Sunday, November 28, 2010

First Snow

The last week has been filled with snow preceded by below normal temps. I guess winter is officially here in the Pacific Northwest. So far we have surpassed last year's snowfall but that doesn't mean we are having a particular bad winter so far, we just had an extremely mild winter last year. Just a few goofy pictures, nothing really pretty. Maybe those will come later.
My yard used to be here, just saw it a few weeks ago
I may not see my yard art until Spring

Making my daughter and husband work for me

Friday, November 19, 2010

Riverfront Park

Last weekend we headed downtown to see Bill Cosby. We got there early and had some time to kill so I took a few shots of the park right behind the Performing Arts Center. It was a very dark and gloomy day but the park still looked pretty. I even caught some birds in mid flight.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Leavenworth......again

I feel like sometimes I get a little repetitive with my shots because we always seem to go to the same places. But when it's a place I love so much I just can't help myself.

A few weekends ago we took off to one of our favs, Leavenworth, Wa. The weather wasn't as good as last year but still pleasant. But with the cloudy day the fall colors didn't seem as bright. We took our dog this year and she always has a blast walking with us. She doesn't seem to show her age of 10 while she's walking but she sure did after we got back to our cabin. She was limping, tired, and didn't want to eat dinner. So I gave her a pain pill and got her up on one of the beds and she stayed there until morning with one quick trip outside before bed. I made my husband sleep with her so he didn't sleep well because she's a bed hog and he didn't have the heart to scoot her over. You can always click on these to get a bigger look.
Icicle River
Icicle
Icicle
Nellie enjoying the day
A cute pair of ducks
Our cabin, second from last
Main street Leavenworth with the Cascades in the background

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Historic Garden

I love finding new parts of town that I never knew existed. Last month we drove to Pioneer Park with its accompanying gardens that were restored and finished in 2007 thanks to a generous benefactor.

The Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens were established in 1889 and maintained as a residential garden landscape for the prominent pioneer F. Rockwood Moore and U.S. Senator Turner families. After 1932 though, the property declined and deteriorated and for almost 70 years the garden lied buried by overgrowth. 

We had a major ice storm in 1996 and after the area was cleared, all was found again. Terraced hillside design, basalt rock retaining walls, rock stairways. reflection pools, a hillside tea-house, a garden conservatory and little parts of original plantings became evident.

Rock work was repaired and the original plant materials were reintroduced. Today the grounds are maintained by the Parks and Rec staff. Below is a picture of the rock stairs with the home owner Bertha Turner, circa 1911. Below that is the shot that I took of the same stairway.
It's so cool to walk in an area where others did so long ago. Unfortunately the park area was gated off and closed for the season. So we will definitely have to make a trip back in the Spring or Summer to check it out.