You’ve likely heard: there’s a solar eclipse visible today in much of the United States. It will be more dramatic further south of Sequim, in Oregon. The sun here will be 90% obscured…if morning clouds don’t help with the job. I plan to watch but my camera will have the day off. I’ve got viewing glasses but, alas, no protection for its lens.
The wild roses that are so abundant around here have lost their delicate blooms. Now come the rose hips, the seed pods that are left behind. This one caught my eye. Its oval shape and pale, peachy color is different from the round red ones produced by the common Nootka rose (rosa nutkana). It may be a less common baldhip (rosa gymnocarpa). Rose hips are a food source for birds, small animals, deer, and elk. Humans use them too. Click here if you want more information about that.
This truck is moldering at Lavender Connection. You only see the front end of it because, well, the rest of it was hidden behind a porta-potty. Not nearly as scenic to my eye.
Here’s one of my favorite shots from my recent trip to Fort Flagler State Park. This was taken in a military fire station bermed into an overlook onto Port Townsend Bay and Puget Sound.
The room has an openwork grid ceiling that makes irresistible light patterns. Can you see why I like Fort Flagler?
It’s common to see horsetail (equisetum) in moist places around Washington. The way it radiates outward from its stem is interesting. But I hadn’t realized that it’s one of those plants purported to have numerous health benefits and has been used to treat various health issues since Greek and Roman times. And unlike most plants that reproduce from seeds, horsetail reproduces via spores. I’ll bet that’s more than you ever thought you’d know about horsetail plants. Click here if you want to learn enough to impress/bore unsuspecting friends and family.
We spent a couple of days at Fort Flagler State Park last week. It is an historic park with a number of military batteries built for coastal protection in the early 20th century. In addition to its being a beautiful location the old fortifications are worth exploring.
I saw this ultralight at the Sequim Airport last month. It reminded me of a craft that blogger Paul in Powell River (B.C.) had caught in flight not long before. The one he saw was home built and I suspect that’s the case with this one too. Paul’s plane looks small and and light to me. This one almost looks like an ambitious dragonfly.