Friday, June 16, 2017

Some favorite flowers I

Tiger lily
Mountain laurel
Himalayan blue poppy

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Cascade Loop

Diablo Lake North Cascades 

The river flowing very fast and swollen from snowmelt.
Looking for a room by the river, we found one  almost, in, the river!
Yes this photo is feet from our room.

Below, river along a campground is the Icicle river.
Leavenworth WA the states largest tourist attraction.
I was surprised though, the populace Saturday night was largely young people, smoking a lot on sidewalks next to businesses that had closed, using cells phones speaking obscenities, drunken and it was not the usual gathering of people I'd been accustomed to in this small tourist town.
Maybe they can get away with more in this town but I'm not inclined to  enjoy the behavior. 

Lupines were in profuse in many areas of the Cascade Loop, from up around Diablo Lake
The 8 mile campsites at Icicle river (where I had good luck with video).
The wind was rustling and flowers were fragrant blowing about.

Diablo Lake area, Canada Geese and they had chicks. 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

The spring planting of Impatiens along Mukilteo Blvd.

Every year the Mukilteo Blvd near Forest Park
 gets planted with impatiens and geranium. By summers end the impatiens will be about 18" tall and very beautifying to our roadway. 
It's something to see. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Silk Road suzanis , peonies, Mahal abrash rug.

One of many tribal rugs.
Spring ritual rug cleaning.
4 down, 5 to go?
Silk velvet suzanis arrive soon.
More on the later.
Peonies blooming.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Springtime brings flowers and energy, garden, suzanis to life.

My studio airing out.
Potters wheel in waiting.
But primarily I'm not a potter. I'm a sculptor and I design tiles in relief.
Throwing is something I do but it's not my forte.
I'm pretty good at it though and I teach throwing as well.

My garden gets seeded finally. Radish, beets, carrots, garlic was in last fall,
 lettuce, brocelli, etc
Many types of radish which has great healing capacity.

Alex, sends these from Uzbekistan to me.
This red one on cotton velvet, (called bakhmal).
It's an antique made in Tashkent Uzbekistan.
The Silk Road. Pommegranites adorne this one below, very common on suzanis.
This one is machine, not hand embroidery as most all of mine are.
These were dowry items and have been made by women thousands of years
dating back to Sogdia. When Russia took over Uzbekistan I've heard women were no longer allowed to make these. Now free again, but the suzani making has stopped except for
machine embroidered ones.
They are well made but lacking the natural beauty of hand embroidery.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Utesalady Bay

Was on the Island which is northwest of Seattle a few hours maybe, traffic depending,
Was looking for a bog garden I'd been told was Evergreen gardens?
Never found the garden but found a nursery where a man was very helpful and we talked about island life, etc. Then there was a garage sale and that man was very interesting too and had old glassware and cool stuff and everyone who. Dropped by was super friendly.  Then it was off on the island studio tour, last week of the tour. Saw one studio a potters studio,
It was well designed and equipped and the work was nicely displayed. I was in love with his studio. He had incorporated necessities well in a way he could combine as a gallery. He was also a very interesting potter to talk with and welcoming. His work was very nice.
Glazes were interesting. Nice designs.

Walked on beaches and  enjoyed the sunny day and being out meeting people and chit chatting.
I could easily take to island life.
And this one has no need for a ferry.