21 Mar 18 Our last visit to Fir Island turns out to have been in 2012. We used to go several times a year, so I was a little shocked when I just checked the photographic record and realized we haven't visited since moving here; need to change that! Not as shocked however as we were yesterday when we returned to my favorite site on Fir Island, the Hayden Farm Reserve. To our surprise it had been totally revamped and what was previously 200+ acres of farmland planted with winter wheat for the 10K+ flock of Snow Geese was now reduced to about 1/3 its size and planted with what looked to be corn. The rest of the acreage was now an estuary, the 100 year old dike that had been established to create the farmland having been intentionally breached to let the salt water flow back to what is presumed its original location. We missed all this transformation during our 6 year absence. From what I have been able to ascertain the project was finished either in the fall of 2016 or 2017; either way we now have a much larger natural habitat for a multitude of species. In that 6 year period it appears that the Hayden Farms flock has grown from 10,000 individuals to c30,000 individuals. The local area is host to approximately 75,000 individuals total. No need to travel to New Mexico to see them if you live near here. The shot for today which kicks off the first of perhaps a couple dozen I'll share is a view of the newly created estuary at both low tide and bright sun. What remains of the 100 year old dike in this area can be seen in the middle of the image running to the right hand edge. The thin blue line above it is Puget Sound. You can also see some more of the beautiful clouds I've mentioned of late.
I've added a small amount of contrast enhancement to overcome the flatness due to the harsh lighting. Nikon D500; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/1600 sec @ f / 9.
The Daily Image