My American Landscape XLV

Pacific harbor seals – ‘The Dogs of the Sea” Pacific harbor seals have spotted coats in a variety of shades from white or silver-gray to black or dark brown. They reach five to six feet (1.7-1.9 m) in length and weigh up to 300 pounds (140 kg). Males are slightly larger than females. They are…

My American Landscape XLIV

Wood and Steel: When the camera has a mind of its own This post is dedicated to my fellow photographers, creatives, writers, journalists, and lovers of life. It is with admiration that I watch you live your lives as contributors to our understanding of our life on our precious blue orb. Floating in our existence,…

My American Landscape XLIII

Reflections of Fibonacci Water, sand, sky and clouds. Leonardo Bonacci, Leonardo of Pisa, Leonardo Pisano Bigollo, or Leonardo Fibonacci, had to have been a beach child. Nope. Pretty sure the only time he spent near water was with the merchants of the Mediterranean where he learned, refined and defined the Hindu-Arabic form of mathematics. One…

My American Landscape XLII

Leadbetter State Park, Washington, USA The state of Washington is famous for its volcanoes, mountain ranges, cities, multitude of water accesses, island archipelagos and my favorite, oyster beds. These images are from the far north end of Leadbetter State Park. Dune forests are unique in the state. Lush and dry within a few yards of…

My American Landscape XLI

Miracles – Light’s Journey I am reading Neil DeGrasse Tysen’s book “Black Holes, . . . ” As an astrophysicist, his concerns are all things outside of our immediate globe. The last chapter was concerned with how the Sun provides light here on Earth. Without going into great detail, it is a miracle that we…

My American Landscape XL

Lost in the Land of Dry Farming I always feel awkward when I am not able to locate where I made images. This is one of those moments. We are somewhere West of Starbuck, WA. Cell phone service is null and void. More times than I would like to remember. When out in the Palouse,…

(r/w) Round Wood the Beginning

A boy with a camera messing around with found wood on a lathe A little over a year ago, I was given a lathe for my birthday. Worried about my retired leisure time – my wife knew that given the opportunity to, I would mess around with a woodworking tool. Yes, it has begun to…

My American Landscape XXXVIII

Water’s Influence and the Land of Dry Farming The Inland Empire of Eastern Washington is a landscape of a massive river bed. The Missoula Floods created massive deposits of arid soil. When looked at from a satellite view, one can see the gentle undulations created by water flowing over hard and soft soils. Not unlike…

My American Landscape XXXVII

Culture Clash, Humanities Struggle to Understand Each Other The Whitman National Park is one of those parks that really exists because of the significant relationship between the Presbyterian Preacher Dr. Marcus Whitman, hisĀ  wife Prentiss Whitman and the Cayuse Nation. Combinations of language, culture and medical misunderstandings led to the Wests’ first massacre and the…

My American Landscape XXXVI

Pioneer Park, Walla Walla, WA – Frederick Law Olmsted and Company Old parks are one of our treasures from the past. They sometimes present us with the skills of the Olmstead Brothers. They become the care takers of those of us who do not engage in the shared acts of community park care. We relegate…

My American Landscape XXXV

John Storvik, thank you. Storvik Provided the Finances to Create Washington Park, WA I have spent more of my life in the Northwest corner of the State of Washington than I have any other part of the country. There are places that call to me on regular basis. The 102-year-old Washington Park, Anacortes, WA, is…