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Sunrise at Skagit Valley

  
 
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The Skagit valley is a gem in Northwest Washington featuring amazing flowers in the spring and wildlife in the winter. Featured are eagles, swans, hawks, owls, snow geese, ducks and various other wildlife. I spent sunrise there after a 90 mile drive from Tacoma and it was well worth the time. Bruce





Mount Baker







Thousands of snow geese roost in the Puget Sound overnight and all take off at the same time. The sound is amazing












Leaving the water to feed in the fields







Mt Baker in the background














Nov 20, 2023 at 12:57 PM
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Bruce, you have captured the essence of the Skagt Valley, superb images. I can envision exactly where you were standing on many of these shots.


Nov 20, 2023 at 01:09 PM
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What a sight! (and sound from what you've said) You could make a Hitchcock movie out there.
Nice environmental set,
Eric



Nov 20, 2023 at 01:09 PM
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Bruce,
Great set, that is Skagit

Chris S.



Nov 20, 2023 at 01:29 PM
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You have shown the huge numbers and beauty well Bruce

Morris



Nov 20, 2023 at 03:50 PM
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louie champan wrote:
Bruce, you have captured the essence of the Skagt Valley, superb images. I can envision exactly where you were standing on many of these shots.


Thanks Louie, it is quite a special place. bruce



Nov 20, 2023 at 04:40 PM
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csinseattle wrote:
Bruce,
Great set, that is Skagit

Chris S.


Thanks Chris, you said it. Bruce



Nov 20, 2023 at 04:40 PM
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Erictator wrote:
What a sight! (and sound from what you've said) You could make a Hitchcock movie out there.
Nice environmental set,
Eric


Yes Eric, You do not get hit from above or have it splash in you window, very dis - stinked oder. Bruce



Nov 20, 2023 at 04:43 PM
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Nice set of my back-yard birding local. The sandpipers on the logs is my favorite.


Nov 20, 2023 at 05:21 PM
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Lovely set.

Birdie



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Jim Dockery wrote:
Nice set of my back-yard birding local. The sandpipers on the logs is my favorite.


Thanks Jim, I have most likely run into you before up there or other local hangouts. Bruce



Nov 20, 2023 at 09:40 PM
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birdied wrote:
Lovely set.

Birdie


Thanks Roberta, Bruce



Nov 20, 2023 at 09:40 PM
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All images are great but my picks are no.3, no.6.


Nov 21, 2023 at 12:52 AM
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Great images, Bruce. You're lucky you weren't directly under them at take off. That's a loud, smelly and slimy green all over everything experience. I got caught one morning several years ago when a flock of snow geese decided to move from one side of the road to the other. I was right at the edge of the flock as they took off. I had to hunch over my camera to protect it from the bombardment of take off poop. Both myself and my truck were green and slimy after that. Fortunately I was only a couple miles from the farm so was able to wash the truck and shower before it all dried. I've learned my lesson and stay further away from large flocks.
The Skagit valley is a phenomenal area to shoot both in the spring and winter. The variety of birds during the winter migration as well as having Mt. Baker on one side and the Olympics showing on the other makes some great landscape opportunities as well as you've demonstrated here.
My winter shooting schedule in the valley starts this week and I'm looking forward to a productive winter.
-Chris



Nov 21, 2023 at 10:25 AM
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windypham wrote:
All images are great but my picks are no.3, no.6.


Thanks so much for your comments, Bruce



Nov 21, 2023 at 10:57 AM
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cseelye wrote:
Great images, Bruce. You're lucky you weren't directly under them at take off. That's a loud, smelly and slimy green all over everything experience. I got caught one morning several years ago when a flock of snow geese decided to move from one side of the road to the other. I was right at the edge of the flock as they took off. I had to hunch over my camera to protect it from the bombardment of take off poop. Both myself and my truck were green and slimy after that. Fortunately I was only a couple miles from the
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Thanks Chris, You are exactly correct, I have also been caught in the smelly green zone of a mass take off. I am looking forward to many trips there this winter. Bruce



Nov 21, 2023 at 11:00 AM
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Great photos, love the Skaget Valley area. Nicley done.


Nov 23, 2023 at 02:08 PM
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That's a beautiful set of images. Makes it tempting to jump on a plane.


Nov 23, 2023 at 03:13 PM
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MorrieC wrote:
Great photos, love the Skaget Valley area. Nicley done.


Thanks Morrie, I am glad to hear you are getting some of the snow geese East of the Cascades.Bruce



Nov 24, 2023 at 12:28 PM
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DivineFocus wrote:
That's a beautiful set of images. Makes it tempting to jump on a plane.


Pretty much a sure thing to see snow geese, GBH, Swans, eagles and good chance to see short eared owls almost any day. I have spent many days in Alaska photographing eagles and brown bears. I also spent 32 years doing coaches clinics, and soccer camps in Wasilla, Palmer, Anchorage. Fairbanks and Ketchikan. Let me know if you ever make down this way and would be happy to show you around.
Bruce



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