Friday, February 22, 2019

#Northwest Flower & Garden Festival - Saturday Snapshot

It's been several years since I've attended the Northwest Flower & Garden Festival, so I jumped at the chance to go this past week. The indoor festival is held at the Washington State Convention Center. This year's theme was "Gardens of the World," and the displays were amazing. I always wonder how the landscapers are able to create these beautiful scenes indoors with everything blooming to perfection. Waterfalls, too! Here are a few of the dozens of photos I took.
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This display was named "Notting Hill Modern English Garden."
The plants were all green and white, and the waterfall adds soothing sound.
The orbs lining the walkway are stainless steel.
 

"Alpenhaus - Switzerland and Germany"
"Escape to the Mountains" - influenced by the landscaper's work
on both sides of the Cascades Mountains, Washington State, US.
"Shalimar"
I'm not 100% certain, but I think this display is
"Fakeation - Create Your Destination."
That's a solar-powered stove on the left of the walkway.

"Mystic Garden" drew me in through its moon gate entrance.
This was my favorite display.

More info about the garden festival HERE.





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Friday, February 8, 2019

#Snow Days - #SaturdaySnapshot & Monday Walk

Our first snowfall this winter, so I had to get out and take some pictures around my neighborhood. Click on photos for a closer look.

Our neighborhood is on a hill. These steps lead down to another subdivision.
I didn't walk down there today -- too slippery! 
Looks like I'm not the first person to be out and about.
A little maple tree in my front yard.
Our lamppost looked like a double scoop of
ice cream! All it needs is a drizzle of chocolate
syrup and a cherry on top.
View out my back door.

Back indoors, cozy and warm.
We got more snow several days later. Here's a video of the big fluffy flakes. View on full screen to get the full effect.






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Friday, February 1, 2019

Outside My Comfort Zone - #SaturdaySnapshot

I'm a senior citizen. Although I'm active and hike and walk, my days and evenings are pretty tame--lunch with friends, meetings with writing groups, quilting, gardening, reading, watching movies on Netflix. I'm usually in bed by 11:00 pm. However, last weekend my son invited me to watch him perform at open mic night at Odd Otter Brewing Company in Tacoma. Here are a few photos I took during that step outside my comfort zone.

A 4-ounce glass of beer with just a little bit left. 
Delicious, and just my size!
I studied this device for a while before asking
my son, "Is this a jukebox?" He said, "Yes."
Quite different from the ones I remember.

Singers performed country songs, Beatles, and blues. One woman played the violin. Another recited poetry. None of them sounded like amateurs.

Here's my son, singing the blues and strumming on his Dobro-style guitar.
Sorry the photo is a little blurry. I couldn't get closer right then

and I didn't want to use a flash. I was trying not to be a pushy mom!
We had a great time. I plan to go to many more open mic nights in the future. It's fun to step outside my comfort zone occasionally!








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Friday, January 25, 2019

Ruston Way, #Tacoma - #SaturdaySnapshot

Last week I posted photos of the hiking group's outing to Tacoma's Puget Creek Natural Area (HERE). Today I'm sharing pictures of things we saw on the walk along Ruston Way, leading to the hike's trailhead.
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I found details about this bell online:
The Children’s Bell sculpture, which is located at 3800 Ruston Way, was a gift to Tacoma from “Washington Partnerships for Action, Voices for Empowerment (PAVE)” and other private donors in order to celebrate the life, spirit, and accomplishments of Washington PAVE Founder and Director Marty Gentili, who was born on May 28, 1942, and passed away on Feb. 28, 1993. The four-foot-tall bronze bell is decorated with children around the border and is meant to be rung and accessible by people with disabilities, according to Metro Parks Tacoma.


The Firefighters Memorial is located along Ruston Way, in front of the waterfront firehouse & fireboat station in Tacoma, WA. The memorial includes names of fallen local firefighters and a bronze statue of three firefighters, titled "Fully Involved" by sculptor Larry Perkins. Brick pavers are engraved with the names of donors that contributed to the building of the memorial.



This fantasy pterodactyl ("Sugar"), weighing 200 pounds, is part of a weather vane created by Mike Workman (and Janet Nix, painter). The entire weather vane is 28 feet tall, and the bird has an 11-foot wingspan.

Who fastened a Sears Tote-Cycle from the 1960s to this piling? Nobody knows.


Children at play, even on a wintry day. Mount Rainier on the horizon.


Walking back to the van with the snowcapped Olympic Mountains on the horizon.









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