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This boat was working its way around Dungeness Bay last Monday. There are a couple of things they might have been looking for. Green crabs have been found here, an unwelcome, invasive species. And last month a fish farm in the San Juan Islands accidentally released tens of thousands of Atlantic salmon into Puget Sound waters. They don’t belong here either.

Lighthouse views

New Dungeness Light Station is a gem, located at the end of Dungeness Spit. It’s not easy to get to. For the hearty it’s a 5-mile (8 km.) beach walk, timed to avoid high tide. We took a watery route on Monday as we fished for crabs on the last day of the season. Not much luck on the crab front but the lighthouse views were great. It’s otherwise quite distant from land.

The Lighthouse is maintained by a volunteer association and for a fee members can be volunteer lighthouse keepers for a week. It’s a beautiful, remote, and different place to stay. Keepers greet visitors and do light maintenance around the site.

Can you tell it was a nice day to be on the water?

Herbal ales

One of our recent guests is a craft beer aficionado so on a trip to Port Townsend we sought out a local brewery we’d seen but not explored: Propolis Brewing.

My Danish grandmother allowed me tiny glasses of beer as a child so I’ve long enjoyed beer and ale. However, nothing quite prepared me for the Propolis beverages. Made with herbs and botanicals in an “Old World” style, the tastes were quite unlike what I’ve come to expect. The one on the left, above, was a Golden Saison brewed with lemon balm. The other was an Amber Saison brewed with sage, hyssop and thyme.

The brewery has won a number of medals for their craft brews. We took home a couple of bottles. As one who leans towards India Pale Ales – and drinks them infrequently – I can’t really say what I think of them. They’re certainly different.

Owl be seeing you

We paid a visit to the Dungeness River Audubon Center when we went to Railroad Bridge Park recently. The Center has an extensive collection of taxidermied birds and some mammals. While I prefer to look at critters in their live forms there are advantages to still displays like this one. I rarely otherwise see owls. The views I’ve had have usually been brief and in low light. I think this may be a northern saw-whet.

And here’s another guess: this may be a barn owl. I was visiting with our guests as we explored the Center. If the owls were labeled I failed to check. What I can tell you about barn owls is that they dine on rodents, a help to farmers and those of us who prefer not to live with them.

This skeleton is also on display. I’m guessing it’s an owl. Whatever it is, the long, graceful wings are a mute testament to the beauty of flight.

Local totem

I haven’t photographed totem poles for quite a while. I will soon show you some from the Royal BC Museum in Victoria. But first here’s one from the S’Klallam Tribe that stands near the Jamestown Medical Center in Sequim. I picked up a brochure about it some years back but can’t seem to put my hands on it again.

Theme Day: Photographing the photographer

For City Daily Photo Theme Day this month we turn our cameras on our fellow photographers for a glance at the other side of the lens. A recent trip to Butchart Gardens in British Columbia was an opportunity to observe a number of styles, starting with a variation on the classic yoga “chair pose.”

Then there’s the casual one handed approach.

Who says the photographer can’t be part of the shot?

Photographers tend to immerse themselves in their subjects. Closer…closer…

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