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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Here’s a fun fact for you (nothing to do with St. Paddy): that green you see in this image is thermophilic (heat-loving) algae. And it’s a red algae called Cyanidium that doesn’t have the pigment for the color red. So it’s green. You can see this in Porcelain Basin at Yellowstone National Park.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Green Anemones

Green anemones at Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park in Washington

Forest Greens and Browns

Moss-covered trees in a lowland interior forest of Mount Rainier National Park in Washington

Furled And Unfurled

Unfurled fern fronds against a bokeh’d background of open fern fronds in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Leafy Greens

Green ground cover in the Hoh Rain Forest of Olympic National Park in Washington

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

If you are out and about (and a good distance apart from any other hiker) in a nationanl park or national monument or national forest, then after viewing the wide-angle vistas before you, take a look at the greenery that makes up the scenery, since it’s the little things that flesh out a landscape’s Big Picture.

“May you have all the happiness and luck that life can hold, and at the end of all your rainbows, may you find a pot of gold.” … of course, you might have to engage in some sort of shillelagh fight with a leprachaun to get that pot of gold for yourself, but I know you can do it.

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Happy St. Pat’s Day!

A Scene Along Maple Glade Rain Forest Trail

A Green Scene Along Maple Glade Rainforest Nature Trail
Quinault Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington

In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, I have here for your viewing pleasure, a very very green scene from my winter visit in Olympic National Park.

I’ve never been much of a fan of green. Well, that is to say, green is not my favorite color, actually, red is. But, the shades of greens within the rainforest and the play of light and shadow have given me a greater appreciation of this color, as well as of the rainforest, itself. The last time I visited this park was about 24 years ago, before I ever even knew what a digital camera was, much less owned one.

So, Happy St. Pat’s Day to you!

Corned beef, potatoes, carrots and cabbage are in the crockpot for this evening’s meal. Maybe a little Irish whiskey afterwards, too. 😋😉

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Happy St Patricks Day

Happy St Patricks Day

Happy St Patricks Day

Happy St Patricks Day

Happy St Patricks Day

Nothing like a little green beer to celebrate the day!  Rainbow

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Go Green On The 17th, Baby!


Ok, I lied.  To myself.  I told myself I would wait until Friday the 16th or Saturday the 17th of March to post these images.  Then I realized that I will, on the 17th – hopefully despite the forecasted weather – be out somewhere like Brazos Bend State Park, or even in Austin at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, taking photos of birds/wildflowers/whatever catches my camera’s fancy.

So, here are some photos I took recently with the upcoming St. Paddy’s Day in mind.   I used my Canon 5D Mark II and either the 50mm f1.4 lens or my favorite all-purpose lens the 24-105mm (which does a much better job at capturing macro-like images at full-zoom). I increased the ISO between 640 – 1000, depending upon the light source at the time, and I actually used my tiny little Canon Speedlite 270EX, which I bounced off the ceiling – for the horizontal shots – it’s limited in its positions so it doesn’t work for verticals.

My themes were green and alcohol (the meds I take for my rheumatoid arthritis prohibit me from overdoing, but a drink or two now and then is a very nice thing in which to indulge) Smile

My Irish Whiskey of choice is Redbreast.

2602_Irish Whiskey

2413_Irish Whiskey

2454_Irish Whiskey

2339_Irish Whiskey

2650_Irish Whiskey

My mother and father collected Depression and Elegant glass.  This lovely lady is called a (an?) ivy bowl and was my father’s favorite glass possession.  When he died, I asked Mom if I could have it, and she said yes.

2733_The Lady and the Whiskey Glasses

2723_The Lady and the Whiskey Glasses

The “Greening” of the beer (ok, not an Irish beer  – in this case, I used Coors Light because there was no Harp’s around at the grocery store, and you need a pale beer to get the green coloring to really show up).  And that glass beer stein has special meaning for me – I received it from some good friends on my 19th birthday – some 32 years ago (we went to a pizza joint in Tennessee because the drinking age was 19 back then).  The stein has accompanied me through all of my moves – one of the few items not lost, broken, sold, or given away.  Thanks guys, for the gift and the memories Smile

2756_Greening Of The Beer

2787_Green Beer

2834_Green Beer and Whiskey

3537_Green Beer and Irish Whiskey

2866-2_Irish Whiskey

Did I drink the contents in the glasses when I was finished with the photography?  What do you think?

Here’s from me to all of you:  Go Green on the 17th, Baby!

And have a Designated Driver.

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