14,410 feet above sea level, (4392 meters), she is known to the local Puyallup Tribal Nation as Mt. Tahoma or “Takhoma.” That is how I like to refer to her. Centrally located in the Pacific Northwest, her mountain sprite watches over the region. Six local tribes use resources to this day from this dormant volcano. They’re the Nisqually, Puyallup, Squaxin Island, Muckleshoot, Yakama, and Cowlitz tribes. Ten years ago, the Puyallup Tribal Reservation was where I called home for a few years. Lived on a Salmon River called Clear Creek. Plus a condo on the Thea Foss Waterway located on Commencement Bay of the Puget Sound. If you click on the below map link you will find all these locations.
Sound remote? Well, take a look at the map links. The Reservation is located on one of the busiest Pacific Sea ports. Port of Tacoma is the third largest port on the Pacific Coast. Port of Tacoma map link: Port of Tacoma, Washington, and website: Port of Tacoma Website
I digress and reside well off track. Full moon from this July 27, 2018. That is the topic. Climbed many times, but not to the summit, yet. The lunar event is called a “Buck Moon” because it occurs around the time of year that buck deer’s antlers start to grow. Check out another post on a, “piebald,” colored deer I photographed near Mt. Rainier/Tahoma.The Blood Moon is an eclipse event causing a red tint. The moon appeared to be climbing the face of the mountain along with me.
In February 2018, saw a white Black-tail deer with two regular Black-tail/Mule deer, but only for a second. Went back a couple of times without success. Found tracks, followed to their water supply and waited.
Approximately, 100+ yards away, raining, windy and just enough light. A little luck and…she walked up near my cover in the bushes. The quality of the shots are low, because I was excited. Some call it, “Buck Fever.” Haven’t needed to fill the freezer in many years, so now the hunt is about photographs.
The coloring is called, “Piebald.” This female was with two yearlings hidden in the brush off camera view. They were normal colored Mule deers, with black-tails.
These species of deer are common in the Pacific Northwest. The white fur is not.
Found these three near Mount Rainier National Park located in Washington State. Have a good one wildlife fans!