Last weekend K and I tent-camped overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca while outdoor’n our way around the coast of the Olympic Peninsula. It was crisp, windy, damp and beautiful….
The Strait of Juan de Fuca is a 96-mile-long body of water which separates the northern edge of the Olympic Peninsula, Wash. from British Columbia, Canada, and is the outlet of the Salish Sea into the Pacific Ocean.
Some highlights of the stay were:
- watching multiple bald eagles soar in and out of the trees around us
- watching misty sunrises and sunsets from the comfort of the tent
- waking up in the middle of the night to see the stars (note to self: “big dipper screen saver” lol)
- cool, moist, fresh air–a much needed break from the extreme heat and wildfire smoke we’re experiencing out here in Eastern Washington
The (typical) rough bits were:
- stiff muscles and creaky joints from hiking and sleeping in the cold
- disrupted/sluggish digestion from traveling
- a sore neck from Stevie (my dog) hogging the headspace/pillows in the tent every night
Here’s where sunrise campsite yoga comes in.
Lubricating my creaky joints, smoothing out cranky spots, and quickly assessing my overall physical, mental and emotional needs for the day…
The way I see it, an A.M. view like this is a precious gift…
The way I see it, this human body and the power to move it is a precious gift, too.
I strive always to be a grateful, humble, studious recipient of these gifts!
For those curious, the boat in the background of the video appears to have been left to rust on land many years ago. 🙂
This was a spontaneous and candid recording filmed outside the tent just after sunrise.
No yoga mat or props… hoodie, wool cap, boots, grass, rocks and all.
Pausing to soak in my surroundings. ❤
I hope you get a chance to go outside and move your body around real soon.
All the best, EK
Gray Rabbitbrush (aka rubber rabbitbrush) looks like wild sage paintbrushes loaded up densely with vibrant sunshine-colored pigments and left out in the sun to dry.
Not to be outdone, stunning bluish-purple lupine putting on quite a show as well…
These photos were taken June 13th near Bridgeport, WA
Blessings! ~ EK
Common yarrow – Okanogan-Wanatchee National Forest, June 2021
One of my favorite pastimes is to identify plants from photos I’ve taken while hiking.
Some plants are common and easy to identify; the yarrow pictured above for example.
Other plants are trickier… I’ve got a funky lookin’ Larkspur that’s been giving me the run around for a month, haha.
What’s blooming in your neck of the woods?
I’d love to read about it in the comments 🙂
We packed a cold chicken pesto sandwich, a greek salad, and a couple of bottles of kombucha from the Tonasket Natural Foods Co-op into a lunchbox for just the right moment to pullover and pop the trunk for lunch.
I’ve eaten lots of fancy foods in very nice restaurants over the years, but these humble trunk meals of sandwiches and snacks are actually my favorite.
Standing in the gravel of some rest area between hikes, or on a road trip, quietly synchronized-chewing in blissful satisfaction.
Naturally, after fueling up on some simple nourishing grub, I felt like twirling in the sun.
The birds cheered me on from the trees…
See video below for reference:
Do sandwiches make you twirl, too?
Or is it just me?
~ ~ ~ e k
Some photos I captured on a walk earlier this month of a plant I was able to later identify as a type of Amsinckia, commonly known as Fiddlenecks.
After a fair amount of comparison and research online, I still wasn’t able to distinguish the exact species. I suspect most likely Amsinckia tessellata or possibly Amsinckia menziesii, but this plant is new to me and the variations are subtle and numerous.
Common fiddleneck is a member of the borage family, aka the forget-me-not family.
Adorable, hairy tendrils growing toward the light…
Hey, that sounds a lot like us fuzzy little humans 🙂
Keep growing! ~ EK
An excerpt from Mary Oliver’s poem The Summer Day which I found especially fitting this morning and wanted to share with you:
I don't know exactly what a prayer is. I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass, how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields, which is what I have been doing all day. Tell me, what else should I have done?
Blessings to you ~ EK
Lupine photographed at the top of Strawberry Mountain in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Washington, June 2, 2021
Stay wild, EK
Today, tomorrow and forever: I’m choosing to build a life of abundance, centered around deep gratitude and shared joy.
Rest, rise, rinse, repeat.
Some Campfire's Love Poem Weary child, as evening casts your shadow long across this pebbled bank the sun, who held your face in daytime, selfless omnipotent illuminator who only told you true for all of your life who kissed your cheeks and showed you how to plant your feet down and how to lift them up again weary child, the sun is fading. Draw near me now in reflection and be held almost whole in this unsettling hour. Elizabeth Keefer, May 2021
If the title of this post looks familiar to you, you are very observant and deserve a high five.
Back at the beginning of this year (January 2nd to be exact) I shared some very different pictures of this tree in a post called LIRIODENDRON TULIPIFERA IN SNOW
Well, it’s May…
The snow has melted, the hot sun is making regular appearances again, and wouldn’t you know it, this Tulip Tree is now in full spring bloom.
Liriodendron tulipifera, aka Tulip Tree or Yellow Poplar, is native to Eastern North America (far from where this one is planted) and is the state tree of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana.
Tulip Trees bloom May through June.
Big showy yellow flowers banded in bright orange at the base of each petal.
What a gift to witness these blooms! Almost surreal looking.
Generous cups of cold sherbet, vanilla and orange…
Perhaps a shaded feast for some lucky pollinators on a hot day.
As colorful as they are, it’s easy to scan the tree and not see the flowers because they don’t open up until after the leaves are fully formed, and by then they are fairly tucked in and hidden.
I’m glad I got a chance to snap these photos; I’ve never seen a Tulip Tree bloom and I was excited to share it with you. 🙂 For reference (for myself as much as anyone else) I took these with my old Pentax K-500 with an inexpensive CPL filter.
What’s blooming in your world? 🙂
Long before I opened my eyes to the calm blue light of tent walls dotted with sunlit glassy raindrops, the honking of geese overhead stirred me to consciousness and a sleepy smile spread across my slightly chapped lips.
These early morning moments are what I camp for.
Waking up in a tent to the smell of wet earth.
Crisp air nips at my cheeks and reminds me of my vitality.
The sounds of animals bustling around me on a thick carpet of damp ponderosa pine needles reminds me I am but one part of a large web of deeply connected beings.
Waking up to a new day alongside non-human siblings – the grasses, the trees, the bugs, the birds, the deer, the rocks. Whew! What a privilege.
First camping trip of the year… CHECK!
How beautiful is that fog rolling off the lake? 🙂
Stay curious, friends! ~ EK