02-08-2006, 11:09 PM
Long day. Worked all night, slept four hours then rode ten miles to downtown and caught a boat to go whale watching. Beautiful day out. Last time I went it was cloudy. Whale pics are iffy. After one is located, and someone yells; "There it is!" you missed that one and now you wait for it to breath again. As the whale exhales, the steam in their breath vaporises and that is the spout you see. So now you get one or two more breaths before it goes back under and you have to wait for several more minutes. Both you and the ship captain have to guess where it will be next. Often they just break through the surface and go back under. I had three chances at the "money shot" of the tail coming out of the water. This is the best one. I was trying to use a burst of shots to catch it and on one my burst ended before the tail came up and one just wasn't as good as this one- not as far out of the water. We hit a small group of two or three and one time the surfaced next to the boat. I was on the other side at the time, darn it! These are grey whales who come all the way from Alaska to have their babies in the bays of Mexico. I think that it Tiajuana in the background. We also were briefly accompanied by some dolphins.