Photo of the Week - July 27, 2013

Travelers at the International Arrivals
Baggage Claim
Seattle Tacoma International Airport
Seattle, WA
July 27, 2013
For many of us, a trip to the airport means either excitement or dread at the prospect of security lines, overhead carry-on bins and a long flight to somewhere exotic. Recently, a group of friends and I made SeaTac Airport our destination for the day. After a wonderful breakfast at Geraldine's Counter in Columbia City, we grabbed the Sound Transit Link Light Rail and rode the train in comfort to the airport.
Not surprisingly, the airport is a great launching pad for an adventure. There is lots of public art, interesting architecture, people on the go and food to grab along the way. My friends and I explored SeaTac from top to bottom; from the chapel on the second floor to baggage claim on the ground floor. I think several airplane passengers thought us odd to be so enthralled with the place - I like to think we were awed by the sights in our own backyard.
Check out more photos from our adventure here

Photo of the Week - July 24, 2013

Barstools, Sunlight and Reflections
Fourth Avenue Tavern
Olympia, WA
July 24, 2013

Photo of the Week - July 22, 2013

Marine Creature Monday
Handling a Sea Star

Boston Harbor Marina
Olympia, WA
July 22, 2013

Stream Team is a program coordinated by the communities of Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey and Thurston County, with funding from storm and surface water utilities. Stream Team provides citizens the opportunity to learn about the environment, attend workshops and participate in restoration and watershed management projects.

One of the most popular event series Stream Team sponsors is Marine Creature Mondays, which are held at Boston Harbor Marina. Scuba divers collect underwater creatures and bring them up onto the dock, where marine biologists explain and explore the critters. Hands-on exploration of sea stars and other specimens is encouraged.

Photo of the Week - July 12, 2013

Adult Violet-green swallow in flight; about to feed begging juvenile
Lakewood, WA
July 12, 2013

Swallows are a great summertime pleasure in our part of the country. Arriving in late spring, they are harbingers of warm days and pleasant outdoor evenings. As the sun gets low in the sky you can see various species of swallows skimming the surface of local ponds on the hunt for flying insects.

Violet-green swallows are summer residents in American West. Although they resemble Tree swallows with their dark backs and white underbellies, these swallows shine with an iridescent green when they catch the light just right.

After juvenile Violet-green swallows leave the nest (23-24 days) both parents continue to feed them. You can see the youngsters perched on high branches and snags, frantically beating their wings to signal their parents of their seemingly endless hunger. The actual transfer of freshly caught insect to hungry juvenile takes less than a second of action-packed aerial acrobatics.

Photo of the Week - July 2, 2013

Swallowtail Butterfly
Bellevue Botanical Garden

Bellevue, WA
July 2, 2013
The Bellevue Botanical Garden has roots dating back to 1984, when the Shorts Family donated their family home and gardens to the City of Bellevue as a public park. One of the first parts of the park to be developed was the Perennial Border created by the Northwest Perennial Alliance.
For the past several decades, dedicated volunteers have developed and maintained the wonderful beds and beautiful plants of the Perennial Garden. The beds are carefully planned for their color, texture and smell. The perennial garden gradually shifts throughout the year, so there is almost always something in bloom. In recent years, the perennial garden was renovated, expanded and became more accessible to all visitors.
Bellevue Botanical Garden website
Be sure to check out the collections search - nearly every plant in every part of the garden is documented - many photographs included 

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