We met up with son Jake in the city on Saturday morning to have breakfast and just spend some time together. It was good.
After dropping him off at his apartment in Ballard, and since it wasn't raining, we decided to spend some time walking and wandering in some of our favorite places.
The Ballard Locks, or officially the Hiram Chittenden Locks, is one such place. We especially like the park/garden there. At any time of the year we can find something in bloom.
Maybe one of my gardening friends can help me identify this small tree with the gorgeous seeds/fruits.
The large lock was undergoing repairs.
There wasn't much boating business for the smaller lock either.
Lots of water rushing over the spillway.
The fish ladder viewing area was also closed for repairs, so we made our way back across the lock gates to the park.
Canada geese are year round residents.
A winter blooming viburnum.
A yacht out on the canal waiting to go through the locks.
Rhododendrons and camellias.
From here we drove north of Ballard to Swanson's Nursery. They are getting all set up for Christmas, of course, but it was the plant displays that really attracted me.
They really know how to use color and texture in their displays.
The reindeer have arrived for a little pre-Christmas vacation.
And of course there are poinsettias.
We arrived back home mid-afternoon, happy with our wanderings.