Mountain shades

Today is Earth Day.

  • If Earth Day is not a big part of your consciousness, please indulge me. Before Earth Day in the U.S. we had rivers that were so polluted that one actually caught fire. Air quality in some cities was so bad warnings were issued and inversions settled in areas that caused serious health hazards and deaths. Companies responsible for toxic waste sites walked away when they were done.
  • Earth Day was a response to all that; the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts were passed in the early 1970s; the Environmental Protection Agency was formed.
  • Political polarization today promotes gridlock, the economy is pitted against the environment and the term “tree-hugger” is sometimes used as a pejorative. I happen to think that Planet Earth is a pretty beautiful and spectacular place. I’d like to keep it habitable for humans and the other life forms here. I do what I can. I hope you do, too. Happy Earth Day!
  • Nearly 20 years ago at the Marin County Farmer’s Market in California I stumbled across a captivating display of decorated Eastern European eggs called “Kraslice.” I’d never seen anything like them before. A mother and daughter sold them each year around Easter and over the course of several years I acquired a small and treasured collection.

    Kraslice eggs

    These decorated eggs in different styles come from the Czech and Slovac Republics, Ukrane, Poland, or Lithuania. The eggs are first painted and then intricate patterns are etched into the shell. Although primarily associated with Easter, Kraslice have been given on other occasions to communicate love and hope of new life.

    Collage eggs 1

    Kraslice art techniques are largely passed through families. Click here for more information about Kraslice eggs. I believe this website belongs to one of the women who sold the eggs pictured here.

    Kraslice eggs 2

    Barn Mains Farm

    This barn is located not far from the home in yesterday’s post. The area is called “Mains Farm.” I don’t know if this is the original farmstead but if it isn’t it could certainly date back to that period. Can any locals add details?

    Purple house

    Yesterday’s post color was yellow. Today we go to the other end of the color spectrum: purple. My predecessor, Shannon, posted a photo of this house a few years ago. Since then the proud owners have added a second building.

    Call me anal, but I like a sense of harmony when it comes to the look of a place. And there’s a lot to be said for colors harmonizing with their landscape. There are places I’ve been – in particular, Victorian historic districts – where this would fit right in. Here? Not so much.

    Dandelions 1

    If you like the color yellow this is a fine time to be in Sequim. We’ve got yellow, plenty of it, and it’s seemingly everywhere. It’s dandelion season again!

    Dandelions 2

    This is a view across our back “lawn,” former pasture land. It was mowed one week before this shot and immediately after. Around here most people with land spend plenty of time mowing in a futile attempt to stay ahead. But these are power plants. Most of them duck when they hear blades coming. And if you listen carefully you can hear them murmuring, “Sucker!”

    No. We have not tried to make dandelion wine. And I know they’re nutritional powerhouses. If you want some, just drop by. They’re free for the taking.