Orcas near the San Juan Islands

Port Townsend, Washington:
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Daughter and Granddaughter waiting to board:
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Our whale viewing boat, the Glacier Spirit:
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Most passengers clung to the railing anxiously watching for whales. Whidbey Island in the background:
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Sparkling waters:
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On board was a poster showing the various whales we might see:
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And a map of the San Juan Islands:
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The boat was really churning up the water to get to more likely viewing waters:
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View from the stern:
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First sighting. Can you see it?
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The dorsal fins of adult male orcas are about six feet tall:
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After a lot of long distance viewing, this fellow came right up to the boat beneath where I was standing:
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He was headed back under in an instant:
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Still barely visible under the water:
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More long distance sightings:
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Then, suddenly a second came in for a close encounter:

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My daughter captured this great photo of the second close encounter:
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Then he was underwater again right alongside:
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A great time was had by Grandma, Grandpa and Granddaughter:

Daughter and Son-in-Law:

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Wildflowers Down by the River August 2015

Fading Bee Balm:
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Queen Anne’s Lace:
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Goldenrod:
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Forget Me Not:
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Jewel Weed:
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Joe-Pye Weed:
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Bone Set:

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Turtlehead:
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Flowers Around the House July 2015

Red Cone Flower

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Pink Cone Flower
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Double Orange Day Lily

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Red Day Lily
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Johnson’s Blue Perennial Geranium
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Stella D’Oro Day Lily
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Violet Day Lily
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Red Admiral or Vanessa Atalanta

Vanessa atalanta, Fall Creek Park, Pendelton, IN June 28, 2015:
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Wood Lily, Lilium Philadelphicum

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Sneaking up on it:

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White Admiral, Limenitis Arthemis Arthemis

The first White Admiral I have seen or photographed in Michigan:
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Spring 2015

Lupine
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Purple River Iris
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Swallowtail on Purple River Iris
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Yellow River Iris
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Columbine
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Chive Blossom and White Butterfly
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Chive Blossom and Bumblebee
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