15 Sep 11. As I was looking for something for today, it dawned on me that it was about time I clean out the collection of ready to go images and get the set to something consisting primarily of images less than 4 months old, and in the process I came across a group of 2 two year old images that more than anything else, were images with a nostalgic character about them. I've selected one of them for today's offering. Just before going on active duty as an officer in 1977, there appeared on the book market the first of a series of books called Gnome, all of which my bride just had to have. I believe that those volumes are still in our collection, although I would be hard pressed to quickly put my hands on any of them. The "fad,' as I called it, for things "Gnome" lasted until the early 80s, and has apparently returned to some small degree if the 30th anniversary edition of one of the books means anything. Now I think they are rather cute, and having one book about them is fine, but every book about them is a bit much. That said, it may be that it is me who is in the minority, as it happens that a local farmer on Fir Island has painted a gigantic Gnome on the side of his building. The painting is one you can't miss, assuming you are traveling east on Fir Island Road which takes you to I-5. I've passed it many times, but on one occasion it got the better of me, and I was forced to stop and take a few frames of it. They turned out O.K., but I would say a bit boring, that is, until I ran them through one of my filters. Now we have a truly whimsical Gnome, one in fact that might have even been employed in his youth in Tumwater, WA making Olympia Beer. ISO 320; 1/320 sec @ f / 8.