Vessels of Light

Today I made my annual trip to Skagit Valley for the Tulip Festival. The bloom had been so delayed by the cold spring that I thought I wouldn’t go this year. But at nearly the last minute (well, the last official day of the festival), I drove up to the valley early and arrived pretty much before anyone else. Usually I go three or four times a year but I knew this would be the only visit for this season.

Although tulips are not my favorite flower, or even my favorite flower to photograph, no other captures light and holds it so vividly, offering it gratefully back up to the sun. – g

Please Help to Save the Frogs

I love frogs. Always have. One of my family nicknames is Frog. The other is Toad, which I was given at a young age due to Mom’s love of The Wind in the Willows.

Frogs, and other amphibians, are facing extinction from a host of mostly man-made threats. Each of us can contribute to helping prevent the disappearance of these wonderful and vital creatures. For example, at Hillhaven, we have completely eliminated any chemical pesticides and herbicides. Yes, this means a bit more work weeding and so on, but so what?

Please read up on this very dire situation to understand it and see what you can do. Thank you. – g

Crown Imperial

Taken this morning, at Green Lake park. Fritillaria imperialus or as Perdita in A Winter’s Tale called them, Crown Imperial.

The Green Cherry tree, Prunus serrulata ‘Ukon’ – g

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