My backyard early one morning in June before fire season started.
Clematis and Roses
“Every time I imagine a garden in an architectural setting, it turns into a magical place. I think of gardens I have seen, that I believe I have seen, that I long to see, surrounded by simple walls, columns, arcades or the facades of buildings – sheltered places of great intimacy where I want to stay for a long time.” ~Peter Zumthor
Greetings from the smokin’ northwestern United States. Unlike our neighbors to the south and south east who are being pummeled by hurricanes, we looked like this a few week’s ago.
Before the forest fires. The Tacoma Narrows to the left.
Fire season started in late June. Since then thunder storms ignite anything worth burning from British Columbia, Canada, to California, from the west coast to the interior west.
Burn bans rise and fall with the changes in the wind. Sometimes the air pollution sticks to the air like glue making lighting charcoal for the barbecue a $1,000 fine.
Monday, September 4, 2017. Smoke fills the air and ash falls from the sky like snow, reminiscent of Mount St. Helen’s eruption in May of 1980. Tacoma Narrows to the right.
By Tuesday, September 5th, we reached 93°F (34°C), the air turned orange but the ash stayed gray.
We pray for rain and the fire fighters and their families and those in the path of the hurricanes.
The Halloween countdown started at our house when the first all-Halloween catalog arrived in early August. Normally I don’t start talking about Halloween until October. This year the inspiration is flowing in faster than advertisements in my email.
The pumpkin patch is in full swing.
New tombstones for our graveyard are pouring into my head. So I won’t mention over 200 of them already exist.
Sunday night the first draft of Oleg Torvaldson appeared in my sketchbook. He may or may not look like this by the final draft.
Tombstone today, billboard tomorrow.
Oleg Torvaldson, 3’ 2” tall. Garden Gnome, Celebrity Impersonator. Makes regular guest appearances at garden parties. Secretly want to star in his own Nescafé commercial.