Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
The sound of the surf at this time is transformative. I am drawn to it, though a 55 degree temperature, a fog, and a north wind will probably prevent my being there.
But when the full moon is setting over that magnificent beach on September 12 near dawn, I doubt anything could prevent my being there.
All human activities and misadventures pale into appropriate perspective when the elemental sound and power of an incoming Northern Pacific tide is pounding at one's doorstep. This is good--a welcomed diversion.
D. Grant Haynes
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
(Photos by D. Grant Haynes) (Click on images to enlarge.)
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
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Thursday, August 18, 2011
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011
I set out in earnest this afternoon to walk down to the beach and photograph kites, tourists, corn dog stands, and rows of actively used portable toilets--the usual human stuff.
But along the way, my attention was arrested by something much more interesting and appealing and I never made it to the beach.
I saw the quiet and timid visage of a young mule deer watching me from a brushy field not 100 yards away.
While all the tourists streamed to the beach, I detoured past a small stand of pines and into an open space where I was fortunate to view three mule deer for half an hour or so. I believe I saw a doe with two fawns.
After the deer tired of entertaining me, I drove down Highway 101 toward Ilwaco, Washington, stopping at a local landmark called "Black Lake".
There, I saw gulls taking a break too from the kite festival and the noisy and restless Pacific Ocean. Black Lake is beautiful in its own quiet way.
D. Grant Haynes
Monday, August 15, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
This view of Mt. Rainier (elevation 14,411 feet) was taken from White Pass on Highway 12 in Southwestern Washington on August 1, 2011. It is not too often that Rainier is out. Clouds cloak the dormant volcano more often than not. Mt. Rainier is considered to be one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. Despite her potential for eruptive activity similar to Mt. St. Helens' in 1980, Rainier lends dramatic beauty to Washington State. (See Wikipedia article at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Rainier for more detail.)
Saturday, July 23, 2011
During each of the three summers I have spent in Wilbur, Washington, I have been aware of a family of Red-shafted Flickers (Colaptes auratus) that nest somewhere near my abode. By midsummer, they come to my backyard with whatever offspring they've managed to rear and teach the young the art of finding and eating the ants that are plentiful here by late July.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
(Photoshop technique note: This image was created by utilizing a gradient tool set at 100 percent. Gradient colors were red (from upper left) to yellow (at lower right). After a diagonal application of the color gradient, a "water color" filter was applied. Adobe Photoshop is fun and unlimited in terms of special effects. Never let anyone tell you built-in photo manipulation tools from Microsoft Corporation will do as much. They are for amateurs. -- DGH)
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Plants, animals, and all wild things of the Earth are governed by the cyclical ebbing and flowing of the seasons. Midsummer in Eastern Washington is characterized by a sense of peace not known in the spring. The blackbirds have reared their broods and are beginning to flock together in the evening. Wheat and wild grasses are ripening, thus assuring continuity of their kinds for another year. Nature's children have remained faithful to their charges. They can relax and rest now, building up energy stores for the next chapter in their lives. Whatever Love's plan for them--migration to a warmer clime or survival in a long and cold winter--there will be no complaining nor striving. They accept their roles in the larger order and are at peace in all things. -- D. Grant Haynes
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
One of my early priorities while the summer persists will be to seek out and photograph or make a video of all beach and shoreline animals and birds I encounter. Wouldn't it be great to walk the 8-mile Discovery Trail from Long Beach to Ilwaco and find harbor seals or other wildlife along the way! Anybody want to join me for the trail or a portion of it? -- D. Grant Haynes
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Friday, July 1, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
I know some of my viewers expect a new spectacular every few days. Those spectaculars are becoming more difficult to produce as spring drifts into summer and the flowering stage for wild plants subsides.
However, I am sharing a photo of fern fiddleheads that were opening June 16 when I hiked in Pacific County, Washington, near Long Beach. The woodlands of the Cape Disappointment headland were replete with such ferns.
Fern fiddleheads are considered a delicacy by some. They are steamed or otherwise cooked slightly before being consumed.
I have not had an opportunity to identify, specifically, this particular fern variety, so I cannot recommend it as a food source. More research would be required on my part before I would eat it or any other wild plant.
D. Grant Haynes
Saturday, June 11, 2011
The June 11 moon was beautiful, uncompromised by clouds or mist. She reached the quarter phase on June 9 and will be full June 15.
Regardless of how neurotic and self-destructive the human species becomes, some natural phenomena remain unchanged, thereby offering solace in a world seemingly gone mad.
This beautiful moon, our faithful earth companion through all the ages, cares not one whit what Anthony Weiner sent a woman on Twitter. That puts things into perspective for me.
D. Grant Haynes
Friday, June 10, 2011
A terrible name for a pleasant little plant of the meadow, but I am told it is so named because someone mistook it (Zigadenus paniculatus) once for an edible camas and became ill.
In any case, this particular plant lent sunlight and joy to what was possibly my last afternoon looking for spring flowers in Wilbur, Washington.
God bless the natural world and all it has given me. -- DGH
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Today's featured plant is the desert yellow daisy, (Erigeron linearis).
This tiny daisy is actually expected to bloom in July or August in Eastern Washington, but is appearing already in Lincoln County.
Perhaps they seek to take advantage of the liberal rains of recent days.
D. Grant Haynes
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Succeeding generations of flowers attract bees and butterflies each lazy summer afternoon for at least three months running.
During the bitter Eastern Washington winter, this brave and uncomplaining little woody plant defies all cold with a certainty that it will be reborn again when soil and air temperatures reach a minimal level in the spring.
Today, June 1, 2011, my cheery bush produced its first four flowers of the 2011 season. Within days now, I can expect the shrub to be covered with five-petaled yellow flowers. Again, they will continue until the days begin to grow short and cold in late September, perhaps.
Being a determined researcher, I am pouring over taxonomic descriptions to learn the botanical name of the plant. I will certainly post that designation here when found.
Until such time, I will simply call the bush my "sunshine flower".
This, because I know the plant will lend a sense of warmth and gentle peace to my life each afternoon as I sit in my backyard listening to bird calls and other comforting sounds of the natural world.
D. Grant Haynes
P.S. -- I have learned from an area nursery that my sunshine flower is a shrubby cinquefoil (Dasiphora fruticosa).
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
I have lived most of my life in Georgia, West Texas, or some other place noted for thunderstorms and tornadoes at almost any time of the year. But such storms are very rare in Washington State. Typically, one hears thunder only a few times in a year--usually in late spring or early summer.
But we had a humdinger this evening that would do justice to Warner Robbins, Georgia, or Clyde, Texas. No, there was no tornado and not a lot of wind, but the lightning was fierce and there was small hail even.
D. Grant Haynes
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
This spring's wildflowers are a full month later blooming than last year's in Eastern Washington. I wrote of seeing Granite Gilia on April 4, 2010. Today--May 4, 2011--I saw it in abundance for the first time this year, due to the unusually severe and prolonged winter now ending.
In its own quiet and unobtrusive way, this year's Granite Gilia gladdens the heart of all who yearn for a cessation of winter's siege.
But we'll take any roses we can get on the windswept Columbia Plateau and be grateful.
There is always an object lesson in nature that we humans would do well to imbibe.
The timid and unspectacular Granite Gilia plant does not whine, "why wasn't I born an azalea bush in Mobile's Bellingrath Gardens?" Rather, she accepts gracefully her role as a hardscrabble little plant growing in rocky volcanic soil on the windswept Columbia Plateau of Eastern Washington. She brightens the landscape for a few weeks, upon receiving her cue, and then retreats back into the soil to await another, perhaps more propitious, spring. No grumbling about her lot or her role in the grander scheme.
I would that we were all as wise.
D. Grant Haynes
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Saturday, April 2, 2011
- ► September (4)
- Gulls at Ocean Park, Washington
- Oysterville continues to beckon
- Washington's Waikiki Beach
- Oysterville, Washington made remote, beautiful by ...
- Propsom, Schulte bring blues to old Long Beach rai...
- Back to the kite festival...
- No more kite festival--not today!
- Kites everywhere...
- View to the East of Willapa Hills from Long Beach,...
- Young gulls vie for handouts
- Thousands of blackbirds perform evening ritual at ...
- Gulls, terns at Ocean Park on Long Beach Peninsula...
- Long Beach kite festival coming!
- Rainier dominates Cascade skyline
- Red-shafted Flicker comes a-callin'
- A lovely weekend in Long Beach
- Columbia Basin grasses as texture
- July days long and pleasant
- Nubiru bearing down?
- Tempestuosity of spring yields to quieter midsumme...
- Look at that Pacific surf today!
- English Sparrows
- When I arrive in Long Beach...
- Columbia River channel jetty as seen from Cape Dis...
- Always beautiful...
- Was it a sign or portent?
- ► June (6)
- I thought I was in Texas!
- Weekend walk yields another diminutive Washington ...
- Long-leaf phlox doesn't shout
- Upland larkspur lends its delicate beauty to sprin...
- Arrowleaf balsamroot brightens May landscapes in W...
- Dandelions as art
- Norway Spruce cones
- Lichen colonies on volcanic rocks in Eastern Washi...
- Lone tulip graces my yard today
- Granite Gilia brightens May's fields in Lincoln Co...