STATUS QUOtes — Picture Quote — 20171117

Today’s Picture Quote

Don't think of cost. Think of value.- Hyacil Han

“Don’t think of cost. Think of value.” – Hyacil Han

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STATUS QUOtes — 20171117

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“Sand is sand, it can’t make mountains.” — E. Fehmida Khan

“The incompetent with nothing to do can still make a mess of it.” — Laurence J. Peter

“Minimalism is not a lack of something. It’s simply the perfect amount of something.” — Nicholas Burroughs

“As you may know, I have many good friends in the press who, unfortunately, have thus far refused to identify themselves and go public.” — Frank Sinatra

 
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Birds of Arizona – Phainopepla ( Phainopepla nitens )

Yesterday was an interesting day for me as the weather prediction was not excellent, but still fair and relatively mild with a predicted high in the low 80’s and we were eager to take a hike. We decided to select a route off of the Granite Mountain Trailhead (The Bootlegger Trail) which is part of the McDowell Mountain Preserve.

Whenever I hike, I anticipate capturing a picture of a bird that is either better than one that I currently have of that bird or, as a bonus, a bird for which I do not have a picture.

I have seen many Phainopeplas, but I have never been able to take a good picture of one. I also know that this is the time of the year that they visit the Sonoran Desert. I spotted one just 100 yards from my backyard a few days ago, but it was not in a very nice setting so I passed.

Today I was able to take a “starter picture” of a Phainopepla that we spotted along the Bootlegger Trail. I am labeling this a starter because I am hoping to capture a photograph that is even better one of these days!

As I have stated on this blog before, I am an amateur photographer with very limited bird photography experience and just a bit more as a birder. The only camera I have with a long reach is my Canon PowerShot SX50HS and that is the equipment I used for the shot below.


Phainopepla captured at the McDowell Mountain Preserve
Phainopepla captured at the Granite Mountain Trailhead along the Bootlegger Trail which is part of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Phainopeplas remind me of Cardinals or Waxwings because of their sleek profile and the tuft. Males are black while females are more grey. Interestingly enough, they have a red eye which is very striking and not always easy to capture in a photograph. I am placing a cropped image below to show more detail even though it may not be as sharp as I would like.


Phainopepla captured at the McDowell Mountain Preserve
A cropped version of the image above

Now I have one more picture for my collection!

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Metadata

File Name: 000017_IMG_0806.CR2
Capture time: 9:28:51 AM
Capture date: November 15, 2017
Exposure: 1/500 sec @ f/7.1
Focal Length: 215mm
ISO: 80
Canon PowerShot SX50HS
Lens: 4.2-215mm
Edited in Lightroom

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STATUS QUOtes — 20171116

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“This city is what it is because our citizens are what they are.” — Plato

“Everyone has three lives. A public life, a private life and a secret life.” — Gabriel García Marquez

“To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do.” — Victor Hugo

“I’m not a politician and my other habits are good, also.” — Artemus Ward

 
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STATUS QUOtes — 20171115

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“An undefined problem has an infinite number of solutions.” — Robert A. Humphrey

“Be aware that most secrets come with a price tag that you may not be aware of, however, at some point you will have to pay…weigh your choice carefully.” — Unknown

“Hold a book in your hand and you’re a pilgrim at the gates of a new city.” — Anne Michaels

“I want to get a job naming kitchen appliances; seems easy… you just say what the thing does and add ‘er.'” — Mitch Hedberg

 
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STATUS QUOtes — 20171114

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“A friend that you buy with presents will be bought from you.” — Thomas Fuller

“We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause.” — William James

“Just because we don’t understand doesn’t mean that the explanation doesn’t exist.” — Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

“During exams you are permitted to look down for inspiration and up in exasperation, but you are not permitted to look side to side for information.” — Unknown

 
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Adventures in Oregon: Warrenton to Seaside

 

After a couple of days of adventures in and around Astoria, OR, we were heading south toward Seaside. We had our itinerary planned and were excited to begin the day’s exploits.


Map route from Astoria, OR to Seaside
Map route from Astoria, OR to Seaside

Living in the desert of Arizona we don’t often have a chance to visit shore towns and see nautical sights and the idea tha we could get a close up view of an actual shipwreck could not be resisted. The British vessel, the Peter Iredale, ran aground on October 25, 1906 on its way to the Columbia River and was abandoned near Fort Stevens in Warrenton. As you can see in the photo below, people can walk right up to the remainder of the wreck when the tide is low.


People can get very close to the remnants of the Peter Iredale
People can get very close to the remnants of the Peter Iredale

The hulk was quite impressive when considering it has been windswept and bathed in salt water for more than a century.


Remnants of the ship wreck draw visitors to the beach
The ship’s carcass remains after more than 100 years

Although this day didn’t provide the best weather, when the sun poked through visitors could appreciate the form and structure of the ship along with a stark beauty created by the rust tones against the blue-grey seascape.


Beauty amid the wreckage
Beauty amid the wreckage

At times, the crowds would grow as photographers and dog walkers visited the water’s edge to take in the sight. We soon moved to other areas of Fort Stevens State Park to continue our explorations.


A viewing platfrom along a jetty or breakwall at Fort Stevens Park
A viewing platfrom along a jetty or breakwall at Fort Stevens Park

I never appreciated how much the west coast had prepared for invasion during WW II. Certainly Fort Stevens provided plenty of proof. This (below) was one of turrets that can be easily seen among the many other fortified batteries.


Defensive gun turret along America's western coast
Defensive gun turret along America’s western coast

After hiking one of the major trails through Fort Stevens and gaining an understanding of the military preparations there, we made our way to another planned stop, the Necanicum Estuary near Seaside. I was hopeful that we could spot a bird or two that I would be able to mark off my birding list and indeed we did pass some birdwatchers eyeing a Cedar Waxwing. Much to our surprise, it wasn’t birds that caught our attention…


Roosevelt Elk along coastal Oregon
Roosevelt Elk along coastal Oregon

… there was a herd of elk. They were quite numerous. One doe found us interesting, but not enough to stop eating.


An elk doe eats as she watches us walk along the path
An elk doe eats as she watches us walk along the path

We found ourselves in an unusual and unexpected situation as the hiking path we used to get to the bay was soon surrounded by the herd. A few males, which can weigh nearly a half a ton, were not happy that we were among their harem. We carefully made our way to the shoreline. There were some does there as well, but only a few.


Elk along the shore
Elk along the shore

Another doe nearby looked on as we approached the beach.


Another doe watched as we walked to the beach
Another doe watched as we walked to the beach

We were able to circle around to find a clear way back to the parking area and were glad to arrive safely at the car to head to our evening’s accommodations.

 

More information about the Peter Iredale shipwereck

Learn more about the elk at Gerhart’s preserve

Read more about the Necanicum Estuary in Seaside


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Read previous posts about our adventures hiking and exploring in Oregon:

Exploring Astoria, Oregon – Part 1

Exploring Astoria, Oregon – Part 2

Exploring Astoria, Oregon – Part 3

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20171113

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“Imitate. Assimilate. Innovate.” — Clark Terry, jazz trumpet player

“This is not to say that the fishes of which the fisherman dreams are fishes and nothing more.” — Carl Jung

“Most people would rather take the easy road than the high road.” — Tom Zegan

“I don’t like jail, they got the wrong kind of bars in there.” — Charles Bukowski

 
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STATUS QUOtes — Picture Quote — 20171112

Today’s Picture Quote

To be outstanding, get comfortable with being uncomfortable. - Alrik Koudenburg

“To be outstanding, get comfortable with being uncomfortable”. – Alrik Koudenburg

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