What I’ve learned about Vashon so far
We’ve only been here a week, but I have tried to explore and see what’s up with this little island place. One thing I know for sure, this place is so thick with trees it’s unbelievable. You can’t see the forest, some of the houses, and quite often the sky, because of the trees. There are blackberry bushes all over. I mean everywhere! Sadly, most all the berries are dried out because no one picks them. I have found a few that are still good and they are so sweet.
And they grow big ass leaves here.
And big slug type creatures.
Apparently this is a banana slug. Yuck. Which I also found out is endangered, and rarely found. Go figure, he was on the side of the road when I went walking one day.
These things are a direct result from the fact that it rains ALL-THE-TIME. And when it’s not raining, it’s cloudy and drizzly. It’s very Jurassic Park-ish here.
I have learned that this results in everyone having messy hair. Which is good, because mine is a disaster. I also know that these messy haired people are incredibly friendly. At the stores, on the streets, everywhere. People want to help, and they are super nice about it.
I have learned that the beach here is quite different than any beach I have ever seen. The trees grow right up to the point were I guess they just can’t grow anymore. And when they die and fall over, they create some amazing weathered tree art.
They are also huge. That whole raining all the time thing again, I’m sure.
I learned, when you get 1 day that the sun is out-ish, take advantage and get your ass out there.
Because Torrey loves the beach.
I learned you can see Mt. Ranier when the clouds lift. I will say, I was a bit surprised at the smog though. I always thought coastal winds would take away the pollution.
I learned that of course, you are going to see 3 orca’s with a baby when you are not even kinda prepared. This shot is way cropped in, and crappy quality, but it’s all I got. I learned that people who have lived here forever haven’t see the orca’s, so I guess we were really lucky.
And I learned that finding and collecting sea glass is more addictive than rock hunting. This I was not surprised about however. I have always loved sea glass.
I guess this would be sea china, sea ceramic?? I don’t know. Cool though.
And finally I learned that the subdued sky, the gray ocean, and some interesting things in the water can make for an interesting photo. A little editing to tweak the colors….and voila.