I had always been fascinated by this rather bizarre photo of my mother with her father and brother, taken around 1922 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

In 2009 while visiting her home town, I visited the Minnesota Historical Center.

There was a slideshow going on in the lobby, and as I passed by, to my astonishment I saw pop up a faded photo of another family in a similar contraption.

After a bit of research I came to realize that this was no coincidence.

In pre-"selfie" days, it was a common novelty for children to be photographed by itinerant goatherd shutterbugs! So common that there's now more than one Pinterest page for it!

Though I can't promise more goatcards per se, check out this week's Sepia Saturday for more memories of times past.



Today's semi-abstracts relate to this week's Sepia Saturday theme.

Years and years ago my grandfather's cousin Peggy passed away and left him a color television set, which I subsequently inherited in the late 1970s. It was a "portable," although it weighed about 40 pounds, and among its then state-of-the-art features, it allowed you to manually and easily control contrast, hue, and saturation.

I experimented with these controls quite a bit, and especially liked to set them at various extremes and use the machine as a sort of light-show at parties, with the sound turned off. Here are a few samples of "paintings" I captured from the TV, circa 1986, some as double exposures. In the first one you can actually see the top of the screen.
Submarine desert

Apres le dejeuner a la jardin



Eastern Western dreams

Thousand-yard stare

The puppeteer




Rain Catcher

Last fall we saw work beginning on the centerpiece of Newport Hills' city-funded street beautification art project from Orcas Island artist Bruce Myers -- "Rain Catcher."  

This week, Bruce installed the long-awaited sculpture. The previous steps had been the placement of the large stones, and then the installation of the concrete base. Friday morning, the scaffolding went up.  

Bruce brought down the three steel trunks, studded with leaves of several types, from his Orcas Island studio.

Wouldn't want that scaffolding to tip over.

Pastor "Bug" and his daughter, plus Scott MacDonald (left) from the City,  helped offload the pieces.

Bruce and his assistant positioned the first piece...

...and hoisted it up...

...and secured it onto the base.

Unfortunately I had to take off at that point for my job, but upon my return that evening, the piece was complete!

Looking good from any angle.

This anchor point complements the pieces already in place around the bus stops.

The final step in the art project is to complete the mosaics that will adorn some of the stones.
Here's what they looked like in their initial state last October.



Mason bee houses, Mercer Slough, Bellevue WA

Family Reunion in the Orchard

On a beautiful summer day at Orchard Gardens long ago, and members of the family gathered for a picnic.
Great-uncle Albemarle always drooled just a bit 

Aunt Hattie, ever surprised at life

Cousin Philemon the mouth-breather

Grannie Cadwallader's breath left much to be desired

A bit of lunch always managed to remain between Cousin Imelda's teeth

Grampa Obediah didn't have that problem, as his teeth had gone long ago.

Cousin Adlai was typically the only one who found his jokes funny.

Aunt Myrtle could not be dissuaded from singing the national anthem on any occasion.

A lucky shot, Cousin Ledbetter caught mid-sneeze