16 Jul 14. As Paul Harvey was fond of saying, and now the rest of the story. Our little boating adventure involved not only Jan and I as guests, but the cherubs as well. Now neither Jan nor the cherubs can swim, so even though they were all life jacketed, had we capsized in the water we would have had an interesting time. Not that we were planning on capsizing, but then, I don't know of any planned "accident." As we started across the open water the cherubs were in the bow and not so sure they were going to enjoy the adventure, but then, as soon as the water got a bit rough, and the bow was bouncing up and down on the waves, with the water and spray flying around them, they were having the time of their lives. You might even have been able to hear them squealing with delight from where you live! Jan and I were the ones seated directly behind them with the moisture that was bypassing them getting us quite wet. So we slowed the boat, put them behind us and directly in front of the outboard, which redistributed the weight and allowed the boat to plane instead of plow through the water. That fixed the spray problem and greatly increased our speed. Then we were doing just fine until we got to the two small islands/large rocks and started to slowly cruise around at which point we lost power. When we finally got it started that first time, we did a slow cruise around both the rocks with the seals and then the one with the birds, the one we almost bumped into. The rock with the birds was primarily occupied with gulls and cormorants, with many of the gulls protecting chicks. I was able to shoot three different family groups of the gulls, all with two chicks, but as the chicks were really well camouflaged with respect to the rocks, I likely missed many opportunities simply because I didn't recognize them. Today's submission is a good example of what I was up against. Hint: try looking about 1/3 the way from the left edge in the middle. After we shot the birds, we made a pass at the seals who still remained on the rocks, most of them having quit their sun bathing to come and inquire as to what we were doing, and then headed into the inlet about which I wrote Monday. The cherubs rode in the middle on the return trip and again had a great time, more than ready to do it again. And so we shall. D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/500 sec @ f / 9 hand held in a very bouncy boat!