Friday, October 12, 2018

Sculpture - #SaturdaySnapshot

Some of the walks I take with the Auburn Senior Activity Center are in urban areas--alongside lakes, in parks, on city sidewalks. Here are a few photos of sculptures I've seen along the way.

In Olympia, Washington:



"From the Sea"
Artist: Hugh Bucholz
Medium: Silicon Bronze

"Pendant Mandala"
Artist: Kenneth Hall
Medium: Welded Steel and Fused Glass 
(Glass by Kathleen Heidenreich)
 

"Diver"
Artist: Kevin Au
Medium: Stainless Steel


"Motherhood"
Artist: Simon Kogan
Medium: Cast Bronze
Date Acquired: 10/1/1999
Location: Percival Landing at Thurston Avenue

Near the Kirkland, Washington, waterfront (Lake Washington): 


Unfortunately, I couldn't find any information about the artist who created this sculpture.

Leap Frog
Bronze
Artist: Prince Monyo Mihailescu-Nasturel
Location: Marsh Park, 6605 Lake Washington Blvd NE
Gift from the Danz family, 1991


Centennial Fountain
Bronze
Artist: James Fitzgerald
Location: Marina Park, 25 Lakeshore Plaza
Gift funded by the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), King County Arts Commission,
Community Friends, and International Rotary

Links to more information about these sculptures and others in these areas:






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Friday, October 5, 2018

Mount St. Helens - Odds & Ends - #SaturdaySnapshot

These random photos, taken during my three-day hiking adventure at Mount St. Helens, don't fit into a specific category. I've labeled them "Odds and Ends." 
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We followed this logging truck for quite a ways. I thought the juxtaposition of the logs on the truck and the clear-cut hillside to the left of the road, along with the stand of trees up ahead, made an interesting picture.



I always wonder what caused huge rock outcroppings like the one below. It's not far from Mount St. Helens. Was it the result of the volcano's eruption?


The view of Spirit Lake (Mount St. Helens) from Windy Ridge. The white mass on the lake is made up of logs.



I decided NOT to climb to the top of the observation area at Windy Ridge.


A casualty of the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980. The car's owners perished in a nearby cabin during the eruption. More info about this story and the area HERE.




The trip to Mount St. Helens was a lot of fun, and I'm already looking forward to next summer's adventure. I wonder where the senior center will take me!



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Friday, September 28, 2018

Mount St. Helens (Post 4) - Covel Creek Trail & #Waterfall - #SaturdaySnapshot

As I mentioned in my first Mount St. Helens post (link here), the Auburn Senior Activity Center's hiking group stayed at Cispus Learning Center. Not far from our lodgings we explored the Covel Creek Trail, out last hike of the trip. 
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Underneath the trail sign is a note: "Bridges Removed." That meant we had to scramble across creek beds. Our hiking poles sure came in handy! Luckily, there wasn't very much water in the streams in August.

The trail was well-marked and wide in most places, though there were steep and narrow sections farther on.


Our destination: Covel Creek Falls. I imagine there's much more water earlier in the summer, as compared to August, but it was still an amazing feeling to walk behind a waterfall.



Here's the view from behind the falls. So cool!



A mossy picnic shelter along the path.


On the way back, we walked along the Trail for the Blind. I tried closing my eyes and relying on the yellow rope for guidance, but there were too many roots and rocks for me to feel steady. I wondered how blind people were able to navigate it safely. 










More info about Covel Creek Trail and Falls: HERE



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Friday, September 14, 2018

Mount St. Helens (Post 3) / Norway Pass Trail - #SaturdaySnapshot

The highlight of my overnight hiking trip with the Auburn Senior Activity Center was the hike up the Norway Pass Trail. The operative word here is "up." Not steep but relentless. However, the magnificent views were worth the trek. FYI: Our group consisted of ten women, including two senior center representatives. 
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Ready to go.

Along the trail we snacked on huckleberries. I would have been afraid to munch on wild berries, but our knowledgeable leaders knew which ones would be okay to eat. These were perfectly ripe and sweet. Within minutes our fingers were stained blue.




On this beautiful day we could see both Mount Adams and Mount Rainier, two volcanoes in the Cascade Mountains.

Mount Adams on the horizon
The snow-capped crest of Mount Rainier peeking over the hilltops
Dead trees from the 1980 eruption still cover the hillsides surrounding Mount St. Helens, along with new growth of trees and wildflowers.



Bleached remains of trees on the hillside that were mowed down 
by the volcano's blast

When I got tired or out of breath, I set a goal of walking to a certain tree or clump of flowers on the path ahead and then would stop there to catch my breath. In this way, I made it to the top.


Almost there!
Here's the magnificent payoff: a million dollar view of Mount St. Helens and Spirit Lake. Perfect place to stop for lunch, isn't it?


The white area on the lake's surface is a mat of trees blown down during the volcano's eruption. (Curious? You'll find more about this HERE.)

A before-and-after photo by the U.S. Geological Survey is posted on the "PBS News Hour" website - HERE.

The distance between the Johnston Ridge Observatory and the Norway Pass Trailhead isn't far... as the crow flies. The map below shows the route by car. The blue patch on the map, between the Johnston Ridge Observatory and Norway Pass, is Spirit Lake.

Thanks for going along with me on my visit to Mount St. Helens. I'll post a few more photos next Saturday.







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