Of course, I do other things in retirement--for my volunteer gig with Seattle Audubon, I've been proofreading a book on Pacific NW insects, and I'm also taking a free online course on the general history of architecture, and there are restaurant outings or walks in the park with friends, plus I've been watching plenty of baseball--but as I can't post photos from those activities, what you're going to see here are sketches, birds, and dachshunds.
I continue to visit the P-Patch garden at Magnuson Park in an effort to document it throughout the growing season:
Nicole, Tina and I ventured to Woodinville to a private garden that's open to the public only on Saturdays from May to September--a lovely place called Bassetti's Crooked Arbor Garden:
It's only about five acres but is crammed full of fun stuff to draw.
As for the birds, I got down to the Fill but it was rather quiet there, and I missed out on a rare visitor--an Ash-throated Flycatcher--by one day. This didn't bother me because I've seen them in their more normal habitat of eastern Washington. Instead, what I got was a very common Brown-headed Cowbird:
There was some Osprey-Eagle chasing action, but I couldn't get pics of that as they were too far away and were moving too quickly. Instead, I took a picture of a sitting target--this robin:
And of course, Truman never moves too fast for photos:
Finally, in case you're wondering how things are going with foster dog Chloe, here is what happened after a long session of romping, wrestling play time:
Awww....isn't that sweet....