Lavender Festival~ Sequim Washington

What would you think a lavender festival would be like.  Acres upon acres of lavender fields somewhat like the tulip fields in Mt. Vernon.  Not quite like that. We could drive around the Puget Sound or take the ferry across the Sound to Bremerton and continue on from there, driving north and then east across the Hoods Canal Floating bridge. The weather was threatening.A view of a rainy Seattle from the ferry.

I let my grandson–9 years old take pictures with my camera.  I gave him a few pointers and then turned him loose.  I put his best image here. He shot in auto mode with the flash. This was his first shot–coaching him on how to get up close.  No zoom lens.

A frequent sight on a ferry–it’s nap time.

Gabe didn’t see this shot right away–just teaching about perspective.Up to the upper deck where the Cafe is–this is something a boy would photograph.

Every kid will take shots of distant places that look so much closer to the naked eye–but photograph farther away.  Lots of these long shots–not going to post them all.

Things found on a ferry–the name “Kaleetan”, of the ferry on a life preserver……

Chipping peeling paint………

Slush puppies……

A fire extinguisher……

A view of an island with a long low cloud hanging over the water……..

and benches ( I coached Gabe on getting low, or up high or right next to something–)processed in black and white……….a different view of the windows……… a reflection in windows showing the windows, the bench and the deck……..

…. over head wiring  (teaching Gabe to look up as well as around)……

….and then he saw Dad standing on the deck, handed me the camera and said “see ya'”.  He was done.

In Sequim at the little street fair there–I love these glass jellyfish hanging lamps.  You can check out these lamps at

A hand-made wooden choo choo…the detail on the whole train was magnificent.

Even though it was a little misty the street fair got busy.

Now we are at a lavender farm.  This was a motor driven water wheel..looked real to me.

Here it is–lavender.  The lavender is grown in long rows and the plants are older.  The is what looks like a dead core or hill of the plant in the middle–so while the plant seems really large the little bloom stems are really no longer than about a foot.

A macro of some of the blossoms. Not huge but in a bunch they are showy.

Most of the lavender is in the stage–because the Pacific Northwest has not had much sun this summer–so things are slow-growing and blooming.White lavender.I saw tiny little pine cones growing in rows on a tree–The second farm we went to had only a couple of rows of lavender and a duck pond.  The pond was really beautiful as it reflected so much. This is momma duck waiting for her two babies who were being fed by the touristsShe was successful in getting one of her little ones to go with her–The ducks were hard to see against the reflections in the water.


I have not figured out why a ladder is needed to get to the bird house. So strange.This lavender was from the biggest farm we went to.  Here we picked some.  It is $5 for as much as you can get into a zip tie.  Picking is slow going–so I gave up before I got the max amount.  But I got a good-sized bouquet.

It had just sprinkled–not really rained and there were water droplets hanging on the blossoms.

Bees bees everywhere.  There are bee hives at most of the fields and the bees are very busy about their business.  When you walk through the rows you can hear them humming–buzzing–or whatever bees do.  They don’t bother with people as they are too busy.

Here you can see how big the bushes are–but the stems of the florets are not very long because the core of the plant is so big.

Another bee about his business on the white lavender.  I found that this light color variety had a stronger fragrance than the purple variety.

This is a still–the very same kind that white lightning is made with. Here they are distilling the oils from the lavender. You can see the glass container with the clear liquid in it.  This is called Hydrosol and it is useful for cleaning your counter tops as well as your diamonds.  It also is good for your skin as it softens it.Another view of the collection container–it is sieved through a copper scrubber.

Containers for the Hydrosol.  It is emptied into clear glass gallon jugs for sale.

We are now at a very beautiful but small farm.  They have a garden filled with all kinds of flowers as well as a few small fields of lavender.

A perfect picture op.  A cute little gazebo with a potted petunia right in the middle.  My grandson Gabe, his dad, Dean and his mom, Drina oblige me, by sitting for me.

I have never seen dogwood bloom this late in the year before.

I have no idea what this flower is–grows several “bells” on a stalk.  Are they blue bells???

This is the last lavender farm we went to.  I got out the tripod and the macro lens and shot ultra closeups.

Pink blossoms from what was white lavender–so it really is pink, I guess.

More pink–delicate and pretty.

Found this odd blossom on the way to the car–have no clue as to what it is.

I should have buy didn’t take any image on the ferry trip back to Seattle and I regret it.  The skyline with the sun shining on it with great white, black and blue clouds as a back drop was breathtaking.  There was also a very good shot op of the big white ball, which is a spy satellite tracker that we sin the ship yards being fixed.

The day was fun and really the weather was not all that bad.  We had a great deal of fun as a family–

Thanks for stopping by!

About ~ ~ joanne.thomas.photographer~~

I am retired, starting a new career. I love shooting portraits. People are so fun and interesting--I try to bring out there personalities and capture them in images. Children are especially interesting little people, who love to tell you all they know and are so uninhibited. I enjoy shooting weddings to capture all the details and emotions of the day. Between photo sessions I keep shooting --to learn, to experiment--to create art. The industry is ever evolving and I want to give my clients the most exciting and lasting images, full of their love of life expressing their personality.
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