Thursday, July 31, 2008

Loggers Memorial

Loggers Memorial at the Timber Museum.
Interesting place, and this wood carving is about 10 ft tall.
There are lists around him of names, those who died both on and off work, and pictures of logging sites.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

ABC Wednesday - B is for Bald Eagle

B is for Bald Eagle - a native of the Peninsula, and definitely king of the skies here.

We were driving along Highway 112, on the north end of the Peninsula, reveling in the sites of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. We stopped along the road because we thought we saw a whale spout. As we were standing there, I looked up, and saw this bald eagle looking down. I began my mantra of "I am not food" that I use when faced with something that may think otherwise, and managed to click the shutter a few times before he took off to a better nieghborhood - at least in his eyes. I'm sure he thought we had ruined that one.

This shot is a cropping of a larger picture - he was a long way up a very tall tree. The zoom on the camera didn't react quickly enough for me to use it well.

The way that his head disappears into the sky behind tells a lot about why he was designed with the "bald" or white head, doesn't it?

A bald eagle in flight on the breakwater at Clallam Bay.

A pair of bald eagles, feeding at the breakwater of Clallam Bay.

Bald Eagle pair.

They were so cool to watch, I almost forgot to take pictures sometimes.

These pictures don't show just how big a bald eagle is. They are about 3 ft. tall and their wingspan is 6-8 ft. They are amazing to watch and can soar beautifully.

We have the pleasure of watching these magnificent birds from our house as well, although I usually stand in awe and never make it to a camera.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

by any other name...

Having waited longer for the roses to bloom this year, we are finding them well worth the wait.

Happy Birthday, Dorothy!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Skywatch Friday

Skywatch Friday - Forks Fly In Approach

Forks Fly In Biplane

This morning's weather looks like this, foggy and cool,
and we should, FINALLY, get some rain this weekend. We have been a little too dry lately.
Only about 4 ft or so for the year, so far!

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Annual Forks Fly-In

This blue and gold bi-plane made a bunch of fly-bys and was fun to watch.
The Forks Fly-In was last Saturday, the 19th. A bunch of cool planes fly in, and great cars drive in, while we people walk in, to the Forks Airport for some fun.

Vitamin R van - R for Rainier beer. Someone did a great job of painting.

The Forks Lions Club does a salmon bake every year. GOOD fish!

These are some of the cars that were there. Click on the photo for a larger view.

Ford Fairlane 500 Sport Coupe. I know this car because that's the first car I remember my mom driving growing up. That was a mouthful to learn growing up. Mom's was white with red upholstery, and a red stripe along the side. Very cool car. Mom's didn't have a hood scoop though... [grin]

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

ABC Wednesday - A is for Alder

A is for Alder

An alder grove near Lake Pleasant.

Beautiful groves, but alder is also great for smoking seafood.
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Friday, July 18, 2008

Skywatch Friday

Now this is an interesting sky.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

more Forks 4th parade

(click on the pictures to see them better)

cool car!

The DNR - Dept of Natural Resources - does a lot of work out here, and is very active in the community.

The Forks 4th float committee decided not to use the usual "royalty" this year. Instead, for each community it appears in, a local veteran is chosen to ride the float. The real heroes in my opinion. Often it is the oldest veteran. I like it.

The Forks veteran and his wife. From WW II.

Rayonier is an important and valued company on the Peninsula. Their timber operations plan 50 - 100 years in advance. How many companies can say that?

the shortest legs in the parade

with and without load

It's not a parade unless there's at least one tractor...

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

For a 4th of July smile

This wheelbarrow, labeled "ethanol", followed the horses below. We though it a clever entry.
Click on the pictures to expand them for viewing. They are beautiful creatures.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Corrections Parade Entry

If you needed a good reason to stay out of prison, the Clallam Bay Corrections Center shows what a cell looks like, and how small it is.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Another entrant for the parade

This truck with working organ mounted on the back was a favorite of ours.
The man riding on the back plays the organ, and keeps it in working order. Impressive.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Skywatch Friday

Summer is here; and the sky is really kind of boring. I wish I could have gotten a picture of the midnight sky last night, though. With the sky being clear, the stars are breathtaking, the Milky Way is spectacular, even the satellites are evident and fun to spot. That would have been a beautiful sky.
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Thursday, July 10, 2008

The ONLY start to a 4th of July parade

The US flag, the veterans, the state and other flags - the proper way to start an Independence Day parade. Seeing the flags and the servicepersons always brings a lump to my throat, a tear to my eyes.
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There is very good support for the military here - both for the veterans and for the current personnel, as well as many current active military from the area.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Packard detail and parked

The grill and hood ornament of this 1937 Packard 120.

We talked to the owner while it was parked at the hospital.
Very cool car.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Monday, July 7, 2008

Apple Edna Mobile

The Apple Edna Mobile - a staple of the Forks Old-Fashioned Fourth of July parade. She made three appearances: she came through during the Kiddie parade; she came back along the street between parades; and, she came through during the main parade. I like the extra passenger on the back, too.
Sorry for not posting for a couple of days - it is definitely pollen season!