Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Yellow Fire Hydrant Hiding in the Grass

The other day while walking near Fort Steilacoom Park I decided to take another picture of the yellow fire hydrant that I posted a picture of back on October 23, 2010. I was surprised to see how long the grass had gotten!  The coloring is quite different in this picture than in the one I took back in October.  That one was taken on a cloudy, gray day.  I took this one while the beautiful sun was shining.  I love seeing the sun!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

A Rock Monument Commemorating the Death of Chief Leschi

I feel so badly that until this week I didn't know who Chief Leschi (pronounced LESH-eye) was.  I had heard his name before because there is school district in Puyallup, WA, that carries his name, and I saw recently that there is a park in Dupont, WA, with his name, plus there are other places in Washington as well that are named for him.  But as to who he was?  I had no idea.

This week that changed when I found a history book on the Puget Sound that used to be my mother-in-law's.  I began reading it and saw the name of Chief Leschi in it.  His name was early in the book for he was alive in the 1800's and played an important part in the history of our state.  I eagerly read to find out his story, and to see what would happen.  He was a chief of the Nisqually Tribe, and reading about him I grew to have respect for him and to feel that he was a noble, good man.  I hoped so much that it would have a happy ending, and I cried when I read that after he was wrongfully accused and convicted of murder -- of a uniformed man during wartime -- and even though there was compelling evidence that Leschi wasn't even at the scene of that occurrence, he was unjustly and wrongfully hanged on February 19, 1858.

Then I found out that it was in Lakewood that it happened. . . he was hung in our city!  There is a rock at the Oakbrook Shopping Center, 8107 Steilacoom Boulevard, commemorating his death.  I go to that shopping center pretty often, and I had no idea it was there.  I had seen the rock, but didn't notice that it had an inscription on it and didn't realize that it stood for something important.  How could I have not realized that this happened in our city?!

I went there today to visit the rock monument sitting on a small grassy place under a garry oak tree. It's such an unassuming place for a monument to be, in front of a parking lot, surrounded by cement sidewalks, near businesses such as The Dollar Tree, Key Bank, a bookstore, a daycare center.   Yet I felt moved to see it, to touch it, to read the inscription.  The inscription reads as follows:

Chief of the Nisquallies
Martyr to the vengeance 
of the unforgiving white man
was hanged 
300 yards S.E. from here
February 19, 1858

Erected 1963 by Pierce County 
Pioneer & Historical Assn.

While reading more of his story online, I was pleased when I found out that justice was finally served when, 146 years later, Chief Leschi was exonerated on December 10, 2004, by a historical court: 
The historical court, led by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerry Alexander, ruled that if Leschi did in fact kill Moses, they were lawful combatants in a time of war, so a murder charge was not justified. source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6697065/
Here are some links I found with more information about Chief Leschi:

I'm linking this post to Shadow Shot Sunday.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Black Locust Tree Reflections in Waughop Lake

The black locust trees at Fort Steilacoom Park have blossoms right now, and they smell wonderful! This is a picture of some black locust trees and their reflection in the lake.

Visit Watery Wednesday to see more pictures with water in them!

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Duck was Wearing a Yellow Hat!

The pictures below were taken in University Place, WA, a city next to Lakewood -- it's to the north of Lakewood. We went to the library there today and were surprised to see that the sculpture of the mama duck (such a neat sculpture) in front of the library had a yellow hat on her head! I couldn't understand why someone would do that, I mean that seems very strange, you know? But my daughter explained to me that there is something called "yarn bombing" -- it's graffiti with yarn!

When people yarn bomb they knit or crochet things and apparently put them on just about anything -- trees, poles, statues, bridges, etc. My daughter said that last week there was even a yarn bombing day. Here's a website I found about yarnbombing: http://yarnbombing.com/ After hearing about yarn bombing, I thought, well, that's actually kind of neat. :) Here are some pictures of mama duck with her pretty yellow hat on her head!

I thought this post would be perfect to link to Mellow Yellow Monday!  :)

Hill Ward Memorial

At the Hill Ward Memorial at Fort Steilacoom Park last year on the first day of summer. . .

taken 21 June 2010

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Water Level at Waughop Lake

I said the other day that I would put up a more current picture which shows the water level at Waughop Lake, and I know you all have been waiting with bated breath to see it ;), so here it is. . .

picture taken 9 June 11

Western State Hospital Historical Cemetery

The marker for the Western State Hospital Historical Cemetery at Fort Steilacoom Park. . .

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Foam on Waughop Lake

picture taken on 14 June 2011
Doesn't the foam look a little worrisome?  I googled "foam on lake" and found this article on Lake Foam. The author explains,
On lakes, in bathtubs and in mugs of beer, the cause for foam is the same. Agitation at the surface causes air to get under the surface film of the water. Weakened surface tension is unable to force the air out, but rather keeps water wrapped around a volume of air, creating a bubble. If this happens for long enough, foam is created.
 It was windy when I took this picture yesterday evening, so maybe that's why there was foam at the shore of the lake? 

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Feathery Clouds above Waughop Lake

I thought the clouds were so pretty the evening this picture was taken.  You can see Pierce College in the distance on the hill.

picture taken on 24 May 2011

Friday, June 10, 2011

Red Fire Hydrant at Fort Steilacoom Park

This red fire hydrant is by the barns at Fort Steilacoom Park.  You can see that it's been painted several colors over the years!  I took this picture yesterday evening on a walk in the park.

picture taken 9 June 11

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Water Rose Even Higher at Waughop Lake

I can't believe it's been so long since I posted!  I probably should post something wonderful and exciting since I haven't posted in so long.  I'm afraid, though, this picture isn't going to be terribly exciting.  Since my last post was about how high the water was a Waughop Lake, I wanted to make note that the water in Waughop Lake rose even higher than it was back in March.  This picture was taken on May 21st.   I'll try and post a more recent one soon! :-)