The Fourth

It was kind of a joke on us that we moved up to the northwest coast to get away from the heat/drought/fires and arrived just after a a week of downpour and in time for a historic heat wave. What could we do but use some of that cardboard we’d brought with us to cover some windows and keep the hottest part of the sun out. 

It was one of those worrisome global warming shocks, but the nature here in our yard at least seems to have recovered quite nicely. The bunnies that went underground for a few days are back munching the grass in the yard and the hydrangeas are blooming again above their crisped leaves. And my basket is still overflowing with flowers. 

My friend Shambhavi from Seattle visited over the weekend and we took our sketchbooks out to Tumwater Falls.

watercolor in Stillman and Birn sketchbook

There were lots of families out on the trail around the falls and one particular group was proud to show off their patriotic attire.

I’m not particularly a fan of July 4th, but I sure appreciated their style and spirit. When evening came we got to experience another kind of holiday fervor. . .fireworks, which by the way were outlawed here this year due to the recent heat wave that elevated risk. Ahem. You wouldn’t know it from my neighborhood. There were all kinds of sizzles and pops and airborn light shows going off in all directions. Who needs to go to a public display when you can just stand on your sidewalk and gape.

One comment

  1. What a lovely start to your new life – celebrating Independence Day with friends, sketching and even a bit of the sparkling night’s sky. Although MN is beginning to experience some drought and watering is an every other day event now, fireworks were everywhere around me. Even sitting on my sister’s porch, there were two competing displays in her neighborhood and all we had to do was turner our heads slightly to the right or left to get an eye full of the sky candy! And yes, the colorful array of Americana red, white, & blue outfits have been amazing. Thanks for sharing. I’m getting such a kick out of your move. It’s so much easier to enjoy while looking in from the outside.

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