The Photographer's Eye
There is something to see in every season at Whitman Mission National Historic Site.
Click here for some photo tips from previous blogs.
May 9, 2012 - Zach Schierl - Whitman Mission Through the Seasons
Below is a picture from April. One can see how the hillside greens up with the coming of spring. See additional photos taken from the same vantage point taken at different times of year to get a sense of how the park changes with the seasons. more...
May 1, 2012 - Renee Rusler - It's Turtle Time!
It's Turtle Time! When it gets warm the turtles clamber back onto the wooden platforms that float in the park's pond. These were seen this last weekend.
Two types of turtles live at Whitman Mission, the Western Painted Turtle and the Slider (an introduced turtle). Both kinds are in this photo. They can be challenging to tell apart since both have yellow stripes on their legs and head. Learn some ways to tell them apart or just sit back and enjoy watching them.
April 22, 2012 - Renee Rusler - Spring has Sprung!
After a vacation to visit family and friends in the Southwest. I returned to a park full of flowers, birds, and a few surprises... more
March 14, 2012 - Renee Rusler - Always Something to See
Even on gray days one can find interesting things, if one goes outside and looks. more...
March 5, 2012 - Zach Schierl - A Preview of Spring?
How do we know? Well, for one, the Sun appeared today and stuck around for the entire day for the first time in recent memory. I was able to get this shot of the "Bringer of Warmth" positioned right behind the pinnacle of the Whitman Memorial, beneath an almost cloudless sky. I was trying to think of an interesting angle for a picture when I noticed the long shadow of the monument extending off into the grass, providing me with the opportunity to create my own miniature solar eclipse.
Secondly, the park's resident painted turtles have emerged from their winter burrows and were sunning themselves on the millpond rafts most of the day. This one allowed me to get strangely close before it slithered off the raft back into the pond.
February 22, 2012 - Renee Rusler - Otter FAQs
A few of the more commonly asked questions are answered in Nature Sightings.
February 13, 2012 - Renee Rusler - More Otter Photos
Otters have been on the park's pond on-and-off for the last month. See more photos of them in Nature Sightings.
February 4, 2012 - Zach Schierl - The Early Bird Gets the Worm (and a Few Photo Tips!)
...an early morning visit to Whitman Mission last week found this little guy travelling down the path... more...
January 25, 2012 - Renee Rusler - Is Two Too Many?
One otter clambers onto the floating board in park's pond, but can it hold a second otter? Find out. more...
January 24, 2012 - Zach Schierl - The Luck of the Light
...it is possible to predict when great lighting conditions are likely to occur so that you can have your camera at the ready more...
December 21, 2011 - Renee Rusler - Fiery Departure
December 12, 2011 - Renee Rusler & Zach Schierl - Snack Time
Two species of deer can be found at Whitman Mission: Mule Deer and White-tailed Deer. The deer are most commonly seen in the early morning or evening, periods of low light when it is harder to be seen. Cloudy days are another time when light levels are low. Yesterday it was so cloudy and quiet at the park that these Mule Deer ventured into the parking oval during the middle of the day.
Some people mistake Mule Deer for White-taileds because Mule Deer have a white rump and tail. But the White-tailed Deer is named for the fluffy, white underside of its longer tail, which it raises and wags like a flag when startled.
December 10, 2011 - Renee Rusler - Frosty Cold! Frosty Pretty!
It can be fun to explore the same place in different weather conditions. Just remember to dress for the weather and to be careful, especially in potentially slippery conditions such as rain, snow, ice, or freezing fog.
Did You Know?
Wagons used on the Oregon Trail had to carry nearly 2000 pounds of supplies. They traveled 2000 miles or more to the Oregon Country. Most wagons were pulled by oxen as they could eat the prairie grass and survive without lots of food for lengthy periods.