbors!

The grass is just a weed, but look at God's artistry with water drops

This grass is just a weed, but look at God’s artistry with water drops even so.  Hmmm  How does that apply to His relationship with us?

Yes, I promised all plant images in this post, however the Coreopsis yielded these from the animal kingdom.  Couldn’t resist.411 cricket & spider 9 18 2015 063 copy copy - CopyThe sun is setting.  Another biblical Sabbath is about to begin, and will end with tomorrow’s sundown.  (The new header at the top is a Mount Rainier sunset reflection from Cooper Point Aug 24, 2015, captured by Tom Bigley.)

Happy Sabbath!

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MY RECENT CAMERA FAILS

Today’s header is a recent image of a coyote hot-footing it, nearly to the other side of the neighbor’s 200 acre Alfalfa field.  Sorry it’s out of focus.  How I miss my old Cannon Rebel’s telephoto lens.  You may have heard that sad story.  Two of my grand kids (all grown up now) were playing in a hot spring on the bank of the Salmon River in Idaho.  (Memory fails, also, and I don’t remember which branch of the Salmon.)  For a good camera angle, I waded out into the river.  Well, you know — slippery rock, awkward grandma, gravity.  Camera and I both went under.  The old Rebel tried to run afterward, but all it could do was rewind film.  Maybe it can be repaired, but I went to digital, and have upgraded several times.  Now, after several years I’m still trying to get the hang of my latest, a Panasonic FZ50.

A week or so ago, almost dark dark night, I took Cricket out.  While the little dog sniffed around about thirty feet from me, a Great Horned owl swooped over my head without a sound, right at her.  It really startled me.  Cricket, though, didn’t even bark, just danced around as though playing and went back to her sniffing, and the owl flew up into a tree.  Then it came back, and I went on the offensive, clapping and yelling and dashing toward the (almost) encounter.   Mr. or Mrs. owl apparently decided I was too much older, tougher and bigger than the little Long-haired Chihuahua morsel and veered off into the trees again.

But I learned something.  Before the attack, the owl made little mewing or crying sounds that I’d heard before and assumed were young coyotes yapping.  However,  a couple evenings later, not long after sunset, an owl soared onto some nearby dry Poplar limbs and watched us.  It again made the little cries (far different from their usual h-h-hoot hoot hoot).  I would like to know if it were mimicking a young animal to put its intended prey at ease, or if it were smacking its owl “lips” over anticipated din-din.

So here’s the second owl sighting, and second recent “camera fail” that I’ll admit to.   The image is a bit odd, an “accidental” if you will, but frankly I kinda like it.

great horned owl

great horned owl

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I’VE MOVED!

That is, my blog has moved.  You can find me now at www.grettagregg.com.  Come see what’s happening here.

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Happy Sabbath!

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HAPPY SABBATH — IT’S ALMOST SPRING

Pussy Willows!  Responding to spring’s Chinook winds here in the Walla Walla Valley, and waving a last goodbye to winter’s snow, Pussy Willows are welcome  indeed.

?????????????Yesterday, my friend, Brenda, placed an armload of the long willow stems in the University church and brought another armload to me.  This morning, when I took mine to the Eastgate SDA church, people laughed out loud and exclaimed, “Maybe spring is coming!”

Take heed to their “maybe”.   It’s been a long, cloudy winter here in the valley, and we’re never sure when another snow storm will hit.  In fact the snow level is way down on the Blue Mountains foothills again today, and I’m rejoicing.  The melting snow in the mountains feeds our aquifers.

Meanwhile, get outdoors and look for the pussy willows in your neighborhood.  And closer to your feet, watch for the first Snow Drop, Snow Crocus and Winter Aconite.  Mine are budding!

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BLUE HOST

My excitement for today:  my first two domains (.com’s), hosted by BlueHost, are about to go live.  One will continue the theme, “Come Smile With Me”.  The other will continue the theme of my history/travel book,  Yarns Beyond the Bend.  

This blog post is written because I can’t resist talking about the BlueHost thing, and to show yesterday morning’s shot of sunlight touching Mt Rainier.  I’d like to claim the photo for my own but it’s from the Paradise webcam.  It’s appropriate to introduce BlueHost, don’t you think?

Rainier Paradise Sunrise webcam 2 2 2014 (10) A reminder, you can follow the Paradise webcams at http://www.rainiervisitorguide.com/rainiercamera.html.  At the moment of this writing, Rainier is hiding behind clouds.  Wait a moment or two, and you might grab your own great shot of the Creator’s artistry.  Then again… who knows?

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