July 26th…gray and gloomy. Ho hum. When…will…summer…arrive?? But, it has!! You just need to go up, up, up…above the clouds!!! A friend and I thought it would be a good day to take pics of the wildflowers at Hurricane Ridge. That’s one way to take advantage of cloudy weather, right? Of course, when we arrived we got bright, bright sun! My daughter joined us, taking photos herself with her disposable hello kitty camera, and here she is loving the views, flowers and sun! As for taking wildflowers photos? Not so bueno but, no matter. Just being up there was heavenly!! It was a great reminder to check the Hurricane Ridge webcam.
FYI – since I thought I was taking wildflower photos I brought my Olympus E-500 with macro lens. 2pm summertime with the sun bright and high in the sky obviously did not make for ideal shooting conditions but, good enough to get these candid photos.
Camera settings for these two photos were: F-stop: F/10, Exposure: 1/400, ISO-100
And, check out the video snippet below of the gorgeous vistas:
About 9:30am this morning orca fins surfaced in the Port Angeles harbor near the Paddle Park. I wasn’t fast enough to pull out my camera to get a shot but, it was exciting to know they’re still here. So, just an FYI for my local friends if you want to do some whale watching. We’re packing up a picnic dinner and hanging out at the beach. It’s a gorgeous day…and MAYBE we’ll be lucky enough to see an orca!
Here’s a link to yesterday’s article and the orca photo published in the Peninsula Daily News
Although I didn’t get that elusive orca photo…yet! 😉 I did capture these lovely mountain shots of Mount Baker looming large behind the San Juan Islands and a cloud curtain slowly falling as Hurricane Ridge made its grand morning appearance.