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Since I wasn’t posting back in the summer, I have some pictures and video that I’d like to share with you in this post.

Back on June 26th, Linda and I took a walk down at the Yakima Arboretum. We had a late end to winter due to unusually cold weather, so things were still in their Spring blooming mode in mid-June. The trees were especially beautiful, with one in particular standing out above all the rest. We came across this one while walking in the Maple Tree section of the Arboretum.


Walking up to the tree, we could tell that it was different from the others in that section. But it was only upon closer inspection that we saw just how magnificent it was. The leaves were several different colors, sometimes having two or three colors on a single leaf.


We searched the tree for an identification tag so we would know the name of this beautiful specimen. We finally found it, and it was identified as Sycamore Maple “Eskimo Sunset”. I think that’s a very appropriate name for it since it had so many color shades going on.


Also on our walk we came upon a Ginkgo tree. This has always been one of my favorite trees, but if you plant one just make sure it is a male tree. The female Ginkgo tree produces a small fruit that smells absolutely horrible! You would think a gang of cats invaded your property and decided to make it their latrine of choice. The Ginkgo tree originated in China and was present in Washington state millions of years ago, but then became extinct in North America. However, the tree was brought back to North America sometime during the 1700’s. In 1932 a tract of rare petrified Ginkgo trees was found near Vantage, Washington. The specimens have been preserved in the Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park. Linda and I visited this park not long after we moved to Yakima. It was fascinating to see what was left of the trees, now mainly logs and stumps. But it was also sad to see that they had to be contained within cages to keep people from stealing them.

If you would like to read a fascinating article about the Ginkgo Petrified Forest, go to this link–> here. This article explains how the trees were petrified and also gives a little history about the geological formation of the surrounding area. Click on the “History” link on that page to learn even more. There is an Interpretive Center at the park where rare pieces of Ginkgo, as well as other trees, are on display.


In late June we took a trip to Leavenworth, Washington, which has a hiking trail that we love to go on whenever we are there. It’s just outside of town so we don’t have to drive very far, and there are always other people around so we aren’t in some remote, deserted area. Here are a few pictures I took on our walk on the trail. I have no idea of the names of these plants, but they sure were pretty.

In August we made a trip over the mountains to the Seattle area to visit Wendy & Robin and Emily. We finally got to see Emily’s new condo, and took a short walk around the area. I got this picture of the Seattle skyline from near her condo. I have always loved to see pictures of the Space Needle. I can remember when I was in the 6th grade, another girl and I made a scrapbook of Seattle for a class project, which included pictures of the Space Needle from magazines. Ever since then, I had dreamed of going to the Space Needle, never believing that I ever would. But soon after we moved to Yakima, we did just that. And it was everything I thought it would be and more. So it just goes to show you that dreams do come true.


We stayed with Wendy and Robin while over the mountains, and it was so nice to sit outside on her patio and watch the birds come to the birdbath, which was about two feet away from my chair.

One final picture from the summer has to be a picture of a bird. This little guy was a young robin that frequented our yard. He would sometimes come up onto our back porch. Fortunately, Summer was inside when he did this, or else he would have met her blades of death.


Since I didn’t have a garden this past summer, Summer Girl and I had plenty of time to engage in our favorite pastime…sprawling out under the tree in the shade.


Join me every Wednesday or Thursday (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.

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