Saturday, June 27, 2009

Lost Shots

One of my problems with digital photography is that I take so many pictures that often I don't have enough time to look at each picture individually. Yesterday I was on a flight back from California and I realized my memory card from my Nikon was in my work computer. I started going through the pictures and came up with some pretty cool ones that I forgot I had taken...

Here are some of them...

Drake Bufflehead duck underwater looking for little crabs

Blackbird and horse sharing a meal together
Chickadee close up
New life...
Leaves and rain drops
Storm watch from our back deck
Song Sparrow living up to his name...

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Running BAMA

Some photos of our crazy Yellow Lab running to find me on a trail...

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Foxglove and Bumble Bees

The colorful Foxglove plant is flourishing now in the shady moist areas in the Pacific Northwest. Here is some trivia on the plant..."Foxglove plants are tall, slender perennials at 2-5' in height and just 1-2' wide. Numerous tubular flowers bloom on a spike, ranging in color from purple to white". More importantly, Bumble Bees love these plants! Here are some shots from yesterday and today from Spadonoi Hill in Gig Harbor.


Saturday, June 13, 2009

Simple Wheat

OK, I have not been able to go out and about to take pictures. Here is a simple picture from yesterday evening off of Rosedale Road. This wheat caught my eye because of the purple, brown and white colors...

Friday, June 5, 2009

Wild boat ride

Well, it all started out so fun…Ashley had a friend over to watch the first game of the NBA finals. After about 5 minutes of the game, we all opted for a boat ride instead. It was about 85 degrees and we had just put the boat in the water. The water was calm as we headed out from our house towards Wollochet Bay to see some friends. I had noticed that some storm clouds were coming from the south as we were heading east towards the Fox Island Bridge. After viewing some really cool Harbor porpoises (

we pulled up to our friends house, had a diet coke and some popcorn on their deck. After a half hour or so, I said we had to get going because the wind was picking up. (Wow did it pick up). On the way back I happened to see a Bald Eagle being dive bombed by an Osprey, so of course.. I had to try to get some pictures.

This added about 10 minutes to our commute and about 10 MPH to the wind speed. After the photo op, we then got a call from another one of Ashley’s friends and we arranged to pick her up on Cromwell beach. After picking up our friend we headed under the Fox Island bridge. This is when it got “interesting”. We had huge waves crashing over the bow of our boat, waves hitting us in the face, etc.. I thought it was a great adventure….kind of like Tom Sawyer and Huck finn in their raft heading down the rapids of the mighty Mississippi….. Cindi did not quite see it that way.

By the time we got Hales Passage the waves were even bigger and the wind even stronger. By this time Cindi was officially screaming (and saying some discouraging words). We headed to harbor of Horsehead Bay and dropped Cindi and the two girls off at a house so they could hitch a ride (on the land) back to our house. Ashley’s other friend (a true male) and I headed back to our house with a slight grin (and life vests on our bodies). The sunset was unbelievable. I wish I had gotten some more pictures ..but..oh well, we made it back alive!