Purple glass in the sidewalk – Seattle, WA

Seattle has an interesting, scandalous, really stinky past, especially at the beginning. If you ever get the chance, take the underground tour to learn more of the history of this city. As the tour name implies, there’s an underground city beneath the sidewalks and buildings with a life and feeling all its own. To get light down there, the businesses installed thick purple glass in the new sidewalks to give a little bit of light down below. While the underground no longer functions as a business community, the glass remains.

Folly of Man – two dead roses in the cold

The folly of a man spoils his ways, and he blames God in his heart. Proverbs 19:3. I’ve seen it, unfortunately. Someone wants their own way, in a spoiled child sort of way, and when they don’t get it, they blame God. Even though what they want will utterly destroy them, their loved ones, maybe even the world around them, God says “No” to protect them, just as a parent tries to protect the small child from running into the middle of the road. Then the folly of man brings hardness into his own heart, and he is angry with God.

In this Advent season, we are waiting for Emmanuel, God with us, to dwell with us, and to ultimately save us. This little helpless, sinless baby had to come into this world and die because of the folly of man.

Friedlander Trading Post 1982

Friedlander Trading Post, August 1982. The old trading post that sat on the shoreline of the Columbia River between Whitestone Rock and Hellgate. Local oral history says it was first built around 1860 and had orchards, vineyards, as well as the homestead and trading post. It was moved due to the construction of Grand Coulee Dam to it’s location here in the picture around 1940. Unfortunately, it was destroyed by a fire in 1983.

Eagle on a pole

Bald Eagle on a perch pole downstream of Grand Coulee Dam. These poles were erected as part of the mitigation for building of the Third Powerhouse during the 1970’s. Even though some have gone into disrepair, the eagles and osprey still use them to fish from.

Singing Osprey?

Same juvenile Osprey but seems to have eaten too large of bite or has something not going down correctly. Took him a few minutes but finally got it figured out. Down the hatch!