Photographing Fort Flagler State Park

I took a Sunday and headed up to Fort Flagler State Park on the Eastern side of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. A ferry ride from Edmonds to Kingston, about an hour of driving, and you’re there. I had one goal in mind and that was to capture the incredible Harlequin. I arrived, stepped out of my car and there they were! For the rest of the afternoon and evening I was able to see them just off shore, never quite coming close enough for my 400mm lens to reach. Oh $11,000 Canon 800mm lens why can’t you be mine? This is as close as I could get:

I walked to the end of the beach and found a couple of Oystercatchers, a real score! I approached low and cautious and was able to get reasonably close:

There was one final surprise waiting for me. An otter and his meal:

After finishing off dinner it was time to play. The otter would swim towards me and then scurry off repeat and so on. Good times!

My friends Little m, Dene’ and Rachel stopped by for sunset after their busy weekend on the Coast. It was great to spend time with them and have some laughs on the ferry ride home. I didn’t get the Harlequin image I had hoped for, but I was able to photograph Oystercatchers for the first time, observe a sea otter in action and spend some quality time with friends. Not a bad Sunday after all!


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