Friday, August 26, 2011

Photography on the Sly

Flowers at grandma's when I picked up the little ones after fair.

 I guess I've been feeling a little guilty for being "so into cameras" lately.  When we were at Iverson beach, my brother, in jest, (but partially serious), said "stop taking pictures and participate!"  I guess because I see so much that would look beautiful in that little rectangular window, I can't stop myself very well.  I find myself walking around when I don't have my camera, framing things, stopping motion, or blurring it.  I drove by a horse corral at dusk, and saw the dust clouds around the feet of the horses as they ran around, and thought about what a beautiful image that would make.  It's just how I get when I'm interested in something.  When I was interested in felting and spinning, I was thinking of all the things i could create with felt, and all the weird substances I could spin.  My husband, after hearing about me spinning silk, wondered if I could spin spider webs, if I collected enough. I wonder?  Anyway, no time for that.  here are a few photos I caught "on the sly" over the past few days.  I've been sleep deprived prepping animals for fair, helping at the fair, and all of that.  Most of my photos get deleted because I have actually taken them without checking exposure, and sometimes don't even look through the viewfinder, I am that "on the sly."   Tomorrow is show day, and I have a feeling I'll be taking "real" pictures again.

basket picture "on the sly" at the fair.

look at #8 of the parking pass for the fair.  they need a proof reader.

photo on the sly while running to grandma vi's

cousins at the park

josie obliged me for a photo

famous sign

prehistoric dinosaur sized cow at fair

hog weed at fair.  must be 11 feet tall.

my brothers and i pose by the Japanese Knotweed noxious weed display.  we are so strange.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Goodbye little toothie!

Saraiah lost her first tooth today.  She first discovered it was loose when we were camping in Leavenworth.  She says she was in her bed this morning, and it fell out in her hand. It is now in a special box, so she can show all the important people in her life.  And I share it here for all of you who won't get to see it in person.

Iverson Beach: free and fun on Camano Island

On the path to the beach
 I can't believe that in 12 years of living within driving distance of Camano Island, I have never been to Iverson beach.  It is a beautiful sandy beach out on a spit on East Camano Island, overlooking the sound, Stanwood, Warm Beach and the Cascade mountains.  There are large logs, good for making forts or impromptu kayaks.  The water is shallow and warm, it is quiet, and best of all, it is free.  With the price of park visits seeming to rise every year, it's nice to have a free place to go. Although we live near Puget Sound, finding an affordable way to access it is very difficult.  If you live nearby, and have never been to Iverson beach, you've got to go!


making piles of seaweed is fun

interesting beach insect 

piling the seaweed

though it's sandy, there are still rocks to toss!

shallow water!

Stanwood in the background

a visitor

My brothers working hard to build us a fort. 
stop taking pictures! 

homemade kayak


In the fort
our spot

Belly button!
Inside the fort

the lovely chastity and her faithful umbrella.  well, someone's faithful umbrella.