June 15, 2014 Port Townsend, Washington

 

A set of blackmail twins
Twins

The Charming Town of Port Townsend

No posts for Friday and Saturday because the more typical wet weather of the area finally caught up with me! Hard to believe I have been in the Northwest for a month now and these last few days were the first rainouts I have experienced.

As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper version.

Drove up to Port Townsend, in the rain, for groceries at 7 this morning just to get out of the motorhome after 3 full days of lousy weather.

Blacktail twins
Blacktail twins

Just as I was almost downtown, I spotted a blacktail doe running towards me on the other side of the Jersey barriers at the base of the steep roadside embankment. As I drove by, I next saw her twin fawns struggling to keep up with Mom, also on the other side of the barriers. They caught me completely unprepared, but I quickly reversed direction hoping I could get get some kind of shots of the twins, despite the rain and complete lack of light.

Blacktail twins nursing
Time for breakfast

Failing to get anything decent as they ran along the bank, I parked the car and followed them up over the top of the hill above the road. They ended up in someone’s yard behind a picket fence and a dense hedge of very sharp thorn bushes and vines. I could see them, but couldn’t hold my camera at eye level and have enough elevation to see over the bushes, so I shot blindly while holding the camera over my head …. in the rain, with no light. But I did get a couple of almost usable shots! I have seen several deer on my few trips around the area and this is the second set of fawns I have seen. If I were to get some more decent weather, I may have to stay around and go out looking for fawns in the early morning hours.

Port Townsend downtown building
Port Townsend downtown building

I spent a few minutes trying to get some shots of the very interesting downtown architecture, but will pursue this further on a morning with a little better light.

Port Townsend downtown mural

Port Townsend downtown mural
Port Townsend City Hall
Port Townsend City Hall
Port Townsend downtown building
Port Townsend downtown building
Port Townsend downtown building
Port Townsend downtown building
Port Townsend downtown building detail
Port Townsend downtown building detail
Port Townsend downtown building
Port Townsend downtown building

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Blacktail twins
Blacktail twins
Blacktail twins
Blacktail twins
Blacktail twins
Blacktail twins

 

 

 

January 9, 2014 Goose Island, Texas

Great blue heron foggy flight
Great blue heron foggy flight

Out real early this morning even though the campground was completely socked in with fog, hoping to find better conditions in the pastures. No such luck!

Whooping cranes in the fog
Whoopers! This is what I am fighting almost every day!

I am not posting this image because I am proud of it, just to let you know why there aren’t any great whooping crane images this trip down here. These are the weather conditions I am encountering pretty much every day and this is the distance the whooping cranes are consistently keeping from anyone with a camera. The top image of a blue heron in flight skimming over the water only 40 feet from me would have been a keeper with a little light. I have never been able to catch one in flight with an outstretched neck like this, they normally travel with their long neck curled back into their chest. But with the fog and mist, thus absence of light, there is no way to get any fine detail in the image, note how you really can’t even see any indication of the water he is skimming over. If not for the reflection of his wingtips, I would assume this was a shot of him against the sky, not flying 3 feet over the surface of the bay.

Goose Island doe's breakfast interrupted
Goose Island doe’s breakfast interrupted

Returning to the campsite, I ran into this doe browsing right on the side of the entry road and got this shot of her facial contortions while downing her breakfast.

As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper version.

Goose Island doe's breakfast interrupted
Goose Island doe

Without the contortions, she actually was kind of attractive.

Flotilla of ducks at my campsite
Flotilla of ducks at my campsite

 

Flotilla of ducks at my campsite
Flotilla of ducks at my campsite

Back at the campsite, while processing images, I happened to look up and see a couple hundred Pintails ( ducks ) bobbing and feeding within a hundred feet of my motorhome. This is just one of the reasons I am so fond of this campground, if only they would provide some decent weather so I could photograph these guys.