Month: July 2012
Fireworks As Seen From the Jewel Box in the Sky.
I hauled my tripod in my carryon bag all the way up from LA. I’m hoping it was the crazy wind on our 27th floor balcony that made those lights that should have been still look otherwise and not that I didn’t do the whole mirror up/cable release thing because then it would be my fault and we don’t want that.
And in last night’s test, when it wasn’t so windy, this didn’t happen. But maybe it was the amount of telephoto, or the other things, or something else. Next year if the universe is kind I’ll have a new camera and have to figure it out all over again.
It was perfectly great fun with displays popping up everywhere we looked around the city, across the bay, up the ridge lines – it was totally cool.
Lucas, Betsy, Xander, and Anya came over from Edmunds for a visit. Yay!
Here’s Anya in front of the welcoming mural at the Seattle Art Museum’s Sculpture Garden. And here she is Anya in 2008 in Barcelona. Good job Anya.
Coming out of Park City we traveled through some of the most splendid landscape. It was particularly wonderful because of the variety of trees that made up the forests. I thought I could get a google-maps shot that would tell the tale but no luck – they’re all in winter.
The scenery was gorgeous even after leaving the forests.
Xander is parkour-boy these days and he was able to exhibit many of his skills around the park including pulling himself onto the top of an 7 foot wall in one smooth move. Here we see him using his father as an obstacle to be overcome.
Anya is doing a drama program for the summer and they will put on a play at the end of August. She has a big part and many lines to learn, and songs to sing. We got to hear a little preview and it’s going to be great!
The highlight of the park offerings is the Quarry Exhibit Hall just recently reopened after being under refurbishment for six years.
This is an enclosed space surrounding one of the many fossil sites in the area. From the park’s website: “Here, you can gaze upon the remains of numerous different species of dinosaurs including Allosaurus, Apatosaurus, Camarasaurus, Diplodicus, and Stegosaurus along with several others.
“Exhibits, including an 80-foot long mural reveal the story of these animals and many others that lived in the Morrison environment during the late Jurassic. There are even several places where you can touch real 149 million year old dinosaur fossils!”
It was time to eat, Sharon was driving, I was calling out the names of all the places to eat as we passed by. ‘Burger King’ ‘Taco Bell’ ‘Village Inn’.
‘Ahh, Village Inn’ Sharon noted. ‘We always ate at Village Inn when I was growing up.’ Since I had never known a Village Inn we of course had to stop here. It’s a Denny’s-Copper Penny-Norms kind of place so similar to the places where we always ate when I was growing up, and it was still fun.
Usually I go for 10 pictures a day – enough to tell a story and not so many as to weaken the resolve of my family and friends to follow along. But these last few days it’s been toooo many. Sigh.
Making the southern loop from Old Faithful we stopped first at West Thumb and the West Thumb Geyser Basin that borders Yellowstone Lake.
Remember the tatami room in the Kauai house that I always so delight in turning into an office? This house has one too and omg check out this view onto the back landscaped garden, Jacuzzi pond, and Tea House.
I’ll make pictures of the Tea House tomorrow. Everyone who knows me will say ‘oh Penny, that place is so YOU’.
Sharon’s daughter and son-in-law came in last night too and brought their .. not kidding .. seven dogs.
They are working on putting together a no-kill animal shelter in the Denver area and although the shelter isn’t ready yet they couldn’t turn away any of these special-needs dogs that came their way. But this is it, no more until their project has opened Phase One.
I spent a while trying to make portraits of them all. These Sharon considers her Grand Dogs because they have been around the longest: Roland, Bela, Paco.
Yampa River Botanic Park, a lovely place right in town.
From Ms Wiki: “The park is situated in a valley beside the Yampa River at an altitude of 6,800 feet, with a frost-free growing season of approximately 60 days ((the italics are mine)). Summers are dry and intensely sunny; winters are cold with heavy snow.”
…and from their brochure: “In fifteen years the Yampa River Botanic Park sprang from a flat horse pasture to a six acre gem of ponds, berms, and over 40 gardens. It is one of the jewels of Northwest Colorado and one of the few botanic parks in the state.”
I guess it’s one of the few botanic parks since, if Steamboat Springs is any indication, they have a growing season of sixty days.