Armchair photo tours: Does the world’s largest egg reside in Winlock, Washington?

The World's Largest Egg in Winlock, Washington (photo by Cheryl Landes) In the small town of Winlock, south of Olympia, Washington, a giant egg rests on a pedestal on a 10-foot-tall blue metal pole in the middle of Vern Zander Memorial Park at the corner of Old Highway 603 and Fir Street. The 12-foot-long, 1,200-pound … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Does the world’s largest egg reside in Winlock, Washington?

Armchair photo tours: Salmon spawning season at Carkeek Park in Seattle

Piper's Creek at Carkeek Park in Seattle Photos by Cheryl Landes From November through January, the salmon return to Carkeek Park in northwest Seattle after a long journey at sea. The journey marks the end of their life cycle and the start of a new one as they lay eggs in the creek. By the … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Salmon spawning season at Carkeek Park in Seattle

Armchair photo tours: A fall stroll in the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle

Photos by Cheryl Landes The 230-acre Washington Park Arboretum is a beautiful place to walk any time of year. Wander trails through forests, marshes, a Japanese garden, rhododendron glen, azalea collection, and winter garden. Look for birds and other wildlife in the trees, shrubs, and along the shoreline, and in the water. Every season brings … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A fall stroll in the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle

Armchair photo tours: A fall stroll in the Portland Japanese Garden

Fall colors at the Portland Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon Photos by Cheryl Landes The Portland Japanese Garden in Washington Park is a beautiful place to wander and reflect. Paths wind past an authentic tea house and through eight separate garden styles, from a zen garden to a beautiful pool fed by a waterfall. The … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A fall stroll in the Portland Japanese Garden

Winter Wonderland Display at the Battle Ground Community Center

Holiday decorations in a window at the Battle Ground Community Center in Battle Ground, Washington (photo by Cheryl Landes) The giant windows in front of the Battle Ground Community Center are decked out with three beautiful displays for the holidays. Stop by 5-9 p.m. daily through Sunday, January 3, to see decorated trees at the … Continue reading Winter Wonderland Display at the Battle Ground Community Center

Stream the holiday tree lighting at Westlake Park in Seattle

The holiday tree at Westlake Park in downtown Seattle (photo by Cheryl Landes) Update, November 28, 2020: Watch the video of the tree lighting at the Downtown Seattle Association's Facebook page. At 5 p.m. Pacific time today, watch the lighting of the holiday tree in front of Westlake Center, the Seattle Star (formerly the Macy's … Continue reading Stream the holiday tree lighting at Westlake Park in Seattle

Armchair photo tours: A beautiful beach sunset and moonrise in Norwalk, Connecticut

A full moon rises in the sunset's afterglow at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, Connecticut Photos by Cheryl Landes During one of my drives through Connecticut, I made a spontaneous stop at a park in Norwalk about an hour before sunset. The temperature was perfect on this beautiful fall evening—in the low 70s—and it wasn't … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A beautiful beach sunset and moonrise in Norwalk, Connecticut

Zoolights returns to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium November 27

The entrance to Zoolights at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington (photo by Cheryl Landes) One of the Pacific Northwest's longest running holiday light displays returns to the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma Friday, November 27, through Sunday, January 3. This year's Zoolights features more than 700,000 LED lights. Favorite … Continue reading Zoolights returns to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium November 27

2020 Cathedral Park Jazz Festival streaming this weekend from Portland

Instead of cancelling the 40th Cathedral Park Jazz Festival this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jazz Society of Oregon decided to host it online. It started streaming yesterday, July 17, and continues through Sunday night, July 19. Today's performances continue until 10 p.m. Pacific time. Tomorrow, the music starts at 2 p.m. and … Continue reading 2020 Cathedral Park Jazz Festival streaming this weekend from Portland