Archive for October 2010

Farm Tours – Chapter 1   Leave a comment

In the Skagit Valley there is an annual event in which people can visit different farms over a weekend in the fall.  My family and I decided to check this it out this year.  We thought it as a low-cost way to have a fun outing and show support to our local farms.

So the weekend of October 1 we set out to explore.  However, before setting foot on the first farm we thought it best to have breakfast.  The Burlington Fire Department just so happen to be having a pancake feed that morning (how cleaver of them!!).  We sat down in the large bays that hold the trucks and aid cars.  The food was good and everyone was in great spirits.

After finishing breakfast we went out and about to check out all the fire trucks outside.  And of course I had to take a few photos.  So, hope you enjoy these.  I will be posting more about our farm tours.

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Swinomish Channel   1 comment

Yes, I’m still way behind on editing my pictures and posting.  Life continues to be keeping me busy and trying to find the right balance is still being worked on.

Continuing from my last post… The next day from Ponoma Grange Park, my friend David (see links to his blogs) and I went out to where the Swinomish Channel connects with Padilla Bay.  We were able to visit both sides of the channel.  We had gone after work, so the sun was getting close to setting by the time we started finishing up, but the lighting helped I believe in making some nice shots.

Here are a few of my favorites.  Make sure to check out the link to Flickr to view the rest of the photos from this trip.

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Ponoma Grange Park   Leave a comment

Continuing on my idea that I needed to get out of the house if I was ever going to get any photos taken, I went out after work.

The weather was totally gorgeous that week (you remember that week in September where it was in the 70’s).  I knew exactly where I was heading for my adventure.  I had driven past this park so many times when I lived in the Alger area.  I even once took a stroll with my Grandma along the paths.  However is had been a few years.

So I found myself at Ponoma Grange Park.  It sits off old Highway 99, next to Friday Creek and the fish hatchery.  I explored along the paths and learned a bit more about my camera in how to take pictures that slows the movement down.  Just really need to make sure to have a tripod (darn it, left mine at home that day).

So, here are a few of the pictures from that trip.  To see all of them, make sure to go to my flickr page (see the link to the right of this page).

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Derby & Johnson Slough   1 comment

2 weeks ago the weather was nice and I decided to go out on my own to take some photos.  I pushed myself out the door, thinking if I don’t do this, I’ll never get any photos taken.  So the next question was… where to go?

I drive on Frances Road between Mount Vernon and Sedro Woolley rather often and have notice there is game and wildlife spot along the road.  I’ve always wanted to stop and check it out.  So off I went to explore this location.  I parked when I got there and realized that I’m suppose to have a permit to park.  Well, I figured I wasn’t going to be there for long.  I could get away with just 30 minutes.. right?  (I would like to say I have since then purchased the permit so I can now park legally if I go back.)

It was an interesting little area, however I’m not sure what parts actually are the game and wildlife area.  Seemed like there were more signs saying not to enter than anything else.  Still I did manage to get some pictures.   Afterall, that was the whole goal.

When I got home, I looked the area up and did find that area is called the Derby and Johnson Slough.   Looking at the map, I still don’t understand where I’m allowed to go and not allowed to.  I will have to do a little more research on that part, as I’m sure I will want to go back for more photo ops.

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