Golden Eagle – 300mm, 1/750 @ f/5.6
For those of us who can’t spend thousands on an African Safari, places like Northwest Trek near Eatonville, Washington provide a way to get close to wildlife without spending days in a blind, hoping for something interesting to pass by. I took the family here a couple weeks ago. My favorite animals are the predators, but because the massive enclosure sizes to let animals roam a bit more than your typical zoo, sometimes it’s hard to see them.
Lynx @ NW Trek – 300mm, 1/250 @ f/5.6
The cats were resting in the back of their enclosures, so even at 300mm I had to crop this photo so much it wouldn’t be worth using for a print. Still, good lighting and I managed to get their eyes. Animal photos usually aren’t worth anything unless the eyes are sharp.
Cougar @ NW Trek – 300mm, 1/180 @ f/5.6
Cougars are some of the most graceful, regal, magnificent animals. Most of the shots I got of this one, his brows shadowed his eyes. This one shot he tilted his head up to watch a bird and I got the light in his eyes.
Wildlife photography is not my forte, but it’s fun to dabble in it once in awhile.
Mt Hood from Portland, OR – 95mm, 1/45 @ f/8.0
I took a business trip to Portland, Oregon for a couple days in February, and of course brought my camera along. Didn’t get a lot of great shots, but I like this one of Mt Hood from the hill above the southern downtown area. These photos were both taken right at sundown.
Mt St Helens from Portland – 146mm, 1/60 @ f/8.0
While Mt Hood is actually in Oregon, Mt St Helens seen in the second photo is in Washington State. You can see the Willamette River and some of the bridges that span it.
One thing that strikes me from looking at these two photos is that Portland was founded in a relatively large flat area. Probably by design. Easy expansion. Ships can reach it from the Pacific Ocean via the Columbia River, but it’s a good hour drive to the ocean so not the most convenient port.
I’ve been on more outings recently, and doing more than just working, eating, and sleeping, so I have some photos to post now.