These are close-ups of a feather we have had around the house for many years, found on a beach or in a forest a decade or more ago. We don’t know what species it is from, but assume a large hawk as the feather is 14 inches long. It is showing its age now, rubbed here and there and full of dust. You don’t get to see the whole feather, just some details taken with my 100mm takumar macro lens. The second to last shot is taken with the addition of extension tubes.
I have to thank David Williams (a frequent commentator on this blog) for the inspiration to take some macros indoors. I was motivated by the pictures in his recently launched Macro Abberation blog, which has pictures of a quality I can only aspire to. His general photography blog is well worth a visit as well. He is a Canadian, living in Washington State. I have done that too, and, like him, enjoyed it. I remember infruriating my nationalistic brother by saying at the time that as a west coaster I felt more affinity with Washingtonians and Oregonians than with Torontonians. I still think eastern Canadians are rather foreign specimens, but that will probably get me in trouble.
Anyway, this is a terrific feather, up close or in the hand. Surely it is when on the bird too, if only I knew which one. Maybe someone will take pity on me that knows their bird feathers. If you are that person, it most likely comes from around southern Vancouver Island, but possibly Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) or maybe the north Okanagan.