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Inktober 2015 Day 21 – Rising Dawn

Inktober Day 21 - Rising Dawn

 

Inktober #15 – Hey! Whatcha Doin?

Hey! Whatcha Doin

 

Padilla Bay 07/05/2014

Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-2Padilla Bay is one of those rare hikes in Western Washington that has something like 0, as in ZERO, none, till flatter than the christian rendition of earth, elevation.  Well, maybe there are a few inches in one direction or another.  However, it is the home of many interesting birds and plant life.  Though it seems someone notified them of our arrival prior to our getting there and they decided to play a prank by being virtually non-existent the entire time we were there.  Or it could also have been a lucky fishing boat off to the other side of the hill that they were getting a free lunch from.  Either way, it became more of a nature hike with a few interesting sightings during the course of it.
Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-3There were a few encounters, like this one.  I believe it is a Cooper’s Hawk.  Pretty little things.
Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-5These tracks, we were able to successfully identify as belong to a distant relative of the Dodo bird which is now extinct.  The Didit bird, though rarely seen, has been known to leave tracks as it prowls for tidbits to share with its companion, the Sasquatch.  Its a symbiotic relationship and adds to the mystery of Sasquatch sightings.  Its also where the bird got its name.  When seen, people will point to it and stutter, “he diditditdit”, which eventually got shortened to Didit.
Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-6Looks like this one was engaged in the mysterious two step hippity hop mating dance where they first jump one foot forward, one foot back, then straight down and bow to their prospective partner.  We didn’t see any other tracks in the other direction, so she must have been playing very coy and hiding behind the reeds.  Which they often do as they chortle a beckoning call to the suitor.
Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-7The aliens found many areas of this region to be difficult to leave their calling cards and had to improvise.  So, where the Midwest has crop circles, we have wetland tribal markings.  The decision was reached after a long negotiation process with the local tribes of the region, who, unlike in other areas of this country, did not lose all their lands and rights, came to an agreement that they could mark the land, but they had to use ancient tribal symbolism.  It is rumored that it wasn’t tobacco that was in the peace pipe they handed the aliens and this is the reason for the rather unique interpretation of the tribal marks.
Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-9And it seems the aliens also left another gift on their visit to our wetlands.  One might believe these small puffs to be fallen pieces of moss, but on closer inspection, it is noted that they completely encompass the branch they are attached to.
Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-10And here, their nefarious intent becomes apparent.  The obvious blood on this batch shows them to be a alien carnivorous dust bunnies of the vamperical extraterrarium family.  A highly invasive species that will need addressing and eradicating.
Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-12And here we have one of the alien all terrain vessels in submarine mode posing as a stick.
Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-16Little does it know that the Earth protects herself and is readying herself for a light snack of alien kabobs by opening her gaping maw of doom.
Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-17After a quick bite, she returns to her normal and serene demeanor.
Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-24This tiny island, surrounded my vast expanses of mud was once home to a tiny band of mud people.  It took them hundreds of years to build their mud moat around the island.  A feat for which they generally get the last laugh as most people are unaware of the extreme danger that mud presents.  One can swim through water.  But, mud will suck you down as effectively as wet cement.  Which is probably where the gangsters first got that idea from.
Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-28Proof that everything is made of star stuff.
Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-29Although they may look like the tusks of a mastodon skeleton, the closeness of them is more indicative of a rarer species of the Beelociraptor.  As the vegetation began to shrink in size, so did this creature evolve to meet the ever smaller orifices it had to probe, until it became the honeybee we know today.
Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-30See?  On closer inspection, you can see the tubular opening at the other end where this voracious creature sucked in massive amounts of nectar.
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Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-37Remember a while back when it was stated about the dangers in the mud zones?  Well, this poor unsuspecting creature thought nothing of her trusty canines wanting to wander into the mudlands and when she saw that they were unaffected by the terrain, allowed them to venture further.  The end results speak for themselves here.  Poor thing forgot that god spelled backwards is dog, thereby giving them near deity abilities to walk on watery surfaces that are denied to most other creatures.  You can see them having a grand laugh over the joke on their human companion.  Thankfully, she also had a great sense of humor which almost got her laughed even deeper into her sinkhole.
Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-38Lesson number 2.  Dogs that will drag you into the mudflats to begin with will NOT pull you back out if you ease up on their leash.  When you tell them to come on, they think you want to go play farther out.  And that is just where they will take you.
Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-40She did finally extract herself from the mud after releasing the dogs to their own devices.  Though the bog monster did demand the sacrifice of one shoe before releasing her.  That made the end of their adventure in the bay for the day, but gave them plenty of material to fill the pages of their journals that night.
Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-41Eureka!  We found the entrance to the Bog Monster’s Lair.  And people said it didn’t exist!
Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-43Damn!  Wasn’t wearing the overalls.  Probably doesn’t look the same to dangle one out of your teeth in hiking clothes.  I’ll just admire them.
Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-44Tiny little starbursts in a sea of gray!
Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-46Well, at least the plovers didn’t go into hiding like the rest of the birds.  Or, at least this one didn’t.
Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-48Lookie!  Its a little fairy parasol!  Bet they are hiding in the rock crevices.  Though it could be trolls which can be really mean and have very sharp teeth!
Little splatters of gold just jump out in this terrain.Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-51
Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-56Yeah, that would be a find I will keep a safe distance from.  Not sure I have ever seen them build a home in a driftwood tree before.
Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-61Keep looking.  I am sure there is a hidden picture in there somewhere! 
Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-63This is the fairy dust runway where the pixies fly low over to collect the dust from the tips of the waving tendrils for use in helping young children to fly and bring back to Neverland to keep Peter company.
Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-67And those black pods below?  Those would be the pods of zombie walking death that must not be consumed, no matter the cajoling from the fairies.  Never forget that one should never eat or drink of a fairy’s offering.
Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-70Wow!  That’s REALLY pink!
Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-71There!  Much better!
Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-73And that is not a smudge in front of the mountain.  Its the damn raptor that has been evading me all day.  And there is no doubt in my mind that it is the same raptor!
Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-74Oh lookie!  BUTTERFLY!
Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-75Not a dandelion.
 Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-76Party poopers.
Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-77Oh lookie!  Its a secret chest hidden in a stone tomb.  Can it be claimed as a treasure hunter’s find?  Cool enclosure though.  Bet the person who forgot to put the stone back in in trouble.  Hmmm?  It could be a gateway into another realm.
Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-80Its the contemplation bridge.
Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-86I think this came out quite nicely!
Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-87See above. 
 Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-96Well, swifts ARE birds.  The are NOT raptors.  But when the raptors are playing hide and seek, you have to accept what you can catch.
 Padilla Bay 07-05-2014-102What lies under these murky depths???
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First Spring in the Garden – 1

IMG_2307Well, I shall try again with this post.  Had the whole thing done and then something flipped and the whole thing was lost.  So, lesson learned and this time I shall save often.So, this is the second day of spring and I looked out my kitchen window and what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a lovely lady deer stopping by for a morning snack?
IMG_2313Who would have thought that deer had a liking for birdseed?  I may actually consider putting up a birdfeeder in my yard just to attract one of these lovely ladies into my yard.
IMG_2316And here we have a bird not on a wire but on a branch under a wire.  Just moments before the infamous battle between the robin and the raven which was unfortunately over before I could get the camera back up to capture it for posterity.  Ah well.  There is always the next time.  They need to learn to either battle longer or give sufficient warning that the battle is about to ensue.
IMG_2320No, I am relatively sure it isn’t Woody, but rumor has it that it might be a distant relative.  I have been on countless hikes over the years and seen evidence of these critters in the trees turned Swiss cheese.  It was nice to finally get a picture of one and then found out that they are around here in just droves.  They seem particularly fond of perching in one of the  trees in the back yard.
IMG_2323Gotta love living in an area where you can burn the yard cuttings.  Yeah, I know most do it because it is a cost savings of having it hauled away.  But, for someone like me, its like . . . . . . FIRE!!!!  Cool!!!Seriously gave some consideration to running in the house and grabbing a blanket to try my hand at smoke signals.  But, I figured as close as I am to one of the Indian reservations, I would probably send off some seriously inflammatory comments and they would send one of the elders over to make me turn over my discount dining and gas card at the casino.  That doesn’t mean I would give it consideration again sometime in the future.  But this time I was content to just play with fire.
IMG_2324It should be noted that no known life forms were sacrificed in the making of this fire (at least not to the knowledge of the fire maker)  There was however, a disturbance of an erotic episode between a couple of glowing bronze beetles as the branch they were using for discretionary purposes was pulled up to add to the growing pyre.  I did offer an apology for the disturbance, but they were too engaged to take note of it.  And yes, I did attempt to get a picture of them, but by the time I had grabbed the camera and walked back over, they had moved to some other location.
IMG_2325I must have done something right because look!  There in the center of the pyre is a fire elemental engaged in dance of such ancient origin that no one remembers what it means anymore.  But, you can see her right there beckoning for others to join her in her fiery dance.
IMG_2326And here we have the two story fire elemental two story hobbit dome style abode.
IMG_1724And her little flooferness self, Miss Cassie, said it is time to take a break and look upon her immense beauty and tell her what a lovely little princess she is and what a lovely white ruff she has.  She is hoping that I won’t point out that little area right there at the bottom of the ruff where the fur is kinda stuck together. which is where she has drooled on herself and forgot to clean off before posing for the picture.  She does this often, but will insist that she doesn’t.  Don’t believe this.  Cats are wicked and deceitful creatures.
IMG_2327And so now we return to the fire which is emitting the most lovely plumes of smoke.  I did give much consideration to cackling maniacally and tossing thing into the fire for the scarification of the hag, but because there were other neighbors out and making kind gestures, including the exchange of verbal pleasantries, I opted to refrain till possibly the next time I make fire.
IMG_2328And it is now burning down to the last of its branches.  I did mean to take a picture of the black smoldering mound at the end, but got distracted with other things and forgot to do so.  I suppose this is one of those times I should contemplate making one of those things to remember lists.  The problem is that I always forget where I put them, so they tend to be a bit of a waste of time.
March 2014 Garden & Around Town-60

And I shall end this with this lovely picture of my blooming hellebore.  Because what more fitting way to end a post than with a picture of a poisonous plant?  Well, maybe a poisonous critter, but there weren’t any around so I had to make due with what I had to work with.

 

Morning Caw

Morning Caw

 

Raven Flight