~ Birds Eye View ~ Weekly Photo Challenge: Transient ~

Black-headed Grosbeaks are extremely wary birds — quick to exit stage left the minute they see you and long before you can get your camera up and ready.  


Today, for the first time ever, two visited the feeder on my deck.  I knew if I moved they’d be gone, so I just watched them.  Later, while I was in the kitchen with my camera at hand, one of them returned!  Wow — happy first day of summer in the Western Hemisphere!

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~ Sunshine ~ In A Vase On Monday er…Tuesday! ~

My hydrangea blossoms are now in their light green/white/pale blue stage, and raspberries are ripening quickly.  Today’s vase (in my favorite heavy crystal one that holds heavy-headed stems well) is a mix of day lilies and penstemon.


At nine o’clock this evening we will experience the Summer Solstice so today is the last day of spring and tomorrow, the first day of summer in the northern hemisphere. Early summer is almost always lovely in the Pacific Northwest!

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for highlighting the beauty of cut stems.

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~ Stillness Verses Action ~ WPC: Focus ~

One morning while Jello and I explored the beach, I noticed three Turkey Vultures Cathartes aura gleaning the carcass of a pelican.  As I approached, the buzzards were loath to leave their prize.  My goal was to get close enough to snap a clear photo of the birds.


Later, as I looked through the shots I’d taken, I found those of the birds in action were much more interesting and exciting than the clear, clean shot I originally thought I wanted!



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~ Wordless Wednesday ~


Long Beach, WA ~ June 9, 2017

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~ Creating Order From Chaos ~ WPC: Order ~

I find it very satisfying to take something that is a chaotic mess and turning it into something beautiful, functional or just finished — like a basket of laundry or a jigsaw puzzle!


In early spring I posted a few times about my project to make the Willow tree remnant (aka stump) into a pleasing garden.  


As I worked on the project, pulling resources from my other gardens and spending time in the space, a vision started to take shape.


Always ready to soak in the sun and help me out, Jello attended my efforts!


Early morning and afternoon sunlight shines into this little nook, making it a nice place for coffee or a glass of wine!

To me, order is in the aesthetic that meets my eye. If something I’m working on isn’t visually pleasing, it nags at me until I figure out a solution!


chaos order

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~ Caligula Fatigue ~ Haiku Rants ~

Since January 21, 2017 I have been writing observations and reactions to the news in my country. Reading and hearing the accounts has been emotionally draining, and I found the best remedy for my ire was to distill my incredulity into this series of haiku comments.  As I’m sure the rancid poison (aka the truth) will continue its inexorable journey out of the mud and into the light of day, I suspect I’ll sometimes need to have my seventeen syllable rants — I’m also ready to focus on the sunnier side of my life for balance and sanity!


strap on polygraph

when the needle tells the truth

he will claim it’s rigged


exonerated —

not innocent not excused

not by a long shot


“excuses caucus”

note his inexperience

facts get in their way


they will prop him up

his impotence established

he must obey them


wheels keep on turning

more wrestling in mud ahead

time for a breather




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~ Florabunda ~ In A Vase On Monday ~

This past week Portland, Oregon (across the Columbia River from my home) celebrated their annual Festival of Roses.  Right on cue, roses throughout the region started their seasonal show.


Today’s vase, a tall crystal one with heavy base, features three varieties of rose along with Paeonia lactiflora ‘Sara Bernhardt’ Peony.



The above photos are of Rosa ‘Charisma’ — a short floribunda shrub with flowers that start out as lovely, tight, light-orange buds edged in red, and open out to a ruffled hot pink blossom with tangerine highlights.



Rosa ‘Easy Does It’ has a layered ruffled blossom in luscious pink to orange tones.


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Rosa ‘Madame A. Meilland’ (aka Peace Rose) blooms all summer in a corner behind a mature hydrangea. It is now nine feet tall, and as I walk out the front door of my home (a split-level) I am greeted by Peace Roses at nose and eye level!


Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for providing incentive to get back into the gardens and posting!

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