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I Wish I Was the Moon

Full moon rising orange over Seattle last night ... the real moon, not Photoshopped into the background. :) ~ click for larger image - ©ingridtaylar ~ I Wish I Was the Moon - Neko Case How will you know if you found me at last 'Cause I'll be the one, be the one, be the one With my heart in my lap I'm so tired, I'm so tired And I wish I was [...]

2013-04-26T05:26:36+00:00April 26th, 2013|Moon, Uncategorized, Urban, Weather|4 Comments

Seattle Birds on a Wire

Like a bird on the wire, Like a drunk in a midnight choir I have tried in my way to be free. Like a worm on a hook, Like a knight from some old fashioned book I have saved all my ribbons for thee. If I, if I have been unkind, I hope that you can just let it go by. If I, if I have been untrue I hope you know it was never [...]

2013-03-06T19:01:09+00:00March 6th, 2013|Uncategorized, Weather|5 Comments

On Little Cat Feet in Seattle

Carl Sandburg's metaphor of fog creeping in "on little cat feet" over the harbor and sky is 21 words of descriptive perfection. But, it wasn't this gentle, pitter-patter idea of fog that formed me. It was a more treacherous fog, the fog of the mire, the one shrouding fantastical and coal-black specters: The cloud was within fifty yards of where we lay, and we glared at it, all three, uncertain what horror was [...]

2012-11-18T02:27:40+00:00November 18th, 2012|Uncategorized, Weather|8 Comments

How Birds Handle Hurricanes

Stay safe, sound, dry and warm my human and nonhuman friends on the East Coast. We're keeping tabs on the latest reports and send every ounce of positive energy and thought your way. ------------------------------------ I've heard some of the more sensational stories of hurricanes blowing birds way off course. But, I wasn't sure what other avian coping mechanisms came into play when big storms hit. Here are links to a few pieces I found on [...]

2012-10-29T20:50:12+00:00October 29th, 2012|Uncategorized, Weather|1 Comment

Flying Into a Half Moon

It's thematically appropriate that our move to Seattle -- Jet City -- inspired my first aircraft-on-moon shots. I'd just photographed the Wolf Moon at the Space Needle ... layering two exposures to bring the moon into focus. On the ride into the city, I then noticed that this winter whopper of a moon tracked behind the flight path to SeaTac. I grabbed a few shots of the one plane that crossed over the [...]

2012-08-17T14:53:22+00:00August 17th, 2012|Moon, Urban, Weather|2 Comments

Seattle Sky Electric

:: They're tendrils of light, wicked with amperes, coulombs and megajoules ... :: A vision in voltage that sparked my night and then my morning, :: Cracking the sky into pieces until it murmured, then crumbled into a cup of reverie. I was awake for this 2am electrical storm over Seattle ... one that didn't stir a soul for its bare whisper of thunder. For more than an hour, these forks of lightning bolted across [...]

2012-07-09T02:52:29+00:00July 9th, 2012|Uncategorized, Weather|4 Comments

Heat and the Osprey Canopy

I've never heard as much talk about the weather as I do here in the Northwest. Most people I meet do not like the drizzle, despite the fact that it's an integral facet of living in a marine environment. For me, when the temperature starts to hit 80, I seek basement bunkers. Heat stroke cured me of sun worship. And then, living through years of Los Angeles water rationing and drought, I developed a love-love [...]

2012-07-04T12:08:42+00:00July 4th, 2012|Uncategorized, Weather|3 Comments

Say It’s Only a Cormorant Moon …

... sailing over a cardboard sea. The sun came out and I raced down to the locks where, just a few days before, I'd seen the most perfect light on alighting herons. There's a rookery that spans a ravine, the northern terminus of which is at the Ballard Locks. Several Great Blue Heron couples (Ardea herodias) took up residence there last month, as they do each year ... above the roar of the spillway, the [...]

2012-04-01T15:34:58+00:00April 1st, 2012|Moon, Uncategorized, Weather|6 Comments

Ice Storm

Macros of the ice crystals on our windows this morning. * Shot with my Panasonic FZ50 bridge camera plus a Raynox-250 snap-on macro lens. Photographed in Seattle, during the first snow storm of 2012.

2012-01-19T11:52:21+00:00January 19th, 2012|Uncategorized, Weather|5 Comments

Crow in Snow

The above American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) was standing behind a short wall with snow on top -- and he had a backdrop of snow which created the effect of this portrait. Crow flying against a background of snow-covered trees -- and kicking snow off her feet as she takes off. This pair of crows was sitting on a snowy branch above me. They were mumbling things to each other, the way crows do and taking [...]

2011-02-28T11:52:34+00:00February 28th, 2011|Uncategorized, Weather|0 Comments

Freezing to the Tune of Willie Nelson

We went shooting ice pics today . . . on the tundra of frozen Seattle. On the way, I got hooked on this Willie Nelson cover, thanks to a new mix from my favorite pop musicologist, colloquially known as Dodels. First, Willie. Then, ice. I will always think of my frosted, immovable fingers when I listen to this song.

2011-01-01T21:48:31+00:00January 1st, 2011|Weather|2 Comments

Moonrise in Seattle

Moonrise by D.H. Lawrence And who has seen the moon, who has not seen Her rise from out the chamber of the deep, Flushed and grand and naked, as from the chamber Of finished bridegroom, seen her rise and throw Confession of delight upon the wave, Littering the waves with her own superscription Of bliss, till all her lambent beauty shakes toward us Spread out and known at last, and we are sure [...]

2010-12-20T13:57:27+00:00December 20th, 2010|Moon, Uncategorized, Weather|0 Comments

Ice Ducks

Here's my segue from Winter Water . . . to the semi-graceful form of winter ducks. The snow is gone, but I still froze my fingers into Rocket Pops, snapping pics of these ducks navigating their own version of tundra. Unlike me, the ducks kept their digits warm, thanks to the ingenious countercurrent circulation system employed in their feet. In short, the capillaries of a duck's feet work with the arteries to modulate foot temperature [...]

2010-11-29T23:28:51+00:00November 29th, 2010|Uncategorized, Weather|2 Comments

A BART Ride Through Feathered Canyons

Taking in the anomalous May clouds . . . drifting through spring as Joni Mitchell lyrics. Bows and flows of angel hair . . . And ice cream castles in the air . . . And feathered canyons everywhere . . . I've looked at clouds that way . . . The esteemed Joni Mitchell to wrap it all up: The Photos: I deliberated quite a bit on posting these photos. I snapped them as [...]

2010-05-29T03:13:20+00:00May 29th, 2010|Uncategorized, Weather|0 Comments

Waiting Up for the Wolf Moon

The ideal time to photograph a Wolf Moon is at moonrise, along the horizon, when the illusion of size will be greatest. At moonrise yesterday, we were socked in with drizzle, clouds and brume. Even though I missed the classic horizon shot, I still wanted a glimpse and capture of this Wolf -- a near-full moon at perigee, perigee being the moon's closest point to the earth. These images are precisely what I saw, as [...]

2010-01-30T13:29:23+00:00January 30th, 2010|Moon, Photography, Uncategorized, Weather|0 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+00:00January 11th, 2010|Parks, Uncategorized, Weather|1 Comment

A Mackerel Sky

We went to the Pacific to grab lunch at Nick's and couldn't have anticipated the prismatic cycles of yesterday's sky. At first a mackerel sky, then buttery, then illuminated by flame. Here's a reasonable representation of our afternoon under the clouds. Mackerel Sky Over Pacifica Beach - ©ingridtaylar Mackerel Sky Over Ft. Funston - ©ingridtaylar A Walk in the Clouds - ©ingridtaylar Buttery Beach at Fort Funston - [...]

2009-08-27T23:45:56+00:00August 27th, 2009|Uncategorized, Weather|1 Comment