Suddenly (Finally) It’s Spring! …er, Summer!


The sun finally emerged two days ago after an interminable stretch of rain and gloom. But it has still been unseasonably cold –yesterday morning it was 32 degrees and the birdbaths had ice in them. 

Today, it reached 70 and the streets, lakes and beaches were loaded with people in shorts and tank tops. That old expression about England applies to us – if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.

It is gloriously, deliriously and exquisitely beautiful outside, sparkling and fresh. Although everything that blooms is a week or two late. Fine with me as we have a week of great weather ahead and I won’t have missed shooting a single cherry, plum or other kind of blossom. Because I only have about 3,000 shots of them in my library and one wouldn’t want to run out… :)
Here are some shots of one of our Blireiana plum trees (Prunus x blireiana). – g

April Rain

It’s supposed to be spring. But it’s been pouring. Or, to use the charming phrase from weather.com – “showers becoming a steady, soaking rain”. Oh well, we always look at it as free water for the garden.

These lovely robins are creating their own shower.


Last year I put a huge ceramic basin on top of one of the old stumps on the property and we filled it with water. It took months before any bird would touch it but now competition for a place in the tub is fierce between robins, jays, crows, flickers and even doves – there is literally a line up some days. These three were all in it at the same time, splashing about.

A robin has to bathe twice a day to keep his feathers clean or he can’t fly. Since we love our robins, we now have at least seven baths about the place.

It’s not a great shot as I grabbed it while standing at the kitchen sink, but their expressions crack me up. – g

Birthday Celebration!

Okay, well, in fact, my birthday was yesterday. But I was out all day celebrating. We had lunch with my family at Ivar’s Salmon House on Lake Union, then David and I popped home to change into shooting (grubbier) attire. As a birthday treat, he took me to the Bellevue Botanic Gardens “Garden d’Lights”.

Normally it’s season has ended by the first of the year but they extended it due to bad weather over the holidays. We’d never been and what a fantastic way to spend a birthday! And as we were walking on total awe of the display, a full moon emerged from tattered clouds, looking for all the world like the “ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas” of Alfred Noyes’ fabulous poem The Highwayman.

My Birthday Present


Each year we attend the Bellevue Arts Fair in July. Last year I discovered a new artist there, Marina Terauds, a master engraver and lithographer, and fell in love with all her work. I bought two small pieces but the one I really wanted was this one, “Nature Book”. I had put it out of my mind but my totally awesome husband contacted Marina and bought it for my birthday, having it especially inscribed by Marina. What an incredible surprise! Here it is framed and hanging in our dining room. – g

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