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History in My Backyard

Selah – Naches Irrigation Flume

A few days ago we had a light snow.  I gazed our from my kitchen window and became fixated on the wonderful piece of history in my backyard.  The snow provided a nice contrast between the irrigation flume’s wood structure and the sagebrush speckled background.

This piece of history was built in 1892 to provide irrigation water to the Selah Valley.  Over the years, much of the canal has been upgraded and the wooden flumes torn down.  I am lucky to have one of the few remaining sections above my home.  I currently get my irrigation water directly from this flume.  Sadly, it won’t be for too many additional years.  Plans are to replace this section with an underground pipe.  So until funds are available, I will enjoy what remains of our little bit of history.

Winter is Approaching

Hoarfrost

The leaves have fallen.  A few stragglers remain.  Hoarfrost on the remaining vegetation is a  mild reminder that winter is on its way.  Walking around our yard in the midst of beautiful branches and leaves covered with ice crystals was like walking through a wonderland.  It was a gift from above.

I Love the Morning!

Sunrise – Heather Heights, Selah, WA

I love the morning!  Each new day brings a new look at the world.  It may be dark and intriguing.  It may be a little dull, but still full of potential of what may come.  Or it may be bright and colorful, like today!  But, no matter what it first looks like, it brings new thoughts, feelings, and opportunities.
 
This morning, I was writing at my desk.  I looked up and saw a little color enter the sky.  I put down my pen and quickly picked up my camera and walked out barefooted onto the patio.  I opened my shutter and let the light flow in.  It only lasted a minute or so.  If I would have waited to finish the sentence I was writing, I would have missed the opportunity.
 
Life and photography are similar in many ways.  Never pass up a chance to create a beautiful image.  Never pass up an opportunity to live life to its fullest.
 
 

Pastels Through the Gap

Sunrise – Selah/Yakima Gap

I love the early morning.  I am usually up an hour or two before sunrise at this time of year.  I anxiously await for what each new morning will bring.  Today, my gift was this beautiful pastel painting over the “Gap”.  Looking ninety degrees to the east, the sky was on fire.  It was quite a contrast with the soft pastel color looking south over the Gap.

Since moving back to Selah almost 2 years ago, I have photographed this view hundreds of time.  Each new sunrise or sunset presents a new gift.  It is a wonderful way to start the day.

There’s Gold in “Them Thar” Hills

Sunlight on Selah-Yakima Ridge

Driving home late in the afternoon, I looked back in my rear view mirror and saw golden sunlight patches on the ridge dividing Selah and Yakima.  They looked like patches of gold.  The sight stopped me in my tracks.  I stopped my truck, got out, pulled out my I-phone and received this beautiful gift.  A few minutes later it was gone. I have never seen (recognized) such a pattern on these hills before.

Lesson Learned:  When I see a gift, stop and receive it.  It may never present itself again.

Beautiful Way to Start the Day

“Looking Out My Bedroom Window”

I received this beautiful gift yesterday morning.  The combination of a brilliant sunrise reflecting off beautiful lenticular clouds … I couldn’t ask for a better way to start the day.  It inspired me to get out and spend several hours walking around my yard taking remnants of the fall colors with my macro lens.  It was a wonderful morning, full of discovery and exploration!