Wedding Necklace

Wedding Necklace and Earrings

This post is mostly about bragging. My wife, Karen, makes jewelry. She has been selling her work through various galleries around Puget Sound for years. I get called in to make records of some of her pieces from time to time. She recently made this necklace and earrings for a friend’s wedding. The two of them designed it together, so the friend got exactly what she wanted.

I’m proud of Karen’s work. Also, I’m proud to live in a place where getting help from friends is so much a part of the culture. There are so many giving, talented and creative people here. Every once in a while I have to stop and acknowledge my appreciation. Besides, I like doing small scale product photography.

Male Gorilla at Woodland Park Zoo

Male Gorilla at Woodland Park Zoo

This male Western Lowland Gorilla (named Pete) is munching on a tree branch. He seemed satisfied with chewing on the wood. There were no leaves to eat. Two separate groups of gorillas live in separate enclosures. Each group has one adult male and several females.

The Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle proved a wonderful place to visit. It’s been on our list for months. However, we don’t find it easy to take the full day it requires to see anything in Seattle. Yesterday we finally made the trip. It was worth it.

Kelp in Shallow Bay, Sucia Island, San Juans

Kelp in Shallow Bay, Sucia Island

Just back from a 3 day weekend sailing/photo cruise on the schooner Zodiac in the San Juan Islands. This photo is looking west into Shallow Bay off Sucia Island. We were anchored on the other side of the island but at this point the island is only a few hundred feet wide. The evening sun broke through the clouds for a few moments, illuminating the bay and kelp bed.

The trip was delightful and I’ll be posting more about it in the next couple of days. I do have to say that after posting for over 400 consecutive days, it was nice to allow myself a break.

Harvest Time

The bounty of the garden

This is the time of year that gardeners look forward to, when they get to use the results of all that time and labor. Unfortunately this photo of veggie goodness did not come from our garden. We didn’t get vegetables planted this year. I shot this last Saturday at the Port Townsend Farmer’s Market. Doesn’t it just look good enough to eat?

We’re set to order a greenhouse to replace the one that burned last spring and build some new beds. Next year, next year.