August 16th, Day 228: Scenic places under our noses!

I have a bunch of photos from our camping trip to go through, I’m not sure where to start!

Tonight we went out for dinner with Isaac’s parents, and while we were waiting for our table we stood outside to enjoy the fresh air.

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I enjoyed playing around with edits on this one, and this is my favorite result.

June 23rd, Day 174: Museum Of Glass – Tacoma

My dad and I went down to the Tacoma Museum of Glass this afternoon.

It was pretty interesting, all the different types of glass sculpting styles out there. Although I’ve lived in the area for awhile now, I hadn’t yet gone to this museum (or most of the museums in Tacoma for that matter….), mostly because I knew it was something my dad would be interested in seeing. So, I saved my visit for a time he was able to go too.

The coolest part was near the end, we wandered into the auditorium, or hot shop as they called it, in the middle of a demonstration. There were about four guys all working on a large piece of almost-clear glass, each guy seemed to have a specific job to do, and they worked together almost without needing to say a word between them.

Of course, one of the guys is the main artist, and the others are his assistants. What I don’t understand about the process is how just one of these people can claim that the finished piece is his, since each of them plays an important roll, and the piece wouldn’t exist if they weren’t all involved.

From where we stood, about 15 feet above the display floor, we agreed it had to be pretty warm down there. The thermometer on the ovens said 2100 degrees, and even in a room as big as that one, we could feel it.

 

And here’s what my fellow Blogathoners are up to today:

 

 

 

April 12th, Day 102: The Writing On the Wall

*Blogger’s note: December 23th, 2013: with the impending conclusion to this year I have gone back to make sure I have in fact taken a photo a day in 2013. I found this old post, from April no less, with all the words but none of the photos. I found the folder containing the photos taken today (it was a fun day too, not sure how I was able to get around not posting them…) and got them in here.*

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Don’t give up on me, not yet…

I have been taking photos every day, I have been good about that.

What I have been failing on is posting the photos here on my blog.

Perhaps not as important for my 365 project, but I do feel guilty about it. And, I really ought to be more consistent with my postings to maintain visitation! :D (Please keep coming back, don’t give up on me yet)

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A few weeks ago I drove Isaac to work one evening so I could visit a friend. On my way to her place, I stopped at the 34th Street Bridge to take some city photos (I didn’t end up liking them enough to share them here with you), but I did see another photographer walking the railroad tracks to an area covered completely with colorful graffiti.

I made a mental note to research how to get there myself as soon as I got home!

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You can see the graffiti way down below

Today, Isaac and I headed down there ourselves.

We felt pretty hard-core, hopping a fence (though turns out we didn’t need to), and walking the tracks below the freeway to get there. It was a little eerie, all the remnants of homeless camps everywhere. There was one spot that still looked inhabited,  complete with a tent.

 

March 20th, Day 79: Happy Spring!

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I’m pretty sure 94.9% of photographers found a daffodil to take a photo of today,  it being the first day of spring and all. But seriously, in this area, they are EVERYWHERE! It’s quite nice, actually.

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I also went down to Tacoma tonight for a bit of a girl’s night, and when we first arrived to the restaurant I couldn’t help but sit staring out the window at the lovely view.

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I SHOULD have gotten my coat and scarf back on and actually walked outside, but it was so bitterly windy, and I sort of like the reflection effect here.

April 21st, photo of the day: Fresh Air and Blackberry Bushes

This morning started earlier than usual for Isaac and I, because of a volunteer opportunity he’d heard of through REI. We drove down to Tacoma, to Titlow Park specifically, at about 8 0’clock, and joined about 30 volunteers starting to work around 9. Our goal was to rid an area of invading blackberries; both alive and dead plants had taken over like crazy!

I didn’t have my camera with me in the beginning, I wanted to be able to work without worrying about it falling or something, so I left it in the car. If I’d known the amazing progress we were capable of in the following 3 hours, I would have grabbed it just to be able to have a “before” photo to show you.

After

It’s not easy to tell, but in the photo below, the whole area in the middle that is brown, is the space we cleared. From the bobcat on the road on the left, up to those concrete blocks just behind the girl on the right is the area we cleared.

The following are a few more taken at the end of the event, the majority of the work was already done, but as you can see, everybody was still working hard (okay, mostly everyone)!

Admiring the finished work

Even the kids helped!

Carving away at the blackberries

Grabbing a pile

Digging out a root ball

accomplishment.

Raking up a pile

another load

Dragging a load

If you don't dig out the roots, blackberries will grow back in no time

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Carrying another load to the pile

one last toss

The last few sticks at the end of the day

Tools at rest.

All in all, we got a lot accomplished today, and the Tacoma Parks are planning monthly volunteer days to continue the work we started. In the fall, they plan to be able to plant native plants (not blackberries!) in this area. As we drove away, the area looked so much better than it did when we started. It feels good to get a good (half)day of physical labor in, and help out a park in the process!