Waughop Lake is part of Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood, Washington. It used to be a farm for the mental hospital across the road, where the patients doing farm work was considered therapy back in the old days. Nowadays it’s a city park, with soccer fields and a bark park (as my sister calls off-leash areas) and trails. And an old cemetery managed by a wonderful group called Grave Concerns.
Waughop Lake is not a Native American name, even though it sounds like it ought to be, at least to me. It’s named after a former superintendent of the mental hospital.
Anyway, it was a lovely spring day, and my new camera lets me take much better photos than my old one. So here’s some of what I saw.
Otherwise known as Mahonia aquifolium. Playing with the zoom on my new camera this afternoon, out at the Dogwood Scenic Overlook out by Eatonville, where on a clear day you can see Mt. Rainier. Alas that this was not a clear day. But this shot pleased me very much, as I really like the sharpness of the flowers compared to the out-of-focussedness of the background.
I really can’t wait to actually take this camera somewhere, but it probably won’t happen until I go to the Monroe quilt show a week from Friday.
In honor of Leo DiCaprio’s acceptance speech on the Oscars last night, here’s a couple of nature photos I’ve posted here before, showing visible climate change over a period of 45 years.
Two photos of Athabaska Glacier, an offshoot of the Columbia Icefield, in Jasper National Park.
So far as I can tell, the two places I stood when I took these photos weren’t all that far apart (granted, the 1970 photo was taken from closer up than the 2015 photo was). The parking lot and road haven’t moved, either.
I’ve been doing this on Facebook, but it did occur to me that it might be fun to post these photos on my blog, too. I’ve been participating in a challenge, to post one nature photo each day, which gave me the idea to go back in my archives, so to speak, and pull some of my older photos. The quality’s not so great because anything before 2005, when I bought my first digital camera, is a scanned film photo. But the memories are fun.
The photo above is Mendenhall Glacier, just outside of Juneau, Alaska, from my trip on the ferry up the Inside Passage and back in June of 1995.