Monday, November 30, 2009


I love photo compositions
featuring strong lines.

"Venting" copyright 2009 Meri Arnett-Kremian

Just like this.

Sunday, November 29, 2009


If the water is still

the reflection is stunning.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

M Space

M Space is a glass studio
where artists can rent glass kiln time

and neophytes can play at making projects
like Christmas ornaments
with the help of the pros.
Sign up early -- the classes are popular.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Staying Warm and Dry

Another place to stay warm and dry
is the library at Tacoma Art Museum.

Read about your favorite artists.
Then tour the exhibits.
Or vice versa.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Late Autumn Dusk

Dusk comes early these days.

 Sometimes it paints the sky and water
a dusky shade of blue.

Museum of Glass.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Come Back!

Sometimes around here,
 it seems as if the Sun got lost
playing hide and seek.

And then, just when you've given up hope. . . .

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Special Events

If you're planning to host a special event,
a wedding, a party, a prom, a reception,

Tacoma Art Museum is a great place.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Autumn Leaves in the Park

Mother Nature really puts on a show
when she plays with her paintbox.

Wright Park. Just minutes from downtown.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

So What Else is New?

The sky is heavy with gray clouds,
thinking about raining on our weekend parade
as they ride east to dump snow in the Cascades.

The nearby Crystal Mountain ski area
has gotten 75 inches of new snow in the last week.
Yes, over six feet.
But that pales in comparison to Whistler's 205 inches.

Skiers and boarders are packing their cars and jumping for joy.

But if you're into more gentle pursuits,
today's a good day to visit
Museum of Glass.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Pink and Yellow

I'll admit it, these mums have me hooked.

"Curling Yellow" © 2009 Meri Arnett-Kremian

Conservatory at Wright Park.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Another Show Stopper

I am totally amazed at the variety of colors and shapes
in which chrysanthmums choose to clothe themselves.

Here's another example.
Hope you're not getting bored.

Conservatory at Wright Park.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Queen Mum

So I figure this might be
the queen mum.

Conservatory at Wright Park.
Near downtown Tacoma.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I Wish I Knew the Names

I wish I knew the names of all the
chrysanthemum beauties
I discovered at the Conservatory.

"Unfurling" © 2009 Meri Arnett-Kremian

But not knowing,
you can make up your own names.

What would you call this spidery queen?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Warm and Dry

It's hard to be warm and dry
and still be out and about
in the Pacific Northwest
in November.

But try this ---
you can park close to the door
and rush inside.

If you zigzag, you might just
run between raindrops
all the way to the entrance
of the Conservatory at Wright Park,
Stadium District, Tacoma.

I think I'll show you some closeups
of these beauties for the next several days.
The Conservatory needs more exposure.

Monday, November 16, 2009

For a Few Days More

I don't know how long they'll last

but for the time being,
these colorful leaves are hanging on
to the branches of my coral bark maple
with a ferocity born of the winds of autumn.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Almost That Time

I know Thanksgiving hasn't yet come and gone
but it's almost time to start thinking
of Christmas decorations.

Or even just things to hang in the window
and catch the light.

These were in a store window along Proctor,
just a half block or so from the Blue Mouse.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Movie, Anyone?

Located in the Proctor District in North Tacoma,
near the intersection of 26th and Proctor,

you'll find the Blue Mouse Theater.

It screens movies that have already played at the big chains
but might be worth seeing again
(or for the first time if you missed them).

It's also got a home town feel that the chains can't offer.
Plus I know some of the kids that work in the concession stand.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Looking Over His Shoulder

The goose seems to be
looking over his shoulder

to find the blue skies of early autumn.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Hot Shop

A favorite destination

"Hot Shop Shot" copyright 2009 Meri Arnett-Kremian

of glass afficionados.

And a good place to visit when the weather's cold.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

USA of Yesterday

Tucked away at the corner of
Sixth and St. Helens,

there's a treasure trove of classic cars.

USA of Yesterday Motors.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Reflections on the Past

Those were the days, my friend.

We thought they'd never end.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Track at Stadium High

Here's a glimpse of the track
at Stadium High

but the stadium at Stadium High
is apparently closed.
At least that's what it said on a sign
near a padlocked gate barring entry.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Fire Department

Fire Station Number One.

Between emergencies
in downtown Tacoma.

Friday, November 6, 2009


I found these stickers
affixed to the back side
of a 2 hour parking sign.

I wish I knew what the top right sticker says
in its entirety.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

11th Avenue Bridge

When I see this bridge
(which, by the way, is closed)

I think of Simon and Garfunkel
and the 59th Street Bridge Song.

Lookin' for fun and feelin' groovy.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


At the bottom of a sweeping
spiral staircase,

there's a pool and fountain.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Older Sister

Annie Wright School,
founded in 1884,
is the big sister to Tacoma's
Charles Wright Academy.

Annie Wright was founded as a school for young ladies.
It's now coed for younger students,
but the high school still is populated only by young women.

Charles Wright, which opened in the 1950's,
began as a school for boys
(the brothers of those Annie Wright girls),
but now Charles Wright is coed
from preschool through high school.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Sweet Days of Summer

Now that we've entered the long, gray rainy season

those long, sweet sunny evenings of summer
are just an extravagant memory.

Gone, but not forgotten.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Better Days

This is looking a little disheveled.

I think it's seen better days.