Shades of Gray

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A high-key photo of a Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias). A blue-gray bird in water reflecting gray skies.

Since we arrived on the Olympic Peninsula, the weather has been overcast and rainy.  The predominant color is gray – many shades of gray.  We still love it.  We are hopeful that there will be some clear days and we can see the mountains.  This afternoon a lot of clouds disappeared, but there is still sufficient cloud cover to obscure the mountains.

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Beautiful yellow foxglove against a gray sky.

One of our 10-day camping reservations was officially cancelled since the campground remains closed.  Fortunately, I had already been concerned that might happen and found a backup set of campsites.  I remain concerned about our 9-day reservation over the 4th of July.  That is always a difficult time to get reservations and I spent most of yesterday morning on the phone trying to line up backup plans.  Most public campgrounds in the area are closed and the private campgrounds are completely booked.  I managed to get backup reservations in two campgrounds.  I would like to give a shout out to both of them for trying very hard to make it work for us and between the two of them we are covered – the KOA in Port Angeles and Eagle Tree in Poulsbo.  Our original reservation in Port Townsend is in an awesome spot that we had to reserve a year ago to get it.  I was able to reach someone at the campground who indicated it was not looking good for opening but that they were only told to cancel reservations through July 23.  Our reservation begins July 27.

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White-crowned sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) against a gray sky. These little birds are all over the campground and singing their little hearts out.

We have seen harbor seals, porpoises and Regis saw a river otter in our current campground.  A favorite thing to do is sit on a bench by the water with a pair of binoculars and a camera and soak it in, the wildlife and the scenery.  Dart joins us.

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Regis and Dart sitting on driftwood logs on the beach in Bainbridge Island, Washington.
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Gray and white glacous-winged gull (Larus glaucescens) in water reflecting a gray sky. At low tide, these birds are all over the tidal flats feeding. Sadly, we found one entangled in fishing line but were not able to do anything for it since it could still fly.

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