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Snohomish

Took a little drive thru Snohomish, Washington today. The beautiful weather had people strolling the village streets and filling up the bars and restaurants. Upscale clothing stores, antique and home decor shops were bustling with activity. My favorite of course, is always the funky antique shop further down the road and the winding backroads dotted with old barns and small aircraft flying overhead.

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Senior Pics with Max

I love the Clark family. Dianna was one of my first clients and we’ve been doing family sessions for the past 15-16 years! Imagine my surprise when she called to say it was time for Max’s senior pics – time does fly. So off we went to capture images on the beach. Max is a senior at Chief Sealth International H.S. He enjoys Biology and aspires working towards a profession in that subject. Max also enjoys playing baseball at the High school level as well as playing for West Seattle baseball club over the years. Wishing much success to this talented senior!

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Enjoy the silence

When I saw a rather strange formation from the road I found my way into the Russian Orthodox Brotherly Cemetery of Saint Nicholas; just inside Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery. (Washelli is a Makah word meaning west wind)

Further down, the serene road led to the Veterans Memorial Cemetery where Chimes Tower looks over rows and rows of military headstones. We happened upon one woman WWII Army vet 1915-2007.

We also drove through other sections for religious communities and ethnic groups such as Greek Orthodox and Lutheran.

The cemetery was founded in 1884 by David Denny and his wife Louisa who are all buried here. Originally called Oak Lake Cemetery many mergers led to its current status as Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery.

Angels are all around us, all the time, in the very air we breathe. ~ Eileen Elias Freeman

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Say Their Names Memorial on Alki

Photos and flowers on display along the fence by Seacrest Park Cove on Alki in West Seattle is an extension of Portland’s  #SayTheirNamesMemorial honoring black lives lost to police brutality and spearheaded by several local businesses. (See Westside Seattle)

I didn’t realize it had been setup the end of June. What remains today is still heart-wrenching and thought provoking.  How do we right this wrong? Will it be different this time?

If you have the chance read this article I found in Vanity Fair by Jamie Briggs where he turns the question often asked of him “Are you okay?” right back on society.

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Mystery of the Mounds

Finally found a site that my ‘driver’ (Mike Penney) had yet to visit! Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve (20 miles south of Olympia) is a National Natural Landmark filled with hundreds of unusual and mysterious ‘mounds’ that are covered year-round in prairie grass and native wildflowers. Nobody knows for sure what caused them but here are some ideas:

– Captain Charles Wilkes, an explorer in 1841 thought they might be burial grounds. He dug but found nothing.

-The Upper Chehalis Tribe claims that a tribal member named Thrush, refused to bathe or cleanse her face for fear something bad would happen to the Earth. After much harassment from her people, she gave in and washed her face. It rained so hard the world flooded. When the water receded, the prairie land below took on the shape of waves.

-Professor Walter Dalquest and biologist Victor Scheffer stated (in 1942) that pocket gophers created the mounds. 

-Others say they formed via shock waves from earthquakes, ancient floods, or runoff from the glaciers.

No matter what caused them it’s a peaceful spot to wander and ponder the mystery of the mounds.


Next a little drive through Rochester and Oakville and bite to eat at the Mill’s Diner.


Hidden in a cove of trees is the Mima Prairie Pioneer Cemetery – Forty-seven souls are buried here dated between 1871 – 1990. Deeded to Thurston County in 1869 by John (born 1800) and Polly  (born 1793) Laws. It is now maintained by Weyerhaeuser Corp.

The largest monument for John and Mary Laws says:
Left Illinois for Vancouver, 1852; later located at Olympia, WA; and then on the donation claim, where their remains now lie. Monument erected by their grand-son, Edgar Bryan in 1905.

Their combined ages – over fourscore years ended in peace and without any fears of the occult hereafter – for good or bad, although their career was sometimes sad they’re resting from toils, pains and strife, after a long and useful life.


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Backroad adventure

What’s to see after Galvin? Claquato and Pe Ell. Where? Headed on down the road past sprawling farms toward Claquato where around 2001 I photographed a wedding in this charming remnant from long ago. Founded in the 1850s by Hawkins Davis and became a prosperous lumber town with a mill. In 1874 the railroad came and like many towns, Claquato was bypassed, which lead to the eventual demise of the town.  Claquato was officially removed from the County records in 1902. The Claquato Church and Claquato Cemetery remain and provide more photo ops. Next was Pe Ell. Not much activity in this once hopping railroad town inhabited largely by Poles. The town was once the home to the only Polish National Catholic Church in Washington.

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Galvin or bust!

I think there are more old cars and relics in Galvin than the entire population of 43! Gas pumps with old gas station signs and plenty of old trucks. The best find was behind the doors of the Buser Auto Museum…Mike called the number and the owner picked up the phone and came down to give us the grand tour! Fun spot for any avid photographer.

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Easter – Covid style

I decided to take mom out for a drive on this beautiful sunny Seattle day. Temperatures in the 60s with gentle winds. Six feet of separation appearing to be the norm; some with, some without facemasks. Still a wonderful day for a drive around the sound.

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New Mexico back roads

On a quick trip to Las Cruces NM, I just had to head to Hatch for some Mexican pottery and the best green chile cheeseburger ever!

Peacock Mercantile has housed many different businesses since 1926; including a grocery store, mercantile, auto parts store, ice cream shop, pawnshop, and community pool hall.  In 2007 it was purchased by the Nunn family and “Sparky’s” was born. It’s a destination spot for great chile cheeseburgers, chile lemonade, and chile ice cream! While standing in line to place our order we met people from Seattle and Anchorage…what a crossroads!

The family has acquired an eclectic collection of vintage signs and roadside fiberglass giants and was featured on American Pickers. One of the more recent additions is a giant green alien.

Close by we found a roadside station for remembering loved ones filled with retablos, momentoes, and religious statues. Further down the road, we visited the colorful Garden of Memories Cemetery.  The gravestones date from the 1890s to the present day.  

In Fairacres, just a few miles out of Las Cruces was City Line Pawn & Antiques that was more like a museum. Metal riding tractor, vintage blue metal lawn chairs are just a few of the quirky items to be found. It’s on my list to revisit later!

I’m sorry you can’t taste the chile but enjoy the view!

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Las Cruces Motorcycle Toy Run

You could hear the rumble from 1/4 mile down the road….Las Cruces PD led 100s of bikers on a parade from Dona Ana County Community College to New Mexico Farm and Ranch via Sonoma Ranch to University Ave.

 All for a cause…new toys to benefit local children in need; presented by Las Cruces Motorcycle Clubs and Revolution120. Cyclists were rewarded for their efforts with food, drink, and entertainment after the ride.

I have to admit there was a tear in my eye seeing all those riders pass by with a wave, a smile, a toy, and a purpose.

Happy Holidays, y’all!

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