Monday, March 8, 2021

Hello March

Everytime I start wondering what will be in my next post, nature provides answers.

I've been feeding hummingbirds for 9 months.

I can't think of any human invention that can
move around, with the same precision, as these little birds.

Hummer pics are easier to capture at sunset when
they are heavy feeders.

I wonder what shutter speed will capture the wings
without motion. I'll experiment with that.

I tried this feeder for a few days.
It did not seem as popular with the birds as the other feeders.

It is hard for me to identify individual birds.
I'm fairly sure this one is new in the last week or so.

I believe this is a female Anna's hummingbird.

Although hummers are almost always moving, in some way, there
are times when they are perfectly still for several seconds.

The usual routine.

While watching for hummers I happened to notice this
American Robin cleaning up in a pool of water.
Fascinating: Although European and American Robins have
different appearances, the breast color is precisely the same.

My view to the west gives me a nice look at colorful sunsets.

Sometimes it's hard to pic a favorite of just one sunset.

March 1, 2021

A break in the clouds creates a spotlight effect.
Not noticed when snapping the photo ... see below

A solitary sailboat.
Wondered what it was like to be in the spotlight on the boat.

Some hazy conditions help define the foothills in the Olympic
Mountain Range to the west.

This view looks over Eagle Harbor, Bainbridge Island



The morning view to the west is especially nice when
we have the sun illuminating the
fresh snow cover on the Olympic Mountains.
Beyond the mountains it's a cloudy day.

A container ship arriving in Seattle with an exceptionally
small load of freight.

A Matson freighter departing, probably from Tacoma,
the port south of us. It looks like this ship had a rough winter.

A house in the neighborhood. (No, not mine.)
I admire the landscaping.

In my view to the northwest is this place 
known as "The Admiral's House"
It has a beautiful setting right above Elliott Bay Marina


Impressed with the blooms on this tree.
So colorful and the blue sky made a neat background.


Lastly ...
The 2021 Iditarod is underway. 46 mushers are competing to see who can be first to finish this year's 852 mile race. I'm watching online at iditarod.com

The 2021 Iditarod started on Sunday March 7
The event was streamed live on Iditarod.com

Map of the 852 mile race which is from Deshka Landing, Alaska
to Flat and back to Deshka Landing.

Closing thought ...

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

   — Albert Einstein

Today's Walk

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