My former student and one of my favorite people in the world, Austin Breckenridge, invited me to watch a pair of great horned owlets getting tagged yesterday by biologist Jeff Kidd. What an amazing gift! Here are some photos from The Great Owlet Adventure. (Skagit County, Washington.)
I didn’t start off with big plans. But a call from the youngest son brought me to Padilla Bay Interpretive Center to go for a quick walk with him while he waited for his car to charge up at the charging station there. Xander is such a hoot. We share the same sense of humor about things and spent a lot of our time together laughing at life.
On our walk we came upon some of my friends from the Skagit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship – it was such a joy to see them again! It’s been so long! It was a year ago on Mother’s Day that I last joined them for a zoom meeting to share stories about my mom. It’s been years since I’d seen them in the person!
I’d just gotten home and eaten some lunch when I got a call from my friend, Teresa, with a tip that there was a mega flock of “big white birds” near Conway. Teresa didn’t know what the birds were, for sure, but her instincts told her these birds were special. “Are they really loud?” I asked. And Teresa confirmed they were. “I think we’ve got snow geese,” I told her. This was very cool for me because I know the snow geese are about to make their northerly migration to the Arctic and I’m not sure how much longer we’ll have them here with us.
I grabbed my camera and headed towards Conway. It wasn’t hard to find the snow geese – there were thousands of them! And I could see them filling the skies from a mile away. They put on a spectacular show today. I’m so glad I got to be witness to their celebration.
I know. We’re already two months into 2022, but better late than never, right? Here are some of my favorite photos from 2021: autumn in Bellingham; seal on the Oregon coast; hawk on the tree outside our window; sunrise in Skagit County, WA; a gladiola gift from a friend; snow geese near Bow, WA; flipped reflection of Skagit Valley daffodils; a couple of photos from Neskowin on the Oregon coast; Mount Rainier; an owl in our tree; and otters scrambling on a rock in Bellingham, WA. (Photos by Karen Molenaar Terrell.)