It was a long vacation, but I'm finally back. I was in Washington D.C. for most of that time, but also went to Bismarck, N.D. for training and to visit my parents and a few old friends. It was a bit cool there with -30 wind chills, then 91 in D.C. two weeks later.
There was a big change while I was gone. Our island population is getting smaller. Twelve positions have gone away, so the folks left on island will get a bit busier. Here are a few photos that I took on vacation, and a few new ones, too.
The prediction for the blooming of the cherry trees in Washington D.C., was off by about a week, so the crowd gathered around the one blooming tree.
Here is the same spot a few days later. There were more trees to take pictures under so this one wasn't so popular anymore.
A lot of people were out enjoying the blossoms.
Some cherry blossoms with the Jefferson Memorial in the background.
There are a lot of Laysan ducklings in the seeps now.
We had some visitors from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. They gave us grant money to help get rid of the verbesina on Eastern Island, and now Sand Island. I'm glad they got to see what great work the crew is doing with their grant. Here, they are on a tour of Eastern Island.
We got out to check on the reef. This spectacled parrotfish is just about to take a chomp out of the coral.