Friday, February 26, 2016

A short photo hike yesterday . . .





Well, for you it might be a short hike! For us, of the non-hiking persuasion, 3.5 miles up and down a hill was a trek! My camera gear was in my backpack; Chris carried the tripod.

My goal was to shoot the military bunkers at Fort Worden in Port Townsend, Washington. I've visited some there in the past, but this was a new bunch. Alas, it was a sunny day, which can make photography a challenge.

I took 71 photographs. Usually I don't count, but in this case I was surprised; I thought I'd taken a lot more. Most of the images I'm going to use in subsequent photomontages, but I found a recurring theme in the big metal rings embedded in cement walls and on rusted doors, so that's what I'm showing here.

Chris read information signs while I shot, discovering that the rings were used for "maintenance and maneuvers," where the big guns could be hooked up to chains and pulleys and were moved about by mules.

What I was drawn to were the textures and the weathering and the peeling paint -- lots of grunge contrasted with a nice clean circular form.

We heard, and then Chris spotted, a pileated woodpecker on a distant tree. So I pulled out the cellphone, looked up pileated woodpecker calls, and played one as loudly as I could. The bird immediately flew right toward us, passed overhead, and landed I don't know where.

But the cool things about this were (a) hearing his call so clearly and loudly on a quiet morning, (b) spotting him way off in the distance, and then (c) hearing the rhythmic whuff-whuff-whuff of his wings as he flew overhead. Big bird, kind of a combination pterodactyl/Woody Woodpecker with a big red pointy head.

Lunch was tempura prawns, caesar salad at Doc's Marina Grill, then a quick visit to the Wooden Boat Chandlery (where they have the coolest copper and brass fittings -- things that I have no idea what to do with, but yearn for them anyway just because they're classy and different).

We took the ferry over and back -- always a fun venture. Saw a seal. That was about it.

What a great day. Fun to be out walking, exploring, photographing, having lunch, admiring marine fittings, and who doesn't love a harbor cruise?!

Wishing you quiet mornings, wondrous bird encounters, and maybe even a boat ride or two.

©Carol Leigh
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6 comments:

Sam Hipkins said...

What a wonderful idea...attracting birds using a smart phone. I wonder if there's a bird call ap. Hmmmm?

Laura said...

Love reading about your adventures and encounters. What a delight.

Fay H. said...

Hey, loaded down with camera gear, *any* distance is a trek. I'm glad you made it up that hill! I love those rings.

Carol Leigh said...

Actually, I try not to use the bird sounds very much. Remember that old TV commercial "it's not nice to fool with Mother Nature?" Life is probably tough enough for these guys without some nimrod (me) encouraging them to waste their energy flying around trying to see who is in their territory! But oh, was it great to see and hear him. Newish bird for me and so quite exciting.

Carol Leigh said...

Back at ya, Laura. I love reading about yours, too.

Carol Leigh said...

I was thinking of you the whole time, Fay. We are such weirdos, are we not? Good thing we take pride in being so!