Bannack Montana… Hotel Meade

There are quite a few Ghost Towns in Montana.  

While I have been to a few ghost towns in other places, none of them compare to Bannack Ghost Town. Tucked away in the hills of Montana with the closest town being Dillon. Bannack st park

Once you get off the interstate, and make a right turn, you go, and go and go. You find yourself wondering how the heck did anyone even think of coming to this particular area and finding gold.  Especially without a truck! 

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Bannack is the site of Montana’s first major gold discovery in 1862.  Bannack was also Montana’s first territorial capital.  

http://stateparks.mt.gov/bannack/

If you do a google search on this wonderful town, you can find all kinds of amazing things out about it.  

My suggestion to you of course, is to hop in your trusty vehicle and head to Montana and visit it yourself!  

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Bannack has history, Bannack has ghosts, Bannack is just a neat place to photograph.  

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I managed to fill up a 32gig camera chip in July.  Good thing the Mr. had the other camera to capture what I didn’t.  I was more worried about my battery running out (because ghosts need energy)  I never thought that I would fill up a chip. 

However, I did shoot a lot of HDR photos, so for every 1 HDR shot, my camera was actually creating 7 pictures. I had no idea that this camera would shoot RAW while I was shooting HDR.  If you don’t understand, that’s okay.  RAW is the raw data, its like having a negative to develop once you get home!  So lessons learned.  Take more than one chip!  

While we were exploring this wonderful town, I was finding different and unique things to photograph, besides the buildings themselves.  

One of the odd things I decided to shoot was door knobs. Yes, really.  Why? I have no idea.  But think about it.  You need them to open doors into the past. 

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 I also found doors and doorways interesting on this trip.  And let’s not forget the views out the windows.  How many people in the late 1800’s stood exactly where we stood and looked out as the world was passing by.  

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One thing I think of as we walk through these buildings, is what was life like back then.  Yes, the town was booming, but it couldn’t have been easy at all.  

One story they tell about the Hotel Meade, is about a little girl who was playing outside by the sludge pond, she fell in and drown.  They say that her spirit is in the hotel and she is very noticeable to children.  How sad, and how interesting!

The stairway in the Hotel is also claimed to be haunted.  Many people have been pushed down the stairs by bad spirits.  I for one, find these stairs to be interesting.  Imagining women dressed in the finest dresses they own cascading down the stairs.  Knowing me, I would trip down the stairs by stepping on that fine dress.  

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The Hotel Meade is a beautiful old building.  The windows, the doors, the rooms.  It’s all so unique to the times.  

At the end of the hallway in the front of the building are two locked doors.  Rumor has it that the reason they are locked is because of the negative paranormal activity.  I’m not a fan of bad spirits. 

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So I shot down the hallway and shot close to the doors but I refused to go down to the other doorway in the darkened hall.  Yes, call me a chicken. 

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Why mess with the bad guys if you don’t have too.  I always made sure I knew where the Mr. was!!!  I knew he could protect me if needed! 

I will not post all of the buildings for you on this particular blog because there is just so much to see!  

So our first adventure will be the Hotel Meade.  

Enjoy the step back in time.

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The view out the window in the middle of the stairs.

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The view of the Hotel Meade from across the street.

There is just so much to see. We didn’t capture it all as we had to be in Boise later that day.  But being so close to such an amazing Ghost Town, we had to stop.   It literally was a three hour tour!

Stay tuned for more of Bannack Ghost Town.

Happy Shooting

T Lynn

Same Drive, Different Days

Those of us that still work, pretty much have the same routine when they have to go to work.  Get up, shower, eat breakfast, go to work, spend 9-12 hours at work, and come home.

It gets to be a way of life.  Some days are better than others.  We all know that.  It’s what makes us “Tick” so to speak.

There are many ways to commute to work, I for one have walked, rode a bus, rode a train, car-pooled and driven in my own vehicle.  I have commuted as far as 75 miles one direction.  And no, I do not miss that way of commuting!  

Which do I prefer?  Driving myself.  

If you’re going to make that commute no matter how short or long of a drive, there is always something going on.  Please pay attention to what is in front of you and please, no distracted driving!  

The first thing I do is of course turn on the radio.  I must have music while I am driving.   

The unfortunate part of my commute is I travel east in the morning, and west in the evening. And yes, the sun is an issue certain times of the year.  

I have two ways I can go to work.  Take the highway or take the side roads.  Weather is a huge factor in the winter on which way I go to work.    I tend to stay on the side roads in the winter. No, they’re not plowed, but I would rather have traction with snow, as I am not a fan of driving on ice.  It’s a personal preference.  I can go as slow as I want on the side roads and not have to worry about someone being in a hurry behind me.  

Living in the Southern Pacific Northwest, there is always something to see and watch out for.   This time of year it is the farming equipment.  Where we live, you are always on the look out for deer.  That is 365 days a year!  I just wish I could dodge the bugs!  

No matter which way I go it is beautiful.   I almost always come home the same way.  The side roads.  Mainly because if I take the highway I have to make a left turn off the highway, and there is no left turn lane, so I would rather be more safe.  

As a photographer, I notice things.  The sky, the trees, the migrating birds, the water levels and of course the sun position.  

I have  a favorite spot that I stop at most days.  It is at the top of a road called Township.  It is the eastern end of the road.  It’s at the top of a hill.  The view is beautiful every day of the year.  

I do stop.  I try to stop at the same place each time.  Sometimes I forget.  But no one says I have to take the picture everyday.  However, 365 days of the same place could be interesting.  

Since it is May, I will start with that month.   Spring and farming season.  

The skies are not dependable in the spring.  Amazing clouds, to gray skies, to the smoke from the farm fields being burned off for the season.  On the top of Township, you can see it all! 

5 7        Bug Spots on the windshield are common!  As is the burning of the farm fields.

5 15        Big Skies are abundant.  A hint of rain and sometimes snow, yes in May!

For some reason I didn’t take a picture in June. And I know I went to work that month, it was the beginning of butterfly season at work, so we were busy!

July and August were not our friends this past year.  The fire “Season” was horrible.  I did not take a picture in July either.  I will  post this one, it is our front yard.  And you can see the smoke and no sun.  I truly hate fire season.

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8 9        August 9, 2018, you can’t even see the mountains in the horizon due to the smoke.

8 27                                                     August 27, the skies are getting clearer!

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9 25September 25, 2018, the sun is moving lower when I come home, usually this is about 4:50 pm or a little later.  See those mountains in the distance? Thats where I go.  It is a 7 mile straight stretch across to the highway!

10 9                                        October 9, 2018, the shadows are moving too!

10 29                                         October 29, 2018,  Fall is for sure in the air!

11 13  November 13, 2018 two weeks later, the sun is lower and there aren’t many leaves left!

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November 21, 2018, the wind is abundant, the fields have been harvested and the dirt begins to blow across the roads through the fields.  This time of year is a two hands on the steering wheel time.  Because of the wind.  The trees begin to give awesome silhouettes against the sky!

12 6December 6, 2018, yes that is snow out there and on the sides of the roads.  And it’s getting darker when I get home!

12 19December 19, 2018.  The snow melted, and I think we are already wishing for spring. However, it is a long ways away!

1 29January 29, 2019.  I am certain there were many snow covered roads between this picture and the last.  Once I reach this point, I just want to get home.  The sun is low, and the temperatures are cold!

2 5February 5, 2019, six days later.  Yep, these are the 15-20mph roads.  These are not my favorite days to drive.  Township does not get plowed very often.

2 18February 18, 2019.  By this time, we all knew the groundhog lied about spring!  But it’s still beautiful and the sun is much higher, and maybe warmer weather will be on the way?

3 4March 4, 2019.  Spring just has to be on the way, the farmers are starting to flood their fields!

3 19March 19 2019.  An odd cloudy day.  We did have snow the end of March. Just so you know!

4 10April 10, 2019, April showers bring May Flowers?  It brought cold temperatures a few snowflakes, and not much hope for spring!

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April 12, 2019, two days later, a hope for spring.  We love springtime on the mountain.  It’s unpredictable.  As I write this today May 19, 2019, its a rainy cool day with the chance of a few snow flakes.  Yep.   Gotta love spring in the Southern Pacific Northwest.

Do you commute to work?  How do you go?  Do you have a favorite route?  Find a place that you can safely pull over and see what you can capture!  Try it once a month.  Maybe twice.  I don’t take my big camera to work with me, (I would never make it on time)  so these are cell phone pictures.  You should try it!  Just for a couple months.  However, if you are stuck in heavy traffic, please don’t try it.

You could pick a spot on your street, or even in your front yard.  Do you drive by a park on the way home?   Take the pictures and notice the difference in the sun position, the leaves on the trees, the clouds in the sky.

It’s an amazing world out there.  Go capture it!!!

Be Nice Humans

Tlynn

You can capture winter with your mobile device.

We all know from the previous blogs that living in the Southern Pacific Northwest requires seasons.  Something we really didn’t have much of in Southern California.

Some also might remember, I am not a fan of the fluffy white stuff called snow.  Well, driving in it.  I think it’s beautiful.  And it is a much needed evil for everyone!  It allows our rivers, lakes, streams, refuges, and ground water to replenish.  As of today we are above our 100%  snow pack.   For this, I give thanks!

The pictures I will post were all taken with my smart phone. To show that you can have awesome winter photographs with your phone!

Honestly it seems that winter has been 7 months long, when in reality, it only started the end of November. The first blast of winter arrived over night on November 30. Just in time for the December 1st (and the first) craft fair of the season! 12 1 01

It wasn’t really as bad as it could have been, it snowed Friday night, and the roads to work were clear on Monday morning. Just the way I prefer.

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The day after the snow storm is one of my favorites, if the sun comes out! 12 02 01

Off and on the month of December it wasn’t as bad as previous years.  And then someone decided to start dreaming of a White Christmas and that seems to be the beginning of the long winter! We all know that January will be colder, and then February will bring much hope for spring. Maybe an early spring if the little groundhog is correct.

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Well, the rodent lied.  Making February the snowiest on record for most of the United States.  Breaking records over and over again.

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Winter at work can be challenging, meaning the drive can just really get you down. But there is an understanding to just go slow and make it to work safely.  Thanks Boss!

The cool thing about being one of the first ones at work, is you get to hear and see pretty cool things.  Many of which won’t be found in the hustle and bustle of a city.  I for one choose nature over the city.

I was walking up the sidewalk and noticed deer tracks and…. Cat Tracks.  These cat tracks were not from your house cat!  I got into work showed the boss after she got there, and she suggested I follow them to see where they came from. So I reversed the way the cat walked across the sidewalk and found that it had come from across the street. Sat down, so it could jump a 3 foot retaining wall, and most likely headed to a den to nap the chilly snowy day away, and avoid us humans.

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The other nifty thing February brought us was cold.  It was freezing fog cold, which gave us some hoar frost.  So beautiful. Even if it was cold!

The day before Valentines day however was an adventure.  It was indeed a “snow day” a good day to stay at home from work.

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02 13 02                      2/13/2019, the hubby and his pile of plowed snow. It’s  still growing.

Dearest February just did not want to let go.   On the 26th it was an adventure driving to work.  We did not have near the snow at home as we did at work.

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Yet, two days later we had a totally different view.

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We are now into March and yes, it still keeps snowing off and on.  I prefer the days when there are just a few random snow flakes fluttering around and accumulating into nothing.  March brings hope of spring and warmer days!  This past week it warmed up enough to rain, a lot.

When I look out the window, all I still see is white and mud.  But spring is going to be here soon, I can just feel it. Or is this wishful thinking?

At time of writing this, I have layers of clothes, socks and slippers and a blanket on me, because of the cooties the hubby brought home from where ever he was.  Do I really need to get sick on my three day weekend?  I will lay low for a couple days and hope Sunday is the better day.

I have many family and friends in the other cold tundra of America.  I wish them warmth and sunshine and blooming flowers soon.

So, March, do us a favor and LET GO…  We all know, In Like a Lion  Out Like A Lamb… Please.

Stay warm and healthy!

Blessings to you all.

Tracy Lynn

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Black and White

“The world is black, the world is white, it turns the day and then by night” sung by Three Dog Night.

Black and White photography has been around forever! It’s dramatic, it’s hypnotic, it’s amazing.  It’s what you need to do to get out of your automatic colored box!

Many of your DSLR’s and Point and Shoot cameras have a “creative zone” that allows you to change your settings to capture monochrome or black and white.  What is monochrome?

1. a photography or picture developed or executed in black and white or in varying tones of only one color. 2. (of a photograph or picture or a television screen) consisting of or displaying images in black and white or varying tones of only one color.

Thank you Mr. Webster.

Do you “shoot” in black and white? Or do you change your photographs on the computer?  I am guilty of the second.  I have a plug in program called Black and White Effects that I use in Photoshop, or I just take away my color saturation and create the black and white.  I also use Sepia.  Some pictures just need to be in black and white.

Old buildings seem to be a must for sepia or black and white. Landscapes with clouds, deserve to be in black and white. Channel your inner Ansel Adams! Multnomah b w signed

My inner Ansel Adams, loves Multnomah Falls in Black and White!

One thing I missed out on for sure was learning how to develop film in the high school dark room.  Something I always wanted to learn. I was very active in taking the pictures for the high school year book, but I wasn’t the privileged that got to “develop” them.  Either way, photoshop and other applications for your computers or smart phones make it way easy to change your pictures!

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Sometimes the results are amazing. I for one, wouldn’t want to walk this dark dreary forest alone.

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When I see an old barn, building, or shack, I think of the simpler times when there was only black and white pictures.  The tin pictures were awesome!  Could you just imagine? I mean how did they develop them on tin?  Now you can upload a picture to your favorite picture ordering site and you can get it on tin. Even on glass. Hmmmm.  The choices you have!

I still love the “olden” days of black and white.  There are even programs for yours smart phone or computer that add scratches, and textures to make your pictures look even older.

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If it weren’t for the fact that the cars are modern and the description on the side of the wall has espresso and cappuccino, how would you know that Mel’s Drive In on Ventura Blvd in Sherman Oaks, wasn’t around along time ago?

As I have stated in the past, I do not change all my pictures, and I only convert the ones I think need to have an added something.  Manipulated photos are not for everyone, and I hear this time and time again from many people.  Yes you can go overboard!  I get that, but I seriously try not to go overboard and over process when I do.  Sometimes, I will totally change the look of a photograph, and those are the times the hubby kind of gives the picture and me a “look” and I know he hates it!  But that just brings about my point of, its not for everyone!

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And it isn’t for everything or type 0f picture either.  I added the vignette and black and white to this eagle, because the sky was just very blue and no clouds in sight.  I could have added the clouds, but no, I wanted the majestic one to be different.

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These trees with the smoke, ended up being one of my most surprised best sellers  to people I knew!  One of my friends sent me a picture of her baby girl, staring at the trees in the frame. She said she always likes to stare at it!  I felt and still feel very honored! This picture resides on the East Coast in Virginia now!  It’s also in southern California as well.
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This picture to me, represents a very cold windy nasty winters day!  And it was in October, but yes, it was cold and nasty.  Could you capture the same feeling in color?
To be honest, there wasn’t much color in this one to begin with, so that is why I chose it to become more dreary than it was.
Experiment with your photos! Don’t be afraid to change the “looks” of a picture. Take a step back in time.  Most of all have fun with it!
Remember to always work (adjust) on a “copy” of your photo!  You don’t want to change something that you can’t get back!  I know the iPhone has a way you can duplicate the original picture, which is what I do, and then I play around with the copy!
Don’t be afraid to try something new!
Have a Blessed day!

Tracy Lynn

What Does Music Look Like

Classical, New Age, Country, Classic Rock, Rock N Roll,  Gospel, Acoustic etc…  We all know what music sounds like, but what does it look like?

One of my favorite music movies to watch is August Rush.  August talks about the music “being all around us.”  This young little musical genius (my words) creates an amazing symphony all based on what you see and hear around you.  The trees blowing in the wind, the grasses moving in the wind, the water, the sky, the sounds of a city, everything.  It is a very heartfelt movie.  

So that brings me to, what does music look like?  If you know it’s all around you.  What does that awesome blue sky with the puffy white clouds sound like?  Can you imagine it?  

I love music, I have always been around it.  I can read it, play it, and sometimes sing it. (depends on who you ask) Some of my best memories are of listening to my brothers play the guitar.  I love a good old fashioned acoustic guitar.  One of my brothers could totally rock The Ventures Pipeline, while one would nail country, and my youngest older brother would make up songs, or sing The Troggs, or Bob Dylan.  I was introduced to music at a young age.  

I would sneak into my youngest older brothers room, and grab the electric guitar and strum until I had a blister on my thumb.  (insert Beatles “I Have Blisters on my Fingers” In that wonderful english accent) I still have that guitar. It belonged to two of my brothers.  Something I will always cherish! 

My sister and I would hold concerts in our bedrooms and sing to the #1 Hits of the 60’s.  I still love to listen to her sing.  

What type of symphony would you create if you could with your pictures?  Would you choose the rush of living in the city? Or would you scale it down and choose the country?  Would you create your life as living and working on a farm? We all know what that would look like!  Putting them all together, you can see what it should sound like!  At least that’s what I think.  I could write a song about Montana with my pictures, as well as Oregon, or any other place I have visited or lived.  Where would you choose to write your song with pictures?  The beach?  The mountains? Or just spending time with family?  All of them could make a wonderful song.  Try it!  

My symphony would be titled My Montana. 

I grew up on both sides of the state. The far east side in the Badlands of Montana, then in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley of Western Montana.  The best of both worlds in my opinion.

As a child I really didn’t appreciate it like I do now as an adult.  There were chores to do growing up, and now that we only plan “vacations” to go “home” it’s a lot different.  As an adult I haven’t been able to see as much of Montana as I would like.  I would love for hubby and I to go back and explore Western Montana.  There is so much to see, and so much I would love to share with him.

So to sum it up. Create your symphony. 

To you, I give “My Montana”

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As you can see, My Montana is a symphony of beauty.  One of memories of growing up in the best of both sides of the state.  I relate Montana to always being home.  No matter where I live, it always calls to me.

Find your symphony.  Perhaps you may find it in your children, your animals, your place of worship.  It’s out there.  Its up to you to create it.

Don’t be afraid to embrace the music.  It really is “all around us”

Blessings to you all.

Tracy Lynn

 

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Birds Of A Feather…

You know the rest of the saying!

I never ever in my life imagined I would be so “into” photographing birds.

I am NOT a “birder“.

Not all birders are bad.

Definition of birder

1: a catcher or hunter of birds especially for market
2: a person who birds

 

I have met birders.

And I do not fit into the category of a birder.   For one I am considerate of others when driving (well, hubby is).  He goes slow, as not to raise dust, he pulls over to the shoulder as far as he can without freaking me out by thinking we’re headed into the marsh,  and we will close the dang truck door if we get out so if someone does drive by, they can get past.

Okay,  now that I have gotten that out of my system, shall we continue?

I have learned things this year while roaming the Refuge.  #1, you are never ever to old to learn! It keeps the mind growing!  I had absolutely no idea that Egrets and Herons nested in trees. Why did I think they were ground nesters? Because you always see them next to the bank of water right?  Ya, not so much!  The only thing I knew was Herons are bluish-gray and Egrets are white.  I know that both are skittish as all get out, when you try to photograph them on the bank, poof, they’re in the air.  Did you know that their wingspan can be up to 5.6 feet?  Pretty cool.  Egrets also fly at 25mph.

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Egrets nest in colonies.  The male is the nest builder, he tries to attract the female, so he builds her a nest for their young. (Pretty presumptuous I think)  Hey, wanna come to my nest?  Thats an opening line if I’ve ever heard one!  Mr. Egret likes to get to the colony first so he can get the best spot.  However, they also nest with other birds. Herons and Cormorants and more.  At this location Mr. Heron was at the top of the tree, so I think Mr. Egret wasn’t the first this year.

The colony

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Egrets are monogamous during the season.  It is not known if they are for life or not.

So, here is the reason of why I know these things.  Google haha…  well, hubby and I were out taking pictures, (okay I was) and we saw a Heron in the top of the tree.  So I had to partake in the moment!  When I got home I noticed a little tiny Heron head peeking out of the nest.  I was hooked.  So, that said, it became our weekend ritual!  Since we head that way every Saturday anyway, we made it a point to go through the Refuge and see what we could find to shoot.

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Yep, I was totally hooked.

Back to more fun facts.  During breeding season, long feathery plumes grow from it’s back.  They are called aigrettes, which they hold up during courtship displays.  The sad thing is, they were almost pushed to extinction because people in the “olden” days, wanted the plumes.  Boo Hiss for those people. Now I know where those feathers came from on those silly looking hats!

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Both parents feed their young.  The babies climb out of the nest around 3 weeks old and begin to fly at 6-7 weeks. And when this happens, I will become sad, because shortly there after I will have an empty nest until next year.  I am already sad thinking about it.

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My advice for you all is this; find a road along a marsh or a wetland.  Something with some tall trees perhaps.  And visit it often.  You never know what might show up.  I really enjoyed learning about these beauties this year!  And I totally loved capturing them in their natural state!

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Enjoy the rest of your summer!  It’s gotten to the hot part of the year on our mountain in the Southern Pacific Northwest, and I am not a fan.  However, I have many fans going in my house!

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Be Nice Humans!!

Happy Shooting

Tracy Lynn

 

 

The Ones That Got Away

When we moved to the southern pacific northwest, never did I imagine I would start photographing birds.  Then, someone gave me a bird book, and I have been learning how to identify them.  How did this happen? This just wasn’t me.  Where we lived in the high desert of Southern California, there would be ravens, pigeons, sparrows, finches, and an occasional hawk.  It was cool when the hawk would land on the tree.  But it wasn’t often.  Nothing super exciting to take pictures of.  I did the hummingbirds and the house birds, but that was simply because there wasn’t anything else to shoot at. (with the camera)

Fast forward, moving where the Pacific Flyway is.  I remember researching what it was.  I didn’t know there was such a thing. I knew birds migrated.  I remember as a kid in Montana, being outside and hearing the Canada Geese before you could see them high in the sky heading for the warmer climate!

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Such great memories!

Now here we are,  we love to do our Saturday drives on the Refuge and Sunday drives on the side roads.  You never know what you will see.

Last week we were driving the side roads and there were hundreds of White Fronted Geese in the fields and canals.  This week, no more geese.  It’s interesting how one species leaves and another comes in.

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      White Fronted Geese

The last couple weeks the White Face Ibis started coming in, and this week  by the hundreds.  A very unique bird.  They are colorful in the sunshine and have a crooked beak.   They are pretty good formation flyers too!

Ibis 01

  White Faced Ibis

As you all know, I have a great love for the eagles and hawks.  I think it’s just that they are so majestic.  We are noticing less eagles and hawks this time of year.  They are hopefully sitting on their nests!  Every now and then they can be seen sitting on the power poles, or in the fields.  Hubby will stop the truck if they are on the poles, and I will sneak out (like you can sneak up on an eagle) and then I will start photographing them, inching closer and closer.  I can shoot the same bird 20-30 times, with the chance of getting close enough to get the  detail on the beaks, talons, or feathers.  And eventually they will take flight because of the annoying red-headed lady holding up something and pointing it at them.  So I smile, thank the bird (honestly I do) and happily walk back to the truck.

But not every photo turns out.  That’s just a part of learning.  Yep, I have tried flight pictures and they aren’t pretty.  I get half of something, or the whole thing is blurry.  I am still trying to be more patient with the in flight birds.

All that said,I wanted to share with you, the get aways….  Yes they are blurry and I am not ashamed to share that with you!  It happens to all of us!  Some more than others I am sure.  Ducks 01

Ducks 02

Ducks are one of the flightiest birds I have seen.  They must still be shell shocked from hunting season.

Egret 01

Heron 01

Blue Herons and White Egrets aren’t easy either.  They can be so still, and as soon as you get up on them whoosh….  they’re gone!

Hawk 02

     Hawks are fun.  They keep me on my toes.

hawk 04

   At least the feet are in focus!

Eagle 06

   Hello Majestic Eagle

Eagle 01

    Good bye Majestic Eagle

Eagle 05

Not quite sure what this was. I think it was an eagle. but its a nice foot and wing!

eagle 03

This is by far, the stuff that bad dreams are made of!  Kind of eerie if you ask me!!!

While you are viewing these photos, you are wondering… WHY do I keep these blurry photos?  Well, of course to share with all of you!  I guess maybe someday I will go through the files and delete them.  Or Not.  What if I need that perfect get away blurry shot?  Well, it could happen!

Enjoy your day!  Go outside and enjoy spring!  Shoot some pictures, try new things and don’t be afraid of the blurry ones!  I’m not!

Happy Shooting

T Lynn

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