Photo of the Week - July 30, 2011

Hatiora cactus buds
at my next-door neighbor's house
July 30, 2011

Photo of the Week - July 29, 2011

Red Dragonfly resting on basking Western Pond Turtle

July 29, 2011
This juvenile Western Pond turtle is part of the species recovery program which is a collaborative effort between Woodland Park Zoo and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The program is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year; it is one of the most successful programs of its type. The number of Western Pond Turtles in the wild has grown tenfold since the program began.

This photograph was taken on the day when one-year-old juvenile Pond Turtles are released back into the wild after spending their first year growing large at Woodland Park zoo in Seattle. The extra time to mature gives the juvenile turtles head start against the predators they will face in the wild.

Photo of the Week - July 16, 2011

Carnival lights
Sinbad Ride
54th annual Capital Lakefair
Olympia, Washington
July 16, 2011

To see more images from Lakefair,
click on the image above to go to the Lakefair gallery

Composite image made from four separate fireworks images.

Lakefair fireworks display from the state Capitol campus in Olympia, Washington
July 17, 2011

Photo of the Week - July 16, 2011

Between the rain squalls on the new boardwalk
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Olympia, Washington
July 16, 2011

If you are taking a look at this picture months from now, you might assume it was taken on a fall or winter day. In fact, it was taken in mid-July. This particular July weekend will be remembered for the 1.2 inches of rain that fell. Our normal rainfall for the whole month of July is .8 inches!

There is a silver lining (literally silver) to this weather we've been having. The light has been quite amazing. And, this squall managed to clear out the vast majority of trail walkers who would normally  be found on the trail on a Saturday in July. Thus, we found ourselves enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Nisqually Delta interrupted only by the vociferous calls of the gulls and terns.

If you are interested in visiting the beautiful refuge at Nisqually, visit the refuge website

Photo of the Week - July 9, 2011

My newly painted Keen shoes
reflected in a very shiny bus hubcap

South Lake Union
Seattle, Washington
July 9, 2011

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