On Tuesday I entertained my visitors by taking my niece and my brother to the Woodland Park Zoo, where all of my photos came out overexposed. I had just changed the memory card (to an old one) because the one I had been using developed glitches. I hope that's the problem and not my camera.
Anyway, here a just a few pics that aren't too awful.
Blue-bellied Roller from the African exhibit:
Matt the Grizzly (or possibly Steve the Grizzly -- there are two, and they're twins):
How many monkeys are in this picture?
I take a photo of Crystal taking a photo:
We walked a LOT and saw every exhibit area there except the petting farm, insect house, and duck pond.
Later that same day, I took my brother and mother to "my" art gallery, where Mom bought one of my framed original paintings, and another painting had just sold to a tourist from Texas, so I got a nice little check from the gallery owner.
On Wednesday I got to drive my company to Ronald, WA, where we had met up so that Mom didn't have to drive all the way to Seattle. I saw them off back to their home in Richland, while Truman and I got to spent the rest of the day and night at Michelle and Steve's lovely vacation home.
In Ronald we did some birding in the woods, and then had a long walk around nearby Roslyn, which is full of historic buildings that make for excellent sketching opportunities. I contemplated going to Lavender Lake, which Michelle recommended for swimming, but it never got above 72 and was very windy, so the urge to swim never really developed.
At 2:00am today, Tru decided he needed to go outside to do his business, which initially annoyed me until I stepped onto the back yard deck and looked up at the stars. Oh my. In Seattle, on a clear night, I can see maybe six stars from my back porch. In Ronald, I could see practically the entire Milky Way. It was so stunning that I almost didn't want to go back inside.
I'll try to post a few pics from Ronald and Roslyn tomorrow.