Found myself in Edmonds the other day and thought I’d go look for herons at a marsh near the beach. Found the Herons, they were all huddling against the cold wind, trying to stay warm. Kinda boring, actually. Walking along the path, I kept hearing the squeaky-scratchy song of a hummingbird. Eventually found this guy up in the top of a nearby tree.
I did later find out that of the four species of hummingbird in Washington, only one of them actually sings. Narrows it down some. The Anna’s Hummingbird is also the only one that winters in Washington. Apparently, they do migrate in the winter, heading for lower elevations, they just don’t go south like the others.
FujiFilm X-E2/XF 55-200 @ 200mm, 1/2900th at f / 4.8, ISO 200
On a hike near Mt Rainier this week, I spotted this dense clump of what I later learned was Jacob’s Ladder flowering on a cliff face. While looking up the flower type, I learned that it is a member of the phlox family of plants. Dr. Phlox happens to be one of my favorite characters from the Star Trek universe.
The details: Fujifilm X-E2/XF18-55mm @37mm, f/4.0, 1/60 sec ISO 640
We have a number of pots in the backyard we have used in the past to grow tomatoes. A couple of them have been neglected for a while and one of them is growing a hearty crop of moss. This tiny forest seems to have sprouted and is well on its way to becoming its own thriving ecosystem.
The sprouts in this picture remind me of the rain we’ve had so much of recently – most of it coming down at a similar diagonal.
The details: Fujifilm X-E2, Nikkor 55mm lens, ISO 200, 1/180 second @f2.8
November again and the mushrooms are back! In quite predictable fashion, I headed back to arboretum and went looking for photogenic mushrooms. The big nurse log I shot last year was bare, not a ‘shroom to be seen, so it took a little more effort.
Found a single here, a pair there and then I spotted it. Not so much a nurse log, as it was a nurse limb, about four inches in diameter. Half-covered by a dead fern, the small log was abounding with fungi. Just as I was settling in with the tripod, it started to rain.
There’s just something about these mini landscapes that captures my imagination. No slug in this one though.
The details: Fujifilm X-E2, Nikkor 55mm lens, ISO 200, 1.5 seconds @f2.8.