Geography lesson

Dungeness Valley

This is a broad view of the place I call home. You’re looking south from one of the nicer view spots, Dungeness Cemetery. In the distant far left about three or four miles away is downtown Sequim. Further south are the foothills of the Olympic Mountains and then the mountains. There are pockets of houses tucked throughout this valley. What you see here are some of our historic farmlands.

Behind you, about a couple of miles away to the north, is the Strait of Juan de Fuca. If you took a boat or plane and headed across the water in about 30 miles you’d land on Vancouver Island. If you went a bit northeast you’d find yourself in Washington State’s San Juan Islands.

Tree in early spring

That tree

I’m again visiting the big willow tree at the east entrance to the Dungeness Recreation Area. I last showed it to you in autumn here. One of my favorite trees – I walk past it almost daily – it was pruned about a month ago on its right side. Equestrians are less likely now to collide with its lower limbs.

That tree robin

Its leaves are just beginning to unfurl. This is a closer view with a camera-impatient robin taking wing.