Northern State Hospital

Here are some photos from the Historical Northern State Hospital in Sedro-Woolley.  I have always wanted to go here and now so much of it is off limits to the public.  The only parts your allowed to visit is the farm land surrounding the hospital which was in operation from 1909 to 1973.  The county owns the farmland and has made it into a park for all to enjoy. The state still owns the hospital part and as of right now its for sale and is currently occupied by Job Corps and some other non profits.  Its amazing how much stuff is still just laying around the grounds, old machinery, doors, tables, hinges, wires, sinks, food carts, all worn and rusty buy you can still envision the people working there.

Pinky

Today I revisited another of my Chemo Critters, this time is my blue beaked flamingo “Pinky”.    Above you can see the original pencil sketch from my sketch pad,  I did this during an intense chemo therapy session.  You can see the progression from sketch to colored pencil on blue paper to the final digital coloring.  The cattails in the background are from a photo I took on Fir Island.  I always make an attempt to use only my own materials and content to produce these.  I hope you enjoy.

Giraffe

I sketched this image of a giraffe years ago and I continue to bring him back up and make new versions of him.  The upper left is the original sketch.  The lower right is a digital version of the sketch with a little hill I did in Adobe Illustrator.  The one in the upper right is where I took the original sketch and printed it onto textured orange paper and colored him using prisma colored pencils, I have this one framed and hanging in my house.  Then I photographed the colored pencil version and brought it back into the computer, removed the background and digitally painted a new background, I call this one “Giraffe in the moon light”.  Hope you enjoy him too.

Macs are Wac #1

Why is the enter/return button used to rename a file?  Do Mac users really rename files more often than open them?   And when a warning pops up with a blue highlight around the button why does the enter button not execute the choice?  I guess keyboards are a bit too much for the Apple community sad as the keyboard is far far faster than a mouse.  Another reason Macs are Wac.  Please feel free to comment below.

Wiley Morning – Fir Island, Washington

7:00 on Fir Island, I had never been out to Wiley Slough on the south side of the Island, but I was in for a real treat.  It started out pretty foggy and very cold, it ended clear and still very cold.  The first image is just after the sun came up from behind Cultus Mountain.  There are actually a couple of duck hunters in the lower left side of the photo but way too dark to see them.

Seattle

I go to Seattle all the time and have always wanted to go up in the Columbia Tower (Thats the really tall one).  I finally did and got this great photo of south Seattle with the Smith Tower in the foreground and the stadiums in the back.

Mt Baker

We had nothing better to do on this fine Saturday in September. Why not head up highway 542 and see how far we can get up the snow.  We made it to the upper parking lot of the ski resort and hiked up to Artist point which still had ten feet of snow.  The image above is a panorama stitched together from nine photos.  The image below is what I first thought to be Picture Lake but later discovered it to be Highwood Lake. Oh well no big deal the lake and Mt Shuksan behind are going nowhere so we will return.   I got to ride my mountain bike down the rest of the highway from here.