Gone to Tucson…

May 28, 2013 § 4 Comments

Salmon Benedict

Salmon Benedict

I’m away in the sun…and the HEAT!!! baking out the moss and the mildew of the Pacific NW…at this award-winning oasis of a B&B in Tucson, The Azure Gate. I mean, to have someone cook you breakfast every morning…

Chef, Dennis Widman, of The Azure Gate B&B in Tucson, AZ.

Chef, Dennis Widman, of The Azure Gate B&B in Tucson, AZ

…breakfasts like this? I may not come back…

Gila Woodpecker

Gila Woodpecker

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Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background

May 25, 2013 § 4 Comments

Inside The Bean - Chicago 2010

Inside Anish Kapoor’s “Cloud Gate” – The Bean – Chicago 2010

My dear friend Amy and I took the train into downtown Chicago for the day. It was cold. I’d never experienced Chicago Cold. Comes with wind and a chill factor. Here we are, frozen inside Anish Kapoor’s amazing sculpture, “Cloud Gate.” NicknamedĀ The Bean.

It seems to freeze everything in the background right up front. Even the earth as snow pattern on its surface, giving a visceral visual literal experience of how small the world really is. How minuscule a problem I’ve made too huge to grasp, or shrunken perspective I might harbor about something in my life, it takes all of that and stretches it out together, showing what’s really important.

What I mean to say is, even though Amy lives way over there in Chicago and I rarely see her – she’s someone in the background of my life – she is always right here before me in my world. One I can circle in under a minute.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Patterns

May 18, 2013 § 2 Comments

Patterns1Patterns2Patterns3Patterns4Patterns5I’d like to thank the Bainbridge Island Water Polo team for making these patterns possible…and for making Pauline (1989 Honda Civic @ 363,500 miles) shine like new.

SunDaze

May 9, 2013 § 6 Comments

On the Columbia - Hood River, Oregon - April 24

On the Columbia – Hood River, Oregon – April 24

We’ve been having some crazy warm weather here in the Northwest. Last month while traveling for the school visit in White Salmon, I stayed overnight atĀ Hood River Inn. If you’ve got pets (which I don’t) this is a pretty nifty place to bring them on your trip. They get to bunk with you in your room just like kids. Dogs everywhere. Even on the water.

Sunday it hit 85 on Bainbridge Island. Deliriously balmy. Summer is here at last! Well…that’s what the weather viewer on my computer dashboard led me to believe, showing bright yellow sunballs every day this week with temps in the 70’s etc etc…but Monday morning woke gray and windy and cold as winter – until about 5pm, when the sun stepped out and braised the temp to its high. I always forget. Yes, it’s going to reach the predicted high, yes, there will be sunshine…along about sunset. I’m not complaining, just admitting that it only takes one blazin’ sun daze and I’m an addict.

Camp-NaNoWriMo-2013-Winner-Campfire-Circle-BadgeMost of April was very conducive to writing, however. And in case you were wondering – I did earn my Camp NaNoWriMo badge. 50,150 words. Wheee! May your days be sun daze from here on out. – Pierr

MayFlower Gifts

May 4, 2013 § 2 Comments

tree peony, rosemary sprig, lilac, mock orange

tree peony, rosemary sprig, lilac, mock orange

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