Monday, May 11, 2009

A Few Random Photos

Amanda did some trail work for Earth Day, but she was a bit disappointed not to have any pictures of herself actually working! Naturally, it was me taking photos of her, so I had them all. =)

Next is one of the trail sections we help construct. The trail in the picture did not exist when we arrived--the original trail had collapsed into the adjacent river, so we needed to build a new segment. My job was to clear the trail by that enormous root ball on the left. There used to be another stump on the right side of the trail, but I took it out already. The trail the others are standing on is completely new.

A few days later, we headed out to see some tulips. Quite the festival they have going, and I took a few photos which I think look nice. =)

This is my 'money shot.' This first tulip photo was actually the very last one I took, and I worked really hard to get it. I had to find a place that wasn't surrounded with people and where the sun wasn't causing lots of glare. Got down with the dirt for this photo, but I think the results were with it. =)

Here's the picture everyone at the tulip farm got. It's pretty, but the picture really isn't that special.

For Amanda's birthday, we headed off to the little country known as the Netherlands, and this is Amanda's birthday cake. It might be the ugliest birthday cake I've ever seen in my life, which is why I'm sharing it with you. It amuses me. =) Apparently, ordering birthday cakes in Dutch isn't as easy as you may think.

For those of you who don't know it, I do have family! This picture is my sister, Tierra, taken on New Years Day in Boston. I had my sister go out on this dock in the Charles River to give the picture more "shape." It just felt like it needed a figure in the presence. I gotta say, though, it was freakin' cold in Boston. Freakishly cold! We were in Boston visiting our cousin for a birthday party. Good times!

This is my mom. If you've read much of my adventures or blogs, you've probably heard about her. I took this photo last year when she came for a visit in Seattle the day pirates invaded Alki. The pirate look is quite becoming, don't you think? =)

This photo was taken on New Years Eve in Boston. It's the doors on a church, which I thought looked nice. I went out as soon as it started snowing--snow is so rare where I live!--finding pictures to take in the snow when I came across these doors.

These next photos are in a decidedly warmer climate: Bermuda. A bunch of us went on a letterboxing cruise, and when I saw this bike, I had to get a picture of it. I don't see too many bikes like this anymore!

And here's a sign on a beach. I'm a sucker for signs like these. =)

And finally, one last sign. This one I found in Florida while hiking around Lake Okeechobee last Thanksgiving. There are a lot of dangers while backpacking, but this was my first time I was warned about errant golf balls.


cath said...

That cake is downright beautiful compared to what is posted on cakewrecks.
Must check that out for some laughs.

Kristin aka Trekkie Gal said...

Oh man, I was going to post Cake Wrecks! :D The people who order the cakes on CW order in English, and they get much uglier cakes. I think you did pretty well in Dutch. ;)

Anonymous said...

I love the picture of the pennyfarthing bicycle. It's clearly a fixture at that place - we took a picture of it 2 years ago when we were in Bermuda! Had to have a picture in honor of "The Prisoner", you know...

Liz Henderson (Hendel D'bu) said...

fun! thanks for posting! ~SHH :-)

Anonymous said...

I think the "money shot" needs to be in the next calendar.

and that cake is pretty as long as Amanda liked it what does it matter..

Goofy girl

Teresa said...

--snow is so rare where I live!--

Yes, yes, we know...that's why there's no snow-friendly icon on AQ!

Kaaren said...

Pretty flowers. Wow. The cake. Wow. I'll practise on a Nancy Drew cake or something for next year. Geez. Was it at least tasty?

Renee Fister-Lee said...

Beautiful tulips Ryan, I would love to have a yard full. Your photo is stunning. The sign on the beach is really cool. Amanda is really cute in the trail blazing picture :o) Thanks for sharing!

Amanda from Seattle said...

The cake did taste good, so that is really all that matters....the flowers are plastic by the way and the "Happy Birthday" was a plastic thingy that you can hardly see at the was in English which was pretty impressive :-) It was a modified "Golden Anniversary" cake from the local grocery store.

Unknown said...

The Tulip Picture was AWESOME, very good photos.