28 February 2016

Between the sights

When our family visited Washington D.C. in Janauary, it was impossible not to notice everywhere the amazing patterns and textures and architecture of this amazing city -- from the chisel marks and wing-like shadows on the MLK Memorial to the curtains in the White House there was a lot of beauty to take in.

I haven't yet posted anything here about our 10-day trip, which was delightful in so many ways -- intellectually, visually, and even emotionally since we got to spend several days with dear friends and meet one-month-old Adeline.  Most of my photos show the things we did and learned -- all the usual attractions.  But I was stopped in my tracks and inspired to pull out my camera between visiting the attractions, too.  So, before I neglect it any longer, here's a bit of what I saw when I least expected it.

Sculpture Park on The Mall.
The Blue Room at The White House.
Looking up at the National Museum of the American Indian.
Drone and shadows at the National Air & Space Museum.
Columns and flags.
Skylights in the National Gallery.
Chandelier in the State Dining Room at the White House.
van Gogh

16 February 2016

On its way

We've settled into that wet, gray, slightly-oppressive time of year in Seattle when I long for sunny spring days and soil that's not too wet to garden in. 

Today, upon close inspection, my front garden reminded me that spring is on its way, although clearly not in any rush. The brown and dreary is giving way to the first buds of rhubarb leaves and contorted quince blossoms.  Crocuses are trying desperately to cheer us up and hold our attention until the daffodils can get their act together.  A few ground covers are lush and green and performing just as they should despite nobody taking notice.  The violets that I planted to remind me of Grandma Marguerite are tall (as tall as violets get that is) and fragrant.  And of course, right on time, the Lenten roses are looking lovely.

I think for the next 40 days I will try to give up being in such a hurry for winter to be done.