Washington State

The last light of the day turns the sky pink over Mount Rainier National Park in Washington. Pictured here are the Tatoosh Range and Mount Adams at sunset as seen from the park’s Skyline Trail.

Photo by Justin Marx (www.sharetheexperience.org).

Trees

When you go out into the woods and you look at the trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You appreciate it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree. The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying, “You’re too this, or I’m too this.” That judging mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are." - Ram Dass

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More photos by John Westrock on Flickr.

SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle City Council has passed a resolution to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day in the city.

Monday’s unanimous vote celebrates the contributions and culture of Native Americans and the indigenous community on the second Monday in October, the same day as the federally recognized Columbus Day.

Tribal members and other supporters say the move recognizes the rich history of people who have inhabited the area since time immemorial.

Several Italian Americans and others objected, saying that it honors one group while disregarding the Italian heritage of others.

The Bellingham City Council also is concerned that Columbus Day offends some Native Americans. It will consider an ordinance on Oct. 13 to recognize the second Monday in October as Coast Salish Day.

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Here are some of my favorite comments:

But this one was my favorite, because it is literallythat, “Oh, I’m 1/321487th [insert culture here] and I’m bothered that [insert what they should recognize is a POSITIVE event] happened.

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Images of Washington State.     Bridge over the huge Columbia River near the Pacific Ocean.    Seattle ferry docking near the Pike Place Market.   Bread for sale at Pike Place.    Columbia Gorge waterfall and mountains.   Columbia River Salmon Stairs.     Steps of water that permit Salmon to go upstream to their breeding grounds.     Cape Disappointment light house.