Tranquility


A brand-new week looms, and promises to be, how shall we say, emotionally taxing for us all. Let’s have some beauty so that we may brace ourselves.

Ryan (Glacial Till) came for a visit, and we headed over to Washington Park Arboretum. They have an utterly lovely Japanese garden there, which is always a delight to wander about in. I have many and wonderful shots that will make appearances as time goes by and themes like carp or turtles or stone lanterns present themselves. For now, we’ll have some of the somewhat artistic bits.

Waterfall:

Waterfall, Japanese Garden

Waterfall, Japanese Garden

Magenta water lily:

Magenta Water Lily, dreaming of Monet

Magenta Water Lily, dreaming of Monet

White water lilies:

White Water Lilies

White Water Lilies

Turtle and carp:

Dark moon turtle, sun carp.

Dark moon turtle, sun carp.

Snow lantern and coins:

Snow Lantern Luck

Snow Lantern Luck

Lovely.

Now, you may think an arboretum is a botanist’s thing, but there’s some geology to be seen. Take the walk across the bottom of Lake Washington, and you can look up at quite a bit of geology indeed.

Geology at the Arboretum.

Geology at the Arboretum.

We’re looking from the ship canal across Lake Washington to the Cascades. In this view, you have a lake carved by the Puget Lobe of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet, and the hills round about are often drumlins, deposited and shaped by the ice. Behind us is a subduction zone: on the far horizon is the result of that subduction, a tall line of jagged peaks. Folks more qualified could talk about hydrogeology, and geomorphology, and I’m sure plenty more. So this isn’t a place where the geology leaps out, grabs you by both lapels, and screams three millimeters from your face, “Look at me! I’m some geology ya’ll better recognize!” but it’s definitely there.

One last story: in trying to find the way beneath the highway, we stumbled across an area where men whose preference isn’t women like to, erm, get full sun. I’ve never seen more guys flummoxed by the fact a woman has appeared among them. And I have never felt so at ease amidst a large group of naked men. My dear gay citizens: I’m so sorry I disturbed your peace. Carry on, and have a lovely rest of your summer.

Beautiful day with a wonderful friend, and so much more to look forward to before summer ends.

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