Wednesday, June 30, 2010

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When I saw this pond in the Hoh it reminded me of Claude Monet's garden at Giverny.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Olympic Peninsula 2010


Throughout the winter season, rain falls frequently in the Hoh Rain Forest, contributing to the yearly total of 140 to 170 inches (or 12 to 14 feet!) of precipitation each year. The result is a lush, green canopy of both coniferous and deciduous species. Mosses and ferns that blanket the surfaces add another dimension to the enchantment of the rainforest. The Hoh is one of the finest remaining examples of temperate rainforest in the United States. Every time I went hiking in the Hoh I imagined myself transported back to another time and place. Doesn't this tree look like one of the Ents from Tolkien's Middle-Earth?

Monday, June 28, 2010

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Here is a Western Gull Lanus occidentalis showing off his better half.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Olympic Peninsula 2010


I tried for two weeks to find and photograph Elk but all I could find were their tracks and scat.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Olympic Peninsula 2010


The Hoh River Trail will take you deep into the Olympic high country. We only took a short walk along the first section of the trail which offers a wonderful trip through the rain forest. The trail begins at the ranger station, crossing Taft Creek, and runs through the forest on a level route through prime rain forest, with the understory covered with mosses, ferns, liverworts, lichens, plus masses of vine maple, salmonberries and red elder. Everything you could wish for in a forest is found here. The growth of new trees from the fallen logs of this forest is particularly profuse. You'll pass through stands of alder and big-leaf maples, and into a forest area where Douglas-fir predominates. Finally at 1.5 miles the trail reaches a spur trail which you can follow to the river where a breathtaking view of Mt. Tom can be seen.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

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Look what I found in a pond in the Hoh Rain Forest. It's a baby Loch Ness Monster!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

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By using back lighting I can show the inner structure of this yellow leaf. It also give off a fluorescence glow. Cool huh?

Monday, June 21, 2010

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Here is a close-up macro shot of a leaf meant to be viewed as an abstract.

Friday, June 18, 2010

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There is a lot going on with this flower. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

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Here is an iridescent flower for you to enjoy today.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Olympic Peninsula 2010


During last year's trip to the Olympic Peninsula I wished I had a true Macro lens. So after that trip I purchased one. This year I got to use it extensively. Here is the first of many Macro Shots during this year's trip in the Olympic Peninsula. A fern frond is the subject here.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

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This Butterfly/Moth landed for a brief moment allowing me to get this quick shot before he flew off.

Monday, June 14, 2010

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I don't know the story behind this. I found this up on a hillside in Boulder Creek as its descends into Elwha Valley. Someone with a sense of humor or too much time on their hands? Are they a wedding couple or just a couple out at a party? Is this a contest? I had a good laugh, hope you do too. Enjoy!

Friday, June 11, 2010

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A very personable and quite tame bird is the Gray Jay Perisoreus canadensis.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

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Another first for me is this cute Blacked-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus. Its voice is a very distinctive chick-a-dee-dee-dee. Can't you just hear W. C. Fields banter now?

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

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I have read that the Downy Woodpecker Picoicles pubescens is a familiar visitor to feeders and yes it's true as this picture demonstrates. Similar to the Hairy Woodpecker but much smaller and the outer tail feathers generally have faint dark bars or spots clearly seen here.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

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My best guess for this bird is a Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia. It could also be a Lincoln Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii. There are many different Sparrows and many are very similar so if anyone feels they know for sure what it is let me know.

Monday, June 7, 2010

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This is the first time I found and photographed this bird. It is a Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus. The contrast between the black top and the red underbelly plus its fiery red eyes combine to make this a striking bird to observe.

Friday, June 4, 2010

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Here is yet another image of a White-crowned Sparrow.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

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I have always been captivated by the White-crowned Sparrow and I never get tired of trying to capture new images of them. Lighting, composition and subject, it all comes together here.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

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Finally, here is a closeup of the magnificent face of the Sooty Grouse. I love the rosettes of white feathers surrounding the neck sacs and the wild yellow-orange comb over its eyes.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

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Here is that great Sooty Grouse from a different angle.