A male Wood Duck at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.

Duck on Branch (Be Prepared)

NISQUALLY, Wash. -- During winter, I usually am toting my long lens and often run into hunters. “Big lens,” many will comment. “Big gun,” I usually reply. Though a lot of birders and wildlife photographers bristle, I enjoy my encounters with hunters. After all, we’re both looking for the same thing, and we’re both going to shoot it, albeit me with a camera. We also both usually have gathered intelligence the other can use. … [Read More...]

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Less than Sterling

Gifted with an opportunity to seize and shape a defining moment in their sport’s history, they pondered and met and schemed. They geared up and took aim. And on Sunday night in Oakland, the players of the Los Angeles Clippers shot a figurative air ball. Wading amid the cultural rip tide created by their owner, Donald Sterling, his most prized employees assembled on the court before their playoff game against the Golden State Warriors, and deposited their warmup jackets in a pile to reveal practice shirts turned inside out, hiding the team logo. But, when push came to shove, they reported dutifully for the opening tip, played and lost a game, and not even for a second did the NBA cash machine cease dispensing dollars. So, for an extremely critical news cycle, the toxic, racist comments attributed to Sterling provoked no repercussions of substance. There was outrage, of course. The vast One-Nameness – Magic (Johnson), Michael (Jordan) and Lebron (James) – stepped forward. But such is the mathematics of our times: Outrage minus a hit to the pocketbook equals meaningless … [Read More...]

A male Wood Duck at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.

Duck on Branch (Be Prepared)

NISQUALLY, Wash. -- During winter, I usually am toting my long lens and often run into hunters. “Big lens,” many will comment. “Big gun,” I usually reply. Though a lot of birders and wildlife photographers bristle, I enjoy my encounters with hunters. After all, we’re both looking for the same thing, and we’re both going to shoot it, albeit me with a camera. We also both usually have gathered intelligence the other can use. … [Read More...]

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Salmon Cascades in Sol Duc Valley, Olympic National Park

Sol Duc Splash

If you’ve ever been photographically challenged by the likes of the indifferent dog, recalcitrant relative or churlish child, try Mother Nature on for size. She can be as fickle as any subject, requiring planning, alternatives and flexibility. To wit, I recently … [Read More...]

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Thousands of Snow Geese make the mutual decison to leave.

Snow Goose Frenzy

You likely will hear them before you see them. When thousands of Snow Geese make the mutual decision to move, even if it's only a few hundred yards, the resulting cacophonous frenzy is like no other, at least in nature. About 75 miles south of where you see Snow Geese in the Puget Sound region is CenturyLink Field, after all, home of the … [Read More...]

The uncomfortable boosterism in media.

Super Conflicted

Two summers ago, I was on my feet at Safeco Field only because it was the only way to see. As Felix Hernandez was putting the finishing touches on a perfect game on Aug. 15, 2012, the woman next to me began to weep. Her boyfriend turned to me and said, in a concerned tone, “It’s OK to look happy about this.” But I struggled with that sentiment, … [Read More...]

A juvenile Bald Eagle surveys the West 90 parcel in Samish Flats.

Hawking Homework

I know from experience that Bald Eagles are masters of the long chill. I once observed a nesting pair through the viewfinder of my camera, waiting at least three hours for something to happen. A lot happened, if you consider a change in gaze or slight settle on a branch "something." That's why the Bald Eagle may not have been the best subject … [Read More...]

Scene of the crime.

22 (semi) Brief Thoughts About Why I’m Mad at Richard Sherman

1. Richard Sherman made a marvelously athletic, immaculately timed play to save Seattle’s 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in an NFC Championship game that instantly is labeled a “classic” and sends the Seahawks to the first and maybe only Super Bowl that will take place in the New York mega-media market. Seconds later, Sherman stalked … [Read More...]

A Short-Eared Owl on Samish Flats.

Before the (Sea)Hawks, an Owl

For some reason, the Short-Eared Owl has been fairly elusive photographic quarry for me. I've now been photographing birds, off and on, for almost a year now. I started with a class in Padilla Bay from my friend Paul Bannick, during which one of the participants mentioned this curious bird. From that moment, I was determined to photograph one. I … [Read More...]

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