|Maple Valley, WA|
The day before it had snowed a lot so we had the added attraction of driving in rutted paths down back roads listening to the crunch and slush of the snow, depending on whether or not it was in full sun or shaded by tall evergreens.
Such fun to turn around one corner after another and find a vista of snow-covered mountains framed by a cool blue (cerulean ?) sky.
Last year I was here in January and between all the photographers with their space-deep reaching lenses and the eagles flying about, it was kind of crazy.
|North Fork of the Nooksak River, near Maple Valley, WA.|
This year it was quieter; mostly eagles calling out to each other in their lovely scree-ing tones and the crisp sound of snow under my feet as I tried to find a clear shot through the trees.
We sat for a long time just listening, occasionally snapping a shot, and watching as the eagles triangulated for their chance to have some fresh seagull meat.
It was peaceful. Far from the pre-Christmas scramble to get one last present and farther still from any world news of disruption or upheaval.
|How many eagles do you see? When I took|
the shot, there were at least eight; I may have
cropped a few out.
|This bird was down at river's edge,|
feeding on its catch.
But I digress from the swarm of eagles on the Nooksack, where hapless salmon have been arriving to spawn and once done, they expire to feed a variety of critters.
|Mt. Baker, I think, partially obscured by clouds, taken on the Mt. Baker Road.|
There is a side road called Mosquito Lake Road off the Mt. Baker Road which has probably the best photo opportunities for these eagle shots. One of the residents has this funny front yard decoration.
|Looks like the guy in the sleigh has been waiting a long time|
for the cow to take flight...