Upon Further Reflection

With local birding rather slow, we decided to go back to Bloedel Reserve, figuring that at least it would be cool in the forest while getting our daily walk. It turned out to be a beautiful day. I took the Canon SX60HS thinking I could get some shots that I couldn’t get on previous visits. The wide-angle setting allowed me to get this shot of the Bloedel Home from across the lake.


Not sure why, but I really like this shot, enough that I included it even though it doesn’t really seem to go with the rest of the shots in this post.

No, circles are the motif for this entry, perhaps inspired by this symbol that graces the long bridge crossing the ravine in the forest. Not sure what it symbolizes, but somehow it seems to hold the bridge together.


I’ve tried to photograph it in previous visits, but this is the first time I’ve had a wide enough angle to shoot it directly overhead.

It occurred to me that many of the flowers I shot Wednesday were circular in nature, like this blue Hydrangea


and this pink Hydrangea.


The uneven petals on this flower seem joined by the ball in the center,


while this ball seems held together by the flowers.


Further reflection might suggest that what holds them together is their late-summer pinks and purples, not just their circular nature.

Further, further reflection might also suggest it is their beauty that ties them together.

Further, further, further reflection also seems to suggest, particularly if you’re a postmodernist, they’re merely held together by some tenuous sense of beauty in Loren’s brain and really have nothing in common at all except Loren’s brain which needs to tie things together rather than let them be what they are, whatever that might be.

More Signs of Fall

As I noted yesterday, migrating shorebirds are a sure sign Summer is fading and Fall is nearing. Another sign are large flocks of birds gathering, either migrating or getting ready to migrate.

This small flock of Starlings was part of a much, much larger flock that was flying back and forth across Theler on Sunday.


Flocks of finches were feeding on berries in the trees


and were easily confused with flocks of Cedar Waxwings, like this juvenile,


also feeding on available fruit.

Still waiting for signs of sea ducks to officially confirm Summer is over.

Almost Live, Finally

Noticed how often I’ve been posting lately? When you post that often you get caught up. This post’s shots were taken last Sunday which is probably as close as I’m ever going to get to going “live” on this blog.

Any writer who urges you to “live in the moment” is either a fool or a hypocrite. The very act of reflecting on your life requires you to live in the past. The only bloggers living in the moment are those who paste shots of the meal they’re about to eat or fuzzy pictures of themselves on the beach on their site.

It takes time to sort through pictures and select those worth posting, not to mention the time needed to crop and bring out the best in them. The only time I spend living in the moment is the time I spend out in nature taking pictures.

Speaking of time, the birds are telling me that Summer is coming to an end and Fall is upon us, no matter what the calendar might say. We have seen the beginnings of the Fall Migration for a couple of weeks now, but even more so this weekend.

The Killdeer who have been around all summer are being joined by Western Sandpipers passing through on their way South.


It’s hard to believe that birds this small


migrate from Northern Alaska to the South America. No wonder they are constantly feeding when we see them here.

Sunday was the first time we’ve seen Short-Billed Dowitchers


at Theler since Spring.

Time to get to the beach to see the full migration, especially since I missed the Spring migration to get to Bear River in Utah.