Early Misty Morning

Misty Sammamish Valley

Sammamish  River Winding to Redmond

Looking north along the Sammamish River

Bike Lane

I woke up too early and couldn’t get back to sleep, so off I went, camera in hand to work via the lovely Sammamish River Valley.
What a treat to be out and about before the world.

Warm Wallace

Wallace River

Moss Rock

Mossy Green Trees along the Wallace River

River Bank Rest

Our previous Wallace Adventure was slightly chilly, so with the temperature soaring past 20 Celsius we headed for the busy-on-Memorial-day Wallace Falls  State Park.

Egg: hatched or eaten?

Lot’s to see, and lots of muggles too. Even the odd hatched eaten egg.

Lower Falls Plunge

At lower falls there were some fools jumping into the pools. Stylishly.

Harvey is Vanilla Ice

H is Vanilla Ice

A random juxtaposition. Desktop slideshow on random. Media player on random too.
Cue comments on aiddy’s taste, or lack thereof, in musak.

St Edwards Park Paddle


H in the mud


Fay & H on the trail

Fern and shadow

What to do on a hot sunny Sunday afternoon? Our old fallback – St Edwards State Park. Even with the pool now closed, we managed to get our feet wet with a paddle in Lake Washington.


With H

Rest stop

H and I took the new bike for a proper ride along the trails in Redmond Watershed.
It’s a sweeping up-down-left-right ride through beautiful second growth forest.
H was biker-tastic, even managing a to get some air (controlled) on one downhill section!

Men at Work

Men Working

What does this mean?
Is it relevant that they are ‘men’? (They were, I checked.)
Is it that unusual that we need a sign?

Rattlesnake Lake (an adventure in HDR)

Rattlesnake Ridge

The ridge.

Rattlesnake Lake

Stump man.

Rattlesnake lake


Rock, Mountain, Stump

Rock, mountain, stump.

Rattlesnake Lake


Squeezed between the end of the week at work and the school auction I managed to stop by Rattlesnake Lake to get some pictures.
A bit of fun with High Dynamic Range to try and capture the sky while keeping some detail in the scenery.

Don’t show the children

Don't Show The Children

Fay has banned this from being shown to the children; something about nightmares.
Still, that won’t stop me from inflicting it on everyone else. Ha.
Long story involving: boys versus parents nerf battle in the garden (parents won, thanks to cammo); boys versus parents footie (boys won, big time); and then having a camera in hand to shoot the evening sun in the trees and thinking
“I wonder what that stuff was that Fay smeared on my face”.

A mirror might have been the more sensible choice.

Another May in the garden

Daisy Flower Thing

Another May in the Garden pic.
Apparently this is a ‘Daisy Thing’, also known as a ‘weed’. But since it’s about the only colourful thing that hasn’t been eaten by the rabbits, deer, possum or our friendly neighbourhood cougar, I think it’s quite lovely.

Bellevue Growing Up

Bellevue Growing Up

Bellevue is growing into a real mini-city. When we moved here the boys would distinguish between Seattle, Bellevue & Redmond by the number of cranes: lots meant Seattle, a few was Bellevue, and one for Redmond.

Rain drops in the garden

Basketball hoop

Everything looks different in the rain.
The only thing going through the basket were water drops

Nightlight holders in the rain

and the night lights weren’t looking very jolly either.

More birthday fun




A Birthday dinner at Anthony’s, followed by a stroll and some chaos making in downtown Kirkland, and then birthday cheesecake and candles back at home.