If WWII interests you, you will enjoy this comprehensive blog post featuring a U.S. Navy photographer, Bill Roy. He captured some remarkable photos of the carrier Yorktown and other events surrounding the Battle of Midway. http://donmooreswartales.com/2010/06/09/william-roy/
The week of June 18, 2001, my husband, Jack, and I visited my hometown of Bellingham, Washington. At that time, my brother, David Crook and sister-in-law Janet Crook lived in Bellingham. David and I grabbed our cameras and went tor a drive. The following is from my blog dated June 18, 2001.
As we drove through Nooksack, Everson, Sumas, and other hamlets, we found a few other pastoral scenes that included cows, but generally they were in a distant field. We decided to stop at a farm with a huge barn full of girl cows, and shoot some photos.
Not a bad idea, until we got out of the car. We were overwhelmed with the aroma of ammonia. I'd forgotten that cattle in barns do not have private lavatories. Deciding that this adventure would help clear my sinuses, we approached the barn, and David got a few good pictures. Not quite the same as seeing them grazing in a field, (see below but it was easier to see the beautiful markings.
Back on the road, we spent more time looking for bald eagles, and decided to head for Mt. Baker, one of the loveliest mountains in the Pacific Northwest. Our destination: Mt Baker Vista area, a nine-mile road just after the Glacier Ranger Station.
The winding two-lane road roams over numerous cheerful creeks, and sports a stopping point for hikers. Serious hikers. David and I continued up, stopping to shoot photos as clouds threatened to cover our view. We reached the top, and shot until the clouds kept their promise. Camp robbers (fluffy birds with no sense of fear or courtesy) live at the end of the road, and enjoyed entertaining us. They're officially called Gray Jays. One even hopped inside David's car. No food. Out it went.
The road to Mt Baker and Mt Shuksan snakes to the north of the two mountains. These two stately, yet very different, mountains are spectacular. You can't see Mt Shuksan until you are quite a bit east. It's snuggled in its own little niche near Mt Baker. In 1950 or so, our dad, Cal Crook, took the photo you see in this paragraph. Good photos of this area are difficult to come by, because you often can't determine whether or not clouds will cover the mountains until you are relatively close. It's a drive I recommend to anyone vacationing in the Bellingham area. Even if you don't see the mountains, you will luxuriate in rich, towering trees full of unusual birds, and a landscape dotted with the Nooksack River and many other waterways. Clean, fresh country. Especially nice in the summer.
Just a reminder to stop and smell the roses. And silently watch and enjoy butterflies as they go about their brief but brilliant lives. In both instances, we are given the gifts of sight and scent that, in part, we may feed our souls. It is in refreshing ourselves with such seemingly simple gifts from God that we can move a bit more easily through life. When you encounter a challenge that seems impossible, stop. Think what it took to nurture these beautiful, scented flowers...and those delicate butterflies. Many steps. Varied weather. Sun. Rain. In the right amounts. Most things in life are challenging, and I challenge you: never give up if you have a dream that is unfulfilled. Hope sometimes comes with many petals and wings!
I recently visited the Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium, and was able to get a few good shots of a beautiful, colorful turtle: Kemp's ridley (ridley is a kind of turtle). Enjoy my artistic renderings...they are fairly close to the originals, but enhance detail and color and seem to give the images more life and energy. The Kemp's ridley is in the brand new 4th aquarium building, which is full of fascinating sea creatures. "These turtles change color as they mature. As hatchlings, they are almost entirely a dark gray-black, but mature adults have a yellow-green or white plastron and a grey-green carapace," says Wikipedia. I have added some links if you're interested in learning more about this sweet little creature. Wikipedia NOAA Fisheries US Fish and Wildlife Service