Travel Theme: Statues


The Santuario de Guadalupe in Santa Fe, NM is the oldest shrine to our Lady of Guadalupe in the United States.  I wrote a little about the history of this place in a Black and White Tuesday post about the Church here and today, as part of Alisa’s Weekly Travel Theme:  Statues I have a view of  the beautiful statue at the entrance.

Travel Theme: Pink

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I know I’ve been very quiet this week but don’t worry  I hope to spend some quality time with my reader as soon as tomorrow.  I plan to be back to a more normal schedule by next week and can’t wait to see what everyone has been up to while I’ve been away!

As a quick “hello I’m still here” post I hope you enjoy my Pink image of some late summer Hydrangeas.

Travel Theme: Garden


This isn’t a traditional garden picture but March in the Pacific Northwest is a challenging time everyone who loves the outdoors. It’s cold and damp 90% of the time with a few brief stretches of sunny weather that give us all spring fever but send pollen counts into the double digits.  Instead of a photographing the wet and weedy mess of a garden we have today I thought I’d post one last shot from our front yard before the excavator got to work digging out stumps and moving rocks boulders.  This photo was taken about 10 months after the Public Utilities District cut down our large cedar trees and shows how aggressively the native ferns and salal expanded with additional light, water and space to grow.

Posted as part of Alisa’s weekly Travel Theme:  Garden.

Travel Theme: Tempting

In honor of Alisa’s newest travel theme “tempting” I have a set of his and hers photos.


Grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s is always full of tough decisions.  This morning I stopped in the entry debating if I should get the Bunch of flowers or do I pick up the Bigger Bunch.  Maybe I could make room in the cart for the Biggest Bunch?

My husbands dilemma is a little more difficult as this year he chose to give up alcohol for Lent.  Five days in and he’s doing great but look what’s on his phone…

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His last Manhattan, lurking in the photo roll.

Posted as part of the weekly Travel Theme:  Tempting.

Travel Theme: Work

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Fresh flowers are scarce during Pacific Northwest winters but the hardworking families at Seattle’s Pike Place Market use creative combinations of fresh and dried flowers to keep their stalls full year round.

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Christmas Eve in front of the Original Starbucks.  Inside, customers enjoy hot beverages in bright red cups while the street musician wears a red Santa Hat, playing for tips and giving thanks.

Posted as part of Alisa’s Travel Theme:  Work.

Weekly Travel Theme: Romance


As part of Alisa’s Weekly Travel Theme: Romance I’m sharing a well-loved photo my husband’s Grandparents as a young, engaged couple in the early 1920’s.  They married soon after and had four children starting with my father-in-law  and followed soon after by three beautiful sisters.  I’m sorry I never got a chance to meet Joe and Bess but am happy we have plenty of stories and a few treasured photos to keep their memories alive in our home.

Travel Theme: Dry


I’ve found the only sure way to enjoy home-grown Pacific Northwest flowers in January is to cut an extra bouquet or two and set them aside for drying. I have the best luck with late season Hydrangeas and if kept out of direct sun their deep purple, pink and blue pigments can last for years.

Posted as part of Alisa’s weekly Travel Theme:  Dry

Travel Theme: Wood


This huge beach log is one of the most photographed spots on our favorite Edmonds beach and of course I can’t help stopping several times a year to try capturing a new angle.  When the tide is out this section of the log is almost as high as my shoulder and the top is wide and flat, perfect for watching the sunset and balance walking.

Posted as part of Alisa’s Travel Theme:  Wood.

Weekly Travel Theme: Silver


Alisa’s weekly travel theme is posted every Friday and the newest prompt is the word “Silver.”  I thought I would keep my entry simple today and show you these beautiful King Salmon from Seattle’s Pike Place Market.  They are as fresh as you can get without stepping on a boat and the helpful market staff will fillet your purchase and package it up to carry home or ship anywhere you would like.

Weekly Travel Theme: Illuminated


I always look forward to Alisa’s weekly travel themes and this latest challenge has inspired some beautiful images of light from around the world.   For my Illuminated post I hope you like this view of a fiery evening sky as seen from the top deck of a Washington State Ferry.

Weekly Travel Theme: Possibility


Seattle’s Pike Place Market is a fantastic place to shop for top quality produce, seafood and flowers and every film crew that’s ever visited town has shown the fish sellers tossing their latest catch under the main entrance.   Each year millions of people walk through the upper level of this Seattle landmark each but not everyone realizes some of the really fun stuff is waiting in one of the three levels of shops below the market.

Last week I posted a few of my below-the-market photos and today I have a huge poster on the wall outside of Market Magic, the longest running magic shop in the Pacific Northwest.  It’s a must-see store for us every time we are in the area and I really want to know what Carter The Great did with the Vanishing Sacred Elephant.  The possibilities are endless…

Posted as part of the Weekly Travel Theme:  Possibility