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.
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……..
In Sequim at the little street fair there–I love these glass jellyfish hanging lamps. You can check out these lamps at http://www.opalartglass.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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–
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