Author Archives: admin

The Vintage Carousel at the Washington State Fair

fairThe Washington State Fair’s 1917 Merry Go Round is the oldest active carnival ride at the Fair, operating there since 1923. I learned that seniors, 62+, qualify to ride for free! No, I don’t qualify.

The fair had a glorious last day of it’s run with the weather sunny and in the mid-70s. It was packed!

Here are a couple of photos of the merry go round, as well as a couple of other shots. Apparently I can’t stay out of the floral building!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Stellar Alpacas because really alpacas!

Stellar Alpacas

I was pretty excited to read that Stellar Alpacas was having a Open Ranch (think open house) this weekend. I mean who doesn’t love alpacas?! Stellar Alpacas at 27810 16th Avenue East in Spanaway has 54 alpacas though two were off today. I learned how to tell if an alpaca is pregnant! If she is pregnant and a stud male is introduced she will spit at him and try to kick him. The average pregnancy is 11.5 months.

The folks that own the farm are delightful and the man was walking one of the alpacas around. Visitors were allowed to touch them, though they don’t like their faces touched. There was a refreshments stand with free cookies, water and sodas. And a small bag of carrots was only $1. Of course the carrots were for the alpacas. The videos below provide a chance to hear them chewing. There is also a small store with delightful socks, sweaters, yarn, hats, gloves and more made from alpaca fiber, some from right there on the farm. The ranch has a website.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

Water Forest outside of the Museum of Glass

image

The Water Forest outside of the Museum of Glass was flowing today and made a lovely noise. I was watching folks admire it and almost everybody had to touch the water. I also noted several photographers capturing the moment with friends and clients.  I was just reading that the sculpture glows at night. I need to go see that! The artist is Howard Ben Tre’s.

image

A short, short video can be found here.

 

 

 

A Barn at Fort Steilacoom Park

image

Steilacoom Barn

Western State Hospital for the Insane, later shortened to simply Western State, opened in 1871 and soon after included a farm with animals. The farm included several barns and this one, near the entrance to the dog park in what is now Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood, is one of them. The farm workers were patients of the hospital and the farm supplied much of the food for the hospital. The farm closed in 1959.

image

I went in the evening and there was a lovely sunset and a flock of geese.

image

Bike in a Pier, Ruston Way, Tacoma

29467500585_84de2884ce_o

There is a bike stuck in the pier along Ruston Way toward the southeast end. I searched and searched and can’t find record of why it is there or how it got there. I spotted it as I walked from one end of Ruston Way to the other (Old Town Dock to Point Ruston).

bike-in-tree-2

Marlake at the West Hylebos Wetlands Park

Marlake

Dear husband and I wanted to stretch our legs today so we went to the West Hylebos Wetlands Park in Federal Way. Our intent was to walk along the boardwalk path, but we turned right instead of left and ended up at Marlake (that’s what Google Maps says it is called). It is really a beautiful spot and some of the surrounding area must have been an orchard at one point because we found plum, pear and apple trees, as well as grapes and blackberry bushes. The blackberries and plums were delicious!  The lake itself has a dock with a bench on it to contemplate life. Many of the trees leading up to the lake were actually labeled and my favorite was a ginkgo tree. Such lovely leaves. The park really is a perfect place to take a walk.

On an amusing note, the handwritten sign that greats visitors asks us to protect the wetlands and no dogs (I get it), bikes (still get it) or Pokemon (what?!). I’m not sure what damage the not really there Pokemon could do. Perhaps they meant no Pokemon players. But there were a bunch of players and they were all respectful and having a good time with their families. Perhaps the highlight for me was that I won my first gym (it’s a game thing) and let out a yell of victory. An older teen smiled at me and we talk about the game for a while. He even set it up for me so that I could really win the gym since I obviously don’t know what I’m doing. I love that the game gave two very different people a chance to visit and work together. What fun. 🙂

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

Variations on the Floral/Grange Building at the Washington State Fair

29466628725_c80fc5699e_o

Four Apples – Prizma

One of my favorite buildings at the Washington State Fair is the Floral/Grange Building and of course while dear husband and I were enjoying the fair I took a bunch of photos there. I thought this time I would try editing each of the photos with a different photo app. The four apples above were made with the Prisma App (a new one for me)

image

Washington Fair Grange – Brushstroke

image

Washington Fair Grange – Tomatoes Mobile Monet

produce-and-flowers-at-the-washington-state-fair_29431452476_o

Washington Fair Grange – Carrots – Photolab Cartoon

produce-and-flowers-at-the-washington-state-fair_29357461152_o (1)

Washington Fair Grange – Onions Toon Camera

29466630585_b300e200bc_o

Washington Fair Grange – Kaleidoscope

Washington Fair Grange – Pixlromatic

29432391206_5644ebc847_o

Washington Fair Grange – Pears and Grapes – Photolab Light Boken

29387084281_c2c4b7c495_o

Washington Fair Grange – Photolab Pen & Ink Photo Lab – Pen & Ink

produce-and-flowers-at-the-washington-state-fair_29357492642_o

Washington Fair Grange – Glaze

produce-and-flowers-at-the-washington-state-fair_28841383834_o

Washington Fair Grange – Tintype

 

produce-and-flowers-at-the-washington-state-fair_29357521022_o

Washington Fair Grange – Living Planet

produce-and-flowers-at-the-washington-state-fair_29357520752_o

Washington Fair Grange – Distressed FX

 

produce-and-flowers-at-the-washington-state-fair_29431421916_o

Washington Fair Grange – Photosplash

produce-and-flowers-at-the-washington-state-fair_29357451942_o

Washington Fair Grange – Sparkle Post

produce-and-flowers-at-the-washington-state-fair_29177258140_o

Washington Fair Grange – Juxtaposer

Percolator 2.4 (2.4) Grind: Extra Fine (Average Circles & Effect: Auto Adjust), Brew: Circles (No Pic & Full Blended Circles), Serve: Black (Clear Tone & Paper Cup Texture)

Percolator 2.4 (2.4)
Grind: Extra Fine (Average Circles & Effect: Auto Adjust), Brew: Circles (No Pic & Full Blended Circles), Serve: Black (Clear Tone & Paper Cup Texture)

Waterlogue 1.3.1 (72) Preset Style = Bold Format = 6" (Medium) Format Margin = None Format Border = Straight Drawing = #2 Pencil Drawing Weight = Heavy Drawing Detail = Medium Paint = High Contrast Paint Lightness = Auto Paint Intensity = More Water = Tap Water Water Edges = Blurry Water Bleed = Average Brush = Fine Detail Brush Focus = Everything Brush Spacing = Medium Paper = Watercolor Paper Texture = Medium Paper Shading = Medium Options Faces = Enhance Faces

Waterlogue 1.3.1 (72)

produce-and-flowers-at-the-washington-state-fair_29465729065_o

Washington Fair Grange – Photoshop Pro Antique Oil

produce-and-flowers-at-the-washington-state-fair_29386126641_o

Washington Fair Grange Photoshop Express – Bright

29465747715_fa9a699626_k

Washington Fair Grange – PicMonkey

29432404186_ddaed71314_k

Washington Fair Grange – Be Jealous – PicLab

28841394014_c41a192fe2_o

Washington Fair Grange – Enlight Urban Paintsplat

Zagg at the Tacoma Mall

imageI don’t love going to the mall, but today was the day since I had a crack on the protective screen on my phone. It was a Zagg protective covering and when the phone folks sold it to me they said I could have it replaced for a minimal cost if it should break. It cracked at a jaunty diagonal. Since I tend to avoid the mall, I put off getting it fixed. But the lady at the Zagg kiosk was really nice and it only took 20 minutes and there is a Starbucks right there. And it was kind of fun to watch all of the mall patrons walking around. What an assortment they are. There were the parents dragging their tweans around buying school clothes, teen girls with little pink Victoria Secrets Bags, a couple of businessmen in suites, the mall security folks on their Segways and moms with strollers.

Arby’s Roast Beef Sandwich is Delicious

image

The Arby’s at 2612 South 38th Street in Tacoma has the traditional, original Arby’s sign which is shaped like a cowboy hat and says “Arby’s Roast Beef Sandwich is Delicious”.  This sign was used between 1964 and 1975 and the logo changed to a more streamlined sign. Abry’s began selling roast beef sandwiches in Ohio in 1964 and there are currently over 3,000 restaurants.

And with that I am caught up with the blog 🙂

 

Cambodian Temple, Tacoma, WA

image

The Khmer Theravadin Buddhist Temple is located at 1420 East 44th Street in Tacoma. I was welcomed to look around a take some photos. In fact the monk that was there actually offered to take my photo 🙂 and told me that I’d have good luck because I had placed a donation in the donation box.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.