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Local’s Night   10 comments

Yes.. two post in two days.  Crazy huh?  Well, this is more of my “normal post”.  Unlike my Ninja vs Pirate story that will just pop randomly here and there.  So.. on with my post! 🙂

Like clockwork, every April in the beautiful Skagit Valley we have the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.  We celebrate all the beautiful tulips, daffodils and iris that are grown.  People come from all over to have a chance to see the tulips, along with all the other events that happen through out the month.  Of course,with all the people visiting, comes a lot of traffic.  There are many locals who just cringe when April comes around.  And all the locals know, if you want to go out to see the tulips yourself… don’t go during the weekend!!  One of the local farms helps support that thought by having a local’s only night during a weeknight in the month of April.  It just happened to be this last Wednesday.

I made plans during the day to go with my friend David that evening, since my hubby still was battling a nasty cold.  We were a little nervous that it wasn’t going to happen due to a downpour of rain in the middle of the day.  But the skies cleared up by the time we were done with work and off to the fields we went.  We spent a solid amount of time there that evening and I was able to capture a some decent pictures.

Hope you enjoyed your quick trip through the tulips. 🙂  Have a great week.

They are Everywhere!   1 comment

When I got up today I couldn’t decide if I wanted to take pictures or not.  It was overcast outside, but I knew that is actually better than it being sunny.  But it is still a little chilly outside, so that didn’t get me excited.  After a little back and forth my friend David on Twitter, I decided I would head out.  I grabbed my camera and hubby (decided to add some garage sailing into the mix) and off we went.

We headed over to Anacortes.  One – there was a garage sale and local place that sells estate items was open.  Two – one of my places I go to  catch eagles is over there.  On the way into Anacortes, I wasn’t disappointed with my eagle spot.  There was an adult and a juvenile.  Snapped some photos and off we went.

After purchasing a mirror that wouldn’t quite fit in the car, so we had to tie the trunk shut, we headed off.  We made another stop to see if the eagles were still there.  Well.. they were plus more!  The adult was there, plus an additional 3 juveniles in the field (so total of 4).  Then up the road in some trees were 2 more juveniles.  What luck I thought!  More pictures and off we go. (Yes, this is going to be a more lengthy blog)

We made a quick stop at the gas station down the road by the casino.  I’m waiting in the car looking at my pictures when something in the distance on a power pole catches my eye – a white head.  I rush out of the car and aim my camera over there.  Sure enough, another adult eagle!  A worker comes over and mentions there is a pair of eagles that have a nest nearby.  That’s when I see the other one much closer on a piling that is the nearby water channel.  He is sitting there munching on a fish.  So, off I go to get closer.

How excited am I?  Very!  S/he finally flies off, with fish in claw, to join its mate on the power pole.  Josh and I jump in the car and head out.  At this point we figure we might as well see if we can find more at a nest we know of on Farm to Market Road (yes, this is an actual road name).  We happen to see an eagle on our way there, but none are around the nest area.  So we continue down the road, figuring we will hit another road to head home.  But then we see another one it field.  Stop – take pictures – head on.

At this point we figure we will head into Edison to get some fresh bread from The Bread Store (omg, their bread is so good!!).  Well, that is when it gets plan eagle crazy.  We start seeing eagles everywhere.  They are in the trees all over the place.  And in the distance we can see them circling.  We stopped at one spot where I captured this photo of 4 of them together.  Within viewing distance there was another one sitting in a field and 3 to 4 more in another tree off to the distance.

After this point, I’m pretty much done stopping.  I’ve gotten plenty of eagle pictures.  Right?  Wrong!!  As we pull into the very small town of Edison, there is and adult and a juvenile sitting in a tree right in front of someone’s house.  Talk about jealous!  I want eagles in my trees!  But there are pretty close to road and so majestic, that I just have stop one more time.  So, out I go to grab a picture or two.. or not.. stupid battery!  Luckily I got a back-up for Christmas.  So, quickly change that out and then I’m able to grab this picture.

And that is that.  We pick up our bread and head home.  We still manage to spot about another half-dozen more eagles on our way home.  What an adventure and I feel so lucky to live in an area that has such a strong population of these beautiful creatures.  And to think.. I almost didn’t go out today.

Ponoma Grange Park   Leave a comment

Continuing on my idea that I needed to get out of the house if I was ever going to get any photos taken, I went out after work.

The weather was totally gorgeous that week (you remember that week in September where it was in the 70’s).  I knew exactly where I was heading for my adventure.  I had driven past this park so many times when I lived in the Alger area.  I even once took a stroll with my Grandma along the paths.  However is had been a few years.

So I found myself at Ponoma Grange Park.  It sits off old Highway 99, next to Friday Creek and the fish hatchery.  I explored along the paths and learned a bit more about my camera in how to take pictures that slows the movement down.  Just really need to make sure to have a tripod (darn it, left mine at home that day).

So, here are a few of the pictures from that trip.  To see all of them, make sure to go to my flickr page (see the link to the right of this page).

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