Are We Walking to Alaska

Are We Walking to Alaska
Are We Walking to Alaska - A True Story

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Special Red-Tailed Hawk

This is one of our favorite Red-Tailed Hawks - we have seen it for about 5 years now, from time to time.  When we go to this area  we don't always see it - and it usually is too far away for good photos.  These are by far the best photos I've gotten so far.  Sometimes we see the hawk but it is much farther away and my camera won't capture it well.
It is a partially leucistic Red-Tailed Hawk - meaning that is lacks pigments in many areas, but is not a true albino as that would mean it lacks all pigment and would even have pink eyes and beak.
The head and tail retain more of the usual coloring of a Red-Tailed Hawk

One day I hope to get a view from the front.  It is the most patient hawk I've ever photographed - it often sits for 10 to 20 minutes before flying off.
I can't tell you where we see this hawk, as there are those who like to claim rare birds as trophies and I want to keep this one safe, as much as possible.  
It is one of the most wonderful birds we've ever seen.
What rare or unusual birds have you seen?

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Mud Hens

Mud Hens (American Coot) on a log in Lake Terrill.  The lily pads have already lost their leaves and flowers.
The Mud Hen is a distant relative of ducks and they don't have webbed feet.  Their feet are shaped like chicken feet, but they can swim well.
I'd never seen them gathering on a log before - usually they are swimming about.
A few swam - the rest were taking their leisure on the log.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Farms

A  ride in the country gives us stunning views of valleys, farms and the foothills.
How many farms can you count in this photo?

This is s closer shot of the red barn on the very right side of the first photo, with another farm to the right side.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Alaska Ferry and Sunset


One of our favorite Friday night adventures is to go to the bay and watch the Alaska Ferry depart.  We take a car picnic to enjoy while waiting for the last vehicles to be loaded - the whistle to blow and the ferry to start its journey back to Southeast Alaska.  The sun was beginning to set and held promise of some pretty colors.
And we didn't have to wait long for the color to appear.
A sliver of moon was captured as we stopped at a traffic light - great capture.

One of the best days of the end of summer.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Beginning of Autumn Color

Leaves are just beginning to turn this year
 Evergreens are the dominant tree in our forests
 Some colorful cottonwoods and Maples among the tall tree remaining after selective logging some years ago and the newly replanted evergreens for sustainable logging.
  Hillsides are beginning to show some color, mostly maples right now.
Another view of Mt. Baker with evergreen trees and a yellowing Maple.
Autumn is a season followed immediately by looking forward to spring  . . . Doug Larson

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Mountains


The Sisters and the tip top of Mt. Baker on a fine Autumn day.

North Sister. Until recently we haven't seen The Sisters with almost no snow at all, nearly all the small glaciers have completely melted, leaving bare rock in the summer.
 Except for one tiny patch in the shadow of a tiny peak
 Mt. Baker rises beside and behind The Sisters - with fresh snow.  Mt. Baker is 10,781 feet, the Sisters only reach about 6,900 feet at their tallest point, so their snow comes later in the season.
Mt. Baker from another viewpoint.  The main round dome is Grant Peak,  the tallest peak to the right is Lincoln Peak and the one in the center is Colfax Peak.  Do you see the face in the mountain?

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Do You See Them?

Mushrooms abound in the cool Autumn weather

 Look closely - you may see the fairies dancing

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Country Ride - Country Horses

Autumn is here - the last of the green is fleeting.
A ride in the country refreshes the soul.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

First Shore Birds

Two Killdeer in a puddle in the parking lot.  We saw one on a log on the beach but it skittered off too quickly for a photo.
It's been a rough summer, after a 5 day stay in the hospital recently, things are looking up.  After recuperating some, we took a drive to Birch Bay State Park on a sunny afternoon, and found the first shore birds we've seen this Autumn.







We're looking forward to a lot more shorebirds this Autumn and winter.  They are such fun to watch as they race around the beach (and the parking lot). How is your Autumn?

Friday, September 21, 2018

Summer Scavenger Hunt

Time for the Summer Scavenger Hunt

1 The Rosiness of Red - a lovely farm in the foothills on a cloudy summer day.
2 Stripes - these cows look like Oreo Double Stuff
3 A framed view - A Great Blue Heron in a tree high above the beach
4 Wings - coming in for a landing on the feeder
5 Pedal Power - this was placed as a decoration near a house on Guemes Island
6 Glorious Green - Our son and grandson (Donnie) in the Lynden City Park - they were visiting from West Virginia.
7 An Unexpected Reflection - rain left puddles between the rows of tulips making beautiful reflections
8 A Pile Of - stuff.  Someone blinged up their mail box - sort of Victorian and Steam Punk and just plain silly - but interesting.

9 Looks Smaller Than You -Spider in a web on a misty morning
10 A Field of Plenty - Horses in a row
11 Pretty in Pink - my neighbor's beautiful Clematis
12 Bell(s) - Foxgloves in our front garden
13 Equal Portions - everyone gets their own rock - no one has to share
14 A Trilogy of Three - Oriental Poppies
15 Out of the Blue - This Tall Ship - the Martha Washington, was in town for a visit
16 shopping bag - not store plastic - Designed and painted by our Grandson Donnie when he was 5.  I also have a matching key chain.
17 Repurposed - now that is clever!  This  braced up tree is on Lummi Island.
18 Currency: Coinage or Paper - Buddy E. (the long legged dancing frog) with coins from the Alaska Marine Hiway 50 Year Celebration.
19 Picture Postcard Perfect - Evening sailing tours of Bellingham Bay
20 Mellow Yellow - Nasturtiums in the sunlight