I found a caterpillar on the screen to my back deck, so I moved the little guy to a leaf and took some photos.

I went outside today and noticed the rose in the garden had bloomed! And a great tip for taking pictures of flowers with dew drops or rain drops: use a spray bottle, like I did.

Over the weekend, my family and I went on a trip to Blake Island, which is about a 45-minute boat ride from Seattle. On the boat ride there, my camera died (my camera uses AA batteries. I know… lame). I checked in my bag for spare batteries, but I had forgotten them at home! Fortunately, there was a shop on the island with a pack of 8 batteries (My camera takes 4). I went over a bridge and started hiking!

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While on the hike around the island, it felt as though the path was endless. I could hear the birds and smell the sea (there was a cliff next to the path through some trees that led to the beach… but don’t go that way. It’s a long drop) I took this picture,titling it “Endless Green”

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After walking for a while, I saw some flowers bathed in sunlight. A bee was pollinating on top of the flower. I grabbed my camera and took a few photographs, but this one stood out since you could see the detail and  the wings. 

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After finishing the hike around the island (All of my batteries are dead. I guess the batteries were cheap for a reason), I had a theory. My batteries that I was originally using were rechargeable, what if they still held a charge? And they did! At the same time, a deer had wandered into the picnic area and was grazing on the grass.

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Then, this little guy showed up! He actually was kinda cute, for a raccoon.

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I got a shot with both the deer and the raccoon! They look like buddies. 

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Then the raccoon looked slyly at a family eating their lunch at a nearby table. I think he was hungry for human food. 

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I was walking to the beach when I noticed something hiding in the bushes… it was a baby deer! It stayed there grazing the grass, and it never noticed me. Babies are so innocent and adorable. 

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Back at the picnic area, more deer showed up. A total of 4 bucks and a does (3 male and 2 female deer) were there. The one in the back sitting, I called it a unicorn, because one of the antlers was longer than the other, which looked kind of funny.

Before I left, my dad pointed out the deer sitting in front of the stump. I took a few pictures before getting one I liked. Then the batteries died. Again. I wandered around the gift shop for a bit, and outside I met a professional photographer, and we talked about the different types of photography and methods. Eventually the boat my family and I intended on returning to Seattle came, and I fell asleep on the boat ride home.

Over the past two weeks, I had the amazing opportunity to go on a cruise through Alaska and parts of Canada.I had a blast taking photographs. 

The first stop was the Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska.

While there, I saw this dragonfly buzzing around. I followed it for a bit until it landed. But it flew away as I got close. This process continued for quite some time till I spotted it on a branch, somewhat high up in a tree. I slowly walked to it, not to make any sudden movements and took some pictures of the landed dragonfly.

After visiting the Mendenhall glacier, I took a bus to the docks and went whale watching! I saw countless whales, and I even saw a humpback whale cafe breach! (Sadly, I was so in awe that I didn’t catch the breach)

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The next stop was Skagway, Alaska. When I was in port, I saw a huge mural with paintings and graffiti. I took several photos before noticing the huge skull. It actually represents the criminal con artist and crime boss from the 19 century, “Soapy” Smith.

Later in the day, I went on a historical tour of Klondike pass, a nearby valley in Canada. One of the stops on the Klondike pass tour was Torment Valley, in Yukon, Canada. The sense of how remote and untouched the land was took my breath away.

The final stop on the Klondike pass tour was the Skagway graveyard, and the Reid Falls. At the Reid falls, there was a small cave on the cliff side opposite of where I was. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any ways to get to the cave.

After departing from Skagway, the cruise ship went down the Endicott Arm, towards the Dawes Glacier. On the way there, I saw countless icebergs, but this photo stood out.

When the cruise ship was at the Dawes Glacier, I observed this waterfall, and smaller glacier up the valley.

When it was quiet enough, you could hear parts of the glacier cracking. Eventually, smaller pieces broke off into the Endicott Arm, becoming a small iceberg.

Endless Green by Caitlyn Wilhelm

Sneaky Bandit by Caitlyn Wilhelm

Forest Friends by Caitlyn Wilhelm

Newborn by Caitlyn Wilhelm

Waiting by Caitlyn Wilhelm

History by Caitlyn Wilhelm

I went to Blake Island Yesterday and I forgot spare batteries for my camera. Luckily there was a shop that had some… but they were kinda crappy batteries and didn’t last long…

Since I decided to pull an all-nighter last night, I was up rather early. I went for a walk outside in my yard, and I saw the sun peaking through the trees.

Migration by Caitlyn Wilhelm 

Old and Wise by Caitlyn Wilhelm