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“Quiet is peace. Tranquility. Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life. Silence is pushing the off button. Shutting it down. All of it. – Amir”
― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner


[Scenes from Port Townsend, Anacortes and Deception Pass, WA]



Two Orange Baby Buffalo!

Little Man is the alpha of the herd, there at the front. If you call him, he’ll come running. The herd follows right behind.

Heading to the food source…..us. We feed them celery, apples, sweet bell peppers, and bread. Lots of bread!

Baby always stays very close to mom. Both calves are approximately three weeks old.

They’re acting much more alert than my last visit.

There are two different kinds of buffalo, and this mom has the horns that go up and straight as opposed to horizontal and curl in.

Baby kisses for mom.

Got them both in one shot. And luckily enough, I got mom tongue for each! 🙂


You can see the real color contrast in this photo.

Baby was pretty curious of us.

A closer look.

Headed to the water hole.

What are the odds the Good Year blimp was flying overhead? (things that make you think)

My friend Sami and her two daughters with their two friends (and Sami’s friend) came out to meet and feed the buffalo.  It was fascinating to watch the buffalo respond to the girls.  They followed them up and down along the fence line.  Maybe it was their energy level.

This next photo set are of the girls collection of wild daisies, discovering an abundance of ladybugs, and offers to “ladysit” each other’s bugs.  It was quite the picturesque activity!

Ladybugs and daisies.

Trail of daisies

Collecting flowers for a giant daisy cluster

The girls really took a liking to the ladybugs

Ladysitting in the twilight.

Showing me her bounty







Elandan Gardens

http://www.elandangardens.com/  Located in Bremerton, Washington.

Have you seen it as you drive by?  I’ve been wanting to stop there for ages (I thought it was a nursery/garden) so finally put the brakes on and turned off from WA-16.  I was glad I did.  There are several components to this little hideaway heaven.  It is right on the water’s edge of the Puget Sound, about six acres and had been a very stair landfill.  In 1993 the Robinson family (Dan, Diane, Shanna and Will) began developing it starting with sandy fill dirt and over 800 tons of boulders, giving shape to the flat.

Elandan the word comes from Elan which is french for spirit and courage, and Dan, who is the true spirit of the Robinson’s bonsai collection.  While there is a museum/shop filled with all sorts of exotic trinkets, many with an eclectic Asian feel.  When I say trinkets I mean home decor, oil art, jewelry, and dazzling array of apparel.  They even have a chihuly piece!

Dan is a bonsai master.  He is described as a Pioneer of western Bonsai  (many of his Bonsai pieces are black pine and cedar) and you can see many of his works both at the garden and in this book:  http://www.amazon.com/Gnarly-Branches-Ancient-Trees-Robinson/dp/0615378501

The gardens are remarkable, a mix of plant and stone.  There are many pieces of twisted wood and jagged tree pieces reaching up to the sky.  Will is a stone artist and there are many basalt and granite pieces in the garden spread in a carved Stonehenge type of feel.

My most favorite part were the quiet ponds and tiny waterfalls.  The ponds floated several different types of lily pads and were flowering.

The experience was peaceful.  My son and I were the only ones there in the gardens so for a full hour we explored each nook and cranny, enjoying the amazing variety of Bonsai and sinking in the sounds of moving water and overhead birds.   I hate to tell people about little treasures like this place because I really liked having it all to myself but I just can’t help myself.

My pictures don’t do justice.  I only had my iphone5 on me so all of these photos were taken with it.  I will return.