Prehistoric Botanical Exhibit

Looking for something fun to do with the kids this summer? The W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory, located in Tacoma, Washington, has a summer exhibit titled Dig It: Prehistoric Plants. It reminds me of a miniature version of Jurassic World. While walking through the conservatory, look down AND look up to find miniature dinosaurs randomly placed in the tropical foliage.  Beware the T-Rex! You might even spot a Triceratops or a Pteranodon! There’s even a photo-op area with a dinosaur mural as a back-drop. It’s great fun for the kids and for the kid in adults, too! The exhibit continues through August 11.

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Espying Mount Rainier Through the Clouds

Some days are great; some days not so great. I am referring to visiting Mount Rainier National Park and actually being able to see the mountain in its full glory. I always check out the live web cam first before heading out the door. A blue sky day is obviously a good time to visit the park, but sometimes certain types of clouds make for very interesting backgrounds for the mountain, especially wispy cirrus clouds and some fair weather cumulus clouds. One has to be very careful, though, when there’s lower level cumulus clouds around, because they tend to gather around the mountain summit, or rather I should say that the mountain attracts the clouds, creating some of the most bizarre cloud formations, such as this one with a tail.

As time went by, the clouds thickened, and they made for some ghostly shots with my camera. Every now and then the clouds parted just a tiny bit for me to espy the mountain. Here are some of the shots I was able to get off being patient with the clouds.

Finally, as the day wore, on the clouds thinned a bit, and the mountain once again began to show itself, and I was able to frame a shot that I was well satisfied with.

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Return to Heronswood Garden

A month ago I visited Heronswood Garden, located in Port Gamble, Washington. It was my first time visiting, and I had promised myself to return in a month to view changes in the seasonal blooms. All I can say is, wow! This is a most beautifully manicured garden. One can feel the love put into maintaining and caring for it. I even found another area of the garden I had missed the last time visiting. I hope you enjoy the images. If you live in the area, I highly recommend visiting the garden. It is open on weekends only, with limited visiting hours.

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Late Spring Blooms

Just when you thought spring blooms were over, up pops some of the most beautiful flowers of the season! Mid to late spring brings colorful blooms such as Wisteria, Lilies, Poppies, Peonies and more.

Paeonia lactiflora

Paeonia lactiflora

Himalayan Blue Poppy (Meconopsis lingholm)

Himalayan Blue Poppies

Korean Dogwood (Cornus kousa)

Calla Lily “Green Goddess”

Hosta Plants and Ferns

Spiderwort (Tradescantia)

Mountain Laurel (Spoonwood)

 

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The Art of Calla Lilies

I love to photograph Calla Lilies! They are so photogenic with their many varied shapes and forms of flower blooms. So here I present to you some artsy Calla Lilies!

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