Golden Crowned Kinglet

This discovery was a special treat on a winter blustery day in the Pacific Northwest. The usual January weather of rain, wind, and chill. I ventured outside for fresh air between large rain drops. I live on a green belt and it is typical to have birds flying and chirping. This time, I noticed a chubby bird with yellow coloring hopping around on the street side. Hopping around boulders and trees; it even tried to hide. Impressed how this tiny bird camouflaged between the grey boulders and ground cover. The golden-crowned kinglet is a songbird in the family Regulidae that lives throughout North America. I snapped a few photos despite them playing and seek. Here is the golden crowned kinglet’s photo shoot.

Driftwood and Odin Myth

I love to beachcomb the local beaches here the Pacific Northwest. Plus, the sound of waves hitting the sandy shoreline have a calming impact on my mood. It is a fantastic photo opportunity on any day, rain, wind or sunshine. This post is on driftwood, artistic designs from Mother Nature.

Citing Wikipedia… Norse mythology, the first humans, Ask and Embla, were formed out of two pieces of driftwood, an ash and an elm, by the god Odin and his brothers, Vili and Vé. The Vikings would cast wood into the sea before making landfall. The location of the wood would be an indication as to where to build their mead halls. The wood used would found the high-seat pillars of the new hall. Mead halls are large single rooms in a township of a tribe. They were usually built for the king and his courtiers. The word ‘mead’ is an old English Anglo Saxon word derived from the Sanskrit word, ‘madhushala’ which means tavern. 

Odin, the powerful Norse king of the Aesir, was the God of wisdom, healing, death, royalty, knowledge, war, sorcery, poetry. Odin is credited with creating the Universe after he slayed Yamir the Frost giant. Odin married the goddess Frigg and they had two sons. Rumour has it that Odin had numerous wives, plus had a tryst with the earth goddess Jord, resulting with the birth of Thor. Odin resided at Hlidskalf in Valhalla, sitting on his throne as he ruled the Nine Realms and created chaos. Odin loved to meddle in the affairs of the Gods and humans. He started battles by just throwing his spear. The Vikings designated Odin as their patron and sacrificed humans in his honor.

Odin had a soft skill set too. He created the runic alphabet, practiced magic and was a poet. Ravens flew to Odin relaying the events and gossip of the Nine Realms. There are many stories about Odin throughout the centuries. The stories and myths of the powerful Odin, still thrive today, from books to the movie screen.

Driftwood slideshow:

Odin: – Gods & Goddesses, December 21, 2020

Food Banks and Boxes

I am updating a prior post from this summer. It is about Food Banks who need boxes and bags for people to carry out food back to their families. With the ongoing pandemic the need is greater for food; we now need to fill those boxes. If you can donate food or even volunteer; Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

Original Post.…..During this pandemic I have collected cardboard boxes. My mail and food deliveries do not want boxes returned. So much for recycling and saving the environment. My home was looking like a staging room for a charity donation site. Boxes stacked in every room in my condo.

Recently, I learned from a neighbor that another neighbor was collecting egg carton boxes and delivery type boxes for the Edmonds Food Bank. I followed up on that lead. Alas! The rumor was true. My upstairs neighbor verified that Edmonds Food Bank needs boxes to pack groceries when providing food for people in need. They also use plastic bags for pet food and brown paper bags for groceries. Great, I have bags stuffed in my laundry room. I dashed down the stairs to my place and quickly returned with paper and plastic bags. This afternoon I gathered my stash of delivery boxes and dropped them off at my neighbor’s front door. Thank you to the volunteers who donate their time helping the community thrive during this difficult time.

Holiday Spirits

Enjoying the Christmas decorations my neighbors are setting up in the front yards. Decorations are predominately traditional with a touch of flair. The stories these characters have created over the years from the Grinch, who stole Christmas to Santa distributing presents to children around the world. I am not aware of any dinosaur or octopus stories for Christmas or Hanukah; the decorations are bright and playful! Here is a list of 50 Christmas stories, the Grinch Who Stole Christmas is posted as #3.

Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday Season!

A Glimpse of Reflection

The year of 2020 is approaching. It has been a year of turmoil, frustration, anger and sadness. Despite all the craziness, we need to count the moments of joy in our lives. Watching the ducks and people playing at Silver Lake inspired this blog post; reminding me that this time will become the past and the future lies before us. The year of 2020 is approaching. It has been a year of turmoil, frustration, anger and sadness. Despite all the craziness, we need to count the moments of joy in our lives. Watching the ducks and people playing at Silver Lake inspired this blog post; reminding me that this time will become the past and the future lies before us.

“Sometimes, you have to look back in order to understand the things that lie ahead.”
― Yvonne Woon

Shadows and Light

Shadow definition – the dark figure cast upon a surface by a body intercepting the rays from a source of light……. One of the main elements that impacts a photographers’ view from the camera lens is light. Light can be fickle, awesome and surprising. One can also create their own light using lamps, screens and filters. When we are lucky, nature intervenes when we are shooting outside photos. Sharing photos from a sunny Pacific Northwest afternoon.

GivingTuesday 2020

Today is GivingTuesday, a day designating for sharing goodwill. It is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. This year Covid19 has impacted people throughout the world. Non-profit organizations are hurting and cannot keep up with the demands for their services. A Gallup poll conducted during the coronavirus pandemic shows the percentage of Americans donating to charities hit a new low of 73%. In prior years’ polling, the percentage is usually more than 80%.

Due to the negative impact from Covid19, the IRS is allowing a special rule for enhanced tax deductions for business contributions of food inventory for the care of the ill, needy or infants. More information:

This is an opportunity for people everywhere to connect and support the causes and communities that are important to us.

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

Happy Thanksgiving

“The more you are grateful for what you have the more you can live fully in the present. When you live in the present moment the greater you can build stepping stones for a brighter future.”
― Dana Arcuri,

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Back to Nature at Yost Park

This adventure took us to Edmonds, Washington, and Yost Park. A park I had never visited, despite its a few miles from my home. This area in Washington was logged in the early 1900’s, and large evergreen logs were processed into shingles and lumber in mills along the Edmonds waterfront. Dozens of large old Cedar stumps, known as “Mother Stumps,” thrive throughout the Park. “Nurse logs “ are fallen logs that are laying on the ground. As stumps and logs decay, their nutrients replenish the soil, and encourage smaller plants to grow around them. I added a slideshow below.

A few more photos from the park, showcasing the park’s beauty.

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