Stan & Joyce Orchard

Trying to figure it out since 1975.

Evening Sky Show

Evening Sky Show

Saturn, Jupiter and the moon about an hour after sunset. An unexpected celestial show in the midst of cold, autumn weather moving in.

Teach Your Children Well

Teach Your Children Well

Our 15-year-old grandson got his first lesson on the chainsaw today. With our son coaching him and recording for posterity, I kept thinking of my dad and woodcutting during my youth and the years my son accompanied us on our own firewood adventures. Heating with wood takes a lot of work and commitment. The reward is a cozy home on the coldest days…and moments like this.

Red Planet, Red Moon

Red Planet, Red Moon

A little over two hours before sunrise. Mars and the moon look other-worldly through the heavy smoke hanging over the west coast. OH, wait! They are other worlds.

Giant Marshmallows

Giant Marshmallows

The annual harvest is well under way. Spotted them from Snohomish down to Buckley. Looks like a good crop this year. Great for s’mores.

Bloomin’ Deck

Bloomin’ Deck

Plants are blooming, pollinators are busy, nature is fascinating.

Green Garden Friend

Green Garden Friend

This little creature can be found lurking among the potted plants on our deck. Not at all bashful.

Firewood In

Firewood In

We finished getting it all in the shed today, ready for next season. May get another cord to be safe. Working with my grandson is an added bonus.

Sky Show

Sky Show

A little over an hour before sunrise, the moon, Saturn, and Jupiter brightened the sky over our humble Hobart home. Never tire of the view.

Black Bunny

Black Bunny

Our corner of the world has an abundance of plain, brown, short-eared rabbits. But this little guy hops to the beat of a different drummer, or thumper.

Happy Summer!

Happy Summer!

More fuzzy antlers and beautiful summer coat. This curious, early morning visitor seemed to say happy first day of summer as he passed by.