My breathing has been better, as I’m still on a steroid course. I’ve also been in a pulmonary rehab/wellness program, which seems to be geared more towards diet and exercise than lung rehab. But to that end, I’ve been attempting to get out of the house with my gear and shoot as exercise on off rehab days. C’mon, it’s better than sit-ups and leg lifts at home.
At my last visit to the Life Center where the the pulmonary rehab classes are held, I had a couple of hours to kill before another appointment. I ended up at Fort Casey west of Coupeville, Washington. It’s always nice to visit the park, especially on a gorgeous suuny early spring day. The scenery is nice, but the sounds of the State Park were drowned out by the glorious Sound of Freedom from several Boeing EA-18G aircraft.
The Growlers were performing Field Carrier Landing Pactice operations at Naval Outlying Field Coupeville, constantly circling the runway, practicing their three-wire landings on the deck of a painted carrier deck. Of course, since I was in town for doctor appointments, I didn’t have my camera with me but made the decision to come back the next day and get some shots of the Growlers.
I guess the Navy was playing an April Fools joke on me. While I got to Coupeville shortly after 1:00pm, the jets weren’t flying. They were schedules to be flying through mid-afternoon, but nary an afterburner could be seen nor heard. So, I headed to the boat ramp area by the Washington State Ferry Terminal at Keystone Spit.
I set up my tripod, and mounted the 200-400mm lens to my D810 and just started taking shot of whatever I could see. I was sort of hoping to see some whales, since the Greys are migrating this time of year. There wasn’t much happening there, but I got a chance to put the super zoom through a little bit of testing. After taking some shots of M/V Kennewick coming in, some seagulls, a SCUBA diver, and some other sea birds that were a bit too far away for the lens, I packed up the 200-400mm and headed into downtown Coupeville with the 70-200mm.
In Coupeville, I found a bird feeding chicks through knot holes in the side of the Knead & Feed building on Front Street. The 70-200mm did a nice job capturing the detail in the feathers. I also had a nice vantage point of the Coupeville Wharf and an anchored sailboat.
I did have to play the part of an uninterested bystander. A family of tourist were there with their iPhones and selfie sticks takig pictures of themselves from 8 feet in the air. They were apparently in a quandry on how to get everyone on the picture, and I overheard one of them say, “maybe that guy with the camera will take our picture.”
Luckily, the old man of the family took a bullet and decided to take the picture without my assistance. I feel the narcissistic selfie stick will be the downfall of photography if not society as a whole. What the hell?!
From Front Street, I drove out Madrona Way to Captain Whidbey Inn where I used the 70-200mm and the 24-70mm for some shots of a couple Adirondack chairs that reminded me of a boner pill advertisment, the Inn itself, and some flowers.
As is often the case with a lung disease I was getting tired and a bit lacking in oxygen, so I headed home to import images into Lightroom.