Saturday, January 17, 2009

Cape Flattery - Eagles


Mildred over at Nalley Valley was tagged to go to her fifth file folder and choose the fifth photo and post it and tell something about the photo. I decided I'd play along. Play along if you would like to too.

Well... in the fifth folder there were only four photos, so I decided to try the fifth folder in my email folder :-)

The file folder is one from our long trip last year. This photo was taken at Cape Flattery in Washington State which is the most northwestern point in the contiguous states and is the home of the Makah Nation. It was named in 1778 by Captain James Cook for the point of land that “flattered us with the hopes of finding a harbor.”

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The days before we arrived at Cape Flattery the skies were very overcast and there was drizzling rain. So we were not expecting good weather at Cape Flattery. We were surprised as we drove onto the Makah Reservation the sun came out. Our hike on the Cape Flattery Trail was beautiful! The hike is only like ¾ of mile long.... on the way back it is twice as far :-) This is especially true when you carry a camera and tripod... Frank had two film cameras (one color film and one b&w film) plus the video camera.... he carried the tripod most of the way back.

The trail consist of boardwalk, stone and gravel steps. It was not the easiest trail (more so on the hike back to the parking lot) for this lady with a bad knee and asthma and hubby with a bad achilles tendon, but we did very well just taking our time.... I'm saying that if we can make the walk then you probably can too :-) It is a pleasant walk through a beautiful forest. As you get closer to the end of the trail there are views such as the one above. There was a harbor seal swimming there just before I took the picture :-( The water is so clear and beautiful.

Okay... I have to add more photos :-)

At the end of the trail is an observation deck. There was a young lady sitting there and she answered our questions. She had a telescope set up and we could see Cape Flattery Lighthouse located on Tatoosh Island. The first picture is with my regular camera lens with no zoom and the second picture is with my long 300mm lens and zoomed in.

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It was just a wonderful feeling standing on the observation deck looking at all the beauty around.

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Frank won't like me posting his photo, but it shows the Cape Flattery Trail. This is on the way back to the parking lot. There are some places that there are no boards, but round stepping stones.

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After our hike we went back into the village, Neah Bay. The lady at the observation tower had told us there would probably be some seals down by the marina there. We saw no seals, but we saw Bald Eagles. These pictures were taken with my long 300mm lens. They aren't the sharpest pictures.... mainly because they are hand-held. The clouds started to roll back in and there was breeze that was quite cold. I was cold and excited... who can hold a camera still :-)

This photo is of a Juvenile Bald Eagle.

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This picture.... well it was just awesome to see. The juvenile Bald Eagle... different one than in the above picture... in mid-flight grabbed onto the adult Bald Eagle. It wasn't an attack. He just grabbed and then let go. We saw a documentary on Eagles a while back and this behavior is not unusual... just unusual to me :-)

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Sometimes I wish for a better lens.... or one that will focus closer to the subject matter and I would not have to crop the image. I know such a lens I would not be able to carry... it would be one like you see the paparazzi carrying :-)

If you can make a trip up the Oregon Coast to Washington State do so. It has to be the most beautiful scenery I've ever seen.

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I awakened this morning feeling a bit sad. Nine years ago today Daddy passed away. The first thoughts of the day was the day he passed away. My Daddy died of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He also had a heart problem and they couldn't really treat one because of the other. It was hard watching my Daddy die. He lived for 79 years and he and Mama had over 54 years together.

Posting these pictures today lifted my spirits. Nature does that to me.

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Nature is man's teacher. She unfolds her treasures to his search, unseals his eye, illumes his mind, and purifies his heart; an influence breathes from all the sights and sounds of her existence. -- Alfred Billings Street



  1. Zaroga, I am sure glad you decided to play along. These are the most gorgeous photos. This is an area I have never travelled in. The scenery is so very different from anything around here. Thank you for sharing such beauty this morning. I hope you rested well and that today will be a better day for you.

  2. Zaroga, Please forgive me, originally I did not see the last part of your post re your daddy. I know you miss him so much and I am happy that posting these lovely photos lifted your spirits a bit. Someone recently shared with me to look at the death date anniversary as how long our loved one has been in Glory. Just think of all the beautiful sights your dad sees in Heaven. God bless you today especially. Mildred

  3. Your pictures are beautiful! Hugs about your dad. That's a time in my life I'm not looking forward to.
    (Thanks for your comments. I didn't get out of the house period until I was 16. Most of nieces friends are going on car dates. She will be 16 in June so this is just a time where we can "teach" her about dating and trust me the kids today have known about sex for a long time but she still gets the talk from me.)

  4. Hi Zaroga,
    I came over from Mildred's...she told me about your amazing photos. They're indeed beautiful. Clicked on all the images and my, what gorgeous shots! I love photographing birds too but I've only managed hazy ones of birds in flight. Loved your last photo.

    Despite the sadness you felt remembering your Dad, it's good to know that Nature/posting made you feel better.

  5. Very nice photos. I love watching the eagles here too.

    I know how you feel about your Dad. I lost my Dad two years ago.

  6. Hi Zaroga,
    Mildred told me about your gorgeous blog! I really enjoyed this post and almost felt like I was along with you! I'm another southern lady (MS) and I love to make pictures of birds. I invite you to come over and visit anytime. I'm glad you played along with this post! Beautiful!
    You will never cease to miss your Dad. Mine has been with his Lord and Savior for 34 years and I still miss him so much!
    Blessings & Peace,

  7. Hi Zaroga, I came from Mildred's blog. Loved your photos of the eagles. What a beautiful sight.

  8. Hi Zaroga!

    What wonderful photos. That is interesting about the Juvenile Bald Eagle grabbing onto the other one. I've never heard of that. Looks like it was a wonderful trip as well. I know what you mean about your daddy. My father died 4 years ago and I still have dreams about him. He was young (67) and died of lung cancer. Life is definitely different and so are the holidays. At least we have our wonderful memories. :)

  9. Beautiful pictures, Zaroga. You two must have a had a wonderful trip to the northwest. Hope to see some of that scenery myself one day. I know how you feel about your Dad; I still miss both of my parents. It's a blessing that we have good memories to keep us company! Have a great week!!!

  10. Your photo's are beautiful! Sorry you were so sad, and glad your pictures helped.
    I love to photograph the butterflies and hummer who visit my garden in the summer. I could sit out there for hours and watch them.

    Take care!

  11. What beauty!! Thanks for sharing today, and I hope your sadness over you dad leaving is filled with memories of time with him. Blessings to you.


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