The Power of Sunshine

The Dark Side lost its hold on me when we woke up Thursday to sunshine and 50 degree temperatures. Leslie took a day off from work, and we headed out to Port Townsend and Fort Flagler. After a delightful breakfast and a tour of Port Townsend’s art galleries, we drove to Fort Flagler to see one of my favorite ducks, the Harlequin, thinking I might get some great shots with full sunshine. Unfortunately, all the Harlequins I saw were a long ways offshore,


and not even my 560mm lens could capture a really good shot.

In fact, the only closeup I got at Flagler was of this White-Crowned Sparrow.


On the way home, though, I managed to get a very nice shot of this Male and Female Northern Pintail,


looking much dapper in full sunshine than they do when I see them in the morning fog at Theler Wetlands.

My favorite shot of the day, though, was this shot of a coyote that Leslie sighted as we drove past the wetlands.


For a moment, he seemed as interested in us as we were in him, stopping to look at us when I stepped out of the car to get a photo. I would have made the long drive just for this shot.

One thought on “The Power of Sunshine”

  1. Love seeing these photos of Port Townsend’s wildlife. Reminds me of the four years we lived there and the stunning opportunities to see such beauty. The coyote photo reminds me so much of one I took years ago, although it wasn’t nearly as good.

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