Lavender, Eagles, the Coast, and Day Tripping Photography

The wonders of having a day to yourself is FANTASTIC! On these days, I love to do a day trip with my camera and rediscover favorite places while seeing new and wonderful scenes and nature. On this excursion, I chose to drive up to Sequim, Washington known as the Provence of Washington. I saw and photographed Red Winged Blackbirds, juvenile fledgling eagles in their nest, scenic coastal stops with bright yellow daisies, and purple lavender fields!!! Such a special day! And, I squeezed in a little shopping (lavender lotion) and stopped for lunch at a cute garden restaurant. Here are some of my photos from July 6, 2019 on the Olympic Peninsula!

Peaceful coastal pebble beach at Shine Tidelands State Park, Olympic Peninsula

Peaceful coastal pebble beach at Shine Tidelands State Park, Olympic Peninsula

Red Winged Blackbird on a bush at the wetlands along the Shine Tidelands State Park, Olympic Peninsula

Red Winged Blackbird on a bush at the wetlands along the Shine Tidelands State Park, Olympic Peninsula

Young juvenile Bald Eagles learn to fly while fledgling in their nest, Sequim, Washington

Young juvenile Bald Eagles learn to fly while fledgling in their nest, Sequim, Washington

Jolly Sienda Photography is available for commercial and retail client photography assignments. I also offer one-on-one and small group photography instruction. Contact me at 240-899-5295, E-mail: info@jollysiendaphotography.com. Based on the Kitsap Peninsula, Washington.

Wine & Beer Tasting, The Palouse, and the North Cascades Highway

Rich and I recently covered about 800 miles of scenic and culinary stops from Ellensburg, Walla Walla, Palouse Falls, WA., Moscow and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Wintrop, WA., and the North Cascades Highway. We sampled some great brews at Iron Horse Brewery , added to our wine collection in Walla Walla, met up with Marmots and Wild Turkeys at Palouse Falls, enjoyed jet skiing and kayaking in Coeur d'Alene and Winthrop, and ended our trip with stops at scenic view stops along the beautiful North Cascades Highway 20. Here are some of our photos!

Diablo Lake where you can boat on the lake to the Diablo Dam surrounded by the North Cascades

Diablo Lake where you can boat on the lake to the Diablo Dam surrounded by the North Cascades

We enjoyed sampling beers at Iron Horse Brewery in Ellensberg, WA.

We enjoyed sampling beers at Iron Horse Brewery in Ellensberg, WA.

Marmot on a ledge at Palouse Falls

Marmot on a ledge at Palouse Falls

Palouse Falls

Palouse Falls

Bridgeport Bridge, orchards and vineyards near Chief Joseph Dam, WA.

Bridgeport Bridge, orchards and vineyards near Chief Joseph Dam, WA.

Seen any wild turkeys lately?!

Seen any wild turkeys lately?!

Jolly Sienda is available for commercial, editorial, and retail photography assignments. Contact Jolly Sienda Photography via this website, info@jollysiendaphotography,com, Tel: 240-899-5295.

Early Morning Light and Reflections and Low Tide Eagle Activity Equals Fun Photography

Get up sleepy heads! Don’t miss the best light of the day! Early morning and late in the afternoon or early evening is often referred to as the ‘Golden Hours’, so true for photographers at any level. Today, I had a blast playing around with my camera with my photographer friend Marlene. We photographed landscapes in the morning and Bald Eagles in the afternoon at low tide! Here’s a photo tip: If you’re photographing moving objects set the Shutter Priority on your camera to at least 2500. This will help you freeze the action and your subject will be super clear and crisp.

Juvenile Eagle flies over low tide at Seabeck, WA.

Juvenile Eagle flies over low tide at Seabeck, WA.

Vivid light reflection on the Puget Sound in the early morning with the Olympic Mountains and the landscape/

Vivid light reflection on the Puget Sound in the early morning with the Olympic Mountains and the landscape/

Juvenile eagle flies over kelp and oysters at low tide at Seabeck

Juvenile eagle flies over kelp and oysters at low tide at Seabeck

My friends dog, Ivy, enjoyed the day too!

My friends dog, Ivy, enjoyed the day too!

Bald Eagle flies over low tide at Seabeck

Bald Eagle flies over low tide at Seabeck

Want to become a better photographer? I’d love to work with you so you can take better pictures. Let’s get some basics under our belts and I promise you that you will love your photography results! Contact me today at Tel: 240-899-5295, Facebook, Jolly Sienda Photography, or via this website.

Wildlife Bird Photography & Landscape Photography at the Skagit Valley & Whidbey Island

Cool, pastel, winter skies…wind, clouds, and sun-breaks…golden cattails and marshland…and snow on the barren farmlands, are the perfect beacon for birds of prey! The farms in the Skagit Valley are dormant and waiting for spring; yet its a feast for birders and birds alike that survive off of the grubs, field mice, and fish in the fields and sloughs. Below are photos taken from our February 16-17 trip to Mount Vernon Skagit Valley and Whidbey Island.

Bald Eagle on a winterized tree branch at Skagit Valley, Washington

Bald Eagle on a winterized tree branch at Skagit Valley, Washington

Winter Cattails whistle and sway gently from winters wind.

Winter Cattails whistle and sway gently from winters wind.

Flock of Dunlins fly over Fir Island

Flock of Dunlins fly over Fir Island

Skagit Valley farm and farmland with a blanket of snow over the reeds and vegetation.

Skagit Valley farm and farmland with a blanket of snow over the reeds and vegetation.

The beauty of wetland reeds and cattails a long the cold, blue, inlet at Whidbey Island

The beauty of wetland reeds and cattails a long the cold, blue, inlet at Whidbey Island

Skagit Valley, Bald Eagles flying around, and foothills

Skagit Valley, Bald Eagles flying around, and foothills

Great Blue Heron looks for a fish or frog in the marsh, Whidbey Island

Great Blue Heron looks for a fish or frog in the marsh, Whidbey Island

Bald Eagles up in a tree, Skagit Valley, Washington

Bald Eagles up in a tree, Skagit Valley, Washington

Skagit Valley Eagles and Nature Photography!

When winter arrives at the Skagit Valley, Bald and Golden Eagles, Canadian Snow Geese, Hawks, and other bird of prey feast on fish, worms, mice, and more at the barren fields that lay in waiting for spring planting. For many nature photographers seeing so many varieties of birds gather in one area is special.

Bald Eagle perched on an electrical utility grid.

Bald Eagle perched on an electrical utility grid.

Seeing two Bald Eagles together is fantastic!

A pair of Bald Eagles, Skagit Valley, Washington

A pair of Bald Eagles, Skagit Valley, Washington

Eagles are so popular in this region that there is a festival in their honor! https://concrete-wa.com/skagit-eagle-festival

Bald Eagle perched on a Cedar tree

Bald Eagle perched on a Cedar tree

Canadian Snow Geese

Canadian Snow Geese

Winter sunrise over a blueberry farm and stream in the Skagit Valley

8:29 am, January 12, 2019, Winter sunrise over a blueberry field at the Skagit Valley

8:29 am, January 12, 2019, Winter sunrise over a blueberry field at the Skagit Valley

Are you interested in learning more about photography? Jolly Sienda offers one-on-one instruction and group photo sessions. For more information, please contact Jolly at 240-899-5295, email: info@jollysiendaphotography.com

Autumn Nature Photography Where You Live! Sign Up for My Photography Classes!

I enjoy all of the seasons of the year. I especially love Autumn and its rich, warm, colors; red, yellow, orange, purple, and green! When I get free time in the early morning or late afternoon to go outside into nature I’m feeling a bit of zen. Our earth gives us gifts of paradise each day to enjoy. When I get to play with my cameras and lens I’m really in the zone.

Seagull drifts on the water while a reflection of Autumn trees adds a touch of fall color to the water

Seagull drifts on the water while a reflection of Autumn trees adds a touch of fall color to the water

I’ve traveled throughout the United States in search of beautiful colorful landscapes to photograph. There are many. But, in fact, some of the best and most beautiful natural landscapes showcasing Autumn color is where I live - close to my backyard.

Seattle Japanese Garden

Seattle Japanese Garden

The Olympic Mountains (Brothers Mountain) and beautiful Autumn color on the Puget Sound, Bremerton, Washington

The Olympic Mountains (Brothers Mountain) and beautiful Autumn color on the Puget Sound, Bremerton, Washington

And, for outdoor wedding photography — photographing a bride and groom under a blazing oak, alder, or maple tree is the best! All of my couples love this!!!

Autumn photojournalism wedding photography by Jolly Sienda Photography at the Jacob Smith House, Lacey, Washington.

Autumn photojournalism wedding photography by Jolly Sienda Photography at the Jacob Smith House, Lacey, Washington.

I also love to let myself go and be totally creative! How about this abstract photography landscape in the water. It really looks like a watercolor painting!

Abstract photography of the Puget Sound - its like a watercolor painting

Abstract photography of the Puget Sound - its like a watercolor painting

I really enjoy helping people who want to learn more about photography. If you want to see things differently, learn photography techniques, and get better pictures, please contact me at Tel: 240-899-5295, message, or email at info@jollysiendaphotography.com. I do one-on-one lessons and small groups. Let’s explore our world!

Let's Celebrate International Cat Day!

For all the lovable cats in the world and to those kitty's that need a home -- we're thinking of you today, August 8, 2018, on International Cat Day!

I adopted my beloved Topaz 11 years ago from a shelter. He's a character and so loving. He is gregarious and follows me around the house like a dog --- but he's a cat! I took this picture of dear Topaz recently with a 150 x 600 lens.

Topaz I love you!

Topaz I love you!

When I travel I enjoy taking pictures of cats in unique settings....doing what cats do...sleeping, staring, and just being adorable kitties! The cats below, from left to right, were photographed in Kotor, Montengro and Alexandria, Virginia.

Give a cat a loving home. They will give you so much back in return!

Cats peaking through a screen window