Don’t feed the animals!


I often admire these draft horses, which I’ve learned are Shire Drafts. In mid October they were starting to grow their wooly winter coats. These are working animals and are used for plowing. Aren’t they beautiful?

Shires have held world records as the largest overall and tallest horses; they have great capacity for pulling weight. Originally imported from Great Britain, shire draft horses are increasingly rare and their numbers are now considered at critical levels by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. Click here for more information from Wikipedia.

As I photographed these horses the owner and a farm hand bicycled out to make sure I wasn’t feeding them. Many people feel compelled to feed animals — I’ve seen people give anything on hand to any critter they encounter, from cigarettes to the day’s lunch. Though many animals are opportunistic feeders, what they take isn’t always a good choice. Unless there are handlers who approve what you’re doing, please don’t feed the animals. You may do more harm than good.

Best of the Peninsula – Bank

Every summer the Peninsula Daily News collects votes for “Best of” categories, from animal groomers to wineries in both Clallam and Jefferson Counties. In Clallam County many of the winners are located in Port Angeles, but Sequim has some “Best of” winners, too.

First Federal was voted “Best Bank” and for offering “Best Customer Service” in both Clallam and Jefferson Counties. They have two branches in Sequim, one at each end of town. This bank was recommended to us when we moved here and our experience has been good.

I’ll picture other Sequim “Best of the Peninsula” winners here from time to time.

Visitor Center

If you drive into Sequim from the east one of the first stops newcomers should make is at this building. It’s at the end of town on East Washington. The Chamber of Commerce hosts a visitor center here where Chamber members may display literature. There are free visitor guides, maps, and brochures for accommodations, events, and places of interest. It’s a useful place to find out what’s happening in Sequim and is staffed by volunteers who can get you pointed in the right direction.

Four Season Trees

When I took over the Sequim Daily Photo I asked Shannon, the wondrous previous poster, if there were any posts she’d wanted but not had a chance to photograph. She mentioned the trees that border Kitchen-Dick Road and thought it would be interesting to view them with their different seasonal looks. Here’s the first season, Autumn. There are still touches of green; a good frost followed by strong winds and they’ll quickly be bare.

I  didn’t do a serious investigation to determine what kinds of trees these are. Husband and neighbor opined they are poplars.

And for those of you who’ve seen the name “Kitchen-Dick” for the first time I understand that it is a combination of two pioneer family names, farmers who lived along this road. Many of the local roads are named for pioneers and descendants still live here.