Between Inlets and the Ocean

East Fork Satsop River

East Fork Satsop River

Or…between The Cascades and The Olympics. Like the eyes on the portrait that follow your every move, these mountain ranges gaze down at you, no matter the direction you travel…more on my blog post Phall Photo Friday; A Few Map Inches and 3 Counties here: http://wp.me/p3i5jo-wU

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The Blossoming of The Garden Bike

Shortly after the secret garden was begun, a neighbor moved out and left the bike to my friend, Greg, whose property I live on. He donated it for the garden project. Just like the garden itself, I keep adding, subtracting, rearranging and moving the garden bike. It’s about as permanent as anything gets around me, since I planted ivy below it and have it crawling up through the spokes. I also planted sedum below the rear basket. I’m working on a series of the secret garden, from beginning to today.

Morning Glory Evening On Willipa Bay

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As you already know, I’m having a lot of dental work done in South Bend, WA. It’s a 35-mile trip from Westport, but what a beautiful stretch of roadway it is! I’ve shared many of my photos of the plants and other wild things along the way, but not many of the bay itself. Once I pass the tiny towns of Grayland, North Cove and Tokeland, there is a long winding road that dips inland in a few places, but mostly runs parallel with the shoreline of the bay. Please enjoy these few evening shots along the bay, and indulge me in a few more morning glory photos. I just can’t get enough of their simple beauty. Taken with my phone camera 2 days ago. Six photos in the slide show.

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Getting Wild On My Dentist Travels

My dentist is 40 minutes away. I have to go, but I can have some fun on the way back! I was running late and could barely keep my truck on the road… I kept seeing cool things to photograph and explore. That’s why it took me two hours to get home 🙂 The road between Grayland and Raymond is filled with pullouts and logging roads. The winding 2-lane road holds back Willipa Bay on one side, and the wilds of the forest on the other side. Big job for such a little road. Of course, I was enticed by the wild side. Here is a sampling of the photos I took.

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This one has been tough to identify, but I couldn’t stop taking photos. Caught a few bees taking a sip…Mountain Phacelia imbricata or Rock Phacelia egena. Either way it is a type of scorpion-weed. As you can see, the morning glories love it too.

Speaking of morning glories…Calystegia sepium is such an exquisitely beautiful pest. I have witnessed her trying to strangle everyone she meets.

Rubus laciniatus, Cutleaf Evergreen Blackberry or Evergreen Blackberry is a prickly and tasty wild one. The berries are unique and fruitier than the other blackberries.

Delicate, but mighty, Queen Anne’s Lace-Daucus carota.