Capt. Jim Maya of Maya’s Westside Charters on
San Juan Island sent me his favorite photos of 2011.
“Though perhaps not technically my best,” he wrote. “they are my
personal favorites. I hope you enjoy them and have a great
Jim sent the photos on Jan. 1, so the delay in getting them
online is all mine. The captions below each picture are Jim’s
comments about the events and circumstances of the moment. Click on
each photo for a better view.
Nov. 19. Ts with Sucia Island and
Mt. Baker. We first found them at Speiden Island thanks to Kim and
Karl Bruder, who run Lonesome Cove. Evening light. /
Capt. Jim Maya
Aug. 26. Spectacular speed swimming!
We call it porpoising for some reason. Strait of Georgia headed
toward the Frazer River. Wish the lighting had been better, but you
get the idea. / Capt. Jim Maya
May 20. Jpod rounding Cattle Pass
Light, South Beach, San Juan Island. Mt. Baker, light house, Orcas!
Northwest soup. / Capt. Jim Maya
April 15. Transients in President's
Channel, west side of Orcas Island, going northwest up the island.
Notice the water slipping off the body of the calf, and the smile.
Loving life! / Capt. Jim Maya
July 18. Just off of Henry Island,
again in Haro Strait, close to our dock. The curiosity of nature's
two most amazing creatures toward each other constantly amazes me.
Who is the eco tourist? I got this photo to all of those in the
kayaks. / ￼Capt. Jim Maya
April 28. T's with Vancouver Island
near Duncan, B.C. I love their blows. Close to shore. /
Capt. Jim Maya
June 7. A Transient Orca stalking a
Dall's Porpoise in Haro Strait, right out in front of Snug Harbor,
our home port. The power and the stark reality of life in the wild.
/ Capt. Jim Maya
Sept. 22. Loving creatures. Mom and
calf. Touchy and intimate they are with one another. We are
constantly aware of their devotion to family. / Capt.
Sept. 24. Transient male, Race
Rocks, B.C., west of Victoria, with the Olympic Mountains and the
Elwha Valley. Big country! Yep! / Capt. Jim
Nov. 19. Ts just north of Orcas
Island. Light on water on Orcas. Magical evening. Don't ya love
evening light? / Capt. Jim Maya
Jan. 3 in Haro Strait, the night I
was pretty sure that Ruffles was gone for good... The color and
solitude. / Capt. Jim Maya
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