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I no longer want to ride my bike since the weather has slowly been turning cooler here in Yakima, so Linda and I have been walking more. The first week in October we took a walk down at Tahoma Cemetery, mainly to check on the Japanese Garden there and see what, if anything, had been done to it over the summer. We were pleasantly surprised to see that someone had planted a lot of shrubs and flowers around it. It looked so nice!

Very few of the trees had started to turn color then as we were still having some unusually warm days for that time of year (October 5th). I did see one that couldn’t make up its mind whether to turn color or not.

A couple of weeks ago, we took a walk down at Randall Park. The weather had gotten a bit chillier so I wanted to go check on the ducks and geese at the pond. We hadn’t walked at Randall in quite some time. When we got there a large group of ducks greeted us. We apologized to them for not having any cracked corn because we haven’t been able to find any. They understood. We made our way over to the pond and we were glad to see that it was crystal clear, without that awful scum that was on it last year. I took a pretty good “reflection” picture.

The ducks on the pond were having a good time swimming around in the bright sunshine.

We left the pond and walked over the little bridge to the woodland area. The little creek that runs under the bridge is still completely closed up. We think there must be some beavers who are damming it up. The bushes and trees in that area are thriving, though, so I guess it isn’t harming them any.

Leaves and berries in the woodland area were starting to turn color so I got a few pictures of those. The berries looked to me like blueberries, little lemons, and tiny apples (they aren’t).

This past Sunday we got in the truck and drove the few blocks down to Tahoma Cemetery to take another walk. For some odd reason, all of the front entrances were still closed off. We didn’t want to take the longer drive to the back entrance, so we decided to instead walk at Calvary Cemetery (which is right next door). It had been a long time since we walked at this cemetery because it doesn’t have as many nice old trees as Tahoma does. It does, however, have a lot of rose bushes, so I was able to snap a few rose pictures while we took our walk.

Since Halloween was this week, I decided to share with you a picture I took of one of the Delicata squash that I grew this summer. It’s only about an inch and a half long, but it looks like a tiny pumpkin!

I admit I have been remiss about taking pictures since I took the summer off from doing the blog. I am starting to get back into it, though. I got this cute shot of one of my hummers at the feeder the other day. I just adore my hummers!


Summer Girl was appropriately named because she really loves the summertime. One of her favorite things to do is wallow around in the dirt, which is why we have a gray cat in the summer instead of a black one.

Join me every Wednesday (barring any unforeseen circumstances) for more from the Southerner in the Northwest.


Published by Peg

In 2007, my partner and I decided to pull up stakes from North Carolina, where I had lived all my life, and move to the Pacific Northwest to be closer to her family. When I retired, I decided to write a blog because I had always wanted to be a writer, but somehow never found the time for it while I was working. I figured that writing a blog would give me the chance to share my thoughts with others, and also combine my interest in writing and photography in one place.


  1. Absolutely LOVE your nature photographs, Peg! Finally the duck pond at Randall is clear and sparkling, as it should be. I reckon it requires regular maintenance to keep it pristine. When I lived in Tallahassee, I used to stroll through the historic old city cemetery on Sunday afternoons in the fall where many illustrious Floridians were buried. Prince and Princess Murat (Napoleon Bonaparte’s niece) are buried here, as well.

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    1. Just read your post about the Tallahassee graveyard and it was very interesting! Southern graveyards are more interesting than these around here because they tend to be so much older.


  2. Your photos make me want to get in my car and drive to Yakima so I can see some of this beauty! I think I have only been to Yakima a couple of times, but I remember always loving it. Such a difference from where I live. The ending video of your baby was the best, I also had a gray cat this summer. He was getting to explore the backyard for the first time in YEARs. Likely in a decade. He loved to roll! I have to swaddle him in a towel trying to get the dirt off to find his black fur again.

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