Bloedel Reserve


The bestie and I decided to spend the day on Bainbridge Island, just a short ferry ride from Seattle.  After a tasty breakfast at the Streamliner we drove out to the Bloedel Reserve and spent a couple hours exploring the gardens.  It was lovely, with a light layer of frost here and there.  Walking through the forest and landscaped gardens was incredibly peaceful and I do plan to return in the spring.  I would love to go when the rhododendrons are in bloom.


Nature can live without man, but man cannot live without nature. – Prentice Bloedel

The above quote struck me, and I agree.  Getting out to explore the natural beauty around us helps to put this crazy life back into perspective.




January 4, 2016. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Guess what? Eagle Butt!

When I was in third grade my teacher, Mrs. Rapp, would dedicate a bulletin board to us students.  When chosen we would bring in pictures of ourselves and the title of the board would be what we wanted to be when we grew up.  Mine was Wild Life Photographer.  At that age I remember immersing myself in my Grandfathers National Geographics. The stories and the pictures took me to other places, oh the photography, oh the travel!

I’m not a wildlife photographer, heck I don’t even consider myself  a photographer…..just a passionate hobbyist, however, I am working on it.  This life is short, make time for what you love, for what makes you content, for what recharges you and excites your creativity.  For me, one of those is photography.


We headed up north to the Nooksack River to check out the Eagles.  My gear is so NOT up to speed for taking photos of birds BUT I am always up for getting out with a good friend and our cameras.

Most of my shots were out of focus or just too far away  to do much with. We saw a ton of this….EAGLE BUTT!  It was extremely cold but I was happy.


Happy New Year from me to you!


– Colleen

January 3, 2016. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.