Sunday, September 16, 2007

Happy Trails

Hello, welcome, and goodbye for now.

I'm afraid it's time to put Olympia Daily Photo into mothballs, at least for a while. I have truly enjoyed taking and selecting photos for the page, visiting everyone else's amazing and inspiring photo blogs, and receiving so many kind and interesting comments.


At least for now, I don't have time to do this wonderful project justice. The administrators are right to warn about the commitment it takes. I hope to have enough time to devote to photo blogging again, maybe not so far in the future. In the meantime, my attempt to be a daily photo blogger just makes me admire everyone who contributes to Daily City Photoblog that much more.



Thursday, September 13, 2007

Happy faces

Tumwater Dahlia Garden

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Sense of place

Columbia Rive Gorge

Monday, September 10, 2007

Tower of power

Experience Music Project, Seattle

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Bells and whistles

Musician at Pike Place Market, Seattle

Saturday, September 8, 2007

World class view

Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains, with a Washington State Ferry in the foreground

Taken from downtown Seattle.

Friday, September 7, 2007

The test of time

Carved grave marker, Suquamish Tribal Cemetery

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Watering hole

This is the view from the new "in" place down on Budd Inlet, the Hearthfire Grill

And this is what the place itself looks like. Inside it's just one big, high-ceilinged space with a very Northwest design and floor to ceiling windows looking out on the bay. Too bad about the lousy view.

Ruling their roost

Pigeons at Westlake Mall, Seattle

Tuesday, September 4, 2007


Grave markers near Chief Seattle's grave in the Suquamish Tribal Cemetary

Monday, September 3, 2007

The Sandman

The Sandman tug at Percival Landing

Labor Day Weekend brings the Wooden Boat Fair to Olympia and Percival Landing.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Friday, August 31, 2007

Thursday, August 30, 2007


A picture that speaks for itself.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Twin beauties

Waterlilies, Goodale Park, Columbus, Ohio

I'm cheating -- took this last week while on vacation and am posting it because I don't have very many Olympia area photos organized right now. Pretty, though, aren't they?

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Monday, August 27, 2007

The "O" in . . . .

Seltzer Park, after the flood

In this case the "O" is for Ohio rather than Olympia. I've been gone about 10 days to visit relatives all around the state of Ohio. My hometown was flooded badly on Tuesday, August 21. The river that runs through town actually cut it in two and several people were evacuated by helicopter. I visited on Friday when many aspects of town life were seemingly back to normal, though some Main Street businesses had clearly been badly impacted.

As I walked through the park on Friday afternoon, the community pool was full of kids, the cicadas were singing their hearts out, and the Black Fork flowed peacefully through the hot and humid summer afternoon.

Tomorrow, I shall return to regularly scheduled, Olympia-based photoblogging!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

What's going on here?

Going out of town for 10 days beginning Friday, August 17. Since I didn't make other arrangements, my notion is to post a photo each day (whether from Olympia or my contemporary surroundings) using my camera phone. Bear with me on that....

I'll be eager to catch up and comment on others' photos when I return!

Friday, August 24, 2007


Thursday, August 23, 2007

Wednesday, August 22, 2007


Monday, August 20, 2007


This is a re-post from last month. I'm having trouble with mobile blogging -- I was successful for a few posts, but haven't been able to post from my camera phone for a couple of days. So, while I have access to a computer, I'm putting this up just to keep Olympia Daily Photo active.

I'll try a phone post again tomorrow. Once again, bear with me -- and thanks for all the visits and great comments!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Friday, August 17, 2007

Photoblogging from afar

Writing Inrtrument

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Another object-in-tree story

Elm near Sylvester Park

When I first saw this I thought it was a gypsy moth trap, but its placement doesn't seem consistent with what I could find about current eradication efforts, so I'm stumped. Now I wish I had inspected more closely.


Salmon returning to the Deschutes River to spawn, milling in Puget Sound at the Fourth Avenue Bridge

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Ground Cover

Landscaping detail from my office building.

This is a test post from my camera phone, which I plan to post from while I'm on vacation next week.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Sometimes a camera phone will do

The view from my office.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Open for business

Darby's Cafe, downtown Olympia

A quiet Sunday morning, sidewalk tables and the newspaper to hand. Maybe it was just a little too cool yet for customers to sit outside.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Like sunrise

The Dahlia Garden at Tumwater City Hall

Thursday, August 9, 2007



More cuteness from the Thurston County Fair.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007


Zucchini plants at the county fair

Tuesday, August 7, 2007


Westlake Mall, Seattle

I happened to be in downtown Seattle last week (hope Kim will forgive me for poaching on her territory). The bicyclist isn't really levitating, but those manhole covers look like shadows and he seems to float.

Monday, August 6, 2007


Goat playing host at the Thurston County Fair

I really had no idea goats were so gregarious. They were the first animals I saw at the fairgrounds, which is great placement because they are so friendly and welcoming.

Sunday, August 5, 2007


Lavender and (I think) a happy bee.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

The Real Blades of Glory

Detail, World War II Memorial, West Capitol Campus

The bronze blades that form this part of the memorial feature ghostlike images of servicemen, which are actually formed using the etched names of Washington State’s war casualties.

Source: Department of General Administration

Friday, August 3, 2007

What am I?

Detail, Old Capitol Building, Olympia

I'm thinking it's a stylized gryphon, but I'm open to suggestion.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

A Bastion of Learning

Old State Capitol Building, Olympia

The Old Capitol started life as a courthouse in 1892 and became the official Capitol in 1906 when the county commissioners decided it was too expensive. Following construction of the current Capitol in the 1920s, it became a state office building and is now home to Washington's Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
I particularly wanted to "blog" this because it bears some striking similarities to the museum and former city hall recently featured on WichitaKsDailyPhoto. A little googling revealed that both buildings share a style known as Richardson Romanesque, which was named for the architect Henry Hobson Richardson. These two buildings each seem to have had other architects, but were completed at almost exactly the same time.

Like the Wichita building, the Old Capitol once had a clock tower, but it was destroyed by a fire in 1928 and never replaced. The state undertook a considerable renovation in 1983 and the interior is lovely.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Theme Day -- A Typical Breakfast

The Spar, Fourth Avenue
Where to find a typical breakfast in Olympia, historical edition

The Spar is legendary. Recently reopened in a new incarnation by McMenamins, this tile-fronted cafe has operated seven days a week since the year dot. It's served more breakfasts to hard-working, up-and-coming or down-and-out lumbermen, secretaries, legislators, lobbyists, lawyers, students and just plain folks than you could hope to shake a stick at.

There was a bar and a card room in the back with a discreet light over the after-hours entrance off the alley. (And the light, at least, is still there.) It had an open-flame cigar lighter, toast made from homemade bread, and waitresses resembling your grandma (if your grandma had red hair and a tattoo) who were famous for never writing down an order and never screwing one up, either. Breakfast here was not for the dieter or the faint of heart: Gallons of caffeinated coffee, eggs any style, waffles or pancakes, bacon or ham, biscuits and gravy, Joe's Special, crab omelet, eggs Benedict, you name it. If it was a heart attack on a plate, the Spar served it up with a flourish but very little style.

If you came back for lunch you could have a burger and a milkshake made with real ice cream, served in a glass full to the brim. Right beside it, the waitress plonked down the metal mixing container holding the cold, delicious rest of your shake. You might get a tummy ache if you finished the whole thing, but why not? It's not like you had one every day.

Bless McMenamins for keeping a bit of history alive, but sad to say, it's not the same.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Sky blue pink

Hydrangea in a whiskey barrel

I really don't understand why soil content or additives might affect the color of certain species of hydrangea, but apparently it's true. The one over by the pioneer cabin could not be bluer, while this one is the loveliest shade of pink, especially seen against the weathered barrel and the pale gray garage wall.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Ancestors -- we've all got 'em

Crosby House, Tumwater

This historic home (1860) is a stone's throw from the pioneer cabin surrounded by hydrangeas that I showed you a couple of days ago. The original occupants of the Crosby House were the family of Nathanial Crosby III, grandfather of Bing Crosby. Apparently, the house contains a grand piano that came by ship around Cape Horn. It's now a museum that is open to the public a few hours a week, but I've never been. I really should remedy that.

Other sources: Olympia Tumwater Foundation, City of Olympia

Sunday, July 29, 2007


Deschutes River*, Tumwater Falls Park

The water is somewhat low just now, but here is a place you can find deep, welcoming shade and the soothing sound of babbling water on the hottest of days.  Fish ladders assist salmon returning to the hatchery ponds near Tumwater Falls.

For more information, visit Friends of the Deschutes Watershed Center.

*Not to be confused with a much more significant waterway, the Deschutes River in Oregon.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

As blue as blue can be

Pioneer Log Cabin, Tumwater

This cabin (1969) features hand-peeled fir logs and a split cedar shake roof, similar to homes built by the first American settlers on Puget Sound in 1845. The hydrangeas that bracket it are spectacular.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Stories to tell

General Administration Building and Chief William Shelton’s story pole, West Capitol Campus

The mid-century style GA Building (1956) is scheduled for demolition in 2010 to make way for a new Heritage Center that will house the Secretary of State, the State Archives, and visitor facilities. The painted story pole was begun by Chief Shelton of the Snohomish Tribe and finished by other tribal carvers after his death. It was dedicated in 1940. This is not, strictly speaking, a totem pole:

A totem pole symbolizes a family’s history through the depiction of certain animals and their cultural legends. A story pole, on the other hand, puts its emphasis on teaching children community responsibility and cultural attitudes through the depictions of these same animal characters. Story poles are most often carved from the interior pillars of ceremonial longhouses. Therefore, this free-standing pole provides a rare look at carvings typically seen only within sacred structures of the Snohomish and other Salish tribes. The story pole features 21 beautifully carved figures, each teaching a certain life lesson.

--General Administration Website

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Movie Star

Lady Washington docked at Percival Landing

The Lady W is the State Ship of the state of Washington, as well as its official "Tall Ship Ambassador." She is a replica of an earlier ship, is rigged as a brig, and has appeared in a number of films, notably as HMS Interceptor in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.