Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Optimists Plant Fruit Trees

I have planted fruiting gardens everywhere I have ever lived, being an incurable optimist.

Sometimes my plantings have been wildly successful, sometimes they have yielded a steady return of delightful ripe fruit. Only one was an outright failure and that was because it was a mislabeled graft of a particular grape I was interested in. So I encourage you to consider planting fruit for your future if you have even a tiny space. Growing Mason Bees increases yields mightily unless you live next to a bee hive.

Click here to find out more about this painting of an apple tree on Etsy.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Glorious Summer Above 5,000 Feet

Lush Mountain Meadows in Olympic National Park

My favorite times in the mountains have always been about 3 weeks after snow melt through September and January here in the Pacific Northwest. I lived for backpacking, climbing and skiing until a knee injury limited my mobility. Now I glory in the paved trails up on Hurricane Ridge in the Olympics that allow me to soak up a big dose of beauty. Thanks to the National Park Service! They are 100 years old this year.

Click here to see a larger image of this painting on Amazon Handmade.