We’ve had a fair richness of the usually more rare Orca whale sightings in the Puget Sound in front of us since the year began. What a treat! They are examples of life under the duress of dwindling food supply while still playing hard. Unfortunately, this event was harassed by a stupidly overweening boat which intentionally moved in front of their obvious path, causing them to dive, in order to thwart the stupidity of such yahoo energy attempting to corral them… & thus ending the show for all of us. It is so sad that our culture seems to be spawning more of such insensitive bullies…
Then he sped off toward the next spot where they might breach. But they are clever & easily might foil him with their capability to dive, turn & hide.
Fortunately, we live in a place with many much wiser beings. Our Mother Mountain, whom we call by the indigenous name Tahoma. Mt Rainier was named for a British Admiral who fought against the American Colonies in the Revolutionary War. A dude who never saw it!
Being a volcano overdue, she hovers with the deliciously destructive possibility of becoming an enlivened menace of smoke, ash & lava, possibly even triggering a tsunami as retribution should we humans continue to get in the way of nature’s actual progress!
That ends my sermon…
Since Stephen planned to make his way into town to do errands, he took the opportunity to drive on down to the southern point, around which their usual route takes these pods as they circulate around the Island. I suppose the word circumambulate isn’t quite the proper word for these swimming mammals with astounding fins.
Thank you, Stephen, for sharing these shots of them showing their stuff at closer range!