Raymond Pics: 2018
Above: 1/21/2018 Starlings feeding on the grass.
above: three shots of the deer with injured leg. 2/7/2018
2/20/2018 A bit of snow
Above 5 shots; Geese on Willapa. Shots taken from the bridge over the North Fork.
Above: Birds and Chimney. Windy. Sunny. Cloudy....and later that day, rain - light but propelled by the brisk wind. The birds, Starlings, I believe. About 60% size of a crow. They feed off the ground and especially in the marsh land that is found along the banks of the Willapa.
Canada Geese on river
Robin with Starlings.
It's overcast. The air is still for this moment. Temperature is in the high forties. No rain. Quiet.
above 4photos; saw mill (Weyerhaeuser) It is Saturday and a maintenance crew is at work around the office. The apparent log / lumber inventory suggests that business continues.
I took another walk under the bridge and down onto the mossy 'tundra' at the river bank. Today turned out to be sunny in the afternoon hours. The air was still. It felt warm in the sun. Spring. During this interval I saw no waterfoul at the river, yet there are those tracks in the above 4th photo.
Above: An Osprey at work over the Willapa River.
A rare colorful sunset. The most purple in the sky I've seen since moving here a year ago. Tripod shot.
5_17_2018 From the balcony
Full greenery. Hand held. Wide angle.
in the apartment
I'll be doing a little spinning using the Trek Fluid Cycle Ops flywheel stand with my Cannondale Mountain Bike. I haven't ridden the Cannondale since the mid 1990's. And I do have some reservations about riding on public streets and highways; there has been an up-tick in the statistics of rider deaths caused by automobiles running them over. Nonetheless, the exercise is beneficial. For now, I'll just use the excercise bracket until I begin to feel brave enough to get out on the roads.
This location is far from ideal but does allow me to watch the TV while pedaling...and there is a view of the wall clock that allows me to time my sessions.
It's Sunday and I happen to be out on the deck with camera in hand. At first I heard an exhaust note. A different sounding one. The kind of exhaust note that has a single pitch to it, singing alto, as it were. Not deep throated. Not bass. Not tenor. Alto. Mellow. Not overtly loud. Pleasant sounding. Then this Bentley flashed before me. I had one brief opportunity to get the shot and this is all I have from the moment. It was heading North on Hwy 101. That's quite a lot of money motoring up the road. I don't recognize the driver from this angle. Probably not Leno.
July 4, 2018
July 11, 2018
This shot was taken with less telephoto a few moments later than the above shot. The buck is sitting in front of the house across the street from me while I take my photos from the balcony in my apartment.
This photo is taken from the side of Hwy 101 in downtown Raymond. The 'bike rider taking a drink of water as he leans against his bike' is one of several steel sculptures to be seen as you pass through Raymond. I thought it entirely appropriate to prop my bike up along this sculpture for this photo opportunity. At this point I was nearly finished with a 9 mile ride on that day. My home base is less than a mile away from this spot.
Not seen in this photo is the road construction. They're installing a Round-A-Bout intersection at the Hwy 101 / Hwy 6 intersect. The construction has been going on for one week and it looks like they're just about done. I'll have a photo of the finished result when it is finished.
hand held. 12-24 wide angle zoom.
Bike Ride Shots using a Nokia Lumia 735 Windows Phone camera.
Shots taken from the balcony. Tripod. 75-300 tele zoom.
The smoke was thick in the atmosphere and at ground level we smelled it as well as looked through it.
cell phone pic from the bike, 9/12/2018, looking across the Willapa. From the bike trail off hwy 101 in Raymond just 1/4 mile up-river of the Port of Willapa. A great place for bike riding...when it doesn't rain.
9/16/2018 Above three photos are taken with my cell phone. Another bike ride along the trail. Right after taking these three photos, it began to rain. At first the rain drops hit with the force of a light hail storm, no hail, just rain drops. But then the intensity and the density of the rain increased. Never solidifying into hail, just wet pelting rain. At its peak the downpour was reminiscent of taking a shower, which I suppose is why this kind of downfall is called a shower. I was drenched, clothing and bike, complete and thoroughly soaked and dripping wet.
I did not stop the ride. Nor did I seek cover. Instead I continued my route as normal but picked up the pace a bit to get through it. By the time I had returned home, the rain had stopped and the sun was filtering through the clouds again. The only evidence of the rainfall having happened was the wet earth and my riding clothes, which were soaked through.
Good ride, actually. Exhilarating.