Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Eastern Washington

On March 22 and 23 we were in eastern Washington to visit our handicapped son and celebrate his birthday.  We drove there through the night and so did not have opportunity to take any pictures.  We probably would not have gotten many pictures in any case since the weather was terrible and the passes and roads very bad.  On the way home, however, the weather was changing and we had beautiful skies and some sunshine.  We had gone by way of Interstate 90 and Snoqualmie Pass, but went home by way of State Highway 2 and Stevens Pass.  Highway 2 winds through the irrigated farmland of eastern Washington before crossing the Columbia River and crossing the North Cascades.  We love traveling through this area because of the many abandoned homesteads and old buildings and barns along the way.  The land is still intensively farmed, but the smaller farms have disappeared and only the abandoned buildings remain.

After negotiating Stevens Pass, stopping once for pictures, and after fighting rush hour traffic north of Seattle, we arrived home to clear skies and a setting sun which had turned Mount Baker to gold.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Southern California

I was in the Redlands, California, area for a couple of days last week, and though I had little time for sightseeing, I did get out for a walk one evening and again the next morning, and had opportunity to take a few photos as well, mostly of wildflowers.  I had no way of identifying the wildflowers and have made no further effort to do so.  If anyone wants to help the help would be most welcome.  I stayed with a friend in Mentone and the pictures were taken near his home.


In the Garden


Spider with Prey