Once on shore again we drove around the Sequim area, checking out the various lavender farm location before the festival officially opened.
There was plenty of bits of lovely scenery to see along the way.
The Dungeness Lighthouse flashed its beam through the mist every ten seconds. I counted aloud and yet was still unable to snap a photo of the beacon ablaze.
I photographed each row with the names of each kind of lavender being grown. I later learned there was about 700 kinds of lavender grown in the world!
At this stop I also learned why I so often found out why using lavender in recipe did not always result in a tasty treat: Some varieties are considered culinary and others are not. Those that are not culinary are called Intermediary, and have a higher camphor flavor.
Intermedia strains have a great scent and are good for use in other ways.
I did want to take some time to do some up close study of each variety and record how they looked.
colors amazed me. White, pale grayish blue, lavender, pink, dark purple, magenta, some with flowers clusters tightly on the tip of the stem (or wand) others had flowers that stair stepped buds in longer patterns.
Of course the sensible thing would be to gather a bundle of lavender composed of a sampling from each lavender variety...
Inside the barn/gift shop I was amazed to see a doll that looked just like me!
I think she had lavender Crocs on...wish I had thought of wearing those
Now why on earth people were not posing like crazy on this bench I just can not understand.
Or why the three of us didn't get someone to take our picture there.
Katie and her bouquet.
And the reason I get a bit choked up when seeing the flowers in the basket shot.
(Please join us in praying for her husband Andrew while he serves as a Marine in Afghanistan.)
As we drove along to our next stop I spied a bald eagle perched along side the road. Ellen found a place to make a U-turn and we piled out of the car to document the sighting.
Can it get any more picturesque than this?
Across the road from the eagle was this housed; I don't know if the man that came over to tell us that the eagles's nest with twin eaglets was just down the road lived there or not, but we figured he knew what he was talking about and drove on looking up at the trees along the way.
What a blessing upon blessing upon blessing kind of thing!
I like to know what an area looks like; this is the house that was just across the road from the nest. Can you just imagine how much fun they must have had watching the eagles building their nest and then at last seeing twin baby eaglets peeking out the nest one fine day?
Then it was back to lavender farms....
The sun broke through the clouds and the daisies reflected cheerful faces back at it.
And boy do I wish I had remebered to take a sign picture at each place as we arrived!
This was the gift shop.
No pictures allowed inside, sadly.
But there was PLENTY of things to photography outside.
Ohhh...ahhhh...another favortite shot.
WE were jastonished to see that this property was up for sale. I don't know how much it cost but wow, it sure would be a gorgeous place to own.
Our next stop combined lavender fields with U pick strawberry, raspberry and assorted other berry fields.
Just what Ellen would need to make a pie later!
I loved the wavey roads that we took between farms.
This was the place with the main reason I came: I was dying to sample lavender flavored iece cream!
The Ice Cream Parlor...
Our next to final stop: Purple Haze Lavender Farm.
It was interesting how each farm had its own personality.
This one 's personality was very much retro hippy!
With a wild selection of adult beverages! I didn't ask about what might be in the brownies in addition to chocolate and lavender.
One booth had vintage linens that were quite eye catching.
Semper Fi indeed!
She may look sweet, but as I once read: If you think the Marines are tough, just wait until you meet their women!
I was really impressed with the Ballerina Lavender blossoms...
Katie had more than one person ask where she had gotten her boots.
Distilling lavender oil. Simple, old fashioned technology that still works just fine.
Have an extra shovel or two that have lost handles?
Were there lots of bees?
Not that I noticed, maybe because it was mostly an overcast day. AT this last stop I saw several really fat yellow bees hovering about the lavender and had a few moments to attempt to capture them as they went about their chores.
The only rain drops of the day began to fall Ias I shot, and Ellen and Katie had headed to the car and were flagging me to come too.
The ferry home awaited us...