Hope Springs Eternal

Spring is my favorite season. Winter chill gives way to a time of regrowth, awakening, rejuvenation and hope. Naturally, this is the time I like to visit local gardens. Seattle has a little treasure, not nearly as well known (if at all) as University of Washington's Arboretum, Kubota Garden or the Bellevue Botanical Garden. At... Continue Reading →

Great Blue Heron

This is as close as I've ever gotten to a great blue heron. I also had a little help from a telephoto lens.  The snapshot was taken at the estuarine reserve called the Skagit Wildlife Area north of Seattle where on luckier days I might've seen thousands of snow geese resting or flying overhead.

What’s in a Tulip?

Washington's Skagit Valley has some of the world's great tulip fields. In April, hordes of visitors descend on Mount Vernon to take in the brilliant displays, a spectacle well worth the hour and a half's drive north from Seattle. Admirers take plenty of pictures because the swaths of color never cease to amaze. The tendency... Continue Reading →

COA, Great Mexican Dining in the Skagit Valley

Fire burn, and caldron bubble. The Bard came to mind because the broth bubbled non-stop in a fiercely hot molcajete, like a fire underneath that didn't extinguish until dinner was almost done. This wasn't a witches' brew but a tasty stew of grilled chicken, carne asada, shrimp, nopal, tomatoes, pico de gallo, pickled red onions and queso asadero... Continue Reading →

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