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#100HappyDays: Sweet peas

#100HappyDays: Sweet peas

Sweet peas are as sweet as they look--super fragrant! (In fact, so fragrant that those of us with smell sensitivity keep them OUTSIDE.)One of today's happiest moments? Noticing sweet peas starting to bloom. I planted them in the Fall and during our Bac...

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Heading East

Apr 9, 2014
Heading East

The Cascade Mountains, and the Columbia River Gorge cutting through them, create two very different ecosystems to their east and west.  Photos from the last three days were all taken within several hours of each other, and show the transition of b...

The Blue Muse
#100HappyDays: Transplants

#100HappyDays: Transplants

Clockwise from the top left: African Daisies in the big round pot, zucchini, jalapeno, mystery tomato, Japanese maple. Bottom row: A bunch of Golden Yellow and Beefsteak tomato seedlings. If I knew how to make heart emoticons right here, I would make a...

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Columbia River Gorge

Apr 8, 2014
Columbia River Gorge

It's a beautiful drive east along the Columbia River, and an easy way through the Cascade Mountains.  As the Ice Age ended and glaciers melted, the Columbia River cut through the Cascades, so driving along this river gorge doesn't have the same ch...

The Blue Muse
#100HappyDays: A trip to the nursery

#100HappyDays: A trip to the nursery

Today's happiness high point? A visit to the nursery for mosquito-repellent plants (citrus geranium and catmint) and compost, ahem. I spent an hour this afternoon making "diaper dirt" (more on that soon) and planting a few seedlings. Feels so good to b...

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Multnomah Falls #2

Apr 7, 2014
Multnomah Falls #2

We headed to Eastern Washington on Saturday, and that means crossing into Oregon to drive along 84, which is a much faster road than the one on the Washington side.  I'd have to be in an awful hurry not to stop at Multnomah Falls driving on 84, an...

Alison Toon
Flying again… oh my ears!

Apr 6, 2014
Flying again… oh my ears!

Flying across the USA in daylight, never failing surprise at the vast, enormous areas of uninhabited wilderness. Desert, mountain, forest, snowfield, lake. It's beautiful and its wild and its crazy how people cram into tiny city apartments and traffic ...

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Spring Green

Apr 5, 2014
Spring Green

I've been noticing this great fresh shade of green on trees around here, usually while I'm driving in my car and thinking I wish I had time for a photo. This was a quick attempt to capture it the other day. I really need to remember  to work on so...

Alison Toon
Istanbul: art and music and memories

Apr 4, 2014
Istanbul: art and music and memories

A few years back, my daughter and I were sitting on the beach in Dahab, on the Red Sea, and hearing some very haunting music. That music was B-Tribe, and for me, it's synonymous with Dahab, with sitting under shade at a waterside cafe, eating Fuul Mesd...

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My West Sacramento Photo of the Day
Project Prevention 5th Annual Yolo Fashion Show

Project Prevention 5th Annual Yolo Fashion Show

Student volunteers did a fantastic job modeling sustainable designs by Timothy Westbrook and Alexis Rose (lower photo right) who brought their genius and generosity to West Sacramento last night.  The Annual YCAA Fashion Show fundraiser was held a...



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