Staying put means paying Staying put means paying attention, more and more to the little things. There is beauty all around yet it is precious. For example, the beach you see above is long gone, now reduced to rocky rubble by vicious storms out of the north. The willows reduced to a string of rocks. As the season ended in 2007, the beaches began to return in the form of small rocks. It is an open debate that the sand will follow in the spring. The lake was especially low going into the dangerous fall storm season which will prevent further erosion but may also prevent rebuilding. Change is constant and brutal in these parts and therefore forces appreciation out of the moment as it may quickly pass. quickly pass.
At Christmas then, the priority became an even better camera and a telephoto lens with the intent to capture more of the natural side of the lake. A few of the bird images on this page were shot using the 1000 mm possible with this lens. As it weighs about six pounds and mounts on a tripod, this is no easy undertaking but then these birds are not the easiest of subjects. When they get a sense of you being present, they are gone.
The computer devoted to image work broke down as well which leaves these few images as the legacy of the summer's shooting.
A new feature this last season was a pack of coyotes. They lived in the buses on the east side and would fall into song just after sundown. They have been spotted on occasion and could be an emerging concern. The local dogs tend to be shelties which would be no match for a pack of coyotes. It will be interesting to see if they make it through the winter.