Sunday, May 31, 2015

The 100 Day Challenge: Day #56 - Downy Woodpecker

I caught a snap of this little guy, eating sunflower seeds. The starlings were hogging the suet feeder at the time.  They (the starlings) left shortly thereafter as they don't like the hot pepper suet.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The 100 Day Challenge: Day #55 - Black Headed Grosbeak

I've been trying to catch this guy and his mate in the same shot; no such luck today.

Friday, May 29, 2015

The 100 Day Challenge: Day #54 - Lake Tye

Today's walk took me to Lake Tye, in Monroe, WA.  The trail that goes around the lake is 1.6 miles.

 This is a red-winged black bird - much prettier when caught in flight.  

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The 100 Day Challenge: Day #53 - Lord Hill Park, Snohomish

The local paper warned of a cougar near a section of The Centennial Trail where I usually walk.  I've been avoiding the area for obvious reasons.  This morning, Kim and I headed for Lord Hill Park.  I hadn't been there in years.  Things did not look very familiar.  In fact, I remember a flat trail, but when we arrived, the first quarter mile was downhill.  I knew my hip would not be happy if I went too far.  It was a short walk, but I did manage a few shots.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The 100 Day Challenge: Day #52 - Wait For Me!

This was taken at Blackman's Lake in Snohomish.  I was going back to the Centennial Trail, but there was a cougar siting, and I decided I'd wait for another day.

Here's a few more shots from Hill Park/Blackman's Lake.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The 100 Day Challenge: Day #52 - Ready, Set, Go!

Now this is why I want a new camera.  A little fuzzy but I enjoyed trying to get a clear shot of the heron in flight.

Monday, May 25, 2015

The 100 Day Challenge: Day #50 - I'm Halfway There!

I can hardly believe I'm half-way through the challenge.  Today's photo is a shot of one of my planter boxes.  I couldn't find any pansies when I filled my boxes this year.  I decided to try something new.  The tag said it was appropriate for boxes. Actually I think it is a spreading type plant; it reminds me of Livingston Daisies.  I won't be planting them in the boxes next year, but they get a few points for being striking to look at.

And if you wondered about yesterday's picture - well, things didn't turn out as I had intended.  Most of the petals dropped off the cutting before I went to bed.  So I tossed the branches, and swept the petals into the glasses.  This is how they looked this morning.....I feel an art project coming on.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The 100 Day Challenge: Day #49

The other day I posted a picture of my neighbor's snowball tree.  A friend reminded about putting a cutting in colored water and then watching the change.  Today's picture is for Marcy, as will tomorrow's be.  I must admit I waited too long to take a cutting as a multitude of petals followed me from the tree to my kitchen sink.  Luckily a few remained on the branch.  We will see what tomorrow will bring.

Friday, May 22, 2015

The 100 Day Challenge: Day #47 - It's For The Birds

The pileated woodpecker and a black-headed grosbeak visited this morning.

The woodpecker picture was taken through a window with an iPhone 5.  I thought it turned out pretty good.  The grosbeak also with the iPhone but he let me get up pretty close.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The 100 Day Challenge: Day #46 - My Two Hot Dates!

We got to have a 2 hour visit with two of our grandsons today while their mom went off to have her hair cut in peace and quiet.  A Curious George movie, a game of Chutes and Ladders, a game of Guess Who, and some play time with trucks took up our time.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The 100 Day Challenge: Day #45 - Don't You Just Love A Snowball Tree?

This tree is in my neighbor's yard, and I just love it!  And I especially love neighbors that are much better gardeners than I am!  I am blessed in that regard.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The 100 Day Challenge: Day #44 - The Centennial Trail (Getchell Trailhead)

I'm working at hitting all the Centennial Trail access points, working my way north from Snohomish. Today we started at the Getchell Trailhead (just off Hwy 9 and 84th).  This is now my favorite part of the trail.  There was very little traffic noise.  There were equal amounts of shade and sunshine.  It was peaceful and green.

The Cottonwoods are in bloom!

Monday, May 18, 2015

The 100 Day Challenge: Day #43 - Memory Triggers

I passed this rockery on my walk this morning.  It reminds me of one of my favorite pictures of my grandson, with his head buried in a book shelf, looking for a toy.  I would share that picture so you can see the similarity, but he was in the middle of potty training, and he has a bare butt in the photo.