Mount Saint Helens

I grew up in central Alberta.  In 1980 I was 11 years old so I didn’t really understand the significance of the eruption of Mount Saint Helens.  My wife and I tried to visit there in about 1998 but there was low fog and rain so we just had to imagine what it would look like.  Last week we decided to meet some friends there and ended up seeing it on a gloriously sunny day and here are a couple of the shots from that day.

Attack of the Frigate Birds

These creatures are called Frigate birds.  They are swarming around the carcass of a stingray trying to get their fair share.  I think this shot is reminiscent of The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock.  These birds are very interesting.   Despite the fact they feed mostly on fish, they cannot swim or take off from flat surfaces.  They catch fish by flying low to the water and scooping them up from the surface.  They can actually fly for more than a week at a time.