March 8h, Day 67: Saltwater

Isaac got off work early today (and I didn’t work at all, yay!), so we headed up to Saltwater State Park in Des Moines to take in some sun.

It’s not a very large park, a stretch of beach access and a small loop trail that takes you up around the rim of the little valley that the park sits in. There is camping during the summer months, but I think I would have a hard time camping here because the road runs right over the top of the camping area, making the ‘wilderness experience’ more difficult to imagine.

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The loop trail was a good little walk with the pooch. The beach was pretty crowded, since the weather was so nice, so we didn’t spend  much time there. All in all we had a good time.

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March 1st, Day 60: Kopachuck

Toby and I visited the town of Gig Harbor, including the Kopachuck State Park on the Puget Sound. It was a cloudy day, but we enjoyed having the whole beach to ourselves!

I have never seen so many sand dollars in one place!  98% of which were alive and well. It was so cool to see.

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We found all kinds of other neat stuff too. Shells, cool looking ripple marks in the sand, even a huge starfish (which made me jump when I saw it, ha)!

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The Sound WANTED us to trespass, obviously.

The Sound WANTED us to trespass, obviously.

It was a great day, and I plan to visit again when it’s sunnier. Part of the park is located off shore, an island called Cutt’s Island. I’m not quite sure how we would get it down to the water, but I think it would be great fun to get the canoe in the water and go out to the island!
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And finally for today, my February compilation:

February

May 12th, photo of the day: A Sunny Day

It’s been warm and sunny here in the Puget Sound during the last few days, and the streak is supposed to continue through Tuesday! Up until now, we’ve only been honored with one or sometimes two days in a row before the rain and cold move back in.

It’s funny though, because as some of you already know, our apartment is blocked by three giant pine trees on the deck/living room/kitchen side. As I sit here at the kitchen table, I am wearing a sweater and slippers, although it is supposedly in the mid-70’s outside! When I walk into the bedroom I am always surprised to feel the warmth coming in through the window there.

The following photos are from the last time we had warm days, and when Isaac and I visited this shoreline park we both felt as if we were in Southern California! There were so many people, some of them in swimwear enjoying an ice cream cone, and others playing volleyball.

The sun was really bright that day, as you can see, but I love the shadows cast, and even the negative space that is the result of the bright sun, washing out the sky. What do you think?

 

Seahurst Park

The cottage where my mom stayed while she was here in Seattle was close to Seahurst Park, so one sunny day we headed down there. These are some photos from that day.

April 14th, photo of the day: My mom

My mom came up to Seattle for a visit, and today we went to Seahurst Park in Seattle.

It started out a cloudy day, but by the time we got out to the beach it was quite sunny.

I wanted to practice portraits on my mom, but I picked the wrong time of day (noon) and the wrong place (no shade).

I shall try again (I’m looking forward to the ‘golden hour’ as the little B&B she’s staying in faces the Sound).

I did get a couple good shots:

February 13th: Extras!

Railroad crossing, lookout for the cars, can you say that without any “R”s?

This is one of my favorite parks that we’ve visited so far, I will have to go back when the sky is a little clearer!