Friday, June 17, 2011

Vacation

Ok, I'm on vacation now in the Washington D.C. area, but since I said I'd do a post from here, here it is. 

Right before I left, one of the last tour groups of the season came to Midway.  The leader of that Oceanic Society group is Susan Middleton.  I'm mentioning that because she came through the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands a few years ago and took some really amazing photos.  She put out a book called "Archipelago" and I would really suggest that you check out her site; http://www.susanmiddleton.com/Susan_Middleton/Galleries/Pages/Archipelago.html

I've been doing a bit of volunteer work around here while I've been back.  I've been helping Dasha with her work with the Animal Rescue League, which is an organization that rescues injured wildlife.  I've also been helping out with the Fairfax County Tree Stewards, so it's almost like being at work!

I don't have a lot to report about Midway.  There wasn't a big anniversary for the Battle of Midway this year.  Maybe next year.  While I was gone, the Short-tailed albatross chick was banded, and it should be fledged by the time I get back.  I'll be back in about 2 weeks and will get you up to date then. 

This is the cover of Susan Middleton and David Littschwager's book.  Go to that link above to see pics.

Here's the airport crew seeing us off at the G-2.

This isn't from Midway by the way.  We don't have any ospreys or bullheads.  I took this on the Potomac River in Alexandria, VA near our apartment.

We don't have any peacocks either.  This was at the National Zoo.  I've got a lot more pics, but you want to know about Midway, not D.C. right?

4 comments:

Seagull Steve said...

Who got the honors of banding the Shortie chick? That is so rad that it actually made it to fledging!!!

The Armchair Travler said...
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The Armchair Travler said...

The Midway pictures are great and any pictures from the DC area would be really good.

The Armchair Travler

djmeatball said...

Hi Pete, if you're able to see stats, I'm certain the spike in visitors to your blog is directly related to the recent very large visitor to Midway -- the Delta 747 that emergency landed a few days ago.

It'd be neat to find out what your friends/colleagues over there thought of the visitors (the short term ones -- the passengers on the plane; and the longer term ones -- the mechanics who had to stick around to fix the thing) and what kind of experiences the unexpected visitors got to have.