Monthly Archives: March 2015

Sequim Near and Far

A beautiful sunny day compelled me to go hiking at the beautiful Dungeness Rec Area.  During my scenic drive, I came upon deer standing in a field with cattle in the background.  The deer were glowing in the light which created a serene setting.  This was indeed Sequim near and far.  Sequim has made progress, can offer all the modern shopping conveniences, services, and activities.  Yet the roots are evident throughout Sequim, where farms remain.

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Near and Far…

This image, so easily appreciated through my minds eye, was recently posted on a homesteading site.  One of the members of this site wrote this poetic tribute:

I have never been at this ranch. I know it like the back of my leather glove nonetheless–from the hills and shadows, the aged leaning fence posts, the mud ruts through the gateway, the brown from the where the hay bails were rolled out, distant defining and contrasting fence rows, the stretched improvised gate system , white tipped t-posts trailing off in there straight lines, soil building cow pies, cattle and calves going about their business, a deer checking it’s side trail. I could lean over one of the post and keep busy for a day contemplating it all.

This pleased me to know he appreciated it that much.  To think, I almost didn’t post this picture at all.  Why?  In photography, so commonly the goal is to achieve perfect composition, so much so, that the meaning can be lost in the end.  This picture tells a story, perhaps not as evident to the majority, however it is being published for those it touches.  Here in Sequim near and far.

A Few Hours in Sequim

Spending a few hours in Sequim raises a myriad of options. On this particular day, February 28th, 2015, I finished my breakfast, armed myself with my camera, and took a walk around our property.  It was delightful to see hundreds of Daffodils, glistening in the sunshine.

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Daffodils

There were snow white flowers surprisingly abloom in the shade.

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It was an ideal day to take pictures around Sequim!  My first stop was the John Wayne Marina.  After parking, I walked towards the Pitship Pocket Estuary.

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Pitship Pocket Estuary

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Pitship Pocket Estuary

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Pitship Pocket Estuary – find the bird!

A short time later, I headed towards Sequim Bay.  The seagulls, ducks, and blackbirds were basking in the sunshine.

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Seagulls, ducks and blackbirds hanging out on the beach 

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Ducks swimming in Sequim Bay

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Seagull admiring himself… “My aren’t I handsome!”

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Seagull rippling effect

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Sparkling effect

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The Seagull Squabble!

After concluding the seagull photo session, my next stop was the iRealty Virtual Broker office “hub,” where I dropped off my computer.  Snapping a quick shot of the blooming Azalea, I headed towards the Dungeness Recreation Area.

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Azalea

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9 Deer at Dungeness!

These deer were all happily eating grass on a property across from Voice of America Road, the entrance for the Dungeness Rec Area.  After presenting the Annual Pass for the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, I completed the envelope, and tucked the Permit portion in my camera bag.  This pass entitled unlimited visits to this refuge only, at a cost of only $12.00. Otherwise, all the following passes are accepted:  Interagency Annual Pass, Refuge Annual Pass, Golden Age/Senior Pass, Federal Duck Stamp, and Gold Access/Access Pass.  A Pass entitles entry for up to (4) people total (16+).  The Daily permit, without a pass, is $3 for up to (4) people total (16+).  Children under 16, enter at no expense.  I hiked down to the Dungeness Spit and allowed the beauty to take me away.

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Serenity 

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View from a driftwood perch

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Simple Cairn

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Past the driftwood

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Epic Sunny Day on the Dungeness Spit

After hiking back up to the Dungeness Rec Area, this shot was taken from a pullout.  This trail is currently along the bluff.  Erosion issues may cause this to be moved soon.

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Perfect picnic spot, overlooking the Strait of Juan De Fuca

A vision not unlike that of a soaring bird…

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Bluff view

Majestic eagles top their perch.

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Eagle duo

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Sequim is a rich agricultural area.

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Happy cattle roaming their large field

The Olympics are illuminated in the distance…

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Olympics in the distance off of Saddleback Road

This is truly an adventure you can experience in just a few hours.  Stay tuned for more!