I don’t have any yard tasks today and I’m taking a day off from golf so I decided to try to get some pictures of the back yard birds. Here’s one I like:
Most of our rhododendrons are fading so I wanted to get at least one photo of one of our little “Sneezy” varieties. The leaves, as always, are a little nibbled on but the blooms have a wonderful color.
I drove over the mountains to the Suncadia Resort on Friday the 15th to escape the gloomy skies here in North Bend. Since then I’ve played two more round there and four here at Mt. Si. My spree wrapped up nicely yesterday with an 80, my best score this year.
We first spied tanagers in the yard a couple of years back but they are quite shy and I’ve never seen them with camera in hand. Then this past weekend I almost got one while shooting flowers. Finally, this morning one was visiting the finch feeder just outside the family room and I was able to get a few images through the glass. Not great resolution but still it’s nice to have a digital memento of this lovely critter’s visit.
This fireplace scene turned out to be one of the easiest puzzles we’ve done. Only the gray areas were challenging. Still fun.
Ron Hillis and I did an overnight, Tuesday/Wednesday, two-rounds trip to Gamble Sands. The weather was great except for the gusty winds; breezy enough to be annoying. I shot so-so rounds of 91 and 88, in each outing suffering from just a few bad holes but otherwise playing ok. We did see a couple of snakes and I got a photo of this handsome fellow on the 17th fairway this afternoon.
I so like this course and haven’t yet tired of the three-hour drive. Accompanied by my golf buddy, Ron Hillis, I was back at Gamble Sands today, shooting a steady round of 87 with two birdies and one, very ugly, four-putt triple bogey. For the fourth consecutive round I managed to birdie the par-five 18th hole this time by getting out of a fairway bunker after an errant drive and chipping in from fifteen feet off the green for the hole out.