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Day 295: Wallpaper!

Spray from our boat, wallpaper sized!

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(1/8000s f/5.6 ISO500 100mm 7D)

~Curtis in Sitka! {!-{>

Day 294: The Otters!

We passed a big raft of Otters.  I think they were trying to form a Conga line…

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The light was bad, but the otters were pretty good.

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I am not sure what Smiley is laughing about…

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Maybe it is Mom.

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One of them,anyway.

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She always said she wanted to come back as an Otter!

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“Nom, nom, nom…”

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It gets a little hard to tell who is who…

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But I guess if they know that is the important thing.

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“Oh, jeez.  The tourists are here already.”

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“And I haven’t even had my coffee yet.”

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“Nom, nom, nom…”

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“Everybody Limbo!”  “Ya!” “Woo Hoo!” “What?”

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“That’s enough sun on my front.”

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“Now my back.”

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“Look at me, everybody!  I’m a washing machine!”

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“Bye, bye!”

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~Curtis in Sitka! {!-{>

Day 293: The Eagles!

Bald eagles abound in Alaska.  We saw all of these in about a one mile stretch over about 20 to 30 minutes…

An immature Bald Eagle.

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Siblings and a parent.  I have never seen a Bald Eagle roost on the ground like that before.

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As I have mentioned previously, some of the salmon are running.  Here is an Eagle waiting for dinner to drop onto his lap…and it is trying to!

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And just to prove it wasn’t a freak photo, this is two frames later…

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One Eagle, no, two!

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Three Eagles!  And three ducks…Redheads, I think.

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An Eagle, crow and deer.

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Guarding an old house.

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In our large and very quiet whale watching boat we motored right up under a couple.

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Next: More Otters!

~Curtis in Sitka! {!-{>

Day 292: Sitka! -or- Back to the Cruise!

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An early morning approach to Sitka!

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(Not the most even of panoramas…Click to enlarge; BACK to return!)

A view from Breakfast.

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Once again we had to tender in to reach the shore: there was not a dock that would fit our Amsterdam.  But this time, the operator for the Otters, Whales and Other Stuff tour we were going on, picked us up at the ship!

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This is a different view of the ship.

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And off we go!

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There were seagulls…

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There were cormorants…

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And more cormorants…

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There was sea spray…

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There were otters…well, none of those otter photos trend out, so you have to wait.  There were seals…

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And close ups of seals…

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See?  There is an otter!

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Next up: The Eagles!

~Curtis in Sitka! {!-{>

Day 291

Fall must be coming…this morning, down by the River…

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(1/1500s f/8.0 ISO320 300mm Canon 7D 100% crop)

~Curtis in /\/\onTana! {!-{>

Day 290: Another brief break…

I got to run down by the River this evening and got a few nice photos of a variety of birds, so I will break into our Arches sojourn for a moment.

Western Grebes.

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Bald Eagle.

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Juvenile Common Loon.

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Canadian Geese in silhouette.

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Actually, these two photos are cut from the same one.  The only other thing I did was whiten up the sky a little.

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They were too big to show at a 100% crop, so I had to split them up.

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(The whole thing!)

American Tree Sparrow.  These are smaller than a 100% crop.  I was too close and couldn’t fit the whole bird in ay 100%!

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Not bad for 40 minutes down by the River!

~Curtis in /\/\onTana! {!-{>

Day 289

We spent a couple days in Moab, Utah, at Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, while on our way back from Albuquerque.  A high cloud cover moved in and the lighting was horrible.  Almost all of the sky was washed out, and I don’t want to photoshop one in.

This is the Sun trying to creep up to start the day.  I know it looks like on of my Moon photos, but it is the sun.

I am pretty sure…

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Our KOA Kamping Kabin in the warm morning light.  The light didn’t last.

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This is the view from the Courthouse Towers Viewpoint in Arches NP.  That is the Three Gossips across the road, and the Towr of Babel on the far right.  I think.

(A five photo panorama:click to enlarge; BACK to return!)

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Turning around, this is the Courthouse Towers.

(A two photo panorama: up and down, not sideways.)

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Note the painter with the little easel.  I think they were painting all of the little paintings for the shops in town to sell.  There were lots of painters.  Probably at least one at each viewpoint and pullout.  Sometimes more!

The Famous Balanced Rock!

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This is a four photo panorama looking down towards the Windows Arches.  It was crowded and there was no parking.

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The Dailylife Wife took these next four.  The first is of the Windows Aches.

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Part of the Cove of Caves.

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A new Arch is forming!

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A little closer…

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A long view to Delicate Arch from the lower viewpoint.  It was not a good day for us to walk out to it.

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More to come from Archs National Park!

~Curtis in Moab! {!-{>

Day 288

Today’s Guest Blogger is the Dailylife Wife, with a lovely bunch of water and leaves photos from the Durango-Silverton Highway!

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~Curtis in Colorado! {!-{>

Day 287

More of the D&SNGRR 486:  What can I say, I like trains!

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(The photos in this post are the Dailylife Wife’s photos!)

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~Curtis in Colorado! {!-{>