Photo of the Week - August 25, 2010

Inquiring minds want to know - is it possible that spray paint does not stick to porcelain sinks?
It sure seems to stick to everything else.
Taken in the restroom of Olympia's world famous, and quite tasty, Old School Pizzeria, home of some of the best New York style pepperoni slices this side of the Hudson River. Come for the food, or to catch up with some of your favorite tunes, or to view some teen heartthrob posters from the good old days.

Taken August 25, 2010
Olympia, WA

Bellevue College Fall Courses

Digital Photography Workshop

October 13, 16 and 20, 2010
Wednesday 6 -9 PM, Saturday 9 AM -1 PM
Improve your digital camera technique and artistic vision in this hands-on class. Begin with a pre-field trip camera and composition review session. The Saturday field trip will cover aesthetics such as lighting, framing and subject placement. In addition, you will explore camera overrides and playback options. Images from the field trip will be critiqued during the final classroom sessions. Familiarity with emailing photos recommended. You will need a digital camera and your instruction manual. Minimum camera requirements – 3 megapixel or higher with flash and basic exposure adjustments.


Digital Photography: Introduction

Thursdays September 30 - November 18,  6 -9 PM
Are you interested in editing and printing your photos at home? Do you want better images from your digital camera? Learn the basics of creating digital images, color correction and image manipulation. Topics include digital camera operation, editing printing, and composition. Each class period includes

Photo of the Week August 22, 2010


This past weekend, we had a bit of an adventure at our house. We've got several large trees in the backyard which are prime habitat for Grey Squirrel families. "Our" squirrels had a successful litter this spring, the evidence of which are the pair of awkward acrobats currently learning to leap limb from limb.

This past Saturday night, we learned we had another litter when a tiny creature fell over 30 feet from its nest to the back lawn. Immediately, the little fella began squealing for its mama in one of the loudest, high pitched voices one can imagine.

Here are the proper steps for making a surrogate nest when you encounter a squirrel fallen from its nest:
  1. Find a container such as a small box.
  2. Fill the box with leaves, paper towels or a clean, soft cloth. Place the nest in the tree or bush closest to where the animal was found, out of the sun and rain, as high up as you can safely manage. 
  3. Place the animal(s) in the nest (wear gloves) and leave the area.
This is precisely what we did. However, when we returned 2 hours later, the little fella had not been reunited with its parent. So, it was off to the warm garage for a night of 4 hour feedings.

On Sunday, we contacted PAWS who gave us information on contacting a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. We connected with Carol, a wildlife rehabilitator working out of Tenino, who was willing to help out our little friend.

If you should ever find yourself in our situation, be sure to check with PAWS or your local animal welfare agency. In Washington State, the WDFW maintains a referral list of trained licensed wildlife rehabilitators. Do not attempt to treat or raise a wild animal yourself; it’s illegal. Call a licensed wildlife rehabilitator immediately and follow their instructions. All species are different in their capture, care and handling requirements. If you are not properly trained, you could make their situation worse or kill them. If handled improperly, animals may lose their natural fear of humans and become more vulnerable to predation or injury. These animals are referred to as “imprints,” a condition often irreversible, and which dooms the animal to euthanasia.

Photo of the Week August 13, 2010

Lewis Creek Park is a Bellevue treasure in the making. Long known for its preservation of open space, former farmland and wildlife corridors, Bellevue has expanded its natural holdings to the south side of I-90. Formerly the Peltola Farm, this 55 acre park features wetland, forest and meadow trails. The trails offer an escape from the bustle of surrounding neighborhoods and give a glimpse of the wildlife and flora which make the park home.

When out on the trails, be sure to look and listen for signs of Lewis Creek Park's inhabitants - the distinctive munching of rabbits in the meadow; rustle and call of marsh wrens in the wetland; taps and excavations of all manner of woodpeckers and flickers in the woods; and , the insistent buzz of hummingbirds as they feed on the various wildflowers of the park.

To learn more about the park, check out this Seattle Times article

Photo of the Week August 9, 2010

The Bumping River runs through the William O. Douglas Wilderness just east of Chinook Pass and the Pacific Crest trail. Its gentle slope makes the river an ideal (if buggy) place for a quick summer backpack trip.

After spending three nights camping along the Bumping River, we decided to take advantage of some of its crystal clear water. Our river walk took us about 1/3 of a mile downstream from our campsite to a series of small waterfalls. The waterfalls cascade over beautiful layered basalt which juts at many angles from both stream and canyon.

Fortunately for us, the weather had warmed up enough to make the frigid mountain water bearable to our feet!

To find out more about the William O. Douglas Wilderness, click here

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