Fall Salmon Run

Deschutes River (WA) salmon run by Allan J Jones photography
Descutes River (WA) Salmon Run

August 27, 2018

These are salmon waiting below the dam into Capitol Lake (Olympia, WA) to make their run up the Deschutes River. A nice group of fish… In the lower right corner you can see a fish half out of the water … a couple others are partially out elsewhere.

There were  herons, gulls and a harbor seal or two around ….

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 105mm
ISO: 200    1/125 sec   f/5.6

Twin Fawns

Twin Fawns, Elwha Valley, Olympic National Park by Allan J Jones
Twin Fawns, Elwha Valley, Olympic National Park

We were camped at Mary’s Falls Camp on the Elwha River in Olympic National Park. In the morning, while having coffee and breakfast, had a young doe walk through camp. Shortly thereafter, her two young fawns followed … clearly a little nervous about the (smelly) strangers.

A nice way to start the day for us.

Camera: Nikon 1 AW1
Lens: 11-27.5mm set at 27.5
ISO 560    1/125 sec    f/5.6

Mountain Goats

Twin Fawns, Elwha Valley, Olympic National Park by Allan J Jones
Mountain Goat Mom and kid, High Divide Trail, Olympic National Park

We were hiking around the High Divide in Olympic National Park and had camped in Seven Lakes Basin and took a day trip down to Hoh Lake. On the way back up to Bogachiel Pass, I came around a rock outcrop and found myself face to face with a black bear. We were both startled… but he moved downhill and out of sight much faster than I could get my camera ready.

On the way down to the side trail to Seven Lakes Basin, we came face to face with a family group of mountain goats standing in the trail. We were a little nervous, but I wasn’t as concerned as I was with the bear… and I was able to get a number of photos.

Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: 18-70mm set at 70mm
ISO 100    1/50 sec    f4.5

Twelve Spot Skimmer

Twelve Spot Skimmer, Capitol Lake, Olympia WA by Allan J Jones
Twelve Spot Skimmer, Capitol Lake, Olympia WA

I know that this looks a lot like a dragon fly … but it is technically a Twelve Spot Skimmer. I’m not sure it cares much what we call it, but I think it’s a pretty nice bug.

Camera: Nikon Df
Lens: Nikon 50mm 1.8
ISO 400    1/400sec   f/10

Young Buck

Young Buck on Hurricane Hill, Olympic National Park photo by Allan J Jones
Young Buck on Hurricane Hill, Olympic National Park

I was hiking out to Hurricane Hill in Olympic National Park and on the return there were a couple deer coming down the hillside. This is a very highly traveled area and the animals are used to people … that and they have never experienced hunting. So, this young buck was a lot less nervous than in areas where there is an annual hunting season. They stopped alongside the trail and were grazing some of the wild flowers.

While I had my zoom all the way out at 300mm, this image isn’t cropped at all. I got closer, but this is the image that was the most interesting.

Photo taken July 30, 2016

Camera: Nikon D810
Lens: Nikon 28-300mm set at 300mm
ISO 160    1/320 sec    f5.6

Traffic Jam, Highway 395

Cattle herd traffic jam photo by Allan J Jones
Hwy 395 traffic jam: cattle herd

I was driving back from Reno, Nevada to Olympia taking the backroads when I was delayed by this herd of cattle being moved from one pasture to another. There are a couple of real cowboys (on horses, not ATVs or dirt bikes) making sure they go where they are supposed to. This was the only traffic I saw for about 2 hours. That’s the kind of driving I like best.

Photo taken July 30, 2015

Camera: Nikon Df
Lens: Nikon 28-300mm set at 85mm
ISO 800    1/800 sec    f/14

Red Tail Bumble Bee

Red Tailed Bumble Bee On Himalayan Blackberry
Red Tailed Bumble Bee On Himalayan Blackberry

On a (Himalayan) blackberry blossom… alongside Capitol Lake.

I noticed all the bumblebees on the blackberry blossums and decided to see what happened if I just focused on a blossum and waited for a bee to show up. I had to bump up the ISO a little to give me enough shutter speed to hold the motion of the blossom in the light breeze, while keeping the aperture set to give adequate depth of field.

and yes, this is cropped … I wasn’t really that close. (if I had been, the depth of field would have been reduced a lot)

Photo taken June 4, 2018

Camera: Nikon D810
Lens: Nikon 55mm f 1.8
ISO 400    1/500 sec    f/9.0

Kayaking with Seal Pups

Kayaking with Harbor Seal Pups
Kayaking with Harbor Seal Pups

I keep a kayak down at one of the local marinas so that it is convenient for me to put it in the water. No loading/unloading from my vehicle. No taking the kayak rack on and off. Having it be convenient makes it easy to get motivated to go paddle even if the weather is less than ideal.

I was out paddling in Budd Bay in January 2017 when I noticed a group of seal pups following the kayak. A friend told me the secret of how to get their photo … since when you turn the boat, they follow behind. You paddle backwards, they move around “behind” the boat and you can get their photo. There were 7 of them, but this was the best photo I got … they kept diving and swimming in and out of the frame.

I carry a Nikon point and shoot in my life jacket pocket. It is an AW120 and is waterproof … or at least water resistant. This is my second one. I dropped one in the bay when I was removing a sweater.

I wish it captured in RAW, but it’s small and handle to have with me. This is one time that I was real glad I had it.

Camera: Nikon AW120
Lens:   Built in set at 12mm
ISO 125   1/320th sec   f/4.5

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