Monday, April 27, 2009

Back from vacation!

Hubby and I spent a week in the great state of Washington. For me it was love at first sight! So green and lush, so much to do and see. Here are some of my favorite photos. The first picture is from a hike we took at Olympic National Park on our first day. It was so misty you could barely see the tops of the tall trees. It was magical, silent except for a creek and the birds.

We spent a day and night in Vancouver BC. Tim Hortons and all you can eat sushi, yay! This next photo is from the beautiful Stanly Park.

We went to the Vancouver aquarium and got to see Beluga Whales up close. There was even a baby! It was so cute to see it nursing from it's mama.

In front of the aquarium was this beautiful Orca sculpture.

View from the front. I loved the face carved into its forehead.

Here is the spectacular Snoqualmie Falls, just north of Seattle.

We hiked down to the bottom.

Driving through the countryside we found these skulls perched atop a fence outside of someones house. Kind of creepy, but way cool!

Spent a lot of time in the urban jungle of downtown Seattle, where we drank WAY too many mochas, enjoyed the best people watching EVER, and took in the art museum.

Seafood at the famous Pikes Place market:

Obligatory Space Needle shot. Is that blue sky??? YES! It was sunny a lot of the time we were there.

We went back to Olympic National Park for a day, this time driving down to the Southern area of the park. There were lots of waterfalls and the moss grew thick on the trees. It was very surreal.

If you can stand another waterfall picture. I know, they're pretty hard to take...

The awe-inspiring Kalaloch Cedar:

This tree is huge, the biggest girthed Red Cedar in the world. To give you an idea of its size, here I am standing in the "door."

Side view:

The beach was a stones throw away. It was COLD, and windy, and so beautiful!

Facing the wind and watching the sand snake towards me was incredible! If it wasn't so cold I could have stood there for hours...

Hope you enjoyed the pictures. There's a tendency (at least for me) when taking photos to become so wrapped up in the photography aspect that you miss out on what you're taking pictures of. I could feel myself going there sometimes, and had to bring myself back by just setting down the camera and taking it all in. So I actually didn't take as many photos as I normally do when traveling. (I think I have 4000 photos of Sedona, lol!)

I feel so inspired by the beauty and Native artwork of the Pacific Northwest. Time to get back to work!


L.Holm said...

Phenomenal shots! Thanks so much for sharing them. What a great trip! I love the ocean and Belugas at the aquarium, cedar roots, well, all of them! I think you were brave to get out and take pics of the skull fence :-)

Jennifer MacNeill said...

Wow, such amazing shots! I don't know which ones to comment on b/c they are all so wonderful. I love that cedar and the sculpture, oh, and the first forest picture. I have to go to Vancouver someday our friends moved there recently and became Canadians.

Melody Lea Lamb said...

WOW!! Thank you so much for bringing us along on this incredible trip. I don't think I would ever see too many lush waterfalls. The little painting I am doing now (actually I think I'll make series) has the feel of mossy, secret, and magical forests. You must be so inspired now!
Thanks again for sharing your images!

Colette Theriault said...

Wonderful photography of such a beautiful places! Thanks for sharing.

Totally Timmy said...

Looks like you had a great time. What beautiful areas you visitied. I love all the waterfalls and mossy pics. Thanks for sharing!

Pussycats and Angels said...

Welcome home Kathleen, its lovely to have you back. You certaintly know how to take fantastic photographs, which I found captivating. I love Beluga Whales they have such tender faces. The Red Cedar is an amazing tree, I wonder how old it is?
Can't wait to see your next project.
Have a Happy week.
Warm Wishes and Hugs

Nikki Martin said...

Beautiful pictures! I am a huge Beluga Whale fan. I once did the Seattle / Victoria / Vancouver trip about 10 years ago - absolutely gorgeous. Your pictures make me want to go back. Glad you had such a great time!!

Bijou said...

Hi Kathleen,

We loved your vacation pictures! Mom especially liked the mossy trees. Those whales kinda freaked me out.

Wags & wiggles,

artbykarieann said...

Fabulous pics, the first one looks like the places I have to work in, we are working on a bank like that this week and it's up and down, up and down, hard work. Good to have you back even though you've been gallavanting to wonderful places.

Mona Diane Conner said...

Kathleen, it's unanimous, you were missed!

Kimberly said...

Racking my brain for another adjective to throw into the pile you've received so's too late...too leave me wordless, they are that great. Hope you're not too exhausted to get back into work...time for some amazing art after such a wonderful rest.

Five O'Clock Somewhere said...

What a great vacation. Your photos are super and make me want to visit the north west. Love the Belugas and the waterfalls!

Unknown said...

what a fantastic place, really like the whale pics and the waterfalls very tranquil!

gtyyup said...

Looks like you had a fantastic vacation...and your photos are wonderful. Hope your rested and ready to meet the world again. Glad you're back!

Julia Guthrie said...

wow such beautiful pics of a beautiful place!! I am in love with that tree...:)
You must have come back full of inspiration:)
So glad you guys had such a great time

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

Wow Kathleen!! Gorgeous photos! It's been 35 some years since I have been to Washington State (I'm dating myself :-)) and it's still as gorgeous as I remember. Thank you for sharing with us all the wonderful photos!

Tracey said...

Woot! What a great job you did with the photography. I am so proud of you. Glad it was a fabulous trip!

Kathleen Coy said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone! I'm glad you all enjoyed the photos.

Kelly Schulz said...

Hi Kathleen, I'm glad you are back and that you had a good time! I love all the nature pictures and the big trees! Beautiful.

Unknown said...

LOVE your photos! I used to live the great Pacific Northwest and your photo make me miss the place all over again! :)

Dean Grey said...


Thanks for sharing your vacation photos with us.

Olympic National Park looks UNBELIEVABLE! I've heard about it before and now I want to go even more!

Just stunning from every direction! I'm so jealous!!


Kathleen Coy said...

Thanks Kelly, Deborah, and Dean! I miss it already, it is such a beautiful place. Dean, I hope you get a chance to go there sometime!

Amanda Koh said...

Such a joy! I live here now, and still have yet to see much of what you saw. I can't wait to see more of this beautiful area. I love it here... such a blessing to be here. Thanks for sharing!