Since seagulls (and birds) hold a special place for me –  a magnificent photo of a seagull!



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pink blossom at night w flash

pink blossoms at night w flash

pink blossoms at night in rain, no flash

pink blossoms in rain

pink blossoms in rain

pink blossom by mossy branch

white blossoms in rain


white blossoms

white buds and blossoms

white and pink blossoms

pink blossoms in morning

pink blossoms in morning


Click on the photos to see full-screen-sized images.

I left a lot of these photos dark. They are best viewed full size – you can see more detail. Some of them are quite lovely, if I do say so myself.  You get to fill them in with the colors and light of your own imagination. It was fun for me just to think about line / design / subject elements within the pictures. I like the moodiness, too – that’s something you have to deal with in this sunshine-deprived part of the world. I didn’t invent the darkness; I just wanted to portray it… lol

La Conner and this area are really quite charming. I don’t mean to disparage it. It gets a little touristy this time of year… but it’s very much an arts and crafts kind of community. It was fun to sit with a friend in a little local joint on the water and have a hamburger with all the local people. Or rather, to try to figure out who were locals and who were “visitors”.

Across the Swinomish Channel is the Swinomish Reservation and fishing port. Standing outside for a while, taking these pictures, it was instructional to watch the fisherman loading gear onto their boats. It looked like they were loading cages to fish for crabs.

A bald eagle swooped down low over the water, heading toward the bridge. It caused quite a commotion among the seagulls. Seagulls and crows will band together and flock against the larger predator birds. It was quite scenic. Then the eagle flew way up high and wheeled around above me, too far to get a photo as the rain started to sprinkle down.


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for sale by owner




Picnic shelters on Swinomish tribal lands made in the style of traditional woven-cedar hats (across from La Conner)


La Conner main drag – on Puget Sound


Crabbing boat getting ready to go out – Swinomish tribal  lands across from La Conner.





This friendly seagull sat out on that piling, right outside the cafe window. I love seagulls and birds…


Rainbow Bridge is a La Connor landmark, so I had to include it. From the tulip fields, just head southwest towards this bridge… Also, pencil some time in to go see Deception Pass, especially if you haven’t been. At Deception Pass is a bridge that goes from the mainland to Whidby Island. Way far below is a huge wide channel of swift waters. It’s a spectacular vista, truly a wonder of nature.



taken at Tulip Town fields west of Mt. Vernon, WA





on the diagonal


coming up


coming up, close-up



big pink


tulip field tour with tractor and wagon


another enthusiast – his camera’s bigger than mine 😦 lol


“neon tulips” – blooming tulips with camera effect


Cherry blossoms. If you click on the pictures, the frame will fill up to the size of your whole computer screen. The first one is my favorite. I love the way these came out.




Photos by Amy Fields.

I stepped right off a bus into the throng of the march in progress. We had just chanted outside Chase and Bank of America and were shown where the credit union was.

Governor Gregoire has called a special legislative session for Monday, November 28th. She wants to make more cuts to “balance the budget” on the backs of the poor. Does this seem like a good idea? Or can we see an end to this nonsense. Maybe a general strike is needed. I’m sure lots of concerned voters will want to be there in Olympia for that special session! Sign up here , or go with your fave socialists, unions etc.

And before you go any further, here’s how they do it NY style:  How To Make A Billionaire Blink

turning onto 5th Ave

marching up 5th Ave

no one felt too bad about holding up traffic

looking back on 5th Ave

occupy your money – leave big banks!

5th and Pine

sit-in at 5th and Pine

talking about banks and their plutocracidal tendencies!

I moved my money to a credit union – it was easy!

put your money in a credit union, instead!

bring down parasitic financial institutions!

you know and I know

mic check!

Diverting traffic. The police were pretty restrained, diverting traffic around the intersection. Perhaps they were trying to atone for beating, macing and arresting people the previous Wednesday during protests against JP Morgan/Chase chief bankster Jamie Dimon.

See photos of the violence from the previous Wednesday here – hella good photojournalism by Joshua Trujillo and the Seattle P.I. 

Watching traffic. Thank you, brave medical volunteers!

After 20 or 30 minutes, we were warned that the horse patrol would clear the intersection if we didn’t. The good folks of Occupy Seattle told us that there was pizza, comedians, music and dancing at the plaza.

pizza sounded like a good alternative

courtesy of Pagliacci’s

lots of signs of things going wrong

1st comedian -Travis Simmons aka The Big Funny

I tried not to get in the way of the performers and the crowd. Some artists were easier to take multiple photos of, like this next guy. I thought it interesting to see different stages of his jokes:

comedian Nigel Larson

comic 2.2

comic 2.3

comic 2.4

comic 3 and crowd

comic 3 with crowd and buildings

Comedienne Barbara Sehr was next – a personal favorite – she cracked me up! Oh no, you didn’t say that!

Barbara Sehr 2

comic 5 – America’s Got Talent Alumnus Jen Seaman

comic 5.2

comic 5.3

comic 6 – this guy was pretty funny, kind of a loose cannon. Can anyone fill this one’s name in for me?

comic 6.2

crowd enjoying comics

crowd with building

crowd with trees

This costs money, please donate to Occupy Seattle!

 Find out more here

the sound crew

the sound crew 2

visualize general strike!

It was nice to see servicemen there



dancers 2

dancers 3

scarf dancer

scarf dancer 2

a bankster

A band started to play. I was walking away, but the beautiful, echoing voice of the singer and the accompaniment brought me back. I’m glad I went back. These guys were really good, they were wailing.

They’re called Surrealized. These photos are not in sequence – I just tried to tell a little bit of the story. I couldn’t stay for the whole set. See link to their Facebook page below.

 Surrealized Facebook page here

Surrealized 2

drummer with building

drummer with building 2



trumpet and building

trumpet and buildings. See that big wall there? I think this plaza was designed acoustically to be a good performance space. And you’d have to say these guys were using it to its best advantage. Very nice!

father and son dancing (?)

mother and son (?)

bicyclist riding to honor military families

update and donation bucket

riding to honor military families 2

bicyclist with passers-by








blue sky, fall tree

Broadway tree


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