Posted in Birds and other fun topics

Reflections of Fall

Kubota Gardens has a couple of ponds that give us this most fantastic double vision of fall.

We will start with the Moon Bridge. The guide says “symbolizes the difficulty of living a good life – hard to walk up and hard to walk down”.  This captures the bridge and it’s reflection.  Can’t get better than this.

Moon Bridge double vision

On the other side of the larger pond I found this lovely rock outcropping. From there I got this angle of the bridge.

Bridge reflection – the red shines brightly

Just to give you another perspective – how about this shot?

Which way is up?

Yup – this one is upside down. The reflection pond is on top but it isn’t 100% obvious is it?

Next check out this view…

See the face at the top?

When I reviewed my photos on the computer this one just grabbed me. It has the real bridge on the right with the reflection pond on the left. In the middle is a kaleidoscope type sensation. I think the top area looks like a dragon face. What do you think?

What really got my attention when I went to this little overview was the reddish pink tree on the hill reflecting in the pond. Below is a little video of the pond reflection.  The still photo is an illusion and hard to tell what you are seeing. The video gives it so much more dimension. Try it you will like it.  I played it over & over for a calm moment.

Here is the whole deal with the reality on top and the illusion at the bottom of the picture.

Fall Foliage’s Reflection

Check out the beauty of just the reflection.

Reflection of Fall

How about I leave you with the world upside down?

Fall looking thru the looking glass
Posted in Forests

Glow of Fall

After my encounter with the stellar jays I wandered down to my spot where there is a grove of vine maples. (link to the Stellar post) It is the time of year to enjoy their fall color change and a good photo could be in the making. It turns our I am a bit early for their blazing yellow-gold glory. However, the sun was playing peek-a-boo with them. This brought them into a back-light glow.

While wandering from photo spot to spot I kept encountering hummingbirds. First it was just one who eluded my camera and later nearer the creek a pair chasing each other.  That second sighting I was a millisecond too late to capture him. Nature was telling me to just enjoy the serendipity of the moment and a photo wasn’t needed.

Enjoy the GLOW!

Prior years brown leaf contrasts with the glowing green
Blackness of big Maple tree trunk shows off vine maples in their glory
I am just a leaf basking in the morning autumn sun
Reversed colors – dynamic green highlights the maple trees silhouette.


Posted in History and other topics

Changing Seasons

You may have noticed my blog posts have been a bit skimpy. That is because work has been crazy plus I am building two baby quilts for a pair of little girls born this month.

This weekend I did get out to a few estate sales. The feature photo is from a tree at a house I stood in line at. It so demonstrates that fall is here in the Pacific Northwest. A maple tree was vivid pinky red showing herself off. Add some lovely raindrops and you have a fall picture to die for.

Today I powered on to get the two quilt tops finished. Here they are ready to sandwich up the batting and a back.

Twin Baby Quilts

Each of the quilts have a theme panel that is made from vintage embroidery I have picked up.

The pinker quilt is using a dish towel that is a cross stitched kitty carrying a basket of food. It says Good Luck Thursday because this was the Thursday towel. A little flash back to another time when we had time to make these cute towels.

Kitty going to market theme baby quilt

Each of the quilts are balanced out by contrasting windmill squares.

The second bluer quilt uses a baby bib I picked up many years ago. She is so cute I knew she would be a great baby gift. Instead I cut her down and made her a feature panel on a quilt.

Fawn theme baby quilt

There you go.. busy time but feeling very productive and creative.