The Heck is This?

B and I took a walk at Richmond Beach by way of getting some healthy exercise while we plan our Mount St. Helens trip. The tide was pretty far out, so we got to do lotsa walking along the beach between the Sound and the railroad tracks. There’s always fun and interesting stuff to see, like this Eye of Siva somebody painted near a manmade waterfall.

Image shows a culvert under the railroad tracks. There's a tiny stream flowing from a pipe, some driftwood piled on the thick granitic riprap rocks, and on one of the rocks is a painting.

Waterfall and rock art.

Here’s a nice closeup of it for ye.

Image shows the pyramidal top of the rock. Someone has used blue and white paint to paint an eye with fancy curlicues coming out of the top lid and inner corner. Underneath is painted the words, "Eye of Siva."

Image shows the pyramidal top of the rock. Someone has used blue and white paint to paint an eye with fancy curlicues coming out of the top lid and inner corner. Underneath is painted the words, “Eye of Siva.”

So that was nice. We dawdled on that side for a bit, then walked over towards the south, where my favorite rocks of all time are. Well, my favorites at Richmond Beach, anyway. Just beyond them, we saw this thingy stuck on the riprap. [Read more…]

Can You Spot the Dragonfly in These Frenchman Coulee Photos?

I spent a bit of Sunday afternoon sorting photos from our Grand Coulee trip whilst watching Misha explore the porch, and found these photos with a dragonfly. I swear that it’s there! See if you can spot it. You needed an excuse to procrastinate on something, right? I’m here to help.

Image shows a bit of the sagebrush-covered desert by Frenchman Coulee. You can see some of the basalt bones sticking up through the thin soil. There's a big sweep of blue sky with a few white clouds to the left. There's a dragonfly in the sky.

There is absolutely a dragonfly in this picture, I promise!

This is a photo I took when we were hiking the desert around Frenchman Coulee. We’d just come from a delightful shady place against the canyon wall where about six billion schoolchildren were being taught how to climb basalt columns. It’s very hard to navigate a trail full of middle-school kids – they’re so wrapped up in their own stuff they don’t notice you until the last instant. But they were adorable and sweet and did eventually clear enough space for us to sneak through. Poor B gets his anxiety triggered by thick crowds of humans, so it was a relief for us both to emerge into the deserted desert beyond, even though it was super-sunny. There was a nice, cool breeze, and it was only in the middle seventies (that’s mid-twenties to you Celsius-using people). [Read more…]

Really Terrible Bible Inspirations: (Un)Happy Biblical Mother’s Day!

It’s Mother’s Day today in many countries around the world. Many more countries have already or will soon be honoring mothers everywhere. Moms are important! Whether the moms you’re celebrating today are your biological, adopted, step, honorary, grand, great-grand, friends, cousins, or otherwise admired mothers, they’ve played a critical role in ensuring that a) there will be children and b) those children are (usually) at least somewhat civilized. I’ve watched my own moms and all the moms in my circles parent kids, and I’m incredibly grateful to them for doing that tough job. Some of them even do it mostly alone, which is even tougher! Massive respect, Moms!

In honor of Mother’s Day, let’s see what sort of inspiration we can get from the Book of Genesis. Sorry-not-sorry to say it’s mostly really terrible. [Read more…]

The Absolutely True History of Godzilla in Washington State, Set to Music

Come for the comedic song, stay for the unexpected geology at the end of the post.

Trebuchet shared a video that captures the very essence of the cities of the Great State of Washington, and explains what happened when a giant mutant reptile wandered through. Thankfully, the damage had been repaired by the time I came here to live. Alas, they preserved the character of those cities – which is rather unfortunate in some cases.

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New at Rosetta Stones: Moar Scablands Magnificence! Plus, a Robin Reprise Right Here

I’m back. I’m so damn tired. Misha doesn’t seemed to have missed me, except she couldn’t open her tuna cans her own self, so that’s the first and only thing she wanted. But she’s alive! I’m so happy.

B and I didn’t do all we wished, but we did lots today! We saw awesome great things. You can see some peeks here. And guess what? An American Robin was kindly enough to pose at Summer Falls so that you could have a robin reprise. I think it appreciates you being able to identify its compadre. [Read more…]

New at Rosetta Stones: Sneak Peeks from Frenchman Coulee!

B and I are on a short but sweet trip to the dry side. We hit up Frenchman Coulee and Babcock Bench, then headed on over to Grand Coulee. We’ve got so much great stuff for you already! Have a taste, and I’ll be bringing you more soon, my darlings!

Image shows me standing in front of a huge chunk of basalt ripped out of the coulee and dropped here on the long bench of land by the Columbia River.

Moi by one of the maclargehuge erratics on Babcock Bench at Frenchman Coulee.

 

Unidentified Flying Dinosaur: Sweetly Singing

This little cutie was singing its lungs out in a tree on Juanita Bay in early April. It’s drove me crazy. I couldn’t figure out what it was. From this angle and distance, it looks like about ten billion different birds and doesn’t sound like any of them. But I’m sure one of you, my darlings, will know what we’ve got!

Image shows a wee bird with a dark top and wings and pale golden-tan chest singing in a tree whose leaves are still eeensy-weensy.

UFD I

That’s the cropped version, so the birdie looks a bit closer than it actually was. Here’s perspective: [Read more…]

Baby Ducky Season is Here!

Ducklings, people! Ducklings! The baby duckies have started hatching on North Creek. I love this time of the year.

Image shows three baby duckies floating in the creek and one exploring on the bank.

D’aw!

Misha was too busy with sunbeams to give a crap about what I was up to, and the weather was the perfect shade of warm, so I headed out down North Creek on Sunday. There weren’t many ducks out, but I did see a couple of mommy ducks with kiddos. The babies were mostly off exploring by themselves, while the moms kept an eye on them from a small distance. [Read more…]

Today’s Really Terrible Bible Inspirations

You’ve all seen those inspirational posters with the pretty scenes and the carefully-selected Bible quotations. Some of your coworkers probably have one hanging in their cubicle, or framed on their desks. You probably have a grandparent or other relation whose walls are adorned with such tripe. And you, being an atheist, or agnostic, or other sort of person who groans upon beholding saccharine nonsense, might wish you could replace that nice quote with something a little more representative of the Bible’s content.

My darlings, I am here to help. Behold: Really Terrible Bible Inspirations. [Read more…]

Mystery Flora: Stop Eyeballing the Geology and Pay Attention to Meee!!!

Spoiler alert: we will not stop eyeballing the geology. It’s just a bit harder to see right now.

The weather was superb on Monday, so B and I took a break from the chaos that is currently my life and went to Lord Hill. It was so muddy! The trails are pretty much mush after several days of rain, so if you decide to go see all the beautiful sights, please don’t wear shoes you want to keep tidy. And you’ll want to pay attention to where you’re stepping even on the rare dry bits, because there are piles of horse doings. We really need to make a law that you have to clean up after your equine as well as your canine. Sigh. It was still worth it. No owls, alas, but we saw a few chipmunks, and heard a woodpecker or two, and saw some cute sparrows, and there were flowering plants all over and lusty leafy trees and even still some visible geology, so yay!

I have some fun winter-spring comparisons for you, and then we will have our mystery flora.

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