News, Musings and Mt. Rainier Views From Ann Darling
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Between the tomatoes and the bird bath!
In my garden today
Living in the Evergreen state, Washington, on the coastal side of the state, we always hope there will be sufficient sunshine for us to ripen the tomatoes in our gardens. Our wishes are not always granted and many people turn mounds of green tomato in chutney and other tempting delicacies in an effort to not waste that which has taken so much of their time and attention. For unknown reasons, this year, we have 3 cherry tomato vines, and only one full sized tomato vine ... on which all of the fruit is yet very green. Hands down, the orange colored cherry tomatoes are the sweetest.
Left of the tomato plants is a birth bath. We never tire of watching our local avian population coming for a brief morning drink, a full on bath or a group of birds arguing over who is going to get the bath next! It's easy to stand motionless and get lost in the simple wonder of watching our visitors. We planted the small tree visible behind the bird bath to enable the smallest of birds to seek cover when the large raptors in our area are threatening.
Picking tomatoes in my garden late this afternoon I was transfixed to see Mt. Rainier framed by the tomato plants and the frame used to hold them vertical. There between the tomatoes and the bird bath ... another view of "the mountain". I always say that no matter where you go in this area ... if there is a view of the mountain, it will look different than the one you saw from a different vantage point ... even a few minutes ago.
Following 35 years working in Health Care (as a Registered Nurse, Midwife and Health Educator) I now have the fun
and privilege of designing and creating fabrics,clothing, jewelry and accessories in my home-based studio in Tacoma. Photography has been a life-long interest.