20 Jul 18 Back from the lavender viewing trip. We had a great time seeing the farms, watching wildlife, and staying with good friends. Maggie has a new BFF playmate there, a Golden Retriever, called many things but officially named Hermione. They spent the day wearing each other out and apparently had a grand time doing it. By bedtime both girls simply crashed!! Spoke with two owners of their respective farms and from one owner learned quite a lot about the lavender business and products. More on that in another mailing. On our return trip home we got to view a single Bald Eagle who willingly posed for me for about 10 minutes. I've shared a shot of an eagle from Sequim prior but I like this one a lot so thought I'd share another. Being as patient as it was I got to shoot from three sides and this shot from the group with the sun at my back was among the better of the shots. The road parallel to the Straights (of Juan de Fuca) generally provides for opportunities of shooting these big birds and it is rare that when we visit we don't see at least one, often many more. Today it was just this one individual.
I've cropped the original to remove a lot of nothing otherwise this is straight from the camera. Day Watchman. Nikon D500; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 320; 1/1250 sec @ f / 9.