August 9, 2014 South Beach, Washington

South Beach post sunset colors
South Beach post sunset colors

It’s Becoming Really Hard to Leave This Place

Three weeks in, here at South Beach campground, and there finally is a little color at sunset and no fog to hide it!

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

Moonset
Moonset

Next morning, the full moon, absorbing some of the colors of the rising sun, sinks slowly into the fog bank far out to sea.

Looking north up the beach from campsite
Looking north up the beach from campsite

Jenny and Sam do their morning campsite inspection, checking for rabbits and other nightly intruders.

Looking north up the beach from campsite
Looking north up the beach from campsite

As I have my morning coffee, I get to watch the early morning beach walkers, as well as eagles flying overhead.

Yes, I am really having difficulty pulling up stakes and leaving the South Beach Campground. Admittedly, this place is not exactly the finest of facilities, we are crammed in here like sardines in a can, there is no dump station, no drinking water available anywhere in the campground, not even a sink in the restrooms where you might be able to get some potable water. And, as usual, there are more than enough uncaring idiots camping and carousing here, perhaps even more than the  normal one in ten that you usually encounter in public campgrounds. So, yes, there is a lot of noise and commotion by day, barking dogs, screaming kids ( though that hasn’t been as bad as I feared, the dogs are another story ), motorcycles roaring through, sad, droopy drawered morons, with their deep bass speakers blasting rancid rap music for all of us to “enjoy”, inconsiderate idiots starting up their generators at 6:30 in the morning, other early risers noisily splitting firework 5 feet from their wish-they-were-sleeping neighbors, and the fire nuts, keeping smoky fires going with driftwood they haul up from the beach ( even though there is very obvious signage stating that it is illegal to do so ) despite the fact that their fire ring is only inches away from where their neighbors are trying to sleep. This place does seem like the lawless, wild west at times.

I can tolerate these things, one, because I am an early riser, always up by 5:30 AM so the rude early rising folks out making sleep impossible for their neighbors, don’t get to actually bother me. And, secondly, so as not to have to fight the night time noise, I have adjusted my bedtime hour so I stay up watching TV until 11:00 PM or later. By then, when I lay my head on my pillow under the open bedroom window, all I hear is the sound of crashing waves lulling me to sleep. The pounding surf pretty much cancels out all the other nightly noises that might disturb sleep and I get a great 6 1/2 hours of peaceful, uninterrupted sleep, waking to the same soothing sounds of the waves on the beach.

Looking north up the beach from campsite
Looking north up the beach from campsite
Looking north up the beach from campsite
Looking north up the beach from campsite

 

 

 

 

 

Full moon
Full moon

Having only some berry bushes and then the beach on my curb side, along with my gorgeous ocean view,  means that when I have to, I can close up the windows and blinds on my street side, and at least pretend that I have some campsite privacy here. And I do have to rationalize that if all the negative aspects of this place did not exist, then there would probably never be an empty spot to squeeze into here, since then, this place would be all but pure paradise.

So, I kind of plan on leaving Tuesday morning, to continue exploring the coast north of Seattle, with a trip inland a bit to check out the area around Mount Baker. But who knows, I still may change my mind and stay here in this little bit of imperfect paradise.

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December 18, 2013 Falcon Lake, Texas

Full moon over Texas
Full moon over Texas

Another nice day at Falcon State Park in Texas, sunny with temps in the 70’s. Spent a few hours in the morning in my blind at the campsite without a lot of luck. The clouds of blackbirds and grackles descending on the feeders are driving most of the desirable birds away, and my efforts at discouraging them also seem to have a negative impact on the birds I am trying to attract, I may just have to give up.

Eurasian collared dove with white winged dove
Eurasian collared dove with white winged dove
Eurasian collared doves
Eurasian collared doves

 

 

 

 

 

Discouraged, I took a trip over to the Salineno feeding station to see what the action looked like there. While there I had a nice conversation with the volunteer couple and got their help identifying my two small mystery birds. They had a couple of Altimira orioles and an Audubon oriole show up while I was there, along with a ladder backed woodpecker, all birds I had not seen at my site. The problem at this spot is that the action is just too far away for my getting any good images. It is set up as a great spot to sit back and observe the birds fairly close up, maybe with some binos or a small scope, but it just isn’t set up for taking quality images of these small birds.

I feel like I am being watched by a cardinal on my RV mirror
I feel like I am being watched!

Back home while working on the computer, the male cardinal that has been coming to the feeders all week took up a new home on my mirrors and windshield wipers, seemingly very interested in what was going on inside my motorhome.

Northern bobwhite quail
Northern bobwhite quail

Got a quick shot of some northern bobwhites ( quail ) through my window as they were scratching around under my feeder for scattered seeds. These are new birds for me and quite attractive, I guess I will have to delay my departure tomorrow morning ( heading for the beach in Port Aransas ) and see if I can entice them back in here and get some good shots of them from the blind.

 

Mockingbird
Mockingbird
White winged dove
White winged dove
Eurasian collared dove
Eurasian collared dove

 

 

 

 

 

Pyrrhuloxia
Pyrrhuloxia