Nikon D300 ~ 18-200mm Nikkor lens
f5.6 ~ 1/320 ~ ISO 250
processed in CS5 using NIK filters and textures from French Kiss
taken late afternoon on a very dark dreary day at Nisqually Delta near Olympia, Washington (US)
Down on the farm 3-9-13
Country Living 3-10-13
America the Beautiful 3-19-13
Pacific Northwest Photography 4-16-13
Per History Link.org
From 1904 through 1919, Alson Brown purchased 2,300 acres of land in the Nisqually Valley, southeast of Olympia. Designed by Brown, the farm was a sort of experiment in modern farming. He used all the latest methods and equipment, hiring a year round crew. Ten years after he started, the farm was completely self-sustaining.
The farm production fed the crew and Brown provided housing by taking room and board out of the worker’s pay. In addition to raising crops, the facility produced a wide variety of farm products, including dairy and poultry. The output of the farm was significant enough to have a box factory built on the farm for packaging. The large-scale farm distributed its products to the growing Puget Sound region. The farm was considered a model of efficiency and unique to the Puget Sound region as a volume producer of a wide variety of products.
Brown’s fortunes turned for the worse at the onset of World War I. Unable to meet his debts, he lost the farm to creditors. The property was acquired by Robert P. Oldham after the stock market crash of 1929. Ownership later passed on to Bruce W. Pickering who sold the tract in 1974, to the U.S. government for a wildlife refuge.
Over 20,000 birds, made up of 275 different migrating species, use the freshwater marshes and grasslands for breeding, resting or wintering. The most abundant bird types include raptors, shorebirds and songbirds. Larger animals such as hawks and coyotes feast in the grassland due to the presence of mice and voles.