Celebrating the Natural Beauty of Bainbridge Island
Some photos from the last few days…
Rich Passage Reflections
Rialto Beach Sunset
The sun settles behind Dahdayla island
The mirrored heron creates a slight optical illusion as the brain tries to make sense of the seemingly impossible scene.
Which way is up?
Seagull reflected in calm morning waters.
Sunset Silhouette Heron
A Great Blue Heron catches a small fish, creating a ring in the water reflecting the orange and blue of the sky.
Cormorant warms itself in the morning sun.
Swallow with Feather
Swallows collect feathers to line their nests. In this case it was a seagull feather that had been floating in the cove. This was the first time I had ever seen this behavior.
Great Blue Herons are frequent visitors to Murden Cove due to its large expanse of shallow water and variety of prey items. It is not unusual to see a dozen or more herons in the cove.
Heron Circle Dance
Great Blue Herons hunt together at low tide
A Great Blue Heron prepares to land in shallow water. Wildfire smoke obscures the background.
Blue Hour Hunting
A great blue heron finds a perch above the shallow waters of Murden cove. Herons will continue hunting for fish into the night.
This Great Blue Heron spent the better part of the morning chasing other herons away from its personal sandbar.
Great Blue Heron catches a midshipman fish for a meal.
A Single Note
Great Blue Heron hunts alone on a gray Murden Cove morning
Late for Breakfast
Wings Over Morning Light
Waiting out the rain
The One that Got Away
It was this big!
Heron, City, and God Beams
A near full moon provides the light for this great blue heron to fish in the darkness.
Murden Cove is the permanent or temporary home to dozens of species of sea birds, song birds, and raptors. Otters, seals and other creatures also visit here frequently.
Bald eagle zeros in on a duckling. Mama mallard arrived with 4 ducklings but departed with none.
Death from the Sky
Bald Eagle takes a midshipman fish from the surf.
We are back!
Two Bald Eagles, possibly a mating pair, return to Murden Cove in the late winter
Seahawk Scores Lunch
Osprey, aka "Seahawk" finds a Star Flounder for a mid day meal.
Arc of the Diver
The arc of the Osprey’s plunge is shown in this composite photo. It got the fish.
Murden cove is the fall and winter home to a large group of American Wigeons
Wigeons at sunrise
Two groups of wigeons respond to the sighting of an eagle
Wigeons flock in the morning mist
A flock of hundreds of American wigeons spends the winter in Murden Cove
Life Among the Giants
Belted Kingfisher watches for lunch to preset itself. Seattle’s Space Needle looms in the background.
Kingfisher and the Upside Down
A Belted Kingfisher lands on a driftlog perch near the shoreline.
King Fisher - Sitting for Portrait
A Caspian Tern dives for a fish. It caught it, but dropped it.
Killdeer on the Wing
Crow welcomes the sunrise
Crow meets Moon
A crow is caught flying past the 3rd quarter moon.
A snowflake graces the bird’s head during a February snowstorm.
Red-winged Blackbird on snowy cattails
Mallard and Seagull
Two migrating ducks are silhouetted in the early morning light
Young river otter with starry flounder breakfast
The second and possibly younger of the seals recently visiting our cove
Rainier in the Mist
Mist shrouds the morning view of Mt. Rainier
Vernal Equinox first light
Cormorants and Rainier
A late afternoon view of snowy Mt. Rainier, with cormorants perching on the old pier pilings
Morning sun on Mt. Rainier
Vernal Equinox Last Light
Rainier and Pilings
The Bainbridge Island ferry is blurred in this long exposure of Mt. Rainier on a rare cloudless January morning
Abstract Sunrise #1
A slow shutter with some camera movement and increasing the color saturation resulted in this sunrise abstraction
Full moon and Space Needle
Exact timing and location catches the rising full moon rising over the distant mountains and the Seattle’s Space Needle
Equinox Full Moon Moonset
The full Moon sets over Mt. Jupiter in the Olympic Mountains at dawn of the first day of Spring, 2019.
Equinox Moonset Panorama
Moonlight and the pink and purple of the dawn sky are reflected onto Manzanita Bay.
Wildfire smoke from British Columbia turns the rising Moon into a red ball. Smooth water reflects the city lights on Puget Sound.
Crescent Moon and Skyline
Morning crescent moonrise over Seattle with earthshine illuminating the shadowed part of the Moon. The tiny dot of Mercury is also there, between the Columbia tower and the Moon.
Sunrise over the city
In the fall and winter, the sun will rise behind the skyline from the vantage point of Bainbridge Island.
Sun rises behind the Columbia Tower
Timing, location, and a clear February morning catch the rising sun centered behind Seattle’s tallest building.
Smoke on the Water
Puget Sound pours mist into the below-freezing air as the sun rises over the Seattle skyline.
Sunrise and drift log
The February sun rises through clouds behind the Seattle skyline
First day of Summer
Sky full of Sunrise
The underside of a cloud layer catches red light about 15 minutes before sunrise
A storm front approaches creating a beautiful line of clouds at sunrise
Drift Tree and Sunrise
Under the Murden Sunrise
Drift logs present an overarching view of the rising sun
Christmas Eve Sunrise 2018
Sunrise on the cove
Winter can offer some of the best sunrises of the year. This morning’s high clouds and smooth water, plus a drift log, all contribute to this colorful image.
Old pier pilings reflect in still waters, with Seattle’s skyline in the distance.
An Eagle greets the first sunrise of 2019 with a meal on the old pier pilings.
Pilings and Smoke
Wildfire smoke creates a hazy view of the Seattle skyline.
Bird's eye view
A drone provides new photographic perspectives
Shell on mossy log
After serving as a meal for a gull or crow, a discarded shell resides on a mossy drift-log
False Solomon’s Seal
Ballfields trail Bainbridge Island
Bloedel Mossy Tree
Fall colors accent the ground below a moss covered tree.
Bloedel Fall Colors
Beach logs...with more snow
The beach logs begin to disappear under one of the heaviest snowfalls this area has seen in decades.
Clear winter afternoon
Presents arrive in time for holidays
Christmas-like colors seem to imply this December arrival is bringing gifts for Seattle hopefuls
Man and Machine
Bloedel Fall Colors
Olympic Mountains Panorama
Winter storm brews behind the city
Seattle Skyline - Sunset
The setting sun reflects off buildings and adds its color to winter clouds.
Pre-dawn light behind city lights
Seattle Skyline - Blue hour
Nine telephoto shots are combined to make this one long panorama. When printed it will maintain sharp detail up to 9 feet wide.
Smooth Water Reflections
A 30 second exposure brings out the beautiful city light reflections on a calm summer night.
I am lucky to live with a dog, and he has some dog friends here in the neighborhood. On occasion I take pictures of them running and playing.
Chance, with Mt. Rainier
Watching the Sunrise
Chance at the top of the cove
Chance and Dash
Chance and Seattle
Jetta stalks Riley
Running in the surf
Riley chases birds
Chance as Honorary Heron
Most of these “classic” images are from the late 1990s, and were captured on film and then scanned onto Photo CD to create a digital file. After switching to digital cameras in 2003 I rarely used film again.
Northern California coast. Taken during a workshop with Galen Rowell