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Day Trip to San Juan Island

Tracy and I got back from another trip to San Juan Island, this time armed with a better, faster camera. It was worth it. I did take over 300 shots – mostly of orcas while out whale watching with the same outfit as last year – so it’ll take a few days to sort through them and decide which ones to keep. I have, however, posted one picture that shows quite a bit of an orca – and his mother – that I hope will wet your appetite.

We also took a few pictures of madrona trees, a tree that is bright orange when its bark sheds. San Juan Island is full of these evergreen beauties. We also saw quite a few eagles but I just don’t have the telephoto lens I’d need to capture them. (Just an $1,800 birthday or Christmas present, in case anyone should win the lottory. )

We also "got lost" on purpose and wound up in Roche Harbor on the north-west side of the island, a beautiful Southern-like town right here in the Pacific Northwest. There was a little festival going on and Tracy and I bought a beautiful picture of one lucky shot. It’s actually the first art we’ve bought but I do plan on getting some of my shots framed. This is just one picture that could take a lifetime and never happen again. Visit http://www.michaelbertrandphotography.com/images/Gallery/drops.jpg for a look at it, from Michael Bertrand.

Besides bring back lots of pictures, we also brought back some pretty bad sun burns. We should put tanning lotion on sooner next time.

We are considering a backpacking trip to Orcas Island, one of the San Juan Islands. Leaving the car behind will cost less and give us an opportunity to backpack one of the nicer islands for doing so.

Next weekend we plan on camping overnight at Mt. Rainier so I can get up very early in the morning to catch the sunrise – which is about 5:15 AM here. A little later the water should still be calm, so that I won’t have to shoot the reflection of Mt. Rainier in such choppy waters as you can currently see in the photo gallery.

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