Washington Oaks State Park

Sometime this year, we were at sunny Florida, visiting one of our favorite beaches – the beach at the Washington Oaks State Park at Palm Coast. While many visit the adjacent garden with its beautiful roses, it is the coquina beach and rocks resembling a mini Grand Canyon that makes a walk here exhilarating. AlongContinue reading “Washington Oaks State Park”

Juanita Bay Park

With at least 2 miles of trail, this 110-acre urban wildlife habitat in Kirkland is popular with nature lovers and bird watchers. From any section of the park’s extensive boardwalk system, trails, or any three of the park’s observation platforms, you’ll likely see waterfowls, great blue herons, osprey, and amphibians such as salamanders and turtlesContinue reading “Juanita Bay Park”

Tumwater Dam Hydroelectric Project

We were on our way back from Leavenworth along US Highway 2 when we stumbled upon the Tumwater Dam Hydroelectric Project. Actually we heard the ferocious roar of the waters before we saw it crashing  down from over 20 feet high. The source of the watercourse – The Wenatchee State Park. Constructed from 1907- 09Continue reading “Tumwater Dam Hydroelectric Project”

Wild Carrot Flower (Daucus Carota)

I have come across them in many open fields during the summer. I had thought they were just pretty wild flowers until one day, I decided to find out what they are since they are so common here. That’s when my I realized these white flowers are  daucus carota, colloquially known as  wild carrot flowers,Continue reading “Wild Carrot Flower (Daucus Carota)”

Summer Wildflowers: Broad-leaved sweet pea

While walking in the Warren Magnuson Park in Seattle recently we stumbled upon a field of pink broad-leaved sweet pea. The bright pink flowers were stunning in the middle of the open field, right next to a field of white wild carrots flowers (see next post for that :0) Also known as everlasting pea, perennialContinue reading “Summer Wildflowers: Broad-leaved sweet pea”

Summer Wildflowers: Chicory

It’s almost the end of summer, and the wildflowers that have dotted the landscape here for the past couple of months are slowly but surely wilting away. For a few months each year, they have their glory, bathing in the sunshine and warm weather. Over the next couple of posts, I would like to shareContinue reading “Summer Wildflowers: Chicory”

Redmond Watershed Preserve

In 1926, the city of Redmond bought some land from Weyerhaeuser (an American timberland company), planning to use Seidel Creek for water supply. Additional acreage was bought to bring the watershed to 800 acres, though issues with the quality of the water led to the usage of other water sources. Today, the Redmond Watershed PreserveContinue reading “Redmond Watershed Preserve”

Raccoons (Procyon lotor)

They look like masked bandits. And in some ways they are, the bandit part, that is, as they tend to appear in the dark and are very quiet in their movements. Originally from North America, raccoons can be found throughout the United States (besides the Rocky Mountains and southwestern states) as well as parts ofContinue reading “Raccoons (Procyon lotor)”