Lots of activity here getting ready for Halloween....look who showed up today....Dem Bones group....all ready to party harty tomorrow night...one is even wearing my old pig wig from last Halloween....I wondered where that went?
you know that I live in the town next door to Salem, Massachusetts, where the infamous witch trials took place in the late 1600's ...well, it is crazy over there at Haunted Happenings....they are expecting over 100,000 people to visit, they have 250 policemen, some on horse back from all over the state patroling the city to keep everyone safe and happy...
and with the weather so warm in the 60's it is bound to be a fun night for all.
You could always carry your casket pocket book to the party....very trendy for the goth look.
The old Salem graveyard....lots of spooky people buried here...some witches and ghouls...wouldn't want to be walking through here Halloween night.
And, if you want to cast a spell on someone that you are not getting along with...stop into Crow Haven store, the local witch store, for all sorts of spells and elixirs that will be sure to make your Halloween lots of fun.
see you tomorrow.
With only a few days to go before Halloween, the local witches are gathering together to get ready for their favorite party coming up this Friday. With the infamous city of Salem, Mass right next door to us, we hear them cackling at night sometimes.....
And, these gals are very particular about who they hang out with and they just never invite Dracula to their parties.......
why, you ask.....
because, he is a pain in the neck!
We rented a car in Seattle and drove up Highway 5 to the little town of Anacortes, which was about 85 miles away from Seattle. It took us about 2 hours, stopping here and there along the way. Anacortes is where the ferry boat leaves to go out to the San Juan Islands, so we poked around the downtown historic district and had lunch while we waited to make the ferry boat crossing with our car.
After lunch we headed down to the ferry boat landing and passed this sign that was from an old cannery.
Here we are heading over to San Juan Island, nice day, beautiful and scenic ride over to the island. The San Juan Islands are an archipelago of over 700 islands, only a few hundred are actually named and the main ones tourists visit are San Juan Island, Orcas, and Lopez. They are nestled in between Seattle, Victoria and Vancover with sheltered coves and lush forests and meadows with a great temperate climate.
I am enjoying the ride over to Friday Harbor on the ferry boat. The Washington State Ferry system is so organized and always on time and very safe. It was comfortable, smooth sailing as we made the crossing with our car which took about an hour and a half. We watch the seals jumping and playing around the ship and saw lots of pleasure boats enjoying the day as well.
Here we are coming into Friday Harbor, which is the main town of San Juan Island.
The town is quite small with no stop signs and pretty quiet. We stayed at a little B and B right in the downtown area called the Friday Harbor House with a nice balcony looking out over the harbor. The entire main street of the town was all dug up with a lot of construction going on, laying a new pipe of some sort so you can see the bright orange digger in the photo.
We picked a B and B that was right in town and right on the water...,since the harbor is really the focal point of the town, this way we could get up in the morning and look out to see what was going on. Besides all the ferry boats, there is a huge marina there where there are a lot of pleasure boats that are moored there year round...the Captain was very envious of this since our season in New England is only about 4 months for the Carol Ann. Many seaplanes take off and land there each and every day also, delivering passengers from the mainland or between the islands.
The state park is a big whale watching place. You park your car and walk down through a beautiful forest with these really cool trees and come out at the ocean. It is a magnificent sight to see.
The 3 pods of Orca whales live in these waters and are frequently sighted here. The Captain is passing this gorgeous tree that neither of us have ever seen before.
Turns out that this is a Pacific Madrone tree, a species of Arbutus found in the Pacific Northwest. It is really an interesting tree. It is a broadleaf evergreen tree, but what makes it so distinctive is the peeling red-orange bark. It peels away from the mature wood, leaving a satin sheen and smooth surface underneath. The Native Americans ate the berries from this tree and carved some crafts from the wood. Apparently it is quite popular out there for flooring as it has a distinctive silvery color that is quite sought after by designers.
I just couldn't get enough of that madrone tree...it was really cool!
Here's my guy...my Pacific Northwest Captain...standing under an evergreen tree....it was a gorgeous day but we knew that as we got closer to the ocean it would be cooler....and it was. There was quite a breeze that day as well as you will see from the white caps on the ocean. The sun was shining and just glimmering and sparkling off the waves.
Walking through the woods we come across this little inlet with all the logs jammed up against the shore. You see a lot of this in the Pacific Northwest from the logging industry...we saw huge logs floating in the Juan de Fuca straights on the way to Victoria. And, driving up to Anacortes, we passed more than one logging slough where the loggers bring the wood down from the river into smaller tributaries, maneuvering the logs around on a small rubber zodiac boat.
We walked all along the water's edge, but unfortunately did not see any Orcas that day. In the background you can clearly see Victoria on Vancouver Island. It was just such a nice day, so clear and crisp so we got some great photos anyhow...not of whales, but of us!
When we were visiting beautiful Victoria, we passed by a cool shop that carried the Canadian brand Storm Tech jackets. We have seen those jackets before, so well made with all sorts of bells and whistles...the Captain loves jackets of any kind and so do I ....so yes, this Kiwi colored cool Canadian brand of jacket we simply had to have...so here we are, same color, but different jackets...
This is from the road looking across to the island of Victoria, Vancover, where all the Orca pods had gone to the day we were at the State Park...figures. They post the sightings of the whales at the whale museum and we later found out that was were the pods had gone to while we were watching for them at the State park!
After a few hours of walking along the water, we got back into the car to drive over to the northwest part of the island to the famous world class marina at Roche Harbor. Along the way the scenery was so pretty...lots of deer who were very friendly....
Many farms growing vegetables, raising Alpacas, cows, chickens, growing all sorts of things. This farm sat on a beautiful plot of land right across from the ocean.
We arrive in Roche Harbor which is really pretty, a huge marina right on a beautiful and very sheltered harbor. All the buildings are white, left over from an old resort hotel called Hotel de Haro, from the early part of the century, where famous types like John Wayne and Teddy Roosevelt would come to stay. They still have the old guest book in the lobby where you can see Roosevelt's signature from when he signed in as a guest there.
This big white building is part of the old resort and is now a restaurant. There is an enormous amount of building going on here in Roche Harbor and I would say it is much more upscale than Friday Harbor. They are building tons of really nice condos all along this area so I imagine this restaurant will be for those folks who are in the marina or condos to have a nice place to go out for dinner.
We sat out of the deck right on the ocean and had lunch, the entire time we were being watched over by Mr. Crow who was quite large. We saw an awful lot of crows all over the island now that I think of it.
Walking back up towards the Hotel de Haro we passed the Post Office for Roche Harbor...and here it is...really..it is an actual US post office and here is the postmaster. Very efficient one of the residents told us and you can even rent a post office box around the corner...very handy to where you could keep your boat.
We are heading back now towards Friday Harbor and the Captain spots this....yes, it is what you think it is....a camel...of course we stopped the car and got out and all....don't know if this is someone's pet or what, but it was certainly funny to see a camel on an island in the Pacific Northwest, don't you think?
We stopped on our ride back to town at the local State Beach which was almost back to the town of Friday Harbor. Now, I am not sure if you can appreciate it from the photo, but this beach is covered, completely covered with old logs...I mean it is a sea of driftwood. All these random logs come down the Puget Sound from the logging camps and end up on all the beaches of the San Juan Islands...we imagine it must be a problem that the boaters have to watch out for, hitting one of these huge logs could damage the boat and the engine props. Not to mention it doesn't leave you much room for your towel and beach chair in the summer to set up shop on this beach now does it?
As an artist, I was in awe of all the driftwood and what could be created in driftwood from all of this. I just kept thinking what a great opportunity it would be for artists who lived here on San Juan Island to make cool things out of all this ocean smoothed wood.
I collected a few small pieces to take home with me and was still thinking about the beach and how much wood there was there the next morning at our B and B. I told the waitress about my find and she said all the beaches end up like that because of the logging industries near by....and....that...you are not suppose to collect the driftwood to burn or to use since it belongs, technically, to the logging companies. Can you believe that? I mean...really...she said that people DO take it and from time to time and that there are fires on the beach sometimes that have been started suspiciously by someone, but that basically it just lies there untouched.
I mean this amount of wood, why it could heat an entire town for a year as firewood.......not to mention all the very cool creative things that you could make with it...hang shells from it and sea glass and sell at the local shops. Talk about recycling...why doesn't someone up there figure out a good use for all of this wood to help out the locals somehow.
After a few days of sightseeing and tramping all over the island, it was time to head back to Anacortes and continue our trip up to the Cascade Mountains. Here is the ferry boat leaving Friday Harbor for one of it's many afternoon trips.
A beautiful afternoon ride past many of the little islands in this gorgeous archipelago....looked like I could do a painting from this photo...it was so pretty, the sky, the shimmering ocean, the clouds, the points and tops of all the many thousands of evergreen trees that make up these islands.(Washington is called the "Evergreen State" remember)
We passed yet another ferry boat heading back out to Friday Harbor as we were heading back to Anacortes...dozens and dozens of ferry boats make the trip back and forth in between all the islands filled with passengers, bikes and cars every day all year long. Quite a system they have.
We are almost back at the port so here is the Captain inside the ferry boat looking back out at me. He is about to head back down to the car park in the bowels of the ferry boat to get ready to unload the car when we dock in Anacortes.
A very nice respite, beautiful spot, we were lucky with the weather and had a nice time. Next post...heading up to the Cascades.....and are they ever magnificent!
sitting in the ferry boat line out on the San Juan Islands I did this little sketch of a B and B near the harbor. They had a little shop downstairs and rented out the upstairs rooms to the many tourists who come through Friday Harbor.
watching this guy as I was sitting on the ferry boat I simply had to draw him...He never stopped eating the entire time of the trip across the Puget Sound. I was just amazed at what he packed away in a few hours.
We found this little town when we came through the Cascade Mountains...it had been an old logging town and was dying out so in the 1980's someone from the University of Washington got the idea to rebuild it as a Bavarian Village and so they did...about 2500 people live here and it was really quite charming, sort of like Solvang in California. It is set in the valley with a beautiful river and the Cascade Mountains surrounding the area...just so pretty. Everything is authentic, even the MacDonalds looks like a tyrolean house. They were having an Octoberfest while we were there so there were a lot of visitors coming into town for the long weekend.
This is the beautiful B and B where we stayed..Avenblume...it was built by the owners after returning from Austria with plans and ideas from houses they had seen over there and is really lovely. It looks like a tyrolean house, lots of wood and white washed walls, very clean looking, all the furniture in the dining room is hand made wood...sort of a knotty pine. The owners Randy and Renee did a lot of the work themselves and he carved the front door and the columns out of poplar wood, which has a yellow cast to it and is something that you just don't see very often around here. I took lots of photos inside later on which I will share with you.
This is the fireplace in our huge bedroom. It was really big with a very interesting painting over the mantle of a women, sort of a fashion picture, but she had no head. The mantle was hand carved with this word in it, which we never found out what it means. The Captain lit a fire one night after we came back from Cafe Mozart for dinner. We snuggled up on the couch and watch the fire dance and play, making it nice and cozy in the room.
We had a dark mahogeny 4-posted bed with gorgeous linens and the European style double duvets on the bed, one for each of us. The bedroom looked out on the valley with the Cascade Mountains as a backdrop. The room opened into a large open bathroom with an enourmous hot tub, walk in double shower and separate room for the loo ( like in europe). All the creams and lotions were elegant, the white towels were big and fluffy and everything was so clean and immaculate...with fresh flowers in the room and a big oversized couch and chair. It was really a room made for romance....
This is the view from our balcony...I went out there one morning looking over at the mountains only to see this white foggy cloud hoovering along the valley floor. It was surreal looking, just magical, a morning mist that eventually lifted and became a cloud above. But, watching it was really interesting and I just enjoyed sitting out there in my jamies drawing this breathtaking view. All along our balcony were gorgeous flowers still blooming madly from the flower boxes that lined the entire front of the house. It was really a beautiful and relaxing spot to stay at.
have lots more photos of the San Juan Islands and the Cascade Mountains tomorrow.
Thanks to the talented Vanessa we are all celebrating an early Halloween today in Blogland . Welcome to my arty Halloween soiree. Instead of photo vignettes, I am using my artwork to convey the party atmosphere. Here I am welcoming you to the event in my pumpkin outfit.....inviting you to enjoy all the tempting tricks and treats we have to share with you today. Lots of creepies and crawlies and ghoulish delights to make you cringe and smile. I cast a spell on all who enters....for wonderful magical things to happen to you at my party.
Mr. Pumpkin wants in on the celebration with little Miss Owlie, so here he is dancing and spreading some bewitching Halloween cheer! If you party on with him I am sure that he will give you some treats and maybe for those lucky witches out there....some great tricks as well.
A magical gypsy is here at the soiree to read her crystal ball and tell you what your future has in store. Note the bloodshot eyeballs and creepy spider webs. You just never know what she might tell you...they say her robes are centuries old and made of the silk of a hundred vestal virgins who, just before they were sacrificed on the altar of Dracula, gave the magic silken threads to a party of gypsies who were passing by.
And, look who else wants in on the fun.. Witchie, Mr. Bones, and Frankie......the more the merrier I always say...plus these guys are just so much fun anyhow. When Mr. Bones and witchie start groovin, watch out!
The spider sisters don't want to be left out either...they always come together...dance a bit, eat up some creepy crawlies and then leave....if they have a bit of wine they sometimes sing a song and believe it or not they sound really good...hauntingly good.
The skull family always seems to come late.. .probably because they have no bodies..they can be a lot of fun when they all chime in together...it is hard to get them going, let's face it, they are just skulls....so what should we expect...
Now the party begins...with Black Cat, Happy Pumpkin and Ghostie with the Mostie...now there's a team...these guys love to party...you can always count on them to liven things up and have fun....they love to go bump in the night and they absolutely do the Monster Mash better than anyone I know!
And, what would a party be without treats...especially a Halloween party...so enjoy yourselves!
Skeletons are always the last ones to arrive...they did this last year as well...I think they just want to make sure that the ghastly graveyard is empty before they take off.....they are always creating lots of frightful Halloween fun as they click their bones together to make this really cool sound....nothing like dozens of bones clicking and banging together to make the night a howl. Click Click Click...
look how those witches just have such a great time dancing...their feet just jump off the floor...why, it's almost like they are flying....
I think it is so cute the way Ghostie Mostie and the baby brat bats always dance together...I really think they just all love to party together since every year I always see them dancing like this.
MMMMM...there is some guy over in the corner with a mask on and I am not quite sure who it is??? Do you know?
Well, I will let you know if I discover his identity, in the meantime I have changed into my Pink spider costume so I can get down and party with all the great guests that have come to visit me and perhaps hang out with the spider sisters, maybe get in on their song....you will find me having a WICKED time here, tempting all the ghouls into a dance or two at the spookiest house on the block..It's a BOO-TI-FUL time of year for a party....
here's haunting with you...
The Fairmont Empress Hotel, what a place. This is where the Captain and I stayed while visiting in Victoria, British Columbia and to celebrate our wedding anniversary. It was built 100 years ago for the Canadian Pacific Railroad customers to have a place to stay when they came up to BC. The architecture is so interesting and the rooms inside are all done with a dark, carved, highly embossed mahogany wood that is beyond description. Wonderful service, great food and their very famous Afternoon tea in the tea room, celebrating this year, their 100th year of afternoon teas!
When you arrive in the port of Victoria practically the first thing you see is the Empress Hotel since it sits right on the inner harbor. Out in front of the main door going into the hotel are these 2 huge trees on either side of the walkway that almost look like some sort of dinosaurs, the way they lean down towards the ground. Here is the Captain standing next to one so you can see how tall they are.
We go for a nice walk all around the waterfront. We are standing directly across the street from the Empress and in the background you can see the beautiful Parliament building. The city is very pretty and clean and there are flowers everywhere. Even the old street lamps have gorgeous huge hanging baskets filled with flowers, which they are famous for. They have made a walkway there that runs along the harbor and different artisans set up stalls and sell their crafts and artwork which was fun.
Now we are visiting in October, but you can imagine this place in the summer with all these flowers everywhere?
While the Captain walked down to the docks to watch all the activity going on there and to look at some of the boats, I did a quick line drawing of the old Parliament building which was designed by the same architect who did the Fairmont Empress Hotel.
Here is the little inner harbor ferry boat that takes you around and from boat to dock. It is so cute.
Lots of cute shops with First People crafts, post cards, knitted sweaters, moccasins, little carvings, totem poles and all sorts of souvenirs you could by.
This tobacco shop is over 100 years old and was where all the Hudson Bay guys bought their cigars and such, still in business today and still selling Havana cigars, since Canada still has trade with Cuba.
This is a wonderful Museum, the Royal British Museum, featuring a full size wooly mammoth, all sorts of animals from the region and a fantastic display of First People items such as their crafts, their totem poles, homes, how they lived, sculptures, etc. Very, very interesting and done in a hand's on type of interactive way which is always nice.
Here is the wooly mammoth that the museum is known for. The photo is a little dark, but you can get the idea about how big these things were.
Here is a sample of one of the pit houses that the First People lived in. About 30 people would live in this underground hut and they would enter from the top hole where the smoke went out to keep out animals and such. I am sure that the dirt and underground proved to be an insulator, but I am glad that I never had to experience living like that.
Now we skip back to the Fairmont Empress for our afternoon tea date. Here we are in the tea room enjoying the special "Empress Blend" tea along with all sorts of other delish goodies. Note the cushy arm chairs and table lamps, making it seem like you are in someone's living room.
I know that I am a complete Anglophile since I just love afternoon tea and anything that is British. My grandmother was from London and often while I was growing up she would have me sit down with her and have a proper cup of tea in the afternoon. It is a wonderful tradition, to take a breather from the busy day and sit down and have something sweet to eat and drink with a friend or loved one and catch up on what they are doing. I think everyone should do this, it is just so civilized and of course only in a china tea cup.
And, the tea tasted so good. When we got up to leave, the waiter gave us both a tin of the special "Empress Blend" tea to take home with us and boy was it good. Check out the silver 3-tiered tray in front of me with tiny cucumber sandwiches and scones and chocolate strawberries and home made cookies. Who wouldn't enjoy this? Oh, whoops, I guess that we had already eaten most of them....they were just so good.
Here is a look towards the mantle piece of this charming tea room. I am not sure what this woman is looking so grumpy about, sitting and having her tea with a friend, but perhaps she didn't like that I was taking a photo.
The top tier of the 3 tiered silver tray are the cookies and chocolates. Here are some of them before we begin to devour them all. The bottom tier is traditionally the little tea sandwiches, the second one are the scones, jelly and clotted cream and the top the desserts.
After a nice afternoon tea and rest, we take an evening stroll along the waterfront and see the old Parliament building all lit up with tiny white lights, looking very festive. We saw this is Copenhagen as well, where they lit up the buildings around Tivoli Gardens at night with millions of these tiny white lights, much like we do at Christmas time in the States. It just looked so pretty and outlined the entire building against the dark night sky, making it quite dramatic to look at.
The end of a wonderful day, enjoying dinner is this beautiful room with my Captain. An absolutely special day.
Back up to our room and what was waiting for us there but this nice surprise! A wonderful tray of strawberries dipped in chocolate, an anniversary card and note from the hotel, and a nice chilled bottle of champagne and a couple of glasses already for us to celebrate with.........and so we did!
Wait a minute, who is that, coming down off of Air Force One....why, it is the Captain I think...yes, we are actually at the Boeing Museum of Flight in Seattle, very interesting and outside we have just toured the plane that brought President Kennedy's body back from Dallas after he was assassinated. Just imagine that he and Jackie used this plane to travel in, small by today's standards and not at all glamourous, but historical and fun to see.
Toured the Concorde which is tiny inside, very narrow and small and you had to pay $5,000 for a one way ticket to Paris. The problem with it was it used too much fuel and became so expensive that they had to take them out of the air...the plane went so fast that the outside temperature of the Concord was almost the boiling point of water. I had to get off it because it was so tight and narrow I was beginning to feel closed in on it. Only 2 seats across on each side, so didn't hold many folks either.
Brad Pitt you say...?? Wow, huh...I thought so for a moment as well...this large photo is in the WW2 section of the Museum of Flight and he was one of those very brave fighter pilots like my Uncle Donnie, who was shot down during the war, but wow! Doesn't he look like Brad Pitt? We were both stunned when we saw this photo, it just looks so much like him, especially those pouting lips.
All sorts of examples of planes from all the wars and engines and the history of aviation and how Mr. Boeing started his company in an old barn on the outskirts of Seattle. Really nice museum and lots to see there, spent the whole afternoon enjoying all the exhibits.
Now we head out to the island of Vancover and to Victoria, BC. on the Victoria Clipper ferry boat. Nice scenery and ride through the Puget Sound and the Juan de Fuca Straight over to Victoria. Did lots of sketching on the boat and looking out the window for orcas.
After we pass through Canadian customs, we hop on a coach that takes us on a city tour of beautiful Victoria and out the 14 miles to the beautiful and famous Butchart Gardens. I have known about these for years and was so excited to tour all the gardens there. This was the sight of a concrete company at the turn of the century and after they were through digging all the limestone out of the quarry, Mrs. Butchart planted a garden there because she thought it looked unsightly seeing that big ugly rocky hole, even hanging down the sides of the quarry on a bosun's chair to plant ivy to cover up the sides of the quarry walls. It is just spectacular and we started off without the rain but soon there it was again. But, these gardens are so incredible and they get some nice rainfall there, so the plants just love all the moisture. I could not get over how far North we were and how so much was still in bloom including roses and dahlias...it is because it is such a warm climate there that they have a longer growing season than we do in the Northeast. Easily spent 2 or 3 hours wandering around with my umbrella and my Captain just absolutely dazzled by the beauty and the layout of these magnificient gardens.
sat inside the warm and cozy tea room drinking my Earl Grey and did these sketches of the flowers and potted plants out the window.
The sky started to clear up a bit so we took the opportunity to take a ferry boat over to Bainbridge Island. It is only a short jaunt across the Puget Sound and it gives you a chance to get some great shots of the Seattle skyline, showing the famous Space Needle. Note that the clouds are parting way to blue skies...we were psyched for that!
The Captain settles in while I go around the ferry and take some more photos.
In just about a half an hour we arrive at Bainbridge Island. Apparently a lot of people live here, away from the inner city and commute into Seattle to work. Sure beats sitting on a highway somewhere doesn't it?
The ferry system there is quite remarkable, like clock work, always on time, safe and well maintained and here we are coming into the dock at Bainbridge Island. The ferry boat crew has sprung into action tying down lines and getting things ready for the passengers to disembark. We did not bring the car over to Bainbridge, but just walked into the town after we arrived at the ferry station.
A few blocks up a couple of hills and around the bend and we arrived in downtown Bainbridge. It was hot and humid by then, the sun was trying to come out and everyone was peeling off their layers of clothes since most of us had dressed for rain.
A small town with the emphasis on small, very cute, not much going on there...some shops and art galleries and a cute cafe called Cafe Nola right on Winslow Way. The waitress told us that Bainbridge is a real family place, people like raising their kids there away from the city, it is safe and clean and yet not that far by ferry back to Seattle where a lot of the residents go to work.
The Captain had the beet and spinach salad with a homemade vinagarette dressing and I had the spinach salad with gorgonzola cheese and roasted walnuts. It was very cute, great food, friendly waiters and air conditioned, which was nice after walking around for so long in the humidity.
MMM....thinking about whether I should get dessert or not and thinking how my hair just does not like this weather....and I finally did...a vanilla creme brulee with a home made rolled-up sugar cookie that was divine! The Captain got their apple tart with whipped creme which he said was wonderful...needed to replace all the sugar we lost walking in the heat!
Took the ferry back to Seattle and went to visit the Aquarium right along the waterfront that was really awesome. My big interest was the new exhibit on the Octopus and their resident fellow had been caught in the Puget Sound area and he was just magnificent. First we walked under this underground aquarium area that allows you to look up at the fish swimming by which is fun. Then......
we went to see him and here he is...just beautiful...and he is looking right at me...their eye is very large and they have great eyesight. He appeared to be orange and just look at those legs and suckers. The large pouch you see under his eye is actually his abdomen, it would be like if our heads were on our stomachs instead of our necks.
Just look at those suckers up close....isn't that just amazing...and he moves around with so much grace and smoothness...it all just glides and floats along, all 8 legs twirling and moving in and out of each other...I was fascinated. I was thinking of my illustrator friend Susan Eaddy and how she would have loved seeing this creature before she did her "Papa Fish Lullaby" book which had a page about the octopus. This is what artist's love...such great reference as being able to see an actual octopus up close. I took a ton of photos of him, but won't bore you with all of them.
The longer I stood there the more captivated I was. How can something so awkward looking be so graceful and flowing? He just seemed to be enjoying himself, crawling around, moving those 8 long suckered legs up and down, in and out, around and behind each other...... softly appearing to be floating thru the water effortlessly...just so appealing to watch. I had to get out the moleskin notebook and do a quick sketch.... just couldn't resist.
There is something about drawing an object from life...you look at it so much more closely, observing everything it has to offer, measuring distances between eye and leg, etc. so you really feel as though you know them. It is not just a passing glance...oh, look at the octopus, it is studying the octopus and watching it's every move, becoming one with the octopus for that small time you are drawing him. When we took the Victoria Clipper over to British Columbia later on in the trip, I sketched a number of passengers sitting near me on the ferry boat. It was the same sort of phenomenon, that you feel as though you know them when you draw them since you are looking at them as if thru a microscope, checking out each line and curve, more so than a normal passing glance.
I held up the moleskin and sketched this little drawing in just a few minutes as more of a crowd was gathering to see the octopus and the Captain was wanting me to come with him to get dinner someplace. But, really, isn't he just the cutest...look at the expression in his eye....I think it is love at first sight here, really, he was something else!
We had Alaskan King Crab legs at Anthony's by the Sea restaurant about 4 blocks from the aquarium...must be the power of suggestion....seeing all that fish and all...anyhow, these were delish and reminded me of lobster, although the texture is a bit different! And, making it even more exciting was the fact that the Captain and I love absolutely love watching the TV show "Deadliest Catch" and have become big fans. The waitress was telling us how she knows Sig Hansen who is one of the skippers of the crab boats and that his boat was in Seattle harbor that week. Apparently they sometimes bring their boats down to Seattle during the winter months for maintenance and such from Alaska. So, we were most likely eating crab legs that Sig Hansen's crew caught up in the Bering Sea so that made them even more wonderful!
So, I will leave you with those thoughts, with me about to enjoy those succulent Alaskan King Crab legs, sitting on the harbor in Seattle, note the big cruise ship out the window, a Carnival Cruise line ship about to disembark and yes, it is now raining again, but I have brought my umbrella so it is OK. Good for the complexion, but not the hair!