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Kolhwes Dike Road

South end of Useless Bay

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Red Tail Hawk

Photograph by Craig Johnson

The hawks come by almost every day. The adjacnt wetland has a few trees taht offer a good veiwing perch for the hawks they often come in pairs.

Red Tail Hawk page at Audubon Society 

Hear the call of the red tailed hawk.

Spotted Towhee

Photo by By Walter Siegmund (talk) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Eating bread with the sparrows and junco's on our deck.

Audubon page for towhee

Red Breasted Sapsucker

Today this guy  was eating bugs in the holly tree that grows next to our deck. The photo is from wikipedia, mine didn't turn out that good.

Link to Audubon Society Page

 

Lisboa at Christmas

Inside a universe of light. 

Boa Hora Early Evening

Churros make a fine welcome gift to Lisboa. Hot and sugary.

Lake Washington

Lunch Spot December 2014

Miradouro da Rocha Conde de Óbidos

From Pessoa's Lisbon:

Right in front of the wharf he has just left is the Rocha do Conde de Óbido, an eminence crowned with a well kept garden which is reached by two large stone stairways; from the garden itself, at the top, there is a fine view over the river. 

Fernando Pessoa and the Embodiment of the Other

Doing some background research on Pessoa and his concept of the Heteronym.

DIck Sparks

My father and mother came to Hawaii to visit in 1970 while I lived on Oahu. My dad instilled in me the hipster attitude, so blame him :0

photo by Barbara Sparks

Roof Tops of Lisbon

Look closely, expand to full size. This photo could easliy be a composite or a collage, the roof tops appear sho chaotic and seem to merge and overlap. This a true phot however and it highlights one of lisbon's attributes organic street pattern and the chance for something completely different around any corner.

Look to the top right , see how far up the hill the Estrella Basilica is.