Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving and blessings for a joyous Christmas season to follow!

While you are counting your blessings, don't forget the friendships you have developed online with other bloggers.  I thank God for these far away friendships. . .

I was thinking about using this photo with words added on the left to make my Christmas cards this year.  What do you think?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Colors and Rain . . .

This week we are getting more Autumn rain which makes me sad because it is hard to hold an umbrella and a camera at the same time. . . but sometimes it is worth taking a walk AFTER the rain anyway. . .

I can hardly wait for the snow to come BUT these colors pacify me for awhile. . . until it does!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Webs are an art in themselves!

This time of year, I find lots of spider webs and just have to admire their beauty.  Spiders must have lots of patience to accomplish their final product. . .

Friday, November 11, 2011

Blogging the Blessings of Autumn . . .

Every year the same wonderful artist paints my world with glorious colors.  I am thankful for such blessings!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Autumn Flame -- Blog My Blessings!

I'm late as I had a church function all day and I forgot to post. last night. . BUT this is my blessing for this week.  I thought all the flowers were disappearing and I was out looking for colored leaves but this one surprised me.  Truly an unexpected blessing!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Old Apple Tree Festival

Each year on the first Saturday of October, we have a celebration of our OLD APPLE TREE which was 185 years old this year.

 All the apples have been harvested and plant growths have been taken from the tree to give away to people at the festival who want to plant an apple tree in their yard.  I live in a 9 story apartment building so could not take one. .(That is the freeway behind it and on the other side you can't see are the railroad tracks.  The OLD APPLE TREE park is located between the freeway and tracks in a little park.

 The old apple tree lost a limb recently and a gardener is trying to "fill the hollow space" with new growth planted in the hole. . .What they won't do to save a part of history!  We don't want to lose this part of our history.  ALSO, over the years , many new plantings from the tree have kept the history alive in various yards in Vancouver.  A tree on the side of the museum on Main St has such a growth from this tree and it has blossomed into a tall, beautiful tree.  Somewhere I have a photo of that tree but will have to look for it or take a new one to show you later.

They had all kinds of things to inform us and entertain us.  I came home with a bag of apples and lots of photos and tired feet!
Since it was the pioneers who planted our first apple tree in the Northwest, we had a covered wagon to inspect. . . 

And there was entertainment by "Another Shade of Bluegrass" which we really enjoyed as my apartment building have them come and perform each month so we knew the group singing and playing.

THIS YEAR, they had the first SCARECROW contest at the festival. . . I think the entries were superb!  Here they are. . .

I guess I didn't take an individual photo of the one on the right. . . 
and the left here. . . 


Did you  notice these peacock feathers on the scarecrows above?  I found them a delight!

Hope you enjoyed our Apple Tree Festival!  Sorry, but I have searched and can't find who won the scarecrow contest.  I thought they all were superb!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Blog Your Blessings: Burnt Bridge Creek Trailhead Walk!

Nothing like a short walk on the trail on an "Indian Summer" day like Thursday!  (Looking down on the trail head from stairs above).

Yes, once again I traveled the first part of the Stewart Glen trail.

Autumn colors have arrived!  At least some of them!

That blue sky wasn't half bad either!  This shot would make a good jigsaw puzzle. . .

I thought it was an apple tree but looking closer, I discovered a pear!

Several bridges cross Burnt Bridge Creek along this trail.

Autumn is showing up slowly at Burnt Bridge Creek!.

Burnt Bridge Creek made a perfect backdrop for this shot!

When the seedpods have burst open, you know FALL HAS ARRIVED!  It's not too hot and not too cold for a walk along Burnt Bridge Creek's first 2 miles.  This was one of my blessings this week. If you want to join, go here: Sandy (I forget how to make a link.)