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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Whale Waiters

While going through pictures from years past, in many cases for photos to post on my Orca Watcher Photography Facebook page, I inevitably see the pictures I took while waiting for whales. People who haven't been to San Juan Island perhaps have the impression you can just go to Lime Kiln on the west side and see whales at just about anytime, but this is far from the case. It's known as Whale Watch Park, but a lot of us joke it should more accurately be called Whale Wait Park. So, what do you do while you wait for whales? Well, it's always a good time to catch up on your reading....

And believe it or not, the rocks are GREAT for napping. You just have find the comfortable ones:

And it's such a beautiful place, you may just be inspired to draw, or paint:

Of course, someone's got to keep a look out at all times:

In all directions:

Because even if it's getting late, the whales might still show up:

But whatever you do, you had better do it in style:

And you've gotta protect yourself from the elements, whether it be the sun:

Rain (protect those electronics with whatever is on hand!): 

Or wind, 'cause it gets cold down there by the water!

At this point, you might be wondering why all these crazy people spend so many hours waiting for the whales out there. Is it really worth all that time? Oh yes, it is. The payoff is the experience of a lifetime:

Definitely one to share with the family if you can:

But it's just as awesome when it's just you and the whales:

So if you ever get the chance, I highly recommend coming out to Lime Kiln, the best place in the world to wait for whales. Not only do you get time to nap, read, and contemplate the beautiful world around you, but you'll probably meet some very cool people - most of the people in these photos have been friends of mine now for years! And you never know, you might even see a whale.


James said...

You just made my morning! Thanks again, Monika. And have a Merry Xmas!

Peggy Mauro said...

I really enjoyed this blog entry, Monika. I have so many fond memories scrambling the rocks and hanging out watching and/or waiting with you. I am so grateful for your photography, and being my eyes. Happy Solstice with hope for a coming of light and healing for our precious Orca population.

Julie said...

i love this post! and be "watching" for me. i'm joining this crazy island of whale watchers next year to hang for as long as i have to for as many whale experiences as i can get!

Jill said...

Fun post. Ha, I've never seen whales the times I've kayaked past Lime Kiln recently, saw them once way offshore from the park year ago. But yesterday I was waiting to spot the K pod traveling south in Puget Sound from Golden Gardens in Seattle and mostly I was scanning the Sound with my binocs, looking in all the wrong places. finally did get some good viewing way across the Sound. But mostly I stood around and chatted with a couple others, checking and rechecking the Orca Network updates. happy new year!