Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Exiting Gracefully

This has been coming for a while, and the time is now. I started this particular blog just over a year ago one morning. Visiting and enjoying various City Daily Photo members, I decided that since I was driving the length of the Yakima Valley several times a week, and finding interesting views in Yakima itself and the communities I traveled through would be fun, I would join the City Daily Photo community.
Later that same day I learned that my position had been eliminated in budget cuts. My regular travels back and forth were also thus eliminated. But we are always out and about, so I continued.
Keeping the spirit of the project has become more and more of a struggle, though, so I hope my few followers will understand that this will be my closing entry for Yakima Valley Daily Photo. Please visit me at Katney's Kaboodle where, among other things, I will continue with Yakima Valley photos by joining the My World Tuesday meme, and my photos only blog 365 No themes No Memes in which I post whatever strikes me as interesting for the day in large format.
If you are a Yakima Valley blogger interested in taking over the Yakima Valley Daily Photo blog, please contact me through my profile and we can discuss it.
Bye for now--see you in the blogosphere.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Monday, July 20, 2009

Yakima Valley's Pelicans

I can't believe I forgot to show you Yakima Valley's White Pelicans on this blog. They make the Yakima River their home from about march to September or October.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Traders at Ft. Simcoe

This mural depicts traders arriving at F.t Simcoe. Watch tomorrow to compare the blockhouse with the real thing.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Smoking Salmon

This mural depicts the traditional fishing and smoking of salmon by the Yakama people.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Four chiefs of the Yakama

This mural is just to the left of the classic Pepsi lady.
Note on the Pepsi ad mural--identified by a commenter as a Gibson girl. The "Gibson Girls"! I should have realized. Charles Dana Gibson, the artist who painted the original Gibson Girls, was a distant cousin.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Advertising Mural

Most of the paintings in the mural city of Toppenish are historical scenes and personages. This is one of the exceptions. Though I imagine the costume is historically accurate for some period in the town's history, it makes me wonder the profession of the model.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Winter Lodge

Traditional architecture and design in non-traditional materials, the Winter Lodge of the Yakama Nation Cultural Center is available for meetings and gatherings.

Monday, July 13, 2009


At the nearby Heritage Restaurant--part of the Yakama Nation Cultural Center in Toppenish--huckleberry tops the dessert menu. My choice was huckleberry pie, my daughter ordered a huckleberry sundae, and a couple of the boys had huckleberry floats made with huckleberry ice cream and huckleberry soda. The Heritage is the only place I have found huckleberry soda.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Teepee camping

Last week oru kids camped in yurts at Sequest State PArk, but just up the road from us in Toppenish you can camp in teepees at the Yakama Nation.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

More of the same with the same difference

A slightly different angle from this same view from last year. You have to look closely to see Mt. Adams here, but look just above the car crossing in the distance. Maybe you will have to enlarge to see it.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Things change, things remain the same

About a year ago I posted this photo while walking in downtown Grandview. the reflection of the brightly painted market remains the same.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Back to the beginning

A year ago I started this blog with an agricultural irrigation line--irrigation: the lifeblood of the Yakima Valley. Keep the water going--this morning walking through the park I caught this sprinkler line--keeping things green for recreation as well as the agricultural economy.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Monday, July 6, 2009

Dykstra House

On the National Historic Register, Dykstra House in Grandview is home to a restaurant with lunch service and a gift shop.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Also seen

This helicopter was working above White Pass Ski Area as we drove out of the Valley the other day. I could not get a glimpse of what was being carried in the bucket or basket. Did it have anything to do with the work nearby from yesterday's post?
During a forest fire, I have seen them scoop up water from Rimrock Lake in similar buckets, but there were no fires this past week--thank God.

Friday, July 3, 2009


Headed west on White Pass the other day we encountered these workers high on the cliffside. I am not sure what they were doing.