Luscious ~ Sunday Stills ~ Orange

Oh!  This lush hue that spans the wheel from just about yellow, to almost red; such vibrant tones — all of them orange.

 

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Cycling Mt. Constitution ~ Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Adventure

For over ten years, when Creighton and I took our summer vacation on Orcas Island, bicycling on all of the islands was our primary activity. Cycling from Beach Haven, to Moran State Park (9 miles) then up Mt. Constitution, and back to the cabin, became a yearly adventure. At 2,409 feet, Mt. Constitution is the highest point in the San Juan Islands. The road to the summit is 4.7, narrow miles of switchbacks, a true challenge with ten speed bicycles.

Half way up there is a large turn out where we would reconnect and rest. Creighton snapped the photo of me as I approached the false summit in 1988. The two photos beside it give a sense of the terrain and the view. At the top, I was pretty pleased, and the weather provided fantastic views of Mt. Baker, the surrounding islands, the Olympics and Canada.

 

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Weather Harbingers ~ Sunday Stills ~ Clouds

 Clouds are weather harbingers. On this cool July morning at Crescent Lake, Oregon, with fishing lines in the water, I looked up to see this lovely cloud formation. With no other clouds around, it drifted and faded into a clear blue sky and a hot summer day.P1000451

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Talk To Me Again ~ Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Dialogue

For this week’s challenge, we are to bring two separate, original photographs together into a visual dialogue.

 

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Talk To Me ~ Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Dialogue

For this week’s challenge, we are to bring two separate, original photographs together into a visual dialogue.

 

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Hand-Cranked Wine ~ Sunday Stills ~ Alcohol

IMG_0006 In the 1990’s my husband and I began making wine. Living close to the vineyards of Yamhill, Oregon, we bought grapes in bulk and processed them through a hand-cranked stemmer-crusher. Red wines are crushed, fermented and then pressed, while white wines are pressed right after being crushed, and then fermented. These photos are of a Pinot Gris crush, when my family joined in to help.

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As we aged, and the price of good wine lowered, while the price of good grapes skyrocketed, we sold the equipment and turned our energies to other activities. What fun it was though, on those cold October days when we’d get the call – time for harvest!

wine making - Version 2

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Unraveled ~ Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Fray

After about a half hour of constant chirp calling, this young Song Sparrow looked a little frayed around the edges, when his efforts went unanswered. For three mornings he performed this ritual, perched in the same clump of Clematis. I never heard him break into the characteristic Song Sparrow warble however, which may account for his lack of success finding a friend.

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