Wednesday, October 31, 2007
These jack-o-lanterns were decorated by the residents and staff of the Forks Hospital Long Term Care, and on display at the local grocery store - Thriftway. They've been cheering us up at the entrance for a couple of weeks.
A little greeter at the door...
This is what the trick-or-treaters saw as they turned around after getting candy.
There's a battery-operated candle flickering in the pumpkin that you can't see in the light of the flash.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
This is the lookout from the highway (in a previous post - see it here: http://forkswadailyphoto.blogspot.com/2007/07/lookout-view.html ) . The little white shelter at the top of the hill is the lookout. I cropped quite a bit of the lower hill just to be able to see the lookout in the picture.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
With the clear skies come cold nights - we covered the dahlias against frost, and we have the fireplace going.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
The sun was lighting everything up and the highlights were different than I usually see. Me and my camera - kid in a candy store.
We passed the century mark with rain here - we have had 100 inches of rain for the year so far, on our way to an average year of 120 inches.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
This was taken during the summer, on one of the few days that there was a vacancy in town. That usually only happens during the week. The weekends are very busy at all of the motels during the summer, we're very glad to say. Winter is a little different, though there are a lot of fisherfolk and hunters in the appropriate seasons. As well as hotels, there are bed and breakfasts, RV parks, cabins, lodges, and lots of campgrounds in and out of Olympic National Park.
(If you want a list of options to come and visit, see the Chamber of Commerce site link at the bottom of the page.)
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
On display at Tillicum Park at the north end of Forks is the Shay Locomotive, Rayonier No. 10.
According to the sign:
"Locomotives played an important part in timber history for over a hundred years. True 'work horses' of the Peninsula, they hauled huge quantities of timber. But, they took a lot of expertise to build, operate, and maintain.
"The Shay locomotive is named for inventor Ephraim Shay of Cadillac, Michigan.
"Not only could Shay's locomotive run on crude wooden rails, but it had tremendous power and traction to pull heavy loads up hills. It could also negotiate sharp curves and uneven terrain. Shay was one of the first in the United States to use locomotives to haul logs."
There wasn't anything on the signs about the significance of this particular engine. I believe it is just one of the engines used.
Friday, October 19, 2007
We have one apple tree in our yard, which gives two types of apples, due to the graft on one side. The original part produces the small, red crab apples, suitable only for applesauce. The grafted part produces Yellow Delicious apples, suitable for eating, baking, and applesauce, too. It's the time of year for apples to be coming ripe, and decorating the trees in varying colors and types. My favorite is the Arkansas Black, but I can't find them anymore. Next in line is the Granny Smith - tart, crunchy, and great in hand or in pie.
We've already picked some off of our tree, and need to get some more before the storm knocks them off. I may plant another apple tree or two - it's one of the few fruits my husband likes, and they keep well.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
We needed some asphalt removed yesterday, and got some entertainment in the process. It only took a couple of hours to remove the asphalt and do some digging, and we got to watch it happen. My husband actually told me I looked like I was having too much fun watching. Is there such a thing as too much fun? Actually, we both wanted to get aboard and operate it ourselves. I haven't ever operated anything like this and just knew I'd put a hole through the house or something, so, didn't even ask. Fascinating to watch, though. I've seen most sorts of construction equipment in my years, and just never get tired of watching the ease with which a good operator does the work. They make it look like so much fun, though I know it takes practice. I think there is the one guy who does this kind of work around town and has the toys to do it.
We were out watching the Big Girl Toy :~} when the rainbows of yesterday's post happened.
I have been tagged by Durban Daily Photo http://www.durbandailyphoto.blogspot.com/ .
So, here are 8 things you may not know about me (and I'm willing to reveal :~}
1. I own a lot of fabric, and, like Kim of Seattle Daily Photo, sometimes I even sew with it.
2. I crochet and have quite a collection of yarn, too.
3. Well, don't forget the paper collection - for scrapbooking, cardmaking, origami, paper crafts.
(These make me a hobbyist, not a pack rat! :~} Which I keep telling myself.)
4. I can be an obsessed picture taker - my husband and (grown) kids just shake their heads and sometimes stick around. Thank heavens for digital!
5. The thing most people notice about me is my hair - it's blonde with gray streaks, reaches my knees, and there's a lot of it. The longest I had it was to the middle of my calves 1.5 years ago. I cut 12 inches or so every couple of years and send it to Locks of Love ( http://www.locksoflove.org/ ).
6. We have 6 grandchildren that we don't see nearly often enough, but none live close, either.
7. I love to read and reread - science fiction, mysteries, fiction, local stories, ... I reread the first six Harry Potters before the 7th came out. We just read the Twilight, Eclipse, and New Moon series that is set in Forks. Mrs. Pollifax cracks me up. Most of my reading is light and escapist.
8. We don't watch TV, don't even have a connection to the house for cable or satellite (which is the only way to get anything here). Don't want it or miss it.
I am tagging these eight City Daily Photo sites:
1. St Louis, MO, USA http://saintlouismodailyphoto.blogspot.com/
2. The other Forks, WA, USA site http://forkswadailycityblog.blogspot.com/
3. Luxembourg Daily Photo http://dailyphoto-stephane.blogspot.com/2007/10/work.html
4. Oslo, Norway Daily Photo http://oslodailyphoto.blogspot.com/
5. Portland, Oregon, USA Daily Photo http://portlandoregondailyphoto.blogspot.com/
6. Vancouver, BC, Canada http://dailyphotovancouver.blogspot.com/
7. Port Angeles, WA USA http://portangelesdailyphoto.blogspot.com/
8. St. Kilda, Victoria, Australia http://stkildatoday.blogspot.com/
These are the rules:
1. Link to your tagger.
2. Post these rules.
3. List eight (8) random facts about yourself.
4. Tag eight people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).
5. Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving them a comment on their blogs.
and 6. Have fun with it!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Today was one of those beautiful days that kept changing from storm to sun, then back to storm, which results in a rainbow if you are in the right place. We got a double rainbow. The lower rainbow was there for more than half an hour, the double for 10 minutes at least, quite a while on a semi-stormy day. We happened to be outside, so saw it form and fade. I was taking pictures of something else, so, actually had camera in hand.
I like the thought that Forks is the treasure at both ends of the rainbow.
OK, the pictures don't line up, and I didn't have the time to do all the fiddling to get them to match. My apologies. The beauty of the rainbow remains. I didn't adjust the pictures for color; the shift in the cloud color was because of the storm. Storms can be very entertaining here.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
This is the upper piece of the Sol Duc Cascades - the salmon have to jump the rocks at the bottom right of the picture to make it to the temporary rest in the pool at the top before continuing on up river to spawn.
Aside from the beautiful scenery, we really enjoy the sound of the rushing river tumbling over the rocks. It is such a calming sensation to close your eyes and just listen.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
This bull elk kept a close eye on us as we stopped by the side of the road to take some pictures of the herd. I was glad we were a little apart from the runway they were on - he has quite a family to take care of! The elk were peacefully grazing at the airport across the road from the activity at the Timber Museum. There were several cars parked along the road, people taking pictures. As long as we didn't get too noisy, or come out of the cars too far, they didn't seem to mind us being there. They are definitely BIG. (grin)
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Adding the apples to the hopper.
Cranking the apple chopper.
The man to the right sells produce at the Open Aire Market. I wish I knew his name. I think he provided some of the apples.
Winding the screw on the cider press.
Mmmmmm. Fresh pressed cider.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
Who was it said, "Life is what happens while you're making plans...?"