- First-of-the-Season Rhubarb Pie, April 18, 2009
- Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens, April 18, 2010
- Celebrating Letterpress and Book Arts in Tacoma, April 18, 2011
- National Poetry Month: Memorizing a Poem, April 18, 2012
- Poetry to a Poet, April 18, 2014
- Derailed, But Now Back on Track, April 18, 2014
- Crows, Black as Coal, April 18, 2015
- Money, Measuring, Materialism, April 18, 2016
- Daily Doodle # 18: Great Blue Heron, April 18, 2017
- White is Really Many Colors, April 17, 2009
- Daffodil Season, Again, April 17, 2011
- A Stone is a Riddle, April 17, 2012
- The Mathematics of Missing Socks, April 17, 2014
- April Is Youth and Hope, April 17, 2014
- Taking the Risk to Blossom, April 17, 2015
- I Would Rather Be a Blossom, April 17, 2016
- Daily Doodle # 17: Moon Snail Shell, April 17, 2017
- Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry, April 16, 2009
- Experiencing Many Seasons in an April Day, April 16, 2010
- New Leaves, April 16, 2011
- Seeing Imaginatively: The Calligraphic Line in Nature, April 16, 2012
- Hyacinths and Biscuits, April 16, 2014
- Home as Shelter for the Spirit, April 16, 2014
- Black-Eyed Pea Salad, April 16, 2015
- A Hunger Satisfied by Art, April 16, 2016
- Daily Doodle # 16: Tulips, April 16, 2017
- A Host of Golden Daffodils, April 15, 2009
- Walking, Herding, Resting, April 15, 2010
- Tulips, Soon, April 15, 2011
- Spring Views from the Path around Green Lake, April 15, 2012
- If the Wind Could Talk, April 15, 2014
- A Minnesota Farm Alphabet, April 15, 2014
- Wordless Wednesdays: 12 Views of a Tree Peony, April 15, 2015
- I Stood and Watched the Poppies Pop, April 15, 2016
- Daily Doodle # 15: Cherry Blossoms, April 15, 2017
Here’s a neat idea I’ve just read about: the “perpetual nature journal.” Several bloggers credit Lara Gastiger with the idea. You start with a blank journal, and give a date to each double-page spread. Gastiger actually assigns a week of the year to each spread. Then every year, you revisit the pages and add a small drawing/sketch/painting/words of something from that day/week in nature. You don’t fill the page; simply add some small new thing each year. Over the course of several years, the journal builds piece by piece until you’ve captured a deeper look at your seasonal journey.
It occurred to me that my blog is something like a perpetual online journal. When I first started blogging on this day in 2009, I wanted to write about following the Pacific Northwest seasons day by day over the course of one year. I planned on posting photographs, seasonal recipes, poems, quotes from my reading, and short personal writings. I fulfilled this commitment, and for several years after, I posted something every single day! This is now my 10th year of blogging.
I do enjoy looking back on my old posts from time to time. I thought I would use my postings this coming year as an opportunity for you to look at my perpetual journal. I will skip over blog posts about my travels or special projects (like Thoreau Thursdays or painting a moon snail shell 100 times), but I will provide links to the posts with seasonal themes and my ordinary days over the past decade. I hope you enjoy this look back over some old posts from this day in my life.
- First Rhubarb, April 14, 2009
- Celebrating Trees on Arbor Day, April 14, 2010
- National Poetry Month: What is Your Interpreter, April 14, 2012
- Meaning vs. Being, April 14, 2014
- Falling Close to the Tree, April 14, 2014
- The Blooming Lilacs at Jello Mold Farm, April 14, 2016
This is the time of year in Seattle when trees are greening and blossoming. My eyes and soul feast on their fresh tints and colors — life resurrected once more.
“For a few days only,
the plum tree outside the window
No matter the plums will be small,
eaten only by squirrels and jays.
I feast on the one thing, they on another,
the shoaling bees on a third.
What in this unpleated world isn’t someone’s seduction?”
— Jane Hirshfield, from “French Horn,” Come Thief: Poems
Here is the latest display I created for the Greenwood Public Library:
It celebrates the art of the hand-written letter. The display features books, of course, but also 10 Mail Art Tips from the Postman’s Knock blog.
Inside the library is a cart full of books of letters and correspondence ready to be checked out. Even though few of us write letters anymore, I still enjoy reading compilations of other people’s letters.
This past weekend my husband and I took a road trip to Eastern Washington with the goal of seeing some sandhill cranes on their spring migration. Three years ago I had traveled to the Platte River in Nebraska to witness the sandhill crane migration in our nation’s heartland. (You can read my posts about that experience here, and here, and here.) This year I was looking forward to seeing something similar without having to travel so far away. In my own home state of Washington, this was the weekend the town of Othello was hosting its annual Sandhill Crane Festival.
Unfortunately, we were skunked by the sandhill cranes. We saw not a single crane.
Yet the drive through this part of my state held its own rewards. The scenery was interesting and beautiful in its own way. Othello and the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge are situated in a scoured, dry landscape called the channeled scablands.
I am not sure why we did not see any cranes. One Fish and Wildlife employee said just the other day he saw a flock of about 1,000 sandhill cranes in the refuge. Perhaps it was too windy on the day we were there. Tumbleweeds crossed the road. We saw hundreds of them piled up against the buttes and cliffs.
Giving up on the cranes, we spent two days driving even farther east into the Palouse, the state’s wheat-growing region. Many of the hilltops sported giant windmills — clearly this is a windy part of the state.
This early in the year, many of the vast fields were still brown. A few brilliant green fields were shockingly beautiful — harbingers of Spring. My eyes just soaked in the fresh color. I am so enamored of the rolling hills in the Palouse. The landscape reminds me of the desert dunes of Namibia — covered with fertile soil rather than dry sand. I love taking photographs here.
So in spite of the absence of flocks of sandhill cranes, our weekend getaway was a delight.
I am delighted to invite you to a show of my art during the month of June. Mark your calendars!
Nature in Watercolor and Ink
by Rosemary Washington
When: June 1 – 30, 2018. Artist Reception/Open House on Thursday evening, June 7th, from 5:00-7:00
Where: Elisabeth C. Miller Library, Center for Urban Horticulture, on the University of Washington campus, 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle
The exhibit will feature selected works in watercolor and ink — mostly plant and animal portraits — inspired by nature in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. Art works will be on display and for sale* during the Miller Library’s regular open hours.
Please stop by for a visit.
*All sales by cash or check. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the UW Miller Library Fund. Buyers can pick up their art on or after June 30th.
Just a couple more paintings for Valentine’s Day. I’m seeing lots of robins these days.