Hello, Dear Friends, did you witness the solar eclipse?
We had a partial eclipse, here in Washington State,
but I didn't dare look, as I had no special glasses,
so I watched it on television.
This is how it looked at totality in Lincoln City, Oregon.
(photo taken from my t.v.)
I think if I were younger and more adventurous,
I would have camped out on the beach there and
witnessed it first-hand, but hey, I am not so young,
and I have too many pets and, well - excuses, excuses! :)
When I was younger, we used to take the kiddos
camping in Lincoln City, Oregon. We have fond
memories of freezing to death at night in our tents
and seeing a dozen eagle's nests along a bluff,
and feeding the spotted seals that came up along
the boardwalks. Oh, and the shops and restaurants
and amazing kites.......
So I stayed home and watched the skies dim with
eerie shadows and everything was so quiet
I could hear the electricity in the air.
One strange phenomenon that I noticed was
crescent shaped shadows.
Here you can see the crescents on the casing of the window
above my paper roses.
It was the strangest thing......
I went outside to see if there were more.
And there were!
On the top of my canopy.
I had never seen anything like it.
Here you can clearly see the crescent shapes.
The light had a distinct silver cast and looked
so pretty through the forest behind my home.
It was like bright moonlight.
Here it shines on my caged angel.
You can see the shadow had distinct wavy lines.
Silver light on the face of my fairy.
I even had my own mini-eclipse on the kitchen floor.....
from the lamp in the skylight!
This only happens at certain times of the year.
Once the eclipse was over, the temperature, which
had dropped significantly, began to rise once again,
and I got on with my day......
Doggy Spa Day!
You can see Kai after his bath, tied to the rail.
If I don't tie him until he dries, he races back and forth
like a wild banshee, rolling and shaking.
Whitey Bear is always reluctant at first,
but thoroughly enjoys his soaks in the warm tub.
My little house-guest, Charlie, was first in the tub.
His human Mom will be coming to take him
home soon, and he wanted to be
nice and clean for the happy reunion!
Bath time is exhausting, so we all rested in the
warm summer sun while we dried off.
It wasn't long before we had a 'visitor'.
A one-person, open cockpit aircraft flying low
over the tree tops.
When it approached the high-tension electrical
lines that run through the forest valley,
I grew quite concerned, but he went right under them!
You can see how dangerous this little maneuver was!
Then up it soared over the foothills.......
And it was gone.
Every once in a while we get small planes through our little
valley, and sometimes helicopters, but this type of
aircraft is very rare.
Once, when George W. Bush was in our state
visiting Fort Lewis Military Base,
(not too far from here as the crow flies)
an F-15 fighter jet flew down through
this little river valley between our mountain
and the next, at very high speed.
Maybe the president was on board - I don't know,
but this was something that has only happened once
in all the 36 years we have lived here.
I can tell you, it was something.........
Once we had a large white military drone fly over
at tree-top level, too. It made not one sound.
And that's the extent of our 'traffic'.
I will leave you with this perfect shot
of the full moon directly over Mt. Rainier
that I took last month.
I will say goodbye for now, I have tubs
to bail out, plants to water, laundry to fold
and dinner to make for Ramblin' Man.
This weekend we are celebrating a special birthday
and expecting out of town guests,
and I will share that with you next time.
Have a lovely week, dear friends, and
always keep your eyes open for strange phenomenom
in the skies above!