Category Archives: Puget Sound

High dynamic range!

Two arctic terns in wavelets sparkling in the spring sunlight.
Arctic terns on the tide flats.

These Arctic Terns are stopping by on their way north for the summer on a very bright spring day. Yesterday’s summer-like weather must have been a shock to them. On Monday I had to go in because the wind was so cold it gave me an earache (even with a good stocking cap on). Yesterday I didn’t even need a coat! Both days were sunny, but the temperature difference was about 30 degrees!

For Becky of Winchester’s Bright Squares.

Just a hint of green

Spring is here technically but it’s still pretty chilly. Sunday I went out in search of signs of spring. The first spring green I found was the very healthy moss growing on the fire pit. It was spring green the color, but a very winter-y sort of growth.

From a distance there doesn’t seem to be much green in the woods.

Brrr: The first day of spring wasn’t green and bright.

Looking closer, I found a few brave leaves starting to emerge.

Naturally the stinging nettle was the most lush!

For Second Wind Leisure’s Sunday Stills Spring#green and Jude’s Travel Words Life in Colour.

A soft gray-green day

This time of year the wood look soft with the moss and ferns providing a touch of bright green on a drippy gray day. Moss’s texture catches and reflects light, in almost the same way that glitter does. It appears brighter than anything should almost sunlit at times, even though the sun was AWOL.

For Lens Artists Photo Challenge #137: Soft.

Duck, eagle, gull

I am not an expert at identifying birds so I tend to categorize simply. Here are a few friends with white feathers who were at the beach recently for Bird Weekly by Our Eyes Open.

Golden eyes are fun to watch as they pop in and out of sight.
A mature and, I think, immature bald eagle on the tide flats (the immature one might be an osprey, but it seems too big and the ospreys rarely alight on the beach-if you know please share). When they took off all of the gulls flew into the air.
A couple of different types of gulls. The larger one is immature, the smaller one does seem to have a mottled head which may mean it is not quite mature.
Another immature gull.
This one is almost mature. Only its head is still mottled.