a whale of a tale
Easter Sunday. Near as we can remember we were just north of Humbug Mt. Sorry, but the excitement knocked all sense of location and other technical details of shooting out of my head…..
Eric spotted a head surfacing as we were driving along and there just happened to be a handy turnout where we could stop and watch and shoot…
My first shot turned out to be some kelp… how terribly disappointing!
But I finally spotted a “blow”… this shot caught the remnants of the spray where the gray whale breathed (blowing out a spray of mist). The back of the whale can be seen out in front of the little puff of spray.
Let me tell you, shooting these was not easy. I had to watch for a sign of the whale surfacing and then find it with the camera zoomed out. If I was lucky, I managed to zoom in a bit for the shot. I think I need a whole lot more practice with this sort of shooting.
This one was a bit easier because there was a clear look at the back of the whale. The contrast helped to spot it in this instance, too.
But then the excitement level kicked up a notch when we began to suspect there was a baby along side the mother. It wasn’t until we were home and looking at the shots on the computer screen that we thought she might actually have twins! That’s a rare event and truly thrilling to catch.
The above shot clearly shows a smaller whale in front, but toward the back end of (presumably) mom in the middle. The little one seems to be in the middle of a blow. The one at the top and out in front appears to be another baby.
The above shot, taken a split second later shows the group going underwater. The fact that they would disappear and pop up elsewhere wasn’t helping matters in catching images.
Two more glimpses…
…and then the finale as one of the calves popped its head up at just the perfect moment.
I’m sure these images don’t begin to convey the excitement I felt, but they sure bring back the joy of seeing these marvelous creatures swimming out there.
For anyone interested, here’s a link to someone who caught a mother and twins and managed to film them with a drone. It’s worth a look.
I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.
― Herman Melville,