The Heron In Autumn

February 21, 2015

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Great Blue Heron

Lagoon at Chinese Gardens,

Fort Worden State Park,

Port Townsend,

Washington, USA

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Pollinator

June 19, 2013

Pollinator

 

 

I am always happy to find, bees, butterflies and frogs in my yard.

These days dependable denizens of the garden are disappearing fast because of things like heavy pesticide use and climate change.

What a sad world we will live in if they do disappear forever.

In the case of bees, we won’t just be sad but seriously deprived of the fruit and vegetables from food sources we heavily rely on.

I truly hope I never see the day when my small friends have vanished.

 

Photographs Copyright 2013 by G. W. German

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June 16, 2013

Twin Fawns at Linda's House (6-15-13)

Here in Port Townsend we have a love/hate relationship with the Giant Spotted Sumatran Rats otherwise known as White-tailed Deer.

Our herd is protected, so there is no Bambi blasting within city limits. I have no doubt that, were this community to suddenly experience

a natural disaster of some sort, the herd would instantly become fair game. And deservedly so.

This privledged class of herbivore acts like the worst of the royals.

They are arrogant, aloof, and fearless in their quest to decimate every garden they can gain access to. They will devour just about anything green and juicy.

Even plants that are listed as “deer proof”. Last year they attacked my euphorbia; A plant that produces a highly toxic white sap. It didn’t phase them.

If it’s a plant you prize that will be the first item on their menu.

I don’t eat red meat but, after dealing with these ravenous pests, venison steaks sound incredibly appetizing.

Deer on 30th (6-15-13)

Photographs Copyright 2103 by G. W. German

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Horses In Hawai’i

November 30, 2012

In April and May of 2008 I was fortunate, due to the grace of a very fine friend, to visit the Big Island of Hawai’i for a month. While there I was able to experience some of the most incredible events of my life. I was able to go snorkeling frequently and the first time in the water I found myself swimming with a sea turtle. Unfortunately, I do not own any underwater camera equipment. So the memories of my wonderful time snorkeling have to suffice. Though that doesn’t help you see what I saw, does it?

I do, however, have many shots of my above water adventures. Including these images taken on a day devoted entirely to using our cameras. As I’ve said before, horses are among my favorite subjects. By chance my friend had an association with a young woman who worked at a ranch where visitors rented horses for day excursions across the lush green hills and valleys near Waimea. The animals were about as tame and friendly as any horses I’d ever been around and, it was obvious, the young women who tended them loved them.

This hour period of my journey has to place among the high points of my visit to Hawai’i despite the fact I can walk about 5 minutes from my home here in PT and interact with my doctor’s horses and donkeys. Perhaps the difference was all in the locale or maybe it was just being around so many friendly horses. I have no idea why, exactly, but I’ve been around abused horses and watched way too many videos of cruelty done to these fine beings. It was lovely being around working horses who were cared for with love and appreciation. In so many instances world wide that is not the case.

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This puppy, less than six months old at the time, was rescued from a dump where he had been abandoned. From the instant he met the horses his herding instincts went into gear. For an untrained herder, he was quite the little master.

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Tender Mercies 4-14-08

In Between Rides

 

 

 

 

 

Snowflaked 4-14-08

 

 

Backsides In Motion 4-14-12

Terra Equina

October 8, 2012

 

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A New Year and A New Blog

January 10, 2012

Spent Hydrangea flowers after a frost.

I’ve wanted to create a blog devoted entirely to my “shutterbug fever” for quite some time and this is it.

I have a large archive of thousands of images I’ve taken since 2006. They’ve been taking up space on my PC in various formats, not really earning their keep, so they need to go out in the world now.

I can’t guarantee they’ll win any photography competition, but their good enough to warrant some minor attention. So, let the display begin.

Point Wilson Lighthouse at Fort Worden State Park

Positive and constructive criticism is welcomed.

I don’t pretend to know all that much about the technical details of fine photography. I think I have a good eye and wish that my skills were more finely honed to match my artistic sense.

If you live near me, I think you’ll enjoy seeing images of your local environment. If not, I hope you’ll enjoy visual documentation of a place that is foreign to you. I also hope that seeing these images will inspire you to document your own locale.

The world is changing very rapidly. Natural areas are disappearing due to the encroachment of mankind’s sometimes extremely destructive needs and desires. Your personal images will provide a record of how life was at this time. The images may also impress some with the desire to work for a sustainable natural environment. In my humble opinion, there is nothing uglier than a clear cut or a new subdivision where once a wetland, forest, fields and streams, a bounty of wildlife, existed. There is no good reason to sacrifice nature for supposed progress.

So, please, grab your camera and get out into nature. It will improve your life in so many ways you won’t believe it. It has not only changed the way I see things but improved my sometimes tenuous health.

Welcome to Picturing Port Townsend. I hope you will enjoy your visit.

Quilcene, Washington

 

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