Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Present for Ms Kate

My mind comes up with ideas and the only way to get them out is to do them.  I thought of this one day while waiting for my truck at the shop.  Kate at Edwards Greenhouse deserves nice things and unknown to her, she also needed a desk like work space.  So with a few new 2x3 stud boards, my neighbors old fence , and some assistance from Todd, I built this work bench for Kate.

She loved it and many people at the greenhouse were very surprised I made it.  Some even asked what I sell them for.  Unfortunately, I rarely can make the same thing twice.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Olympic Hikes

Our cat is such the adventurer:

Henry is a great companion:

The lush wetness enables great treasures to thrive:

Monday, March 17, 2014

Windy day

Today we have been having constant winds up to 40 miles per hour!  Our pine tree did not fare well in the winds. We did not hear it fall. Todd and I had it cut and cleaned up within an hour.  The root structure was weak and shallow.  It was only time before the tree was to come down.  Now the melon patch will have full sun all day long!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Flight to Juneau

We had a fantastic flight out of Haines in a small single prop plane.  Our pilot took advantage of good weather and it being one of his last days flying for the summer to take us down a mountain valley route instead of along the Lynn Canal.

Bye Bye Haines, here is the peninsula as we fly over Chilkat State Park.

Two glacial fingers off the gigantic Mendenhall Ice sheet that covers most the area.

Glaciers hanging above a blue-green lake perched on the mountain side.

And finally the fantastic wetland valley floors that may have never had a human step foot in them:

Alaska Shrooms

And here are a few that are simple. 
This is Don's book that is one of the most awesome shroom guides:

Alaska toxic shrooms

Amanita pantherina?  Not sure, but these fantastic looking shrooms most likely are from the Amanita family and you do not want to touch or eat them, or there will be an uncomfortable death.

And the colorful Amanita we saw in Yukon.

Alaska Shrooms

Here are some more fantastic pictures of identified fungus.  They are so beautiful.

Dark Boletus; unknown.

Trumpet Chantrelle; edible.

Gem Studded puffball; choice edibile.