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Iverson Spit 01/31/2015

Port Susan Bay and Iverson Spit-81The second half of the day with the Sierra Club was brought onto my little island where I discovered another trail that I didn’t know about, Iverson Spit.  The interesting thing is that my grandparents were Iversons.  I may have to look into that further at some point.Coming around the bend in the road, there were some Canadian geese in the field.  There were a couple of bald eagles just before that and I was stopping to get some shots of them, but the guy behind me started honking his horn and they were veering off.  Not sure if it was because they didn’t want to hang around the jerk who couldn’t appreciate their majesty or some other reason.  But, I guess it did prove that Sierra Club and appreciation for nature did not always go hand in hand or it did so selectively depending on how great what the sheep’s need to follow.
Port Susan Bay and Iverson Spit-82The herons are wonderful to see regardless of where they are found.  Though I must admit that I prefer those rare occasions where they are found fishing.
Port Susan Bay and Iverson Spit-85It seems I am slowly starting to learn to identify even the little birds.  This is and Anna’s hummingbird.  I was told that they are quite stunning to catch in the sunlight (of which we had pretty much none of that day).  This one was quite content to just hang around this one tree.
Port Susan Bay and Iverson Spit-86A little bit of proof that they are not always moving.
Port Susan Bay and Iverson Spit-89I do like the driftwood beaches that line my island.  I believe I was told its because they funnel through the bay and they come in but don’t go out.  But, it does make for some interesting fancy footwork along them to get to the water’s edge.  And they can get very slick.
Port Susan Bay and Iverson Spit-90Kinda looks like a seed pod, doesn’t it?  Its probably for one of those giant trees on the other side of the world that you can wrap 50 pairs of arms around and the itty bitty tops on them.
Port Susan Bay and Iverson Spit-93Red holly???  Does that mean the mistletoe will be purple?  That would be cool!
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Just cuz it look ethereal!
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I have always know these as Manzanitas, however, it seems no one up here knows that name.  I think they use Madrone.  Or something like it.  Difference is, up here, they are HUGE!!!
Port Susan Bay and Iverson Spit-99Blackbird singing in the dead of night!
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They’re our redwing blackbirds.  My understanding is the male has multiple mates and the stay in family units.  The female is much drearier looking as is with most of the bird species save the raptors.
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And here the Patriarch is catcalling, uhm, birdcalling the single females flitting about.
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Just some pretty lichens that look like big snowflakes on the branches.
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See????  Snowflake!!!
Port Susan Bay and Iverson Spit-118Particle snowflake!
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Oh, I forget what they said this little brown one was.
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Its a doorway to another realm.  I peeked inside.  They were having lunch, so I will go back later.
Port Susan Bay and Iverson Spit-138Isn’t that a cute little bridge?
Port Susan Bay and Iverson Spit-140It looked really cool sticking up from the grasses.
Port Susan Bay and Iverson Spit-143Thought it made an interesting formation and has some nice lights and shadows in it.
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The miniature world around here is just as lovely as the big world.  But, I have often noticed that many people will walk right by such things without even seeing them.
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They’re just sooo cute!!  And they can generally be found most of the time.  Unlike a lot of the mushrooms that are generally only seen in the fall.
Port Susan Bay and Iverson Spit-148Little did the unsuspecting travelers know, but they had entered the darkness forest and the trees were reaching out to claim more victims for their evening meal.  It was proving to promise quite the feast.
Port Susan Bay and Iverson Spit-149And the long spindly hand reached out from the bowels of the earth toward their cowering forms.
Port Susan Bay and Iverson Spit-152Now bow to your partner on the left, then bow to your partner on the right!
Port Susan Bay and Iverson Spit-153Though it does look cooler in grayscale!
Port Susan Bay and Iverson Spit-155We were pretty sure it was a Cooper’s hawk.
Port Susan Bay and Iverson Spit-157Yup, that’s what it seems to be.
Port Susan Bay and Iverson Spit-162And the darkness opened before them, daring them to enter.
Port Susan Bay and Iverson Spit-164Pretty colors, aren’t they?
Port Susan Bay and Iverson Spit-169No one else seemed to find this as stunning as I did.  I still find it stunning.  The reflection was just perfect.
Port Susan Bay and Iverson Spit-173Irresistible, one would think.  Alas, it will have to wait for another day.  The ground was so we that my boot got sucked in to the ankle on the firs step.  Its been a wet year!  But, I will be back for this one.
Port Susan Bay and Iverson Spit-174Now, That’s a spider plant!!!
Port Susan Bay and Iverson Spit-176I so love the color of these trees after they shed their bark.  Almost looks like wounds in some places.
Celebration!Port Susan Bay and Iverson Spit-181
Port Susan Bay and Iverson Spit-194Ahhh!  And the little hummingbird is still there.  A bit closer this time.
Port Susan Bay and Iverson Spit-196And he did a little flutter-by for us.
Port Susan Bay and Iverson Spit-197Liftoff!!!
Port Susan Bay and Iverson Spit-198Wow!  I’m pooped!

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???