Strait of Juan de Fuca on the Olympic Peninsula.
GETTING IN TOUCH WITH NATURE: Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves
of strength that will endure as long as life lasts." ~ Rachel Carson
Photographed at Three Crabs Road
Above and below are taken from my deck.
This is right down the road from where we live.
About a four minute drive from our little cottage by the sea, is a lovely old building. I googled to see what the history was.
"On May 10, 1892 Dungeness settlers created a bond for land and a two story school house. The school house opened on February 27, 1893. There were 73 students from the ages of 5 to 20 and one teacher who lived on the second floor of the school. Classes were large and books and supplies not easy to get. School Board minutes of April 8, 1895, show a motion was passed to buy the school a bottle of ink.
In 1955, the Dungeness and Sequim School Districts were consolidated, and the old Dungeness School was closed. In 1967 the Dungeness Community Club purchased the land and the building from the Sequim School District. The Dungeness School was designated a Washington State Historical Site in 1973. On May 19, 1988, the building was listed on the National Register of Historical Places. In 1995, faced with rising maintenance costs, the schoolhouse was donated to the local museum and is now operated as a division of the Museum and Arts Center."
Below is a black cottonwood tree that's around 20 to 25 feet in circumference. I put my sunglasses on the bark toward the bottom a little right of center to try to give some perspective on the enormous size. The forest where this tree and others like it are located is about a four minute drive.
This country scene is typical of the area.
On my first day, I spotted this eagle and her two year offspring. It was my first sighting of a young bald eagle. What a special treat.
This is near the Dungeness Schoolhouse and the big trees where a lovely trail winds through the forest next to the Dungeness River Levee Walk.
Trumpeter swans on a layover as they head to Alaska. They have a wingspan that can exceed ten feet.
We can see the lighthouse from our deck.
The Little Hitchhiker
The view from the street coming up to our little cottage. The mountains surround the town on one side and the Straight of Juan de Fuca is on the other side.
The boats below are photographed from my deck.
Flowers are still blooming in December!
This is in a neighbor's yard down the road. Love it!
This is Mount Baker. I can see it from couch through a glass door or out the two large picture windows over looking the sea.
The red reflection below came from reddish posts in the water at the dock at Port Angeles.
A morning shot from my deck with my dog.
Close up of a tree with a circumference of over 20 feet.
This trail is about a four minute drive from our cottage to access. Dogs are welcome.