Events on the Canal

This Sunday the 30th Heron Habitat Helpers will be at Commodore Park with telescopes. If you’d like to watch great blue herons tending to their chicks in the rookery this is a great time to go. The event is from noon to 1:30 pm and naturalists will be on hand to provide info and answer questions. I think they’ll be set up in the west section near the parking lot.

Starting on May 28th the free outdoor music concerts will begin at the Ballard Locks. The concerts are held near the Visitor Center most Saturdays and Sundays through September 16th. July 4th this year marks the centennial of the locks, so there will be a lot going on this summer. See this page for more details.


Ballard Locks & Garden – Photographer’s Playground

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Recently I posted a preview for the Ballard Locks. In a preview I have to try to cover a little bit of everything in order to provide all the info I think people might be looking for. So I didn’t emphasize one of the greatest things about the place as much as I would have liked. The Ballard Locks and Garden are a veritable playground for photographers.

Unless you only prefer sweeping landscapes in your photography, there’s something here to appeal to almost everyone. Enjoy older architecture? Check. Enjoy flowers? Check. Enjoy boats? Check. Enjoy birds? Check. Enjoy trains and tracks? Check.

So here’s a few more of my photos from my two outings that didn’t fit into the preview gallery that give an idea of the range of photo subjects. I had terrible light on my first day there, so if I have one piece of advice it’s that if you’re going specifically for photographic purposes, choose a day with light suitable for your subjects. Once there, wander everywhere and let your camera play.

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