Well sort of!!  Just got back from a few days visiting family in Mt. Vernon, WA.  It was wonderful to see them all again and to meet my new Grandniece Edith Marie Leavitt.  As you can see she is a beauty and such a happy little baby.

Edith_bearPart of my reason for traveling north was to photograph bald eagles, swans and Arctic geese that in past years fill up the Skagit River valley.  However this year was a real letdown.  According to the volunteers at the Interpretive Center up on the Skagit River this was one of the lowest counts they have ever seen.  Apparently the chum salmon run did not come on either – so no fish, no eagles.  There were a couple in the trees around a bridge crossing and I managed to get one decent shot of a single bird but the big numbers I had anticipated just were not there.

Single_eagleFollowing lunch in the small town of Concrete we headed down to the farmlands near the mouth of the river and managed to find two really magnificent birds in an  old tree right along the county road.  My favorite bird shot of the day.

Twin_eagles_squareI was hoping for flocks of swans and geese but the fields were almost bare – there were small groups of swans and perhaps some geese but they were way over in the fields and certainly out of camera range.  Such is nature –  ever changing.

It was getting late in the afternoon as we found our way to the charming little town of LaConner.  We roamed about in the shops and galleries for a while and as we got to the end of the street I noticed a sunset forming up.  I ran back to the car for the camera and shot the following image of The Rainbow Bridge over the Swinomish Channel.  I was a bit chilly on the docks but I think well worth the effort.

Rainbow_bridge_sunsetDinner was in a lovely little place called Seeds and we celebrated my brother-in-law’s birthday with bar grub and a nice glass of wine.

The next day we went to the town of Stanwood where one of my nieces live.  I had hoped to get to visit the Pilchuck Glass School but the access road was gated and the sign said it was only open by appointment.  Too bad, the web site makes it look very interesting.  It was founded by Dale Chihuly – world famous glass artist.  Perhaps some other time.

We got to spend some time prior to the Seahawks game in a tidal wetland just outside of the town Stanwood and while there comments made about Snowy Owls being around yesterday!! – ( arghh remembering the Wood Duck comments!! Hummmm!!) — we did not see much save a couple of hawks and an osprey that were rather jumpy.  There were some interesting patterns in the dead reeds along the shore and I just thought I would include one in this post.  Nothing special at all.

Reed_reflectionAll together is was a great trip even though the large numbers of birds just were not there.   Spending time with my family always brightens my spirit.