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Our Developing Trip and Breathtaking Pink Tulips (+1 inset)

Our Developing Trip and Breathtaking Pink Tulips (+1 inset)
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Less Than A Week Before our Next Trip!
We can't believe that we'll be on the road in in mere days! Steve's tying up loose ends and we're figuring out what we need to get before we go...isn't it amazing?! We are jumping for joy!

A Second Week of Camping is Reserved!
There's a clever trick to getting campsites that we learned from seasoned campers. You go to the reservation site and click on RESERVE SPOT at exactly 12:01am. It's sneaky and it will give you a much higher chance of getting a location that you're after. We are happy to report that this has worked for us perfectly so far and now we are set up for two weeks!! Next Sunday night Steve will try again for a third spot…and we'll just keep it up until we're ready to come home! :D

Snakey and the Geriatric Toads are Going Camping!
Last summer we left our snake and toads at home when we were away. We were gone for 1-3 weeks at a time so it wasn't a problem. When we went to Canada we brought them to a caretaker. This time we really don't know how long we'll be out, but we don't want to worry about our buddies either. We talked about rehoming them but the fact is that we love them and don't want to rehome them. Our Firebelly Toads are an unbelievable 20 years old now--we are down to two of the original seven but the last pair keep on truckin' and we think they're super cool. Snakey McSnakerton has grown up over the years from a lovely baby to a vibrant, beautiful adult, nearly 4' long and truly impressive to behold. He's part of our family and we don't want to give him up.

That being said, we've made a place for each of their habitats in our trailer and we can't be happier that our family will all be together on our adventures. Neither of us felt good about leaving them alone on our trips last year. Now they will be with us (along with our parrot, Pumpkin, of course). When we drive from one spot to the next, Snakey and the toads will be in smaller carriers and then we'll put them into their habitats once we arrive at each destination. Hooray!! It may seem really odd to some of you but we really do love them and we're so happy about this!

Feeling So Excited
I've been stuck here on the property for literally months and the idea of getting away has me bouncing around like a little kid! With all that's been going on, I haven't wanted to take pictures or really do anything. I've struggled with depression and anxiety. Now we are finally going to get out into the world and go on adventures again! I can't wait! :) The thought of being on the coast again, wandering around with my camera…playing with my metal detector…looking for rocks to tumble…I have to shut my brain down before it pops from the thrill of it all! Writing, processing pictures, taking in the new sights and sounds, reading and just relaxing in another place…won't it be wonderful!! :D

But We Are Prepared: It STILL Might Not Happen
With the "opening of the US" after the quarantines and such, people are behaving as if there's no reason to be cautious and the case numbers are exploding again. We are going forward with our plans, knowing that it might all evaporate before we go or in the middle of our trip. Who knows what will happen? We're going to cross our fingers and head out if we can. If we're shut down, so be it. Hopefully everything will be fine for us!

Today's Pictures
Last year Steve and I drove into Medford and I walked through a neighborhood I frequented on my work breaks when I had a job in town for a couple of years. I'd wanted to visit in the springtime with hopes to capture the lovely garden explosions I'd seen. I was not disappointed! I'm sharing a pair of pictures from that fun day, featuring a gorgeous panorama of pink tulips as my main image. The inset is a lovely group of red tulips which turned out really well…I have issues with my camera's processing of red, and with some image tweaking, I was able to get the rich lustrous tones that I saw!


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24 comments - The latest ones
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
Trés belle capture florale !
3 weeks ago.
 Boro
Boro
Superbe ********
3 weeks ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
A gorgeous pair of photos Janet..............especially the main image which is just stunning!

Great to hear that your camping plans are all coming together and that your even planning to take your animal family with you..............how brilliant..!!

I've been following the Covid 19 situation and the various protests on our news............I won't go into the politics of it all, but I really hope that you and Steve and not affected by it all and that your trip doesn't have to be cancelled.
3 weeks ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
That’s so nice, Janet !!!
3 weeks ago.
 RHH
RHH club
Beautiful tulips. We missed them entirely in the Skagit Valley this year. They cut them and sold them as cut flowers (they are bulb growers) to try and keep tourists away during the virus thing. I always find it harder to photograph them en masse than to photograph individual flowers but you've nailed both photos.

We are home again! No big trips planned until the end of summer other than the week of backpacking with my brothers. We do have to go to Lynden three weekends in a row, but that's only a couple of days each time. Will probably do a bit of hiking and exploring but certainly won't be gone as long as you.

We left about 9 pm Sunday night and arrived home 1 am Tuesday morning - thirty hours of traveling. Really stopped only for gas and food and for a couple of hours of sleep. Won't do that again, though. Just too grueling, but we had the van full of cabinets and didn't want to get a motel (I don't like them much).

So happy you guys are getting away and hope it all goes well. You make me a bit envious even though I'm still reeling from the last couple of days. Glad you were able to work it out for all the "kids" to come along, too. Pretty soon you'll have to sleep outdoors in a tent to make room for all of them. Happy travels!

Have things unpacked and put away but need to do a bunch of other stuff - bank, bills, wash car, etc., etc. Speaking of the car it now has a covering of bugs. We even went through an area of grasshoppers ducking inside whenever they hit the window and somehow we even picked up a frog in the front grill.

Nancy is sorting through stones and we'll get some off to you asap. She really found some nice ones. We're getting her a tumbler, probably the one you recommended and I'd like to have one of the nicest Petosky stones made into a pendant for her. Want to get a photo of them first, however, for posting.

Had a very nice time visiting with family in Michigan and Indiana. Saw a brother whom I hadn't seen for about six years and had time with my parents. Dad gave up his keys finally and that's a relief. Mom fell the day after we left but seems to be okay. Did some photography too with youngest brother.

Guess that had better be it. All the best.
3 weeks ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Beautiful tuylips !!
Very well captured Janet.
3 weeks ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Sublime... Un vrai plasir pour les yeux et les sens...!
3 weeks ago.
 Michel Cremoux
Michel Cremoux club
Du piment de couleurs qui fait du bien aux yeux !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
3 weeks ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
Two stunning shots Janet. If I had to choose, it would be the PiP.
3 weeks ago.
 cammino
cammino club
Wonderful tulip variations!
2 weeks ago.
 sunlight
sunlight club
Wunderbar !
2 weeks ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Très belles photo et couleurs avec note. Nicole.
2 weeks ago.
 José Manuel Polo
José Manuel Polo club
Hermosa de tulipanes, sobre todo me gusta el PiP, precioso.
2 weeks ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Your pictures are just gorgeous - I must say I prefer the red tulips, but the pink ones are just as gorgeous. I'm so happy to hear the excitement in your words about going about again. I never realised you had toads and a snake as pets. I'm glad that Steve has managed to create somewhere for them to be able to travel with you on your trips. I'm really looking forward to hearing all about your travels and seeing your photos.
2 weeks ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Beautiful tulips pair! Stay well!

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2 weeks ago.
 Kawasirius
Kawasirius club
Des tulipes magnifiques *******
Jolie présentation de ces fleurs qui font rêver !
Bonne journée, Janet, ainsi que un bon séjour pour votre prochain voyage !
2 weeks ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
BEAUTIFUL LIGHT ,,,

RELAX AND RECHARGE. YOU WILL HAVE THE FAMILY WITH YOU.. SO NO WORRIES.

HUGSSSSSSSSSSSS
2 weeks ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
WOWWWWWWW, splendid, Janet *****************************
2 weeks ago.
 Annemarie
Annemarie club
A joyful image Janet. Stay well❣️
2 weeks ago.
 tiabunna
tiabunna club
Beautiful tulips (and PiP image), Janet.
2 weeks ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Admiré Et apprécié au www.ipernity.com/group/214287
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2 weeks ago.
 Horizon 36
Horizon 36 club
Wonderful, well done Janet
2 weeks ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
excellent tulips
2 weeks ago.
 sea-herdorf
sea-herdorf club
Wunderschön freigestellt zeigst Du uns die Kelche dieser herrlichen roten Tulpen, Janet.Freundliche Grüße und einen angenehmen Abend und bleib gesund
Erich
6 days ago.

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