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Saint Paul’s Mission

Blogging, as well as sewing, have been set aside while the work hours increased, and I needed some time out!  I also need some camera practice.  A good place for both is an area very close to where I live and I have been there many a time for a peaceful hike.

The setting is Saint Paul’s Mission.  It was built in 1847,  and was the center of Jesuit activity for the Indian tribes of the Upper Columbia. Near the mission were the Kettle Falls, one of the premiere salmon fisheries for area tribes. 

The falls were one of many areas claimed by the building of the Grand Coulee Dam, but you can sometimes see them when the Columbia River (Lake Roosevelt) is drawn down in the spring.

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St. Paul's Mission

My plan was to practice composition, focus, and use of the Fstop in my camera (all of which I am not so great at, thus…practice, practice, and more practice).

St. Paul's Mission

It was mostly overcast, but still a beautiful day for a hike and camera practice.

St. Paul's Mission

I deliberately focused on the branch, rather than the building.  I like it, but I should have tried it both ways to see which I might like better.  No right or wrong…simply different perspectives of the same view.


St. Paul's Mission

St. Paul's Mission

St. Paul's Mission

St. Paul's Mission

The profitable Fort Colville (aka Fort Colvile), established by the British Hudson’s Bay Company,  was also located here.

St. Paul's Mission

St. Paul's Mission

Isn’t  the  texture  of  the  tree bark marvelous?  Do you think of puzzle pieces when you look at it?

St. Paul's Mission

St. Paul's Mission

St. Paul's Mission

I wish I had thought to take a photo of the boulder in its entirety.  A missed opportunity to show perspective.

St. Paul's Mission

St. Paul's Mission

The river was like a looking glass…so beautiful!

St. Paul's Mission

Canada in the distance.

St. Paul's Mission

Spring draw down.

St. Paul's Mission

While focusing on the river, I noticed the grass in the frame.

St. Paul's Mission

So I focused on the grass.  Again…a matter of perspective.

St. Paul's Mission

To be continued.

A Stroll in the Garden

“A weed is but an unloved flower.” 
― Ella Wheeler Wilcox

 

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece” 
― Claude Monet

 

larkspur

hollyhock

daisy

larkspur

larkspur

lily

phlox

Joe Pye Weed

rose

lily

A Winter Walk in the Garden

I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show. ~Andrew Wyeth

Many of us (most of us) are looking forward to spring, but it snowed all night and I woke up to a very foggy and beautiful wonderland.  So I grabbed the camera and headed out to the yard.

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Enjoy.

I heard wings above me as I was out in the fog, and was privileged to have a bald eagle fly directly over me.  I wish I could share the moment with you, but he (or she) came out of the fog, and flew into the fog, with nary a hello or good-bye. 

I am blessed.