The Sandpiper Trail at Grays Harbor NWR

Last month, Hugh and I took a spontaneous and soggy photo walk through Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge in Hoquiam, Washington. For a few weeks at the end of April and beginning of May, hundreds of thousands of migrating sandpipers, Dunlins, plovers, dowitchers and Red Knots feed and rest on the Refuge's mud flats and along the tideline. On the day we went, a volunteer estimated 15,000 birds were foraging on the plateau in front [...]

2013-05-28T12:54:56+00:00 May 28th, 2013|Parks, Uncategorized|9 Comments

Support a New Wildlife Conservation Stamp is a collaborative effort to promote a new wildlife stamp and funding stream for our National Wildlife Refuges. We are birders, photographers, conservationists, wildlife rehabilitators, scientists, teachers and artists ... joined by a common passion and concern for our nation’s wildlife and wild habitats. We propose the Wildlife Conservation Stamp to provide a consistent source of income for our Refuges, separate but parallel to the current Federal Duck Stamp program. The Wildlife Conservation Stamp would raise fees [...]

2013-02-13T19:19:33+00:00 February 13th, 2013|Ecology, Issues, Parks, Uncategorized, Wildlife Solutions|4 Comments

Return to the Mother Ship

This was a serendipitous capture ... getting the two honey bees in a straight line, and in the same plane of focus. I was photographing a single, pollen-soaked bee when the other entered the frame and queued up behind. Whenever I see bees on a slow approach to sunflowers, I can't help but think of mother ships and gravitational pull. I shot the bee photo in one of Seattle's vibrant P-Patches, tucked below [...]

2012-09-11T18:46:15+00:00 September 11th, 2012|Flora, Parks, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Low Tide Life

“When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.” ~ John Muir

2012-02-15T00:30:26+00:00 February 15th, 2012|Parks, Uncategorized|3 Comments

Stormy Beach People

I'm a perfect fit with Northern California, loving the storm-whipped ocean as I do. From the shoreline, that is. Keeping my eye on that 7th wave. Wrapped in layers. Wishing I could still operate my camera while wearing gloves. Keeping the UV filter on for the saline mist. Loving every second of this El-Niño-driven swell. Some photos from Ocean Beach and Baker Beach yesterday, in the heart of the bluster. Check out the stormy beach [...]

2010-01-11T20:58:20+00:00 January 11th, 2010|Parks, Uncategorized, Weather|1 Comment

Ahimsa at the Tidepools

I swear, if I have to ask one more kid to stop throwing rocks at animals . . . It was an imperfect plan to begin with: super-low tide on a Sunday at the gorgeous but hardly-secret Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. I've been waiting for a daylight minus (-) tide for a few months. I'd even marked this one on my calendar when I saw it in the marine forecast. Fitzgerald is a marine sanctuary known [...]

2009-11-16T15:22:47+00:00 November 16th, 2009|Ecology, Issues, Parks, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Splendor in the Low Tide

An homage to Warren and Natalie -- in title alone. There's photographic magic in the sun rising over a super-low tide. At the point where dawn meets a -2.0, the strange, the stunning, the predictable and the chaotic all converge on that plane of tide pools, mudflats, and beach hopper burrows. California Beach Hopper - ©ingridtaylar One of my favorite coastal spots for tide pool exploration is Fitzgerald Marine Reserve on the San [...]

2009-06-17T12:22:45+00:00 June 17th, 2009|Hunting, Parks, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Walking the Bay Trail at San Leandro Marina

** Photo usage and restrictions The East Bay leg of the San Francisco Bay Trail has an extraordinary, long stretch from San Leandro Marina southward to the Hayward Shoreline. Where some of the Bay Trail jogs inland on paved roads, this particular portion runs alongside the Bay and through the heart of the marina itself. The trail is walkable and bike-friendly -- better with the aid of two wheels since two feet will [...]

2009-03-25T00:51:12+00:00 March 25th, 2009|Parks, Uncategorized|0 Comments