Upon Further Reflection

With local birding rather slow, we decided to go back to Bloedel Reserve, figuring that at least it would be cool in the forest while getting our daily walk. It turned out to be a beautiful day. I took the Canon SX60HS thinking I could get some shots that I couldn’t get on previous visits. The wide-angle setting allowed me to get this shot of the Bloedel Home from across the lake.


Not sure why, but I really like this shot, enough that I included it even though it doesn’t really seem to go with the rest of the shots in this post.

No, circles are the motif for this entry, perhaps inspired by this symbol that graces the long bridge crossing the ravine in the forest. Not sure what it symbolizes, but somehow it seems to hold the bridge together.


I’ve tried to photograph it in previous visits, but this is the first time I’ve had a wide enough angle to shoot it directly overhead.

It occurred to me that many of the flowers I shot Wednesday were circular in nature, like this blue Hydrangea


and this pink Hydrangea.


The uneven petals on this flower seem joined by the ball in the center,


while this ball seems held together by the flowers.


Further reflection might suggest that what holds them together is their late-summer pinks and purples, not just their circular nature.

Further, further reflection might also suggest it is their beauty that ties them together.

Further, further, further reflection also seems to suggest, particularly if you’re a postmodernist, they’re merely held together by some tenuous sense of beauty in Loren’s brain and really have nothing in common at all except Loren’s brain which needs to tie things together rather than let them be what they are, whatever that might be.

Logan at Bloedel Reserve

Having started the day at 4:30 AM, we had plenty of time to take Logan to the Bloedel Reserve before lunch at a favorite Thai restaurant. We had barely gotten out of the car when we spotted this beautiful Tiger Lily.

Tiger Lily

At the first pond we spotted several birds, including a small flock of Cedar Waxwings

Cedar Waxwing

launching themselves from the trees on an island to catch dragonflies.

I knew from our previous visit that there should be Hooded Merganser ducklings,

Hooded Merganser Ducklings

and Logan spotted them on the far side of the large pond near the main house. I had never managed to get this close to them before.

There were a number of flowers in the gardens around the main house, but I liked how these purple flowers and white lily had escaped their respective areas and were fraternizing with each other.


We even managed to get in some exercise after spending the morning taking pictures of herons and eagles at Seabeck.