Carla's Life -- relocated

While waiting for our new house to be finished, we rented a house in town. That house sits on a high bluff overlooking Fort Warden, Admiralty Inlet with all the shipping traffic going into Puget Sound, Mt. Baker in the distance (on clear days), and the ferry route to Whidby Island. This is a photo collection from that year on the edge of the bluff.

 

View of Fort Warden State Park and its lighthouse.

 

 

This rainbow lasted hours.

Mt. Baker at sunset.

 

Paragliders in our back yard taking advantage of the high bluff.

The cruise ship season has begun. They leave from Seattle and are mostly bound for Alaska -- and they float by our windows on the way.

 

Eagles soar over the bluff too.

Here's one of the Rhododendrons blooming in our backyard on May 17.

 

This eagle has taken to perching on the Madrona Tree at the very edge of the bluff. Usually, it is being mobbed by crows that are nesting nearby. We have seen as many as 6 crows in the tree when the eagle is there.

Sailboats of all varieties sail by -- big, small, vintage, & colorful.

 

Cruise ship races?

A new discovery! We can see Mt Rainer from our backyard. We just have to walk out to the edge of the bluff and look south. It only took us 4 months to figure this out.

 

The Lady Washington, the official state ship, sailed by as it went from Victoria's Tall Ship festival to Tacoma's. It should be back for the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend this fall.

Our Coast Guard has a tall sailing ship. That is so cool! It was leaving from a tall ship festival in Tacoma and motored by at dusk (sorry - it was difficult to get a good picture).

 

Here's the ferry that we see everyday going from Port Townsend to Whidbey Island. It's interesting to watch the various routes it takes across and speculate on why it goes different ways (currents? tides? rough waves? shipping traffic?).

This is a classic PNWet image, although it's the first time we have seen one go by the house. It's a raft of floating logs pulled by a tugboat.

 

Summer sunrise with Mt. Baker in silhouette.

This is not a picture from our rental house but a picture of our house from a boat out on the water.

 

The cruise ships return to Seattle at night, passing by our house around 3am. Their lights are bright enough to cast shadows inside.

The Madrona tree at the edge of the bluff is developing lovely peeling bark.

 

Fog rolls in from the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The most distinctive feature is the sound of foghorns
from the boats that must navigate through this soup.

The weekend of Sept. 5-7 was the Wooden Boat Festival. The schooner at the top is the Adventuress that was built in 1913 and is used for hands-on environmental education. At the right is the Olympus that was built in 1929 for the president of the NY Stock Exchange. It was used by the Navy in WWII and then acquired by the state of WA. The governor commandeered her as the state yacht and lost the next election because of that.

 

This juvenile Cooper's Hawk has been staking out our bird feeder, making off with rodents that feed on the seed that drops on the ground.

A container ship begins to emerge top-down through the fog.

 

Moonlight across the water, with the ferry all lit up (at the right).

Deer roam freely around our town. Here, two young deer pose in front of my parked truck.

 

Fresh snow on Mt. Baker. When it rains in Autumn in Port Townsend, it snows at higher elevations.

Here's a resident of our backyard. He drives the dogs crazy, of course.

 

The star of Fall here in our part of the Evergreen state is the Big Leaf Maple. This leaf is 11 inches long.

Sunrise is getting later everyday. Soon, the sun will be rising too far toward the south to see from our east-facing windows.

 

Stormy weather means rough seas.

Another view of an Autumn sunrise.

 

Here are the dogs going for a walk on the beach below the bluff upon which our rented house sits. The dogs came home wet, sandy, and tired. It's a good thing that their scheduled bath was the next day, although they might not have agreed.

This is the Point Wilson lighthouse at Fort Worden State Park seen from the beach below our house.

 

It's snowed in Port Townsend! Just in time to get us in the holiday spirit.

We have Anna's Hummingbirds who have decided to spend the winter with us. You can see the sugar solution in the feeder starting to freeze. We are working hard to make sure it doesn't freeze when they need it most during this very unusual snowy weather.

 

Here's a very cold Varied Thrush. With the winter storm, we had unusual birds passing through. The Varied Thrushes came with a flock of Robins who ate up the berries we showed above.

The high-speed Victoria Clipper runs between Seattle and Victoria BC and goes by Port Townsend on its way. We often hear it before we see it.

 

In a wild north wind, waves come splashing over the wall at the Point Wilson lighthouse.

This is the aircraft carrier, Abraham Lincoln.

 

This is a little Douglas Squirrel that visits underneath our bird feeder and drives the dogs nuts.

It's still January, but this ornamental cherry tree in our yard thinks it is spring in spite of the temperatures. It gives our wintering hummingbird another source of food than just our sugar-water feeder.

 

This is the Coast Guard Cutter Healy, a research polar icebreaker, going home to its base in Seattle. I saw this unusual ship and photographed it before I discovered what it was. Then I ran across this video . It made me feel like I'd seen a celebrity.

We regularly see submarines and their escorts going by.

 

What a cute couple!

This is the Pelican, built in 1930 for the U.S. government fisheries service.