Part two of my 2017 photo review will include 12 images that were taken after Pam and I moved to Sequim, Washington. I found that this second part was harder to narrow down than the first half. I know from experience that it’s harder to get perspective on quality with photographs that are recent. Compounding the problem is that everything is new to me around here, thus exciting! I originally had chosen 20 images, but that was clearly too many (I know what you’re thinking, “So is 12!”). This may go without saying, but I’ll say it anyway – if you click on the image, you will see a much larger version. You can hit your back arrow to return to the main body. Here we go:
We have landed in the “Lavender Capitol” of the west. Pam and I avoided the crowds during the Lavender Festival, but we did go out the week before it started and checked out some of the farms. I took this next ICM photo almost as an afterthought before leaving one of the many places we visited.
During one of my walks in nearby Carrie Blake Park, I spotted this blossoming poppy that hadn’t yet shed its casing. When I showed it to Pam, she immediately blurted out, “Oh my God, it’s Princess Leia!” I hadn’t thought of that, but she was absolutely right.
No year end review of mine would be complete without at least one bee photo. I spotted this beauty during a hike we took in the forest of a relatively new State Park between Sequim and Port Townsend.
I had to include this next shot because it has several iconic Olympic Peninsula elements in it – Mt. Baker, the Strait of Juan de fuca, a kayaker, Whidbey Island and a bird.
Here’s something you don’t see every day – a Mottled Tiger Moth ( to be?).
This next photo is of Madison Falls, Though it is only a 3 minute walk from a parking lot, it’s in a semi-remote area, so there isn’t usually much of a crowd. That’s important if you’re me.
When my mom and step-dad visited in October, we took a ride up to Hurricane Ridge for an afternoon. I brought along my Nikon P900 super zoom camera as well as my D90. The picture quality on the P900 is not that great, due to its small sensor, but the zoom is jaw-dropping and that makes it nice to have along sometimes. It’s like shooting through a telescope. This image of Mt. Olympus and Blue Glacier is a partial zoom from the visitor center deck.
This next one is my favorite photo of the year. Seeing and photographing an owl has been on my bucket list for years. During a morning walk at a county park, I looked up and saw this owl looking right at me. It was perhaps 30 feet away. I slowly switched lenses on my camera and spent the next 6 minutes taking photos of this magnificent creature until it finally flew off.
Another bird – this time a Grey Jay. They are lovely little birds that will land right on your hand if they think you have food. I had a few of those shots, but they were all blurry. Maybe next year!
On our way back from Bellingham, Pam and I took a little detour to visit Cranberry Lake on Whidbey Island. We were treated to some beautiful views of rising mist on the lake.
I have come to really look forward to taking ICM photos in the fall. The changing hues of the leaves bring some welcome color options to the abstract artist’s palette.
Occasionally, Pam and I will bring along some of her Wee Folk accessories when we hike in the forest. We have been making slow progress in honing our skills at choosing the right places to set up, composing both the scene and the photograph and getting the shot. It’s been a real learning experience, but we feel like we are getting close. This is a shot I liked from our last attempt.
Thanks again for having a look. Have a wonderful 2018!