Tuesday, March 31, 2015

More Spring Wildflowers

Since my last post of spring wildflowers I've been out several times with and without my wife to see what was blooming.  Here are the latest, taken over a period of week and half and mostly taken on Fidaglo and Whidbey Islands.  The post, of course, includes not only wildflowers but anything we could find to photograph and the photo above is of Red Alders and Skunk Cabbage at Lake Padden Park.


Naked Broomrape

 Spring Gold

Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary

 Evergreen Huckleberry

Harsh Paintbrush

Death Camas 

 Oregon Fawn Lily

 Western Trillium

 Seep-spring Monkeyflower

 Henderson's Shooting Star


Western Fairy Slipper

Albino Western Fairy Slipper

 Western Spotted Coralroot

 Long-spurred Piperia Leaves



Pacific Madrone

 Columbia Black-tailed Deer.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Tulips, Daffodils and Snow Geese

Monday, March 16, my wife and I, after spending the morning on Fidalgo Island photographing the spring wildflowers, went on to the Skagit Valley to see there the tulip and daffodil fields of the bulb growers.  We are having a very early spring and the daffodils are already at their peak with the tulips beginning to bloom.  After one stop on a hill to the southwest of the valley we went on to some of the fields belonging to Rozengaarde, one of the main growers and found not only tulips and daffodils but a huge flock of Snow Geese that had wintered in the area.  We took some pictures of the flowers, but the geese were the main attraction.  There were thousands of them and the noise was incredible.  When we first arrived some idiot kids were chasing them and it was difficult to get pictures, but after the kids left and they settled down we spent several hours photographing them, some at very close range.  Even then, however, they would suddenly start flying and fill the air all around.

Tulips and Daffodils

Bald Eagle

 Snow Geese

Note: I apologize for the large number of pictures.  I took so many and so many of them turned out well that I had trouble choosing among them.