Monday, July 28, 2014

Hurricane Ridge - Olympic National Park

Located just 17miles south of Port Angeles, Hurricane Ridge is the most easily accessed mountain area within Olympic National Park. 

  On a clear weather day, it offers breathtaking panoramic views of the mountain ranges around.

View of the Hurricane Ridge Visitor center ... stop here for some useful information of the region, brochures and maps, gifts and refreshments.

The awe-inspiring vista at the Hurricane ridge ... showcasing miles of snow capped mountains and lush green valleys.

Spring is great time to see beautiful wild flowers blooming and adoring the mountain slopes.

There are a number of hiking trails that you can do here ranging from ridgetop traverses to steep trails descending to lakes and valleys.

I don't recollect the name of this short trail we took ... it offered amazing views of the mountains and valley.

... beautiful mountain flowers dotting the trails

You will surely not miss spotting these adorable deers grazing the meadows in this region.

Hurricane Ridge - One of the must-see places among the many that this diverse park has to offer.

All Photographs by: Anupama Puneeth

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cairns - Messengers in Stone

You may have seen cairns before ...pointing to something noteworthy or simply as a direction marker on one of your hiking trails.

In general these cairns are perhaps built for many purposes. The most common use today is to mark the hiking trails. A series of these cairns are placed at regular intervals to indicate the trail direction where it is otherwise not obvious. 
They could also be placed to point to something noteworthy or simply to warn of an obscured danger ahead like a sudden drop.

We spent our July 4th weekend along the Olympic peninsula and visited the famous Ruby beach (link) on this trip.
We spotted these numerous cairns here and wondered what their significance was. It wasn't pointing to any trail direction nor a danger. It's obviously a noteworthy place and not sure the cairns where intended for that.

They seemed to resonate a message. These stones were the silent messengers communicating something. 

While I was trying to decipher this, I see my little girl without a second thought starts to build one of her own cairns.. as though she was doing her bit in passing this message further. 

"Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." ~ Desmond Tutu

More picture series to follow on this beautiful trip to the Olympic Peninsula. Stay tuned :)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Lavender Festival

"As Rosemary is to the spirit, so Lavender is to the soul"
~ unknown

Whether or not purple is your favorite color, you are sure to love Lavender for its sweet smelling therapeutic fragrance.

 As you may already know, lavender is used in essential oils, perfumes, in aromatherapy, in traditional herbal medicine ..

.. and in the kitchen as a culinary herb. 

One of the most versatile essential can be used in the bath to fight tension, sprayed on a pillow help ease you into slumber, and even applied to the skin to heal and fight infection. 

Lavender comes from the same family as  mint

Over 2500 years ago, lavender was used in ancient Egypt during the mummification process

The scent of lavender deters mice, flies, mosquitoes and other pests

Nectar from lavender plants are used to make high quality honey

With Lavender currently in peak-bloom, don't forget to check nearby Lavender farms who may be hosting Lavender fest.

Pacific north-west has an ideal weather for growing this versatile, sweet smelling herb. 
Sequim is perhaps 'The Lavender capital of North America'. 
Check this link for info on Sequim Lavender festival. 

If you are planning a trip to the San Juan islands in the coming weeks, don't miss the beautiful Pelindaba Lavender farms.

All Photographs by: Anupama Puneeth. 
(Respect copyright)

Shot @ Pelindaba Farms San Juan & Sequim

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Walla Walla - Hot Air Balloon Festival

The city of Walla Walla hosted their 40th Hot Air balloon festival few weeks ago.

The crew getting ready to inflate the balloons during their 'Nite glow spectacular'.

Coca-cola balloon ...

Yet another coca-cola balloon ... a closeup shot when it's inflated.
See the giant fan doing all the job ?

A unique experience was to be inside the balloon while it was being inflated !!
A BIG Thank you to Lauri Spencer - the host of this event, for giving this great opportunity !


Few other balloons that were displayed at the event

Sunday morning .. we patiently wait for the organizers decision on flying the balloons. 
Unfortunately the high winds spoiled the show ! 
Well that is perhaps a sign to plan another trip to a city hosting the festival this season :P