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September Skies & Life Notes



A Good Start

…began at the end of August when I broke with solitude for a wonderful visit with my cousin and his girlfriend. Jimmy, Darcie and I strolled around Westport, had a bite to eat and I gave them the 5-cent debut tour of my almost completed Turtle (homemade wooden mini-camper). It was a joy to share The Secret Garden and send them home with some raspberry plants.


September kicked off with a little road trip to meet one of my Alaska sisters in the Seattle area for 3 days. There was a lot of laughter and cussing at the map app as Laura and I  navigated around Auburn for 2 days. We managed (without the damn app) to figure out how to take the Sounder train from our airport hotel into Seattle to check out Pike Place Market. It was so good to be with my sis, but we were both a little creeped out about being in such crowded places in the violent climate of our world today. Sad but true. (12 photos)

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Back To Solitude And Some Nature Nurture

The rainy season has begun here on the Washington coast, which means many thick foggy evenings and mornings, but also rainbows!


The temperatures are between the high 60’s and mid 50’s, hovering only about ten degrees between day and night. (Was 74 on Sunday!) On some days the skies are a solid blanket of light grey from dawn to dusk, horizon to horizon. Other days are bright blue with cool cloud formations that develop into stunning sunrises and sunsets. (12 photos)

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In many of my sunrise and sunset photos there are black dots or clear silhouettes of birds. During spring and summer it was a mix of ducks, geese, pigeons, doves, starlings, sea gulls, eagles, crows and Northern flickers.


Sunrise, crows & moon

The birds seem to travel on an mapped out skyway. In the morning they fly into Westport along the eastern skyway, and at night they fly out of Westport along the western skyway. So as I step out of my door and look to my right (over The Secret Garden) in the morning, the skyway of birds cross the sunrise. To my left in the evening, they cross in front of the sunset.

By now, in early fall, I’m seeing mostly crows and a few sea gulls. Early morning crow migration from their night time roosts, plays against the background of calm pastels or vibrant oranges, pinks and purples of the rising sun. As the sun begins to set, the crows make their way back to their slumber party among the inland trees.

I can’t help but wonder why they never stop to gaze at nature’s colorful background for their journey. Of course, I wonder the same thing of fellow commuters when I seem to be the only one to pull out of traffic to take in the wonders in the sky.


Thanks for your patience. Peace out.


Raging sunrise



Author: Patti Singleton

Pursuits of happiness include gardening, walking the desert, reading, writing, photography, traveling and genealogy.

8 thoughts on “September Skies & Life Notes

  1. I’ve been enjoying your pics on Facebook. It seems you’ve been gone from blog posting for awhile, or maybe I just haven’t been getting notifications. Anyway, – thanks for the nature break here.

    • You haven’t missed anything, Marian. I’ve only posted 2 times in the last couple of years. Thank you for commenting and I’m so glad you enjoy the photos. I hope all is well in your world.

  2. Thank you for sharing! Love and hugs.

  3. Fantastic photographs Patti.
    xxx Huge hugs xxx

  4. I always enjoy your photos, whether here or on Facebook. But it’s nice to see you writing, even a bit and sharing your thoughts. And I’m one commuter who would give anything to pull over and take a few moments to enjoy a sunset 🙂 Around here, though, there are few places to pull over. Luckily, there’s one leg of my commute home where the road goes due west and, if my timing is good, I can enjoy a brilliant sky and colorful clouds bordered by live oaks and pines. And then I’m happy if I have to stop for a red light because it gives me more time to enjoy 😉

  5. Thank you. Nice to see you too. I know …so many times it just isn’t safe or there isn’t time to pull over and gaze. Here’s to more of both!

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