Autumn in Ellis Cove

Ellis Cove in Autumn, Olympia WA
Ellis Cove in Autumn, Olympia WA

Yeah, this is the wrong time of year for this image… but it just crossed my screen and I thought I would share it. Ellis Cove is a small inlet off of Budd Inlet on the south end of Puget Sound near Olympia.

I keep a kayak at the marina directly across from the cove and spent a lot of time paddling around the inlet. The combination of autumn colors, high tide and a lack of wind was unusual, but just what this needed. I carry a Nikon AW120 in the pocket of my PFD. I wish it shot in RAW, but I’m happy that it’s waterproof.

Camera: Nikon Coolpix AW120
Lens set at 4.3mm
ISO 125    1/1000 sec    f2.8

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

Out On the Bay

I paddle out onto the bay
Just me and the gulls, herons and ducks
There is a bit of wind from the south
A little chop on the water, but not much

A  flock of bufflehead since my last visit
seasons change, birds come and go
no loons yet
They will be here when it gets cold

It’s quiet on the water and it clears your mind
You can focus on the important things
Keeping the entry splash of the paddle
As gentle as the breeze

The wind picks up…
Each boat is different
As distinctive as fine wine
The best are alive with each wave.

You move with the water
The boat and you as one
Keeping your balance, centered
Following the boat … The boat knows.

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