Photo of the Week - March 31, 2011

Daffodils planted by elementary school students
McLane School Trail
Olympia, WA
March 31, 2011
This project was spearheaded by former Secretary of State Ralph Munro and forester Dave Pearsall. They brought McLane neighbors, the Department of Transportation, Thurston County Road Department and others together to plant trees along the Evergreen Parkway corridor. Their trail through the forest passes by thousands of trees planted by McLane school children. During the springtime, there are more than 10,000 daffodils blooming along the McLane School trail. All of them were planted by local school children.
The trail provides hands on environmental education for the children of McLane Elementary School. In addition to planting trees and bulbs, the kids have built nesting boxes, bat houses, mason bee houses and other support structures for native wildlife.

Photo of the Week - March 11, 2011

Ruby Crowned Kinglet
Regulus calendula
Male taking flight at Swantown Marina
Olympia, WA
March 11, 2011

Measurements:
Length
3.5–4.3 in        9–11 cm

Wingspan
6.3–7.1 in        16–18 cm

Weight
0.2–0.4 oz        5–10 g

Common Winter Resident in the Puget Sound lowlands


Photo of the Week - March 10, 2011


Sand Man at the end of the Rainbow
Percival Landing
Olympia, WA

March 10, 2011
Information on the life of the 100 year old tug, Sand Man, can be found in the article "Vintage tugboat Sand Man to shine at Saturday centennial" at Pacific Northwest Boating News

Photos of the boat, past and prsent, can be found at the Sand Man Foundation's website.




Highlights of the Life of Sand Man
1910 – 1987
Commercially operated tugboat / towboat throughout Puget Sound; always locally owned and based in Olympia


1975
Sand Man began racing in Olympia’s annual Labor Day tugboat races


1987 - 2005
Restoration of the boat (minor work continues)


1998
Listed on the National Register of Historical Places – Vessels


2005 – present
After being out of the water for nearly seven years, Sand Man was re-launched on Sept. 1, 2005. Since then, she has been operated as a floating museum at Percival Landing, dedicated to the maritime heritage of Olympia and South Puget Sound

Photo of the Week - March 7, 2011

Plein Air Painter
and the Curious Passerby
Corner of E. Denny Way and E. Olive Way
Seattle, WA
March 7, 2011


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Bella and Her Swell Fellas


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Bella has Cerebellar hypoplasia. The cerebellum is the portion of the brain responsible for the control of motion. Bella was born with an underdeveloped cerebellum. She is a normal, happy cat who loves to play with string. She is a bit awkward and falls down frequently; But, she gets right back up, dusts herself off and jumps back into the thick of things.

Cats affected with Cerebellar Hypoplasia do not get better or worse. They are not in pain and they are expected to have a normal lifespan.
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Photo of the Week - February 28, 2011

Playing around with new cameras
February 28, 2011
Canon G series Color Accent Feature

Photo of the Week - February 25, 2011

Late afternoon sun
Tree and Sculpture
Seattle, WA
February 25, 2011

With its waterfront view and open landscape, the Olympic Sculpture Park is the perfect place to take visitors on a sunny winter day in Seattle. The Olympic Mountains across Puget Sound, ships in Elliott Bay, and vibrant neighborhood enhance the park's location.

We were lucky enough to capture some wonderful late afternoon light and shadows on our visit.

The backdrop of this image is Richard Serra's Wake (2004), a series of 5 mammoth steel structures curving through the park space. To read more about the sculpture, go to SAM's website

Photo of the Week - February 24, 2011

Footsteps in the Snow
Tumwater Historical Park
Tumwater, WA
February 24, 2011

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