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The Kingfisher Wasn’t Born to Think About It

"The kingfisher rises out of the black wave like a blue flower, in his beak he carries a silver leaf. I think this is the prettiest world -- so long as you don't mind a little dying, how could there be a day in your whole life that doesn't have its splash of happiness? There are more fish than there are leaves on a thousand trees, and anyway the kingfisher wasn't born to think about [...]

2013-03-27T23:52:56+00:00 March 27th, 2013|Uncategorized|10 Comments

She, the Fusiform One

"She" could be a "he," this harbor seal, and only she knows -- stirring from the depths and shallows of Elliott Bay, gliding, reflected alongside us. She rounds the rock bend ... she, the fusiform one, tapered and sleek ... propelled through the tide by hind flippers. Harbor Seal - ©ingridtaylar In a pinniped world where there's no strong, visible distinction* between she and her male, I err on the side of feminist [...]

2013-03-15T02:04:37+00:00 March 15th, 2013|Marine Mammals, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Draped in Kelp, Below by 8000 Feet

"Under the brine you won't notice the dark Can stone and steel and horses heels Ever explain the way you feel? From Scapa Flow to Rotherhithe, I felt the lapping of an ebbing tide Oh the heavy water how it enfolds The salt, the spray, the gorgeous undertow Always, always, always the sea Brilliantine mortality." ~ British Sea Power - from the song Carrion :: A solitary stem in a mini kelp forest that invited [...]

2012-10-07T19:06:08+00:00 October 7th, 2012|Flora, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Steam as Bird Backdrop

My affection for wildlife in urban and industrial settings brings me the subject of steam. There are obviously a lot of distracting elements in urban photography. Although I lean toward a photojournalistic style of realism when I encounter them, I also find it challenging to show the grit of these scenes while retaining some aesthetic and balance in the shot. That's when I'm shooting wider, contextual shots. For closeups, even in the city grind, I [...]

2012-09-08T15:24:49+00:00 September 8th, 2012|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Here He Comes to Save the Day …

This is part of my loosely-formed Coffee Break methodology. I take my coffee, my camera, and sit in my favorite spots. Sometimes things happen. Sometimes they don't. Yesterday, this happened: :: First sign of trouble ... Caspian Tern colony in Interbay flushes over the Magnolia Bridge ... ... signaling alerts. :: In the distance, over Seattle's Elliott Bay, a Bald Eagle does a u-turn to pursue a juvenile gull (Glaucous-winged, I believe). :: No one [...]

2012-07-30T15:11:18+00:00 July 30th, 2012|Birds|18 Comments

Up-Terned

I'm shooting within a five-mile radius these days, trying to get my photographic fix as I'm on my way to or from something else ... on sunny days, interspersed with Seattle rain. Fortunately, within those five miles, there are three nesting Osprey couples, one Bald Eagle pair, many more Great Blue Herons in their rookery, and at least 300

2012-05-21T18:39:28+00:00 May 21st, 2012|Birds, Uncategorized|4 Comments

Breaking in the New [Tern] Lens

So little time ... and so little sun ... but I grabbed some moments during Seattle's first crystal days to break in the new lens. It's four years in coming -- four years of anticipating -- four years of honing my skills on my trusty and tough 70-300mm (f4.0-5.6). Now, my E-3 and I venture into the wild with a bit more heft and a bit more sharpness, thanks to the Zuiko 50-200mm. It's a [...]

2012-05-07T15:02:54+00:00 May 7th, 2012|Birds, Uncategorized|11 Comments

Osprey Noir

I figured it was about time I added to my Bird Noir series. I was on Elliott Bay, looking out for the re-tern of the terns -- Caspian Terns -- when I saw this Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) flying toward me. I pre-focused where I thought she might be fishing, but she veered off to my left and hovered over a Port of Seattle storage yard that was obscured from my view by trees. Still expecting [...]

2012-04-19T02:32:37+00:00 April 19th, 2012|Birds, Uncategorized|6 Comments

Great Blue Squiggles

I guess it's Composite Week, since this is my second Photoshop posting in a few days. We saw this Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) fishing for sculpin (mostly) in a nearby Seattle marina. I'm always drawn to reflections of boat masts in smooth or rippled water, and I loved the way these particular reflections swirled and blurred in response to the heron's movements. I went wider with the first shot, to frame the Great Blue [...]

2012-04-13T12:18:30+00:00 April 13th, 2012|Birds, Uncategorized|3 Comments