These long summer evenings have been so wonderful.
Over the weekend we had very hot temperatures.
For us anyway.
In the 90's!
We broke records.
We are sooooo grateful for a few warm, sunny days in a row.
I keep finding excuses to hang out on the deck.
Watering the plants could take all day.
You never know.
Every evening, I am here until the sun goes down. And the moon starts to rise.
When the sun starts to sink lower on the horizon, we get a little 'Light Show'.
It could be cloudy and rainy all day.
But when the sun sinks below the clouds, miraculously the skies will sometimes clear.
The light show can be very dramatic.
This little guy was hanging out, staying cool underneath the umbrella! He is nice and fat from eating bugs around the porch light.
This is The Pacific Northwest Tree Frog.
Isn't he a handsome fellow with his bright black and white racing stripe?
He is going to join us as we sit together and enjoy the evening sights.
As the sun sinks lower, the hills start to glow a golden yellow.
At first it is light, bright.
And then the color deepens.
The sun's rays cast long shadows between the hills and trees.
Illuminating the terrain in golden detail.
Including the electrical lines, a dramatic sight amongst the backdrop of wilderness.
And if we are lucky and we have a clear night.....
Mt. Rainier will reflect the brilliant skies of the West.
We cannot see this beautiful sunset.
We can only see it's reflection.
This time of year, when the sunset lasts the longest, we are always in for a treat.
Mt. Rainier's many glaciers are exposed to the light.
Thousands of feet high.
We look with our binoculars at eagles soaring in the late evening skies.
And on very special nights, we can see the full moon rising over the Mountain.
We stand in awe that we found this beautiful place to build our home.
Two young people, searching for
a place to raise our family.
A place to call Home.