Autumn at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

“Any meeting of a river and a sea is a place of change…It will be proof of our ability to survive…if we learn to respect wild places like the Nisqually Delta, to trust them for their naturalness, and to love them for their power to move us.” Victor B. Scheffer, Scholar ans Author.

My son and I had to find a way to spend a few hours while waiting to meet with his son. I’d driven past this place, just off the freeway, many times over the last 25 years. So thankful that our day led us here:>) First, the signs, and then ducks, turtles, frogs and autumn colors. Photos taken by both Jon and I. Here are 41 photos.

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Alley Tales, part 1

Added 18 Oct 2013 (14)

Two Frogs and a Ladybug Aberdeen, WA PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Two Frogs and a Ladybug
Aberdeen, WA
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Alley in Aberdeen, WA PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Alley in Aberdeen, WA 1
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Gramps and Dino Aberdeen, WA PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Gramps and Dino
Aberdeen, WA
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Alley Aberdeen, WA PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Alley in Aberdeen, WA 3
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Alley in Aberdeen, WA PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Alley in Aberdeen, WA 4
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Fish in Alley Aberdeen, WA 5 PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Fish in Alley
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Doorway Group Aberdeen, WA PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Doorway Group
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Doorway Group Left Aberdeen, WA PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Doorway Group Right
Aberdeen, WA
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Doorway Group Right Aberdeen, WA PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Doorway Group Left
Aberdeen, WA
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Boy, Dog & Cat Aberdeen, WA PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Boy, Dog & Cat
Aberdeen, WA
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Eagle & Tree Aberdeen, WA PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Eagle & Tree
Aberdeen, WA
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Eagle Close-up Aberdeen, WA PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Eagle Close-up
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Aberdeen, WA
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Here is a link to our local newspaper with a 2011 article about the graffiti that I will show in part 2. Still researching the art in these photos… http://tdw.thedailyworld.com/features/profiles/alley_his_canvas

My Best Photo of the Week Challenge – Week 7

Sunset shadow family finished clamming ; cold, wet, sandy, exhausted, but happy... PHALL PHOTO 2013

Sunset shadow family finished clamming; cold, wet, sandy, exhausted, but happy…
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I chose this as my best photo of the week, because of the deep orange-red dominating the photo, and the black human shadows that the setting sun has cast on the sand. This photo tells a story; the background ocean waves and the many sand piles made from the clam gun leavings, and then the bulging sacks of clams that the anonymous shadow people are carrying away with them .

From  http://weliveinaflat.wordpress.com/2013/10/9/my-best-photo-of-the-week-mbpotw-challenge-week-7/

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Clam Digger’s Sunset at Westport, Washington

Just in time! PHALL PHOTO 2013

Just in time!
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Fall sunset. PHALL PHOTO 2013

Fall sunset.
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Sunset Sand Reflection PHALL PHOTO 2013

Sunset Sand Reflection with Clam Diggers
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Sunset Clam Digging PHALL PHOTO 2013

Sunset Clam Digging, Children Included:>)
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Another angle of clam diggers at sunset. PHALL PHOTO 2013

Another angle of clam diggers at sunset.
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Dogs included too! PHALL PHOTO 2013

Dogs included too! Sack of clams behind dog.
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More clam people:>) PHALL PHOTO 2013

More clam people:>)
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He's plunging the clam gun into the sand.  PHALL PHOTO 2013

He’s plunging the clam gun into the sand.
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He's late to the party, but plenty more clams! PHALL PHOTO 2013

He’s late to the party, but plenty more clams!
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The cloud stories are there for the telling... PHALL PHOTO 2013

The cloud stories are there for the telling…
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I hold my breath...can it get better..it does! PHALL PHOTO 2013

I hold my breath…can it get better..it does!
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Reminds me of the phoenix clouds from last month...is your jaw dropped? Mine still is. PHALL PHOTO 2013

Reminds me of the phoenix clouds from last month…is your jaw dropped? Mine still is.
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That red moment of sunset that predicts a sailor's delight tomorrow:>)  PHALL PHOTO 2013

That red moment of sunset that predicts a sailor’s delight tomorrow:>)
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The excitement peaks...sacks filling with clams, the dogs are silent, but pacing... PHALL PHOTO 2013

The excitement peaks…sacks filling with clams, the dogs are silent, but pacing…
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The red reflected on wet sand. Clammer hot on the trail of chowder ingredients:>) PHALL PHOTO 2013

The red reflected on wet sand. Clammer hot on the trail of chowder ingredients:>)
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The gulls are waiting their turn...maybe a clam will fall out of a sack? So optimistic!  PHALL PHOTO 2013

The gulls are waiting their turn…maybe a clam will fall out of a sack? So optimistic!
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Sunset sand castle. PHALL PHOTO 2013

Sunset sand castle.
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The pink sunset clouds cast a pink glow over everything...for a moment. PHALL PHOTO 2013

The pink sunset clouds cast a pink glow over everything…for a moment.
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The shadow people head home, thinking of hot clam fritters. PHALL PHOTO 2013

The shadow people head home, thinking of hot clam fritters.
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Sunset shadow family; cold, wet, sandy, exhausted, but happy... PHALL PHOTO 2013

Sunset shadow family; cold, wet, sandy, exhausted, but happy…
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The blue and pink deepen into eventual darkness. PHALL PHOTO 2013

The blue and pink deepen into eventual darkness.
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Last shot before I leave the  beach. PHALL PHOTO 2013

Last shot before I leave the beach.
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