Squeezed in a couple of days off with Yumi and we camped for two nights at Deception Pass State Park on Whidbey Island in Washington State. We love it there, and try to get down at least once a year.
Here are some photos from the trip:
Me looking forward to the sunset
Heron in flight shot from the Coupeville wharf
Kingfisher in flight shot from the Coupeville wharf
Harlequin duck off the west beach at Deception Pass. I think this is the first time I’ve “shot” one of these.
Yumi spotted this otter in the lake, and we saw it catch and eat at least three fish in ten minutes or so.
Spotted this yawning sea lion way out in the ocean. Hi ISO, 450 mm lens handheld, so not a poster shot by any means, but still cool.
Lovely sky at Fort Casey
Yumi and our tent – playing with angles
Yumi at the end of this long log – playing with perspective
Making breakfast on the camp stove
Relaxing by the fire with a glass of wine
Byrne Creek Streamkeepers create whimsical and funny dog posters to put up along the creek in the fall to remind dog walkers that salmon are coming back to spawn. We have excellent relations with dogs and their owners — they are out there nearly every day and are excellent “eyes on the creek.”
Over the years dog walkers have come to expect the posters, and even start asking about them if they are not up by mid-October.
We have permission from Burnaby Parks to put these posters up, and we use zap-straps to attach them to trees without harming them.
Yumi preparing a poster
Yumi’s latest creation
Maho’s dog poster
Gee, wonder where Yumi got the inspiration for this one? : -)
Attaching a poster to the footbridge
There have been a lot of moody evenings in south Burnaby this autumn. Here are few shots taken with my pocket Canon Elph 520HS while I was waiting for Yumi near PetSmart.
We’re not expecting spawning salmon for another week or so, but Yumi and I did a ravine loop along Byrne Creek in SE Burnaby today for exercise, and to catch what was left of the autumn colors.
Found this long, thin bone, along with a few others near the artificial spawning habitat.
We won a pair of tickets to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park at the recent Alta Vista Park Community Picnic raffle, so we headed out today and spent several hours wandering the various trails including the CliffWalk and Treetops Adventure.
I spent a couple of hours shooting at Deer Lake in Burnaby, BC, this afternoon. The foggy, misty atmosphere produced a soft, lovely, light.
A burgeoning community on a “dead” tree in Byrne Creek Ravine Park in SE Burnaby, BC.
Saw very few of these in SE Burnaby this summer, but there were several hopping about on our Byrne Creek walk yesterday.
I put this folded sleeping-bag liner beneath the basement window in my office, to soften Choco’s landings after spells of outside gazing.
As I was working this morning, the little ninja crept in, curled up and went to sleep on it, and I didn’t even notice!
I’m still kicking myself for missing the blood moon last night — can you believe I simply forgot until it was too late?
But she’s still looking good tonight. From south Burnaby, BC.
Took Choco out on her harness. She’s an indoor cat, but she does like to get out to graze now and then. Unfortunately the drought this summer resulted in even less grass than our sparse little patch usually gets.
It’s the time of year when lots of spiders festoon themselves around our front door. Entering or exiting requires a careful scan of the situation, and much ducking and, er, weaving, to get through without creating too much disturbance.