Monday, October 16, 2017

Hardy Bay estuary

Ron & Q mark the first two weeks of October as the time to come up to Northern Vancouver Island if you want some Eagles to photograph. I spent about 5 minutes and zero effort in the rain taking pictures yesterdy afternoon and came up with these shots. Imagine what I could have gotten if I had spent all afternoon on a dry day with a good camera / lens combo and a tripod!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

More sunrise photos

These are a couple of more shots from Ke'anae Point taken early in the morning as the sun was coming up.

I actually haven't had a chance to take any new photos for a few days. I plan to remedy that tomorrow hopefully with a few sunset shots. I think I need some palm trees now!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Psst! Wanna buy some rocks?

I guess selling rocks must be big business, around here they sell the stuff by the freighter load!

Here are a few pictures of the gravel loading facility about 30 minutes drive from where I live. Nearby is a very large glacial deposit of sand and gravel. From here the sand and gravel is shipped to Hawaii and the West Coast of the United States. 

So next time you stroll the sandy beaches of Waikiki...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Colorful Mushroom...

Our warm, sunny Summer days over here on Vancouver Island have given way to cooler, wetter Fall weather. I found this colorful mushroom a few days ago while exploring an old overgrown logging road.

Another Sunrise at Ke'anae Point

Ke'anae Point may turn out to be one of my favorite places on along the road to Hana.

I'll be back out that way again in about a week. I've been finding more and more places that I need to go see that are off the beaten path. Places that most tourists don't get to see because they involve a pretty long and sometimes slightly risky hike or they just aren't in any guide books. Meeting more locals has pointed me to so many more spots I never knew about that I don't know if I will ever get to all of them.

Ke'anae Point is one of those spots, thankfully for me I can drive right up to, no hiking necessary!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

More Viktoria Viking

A couple more picturs of the Viktoria Viking, this time with the Nikon 10-20mm ultrawide lens. Just for a change post processing was done using the Nik Collection HDR Effecs Pro 2 free plug-in software for Photoshop.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Branch 1 Bridge

Branch 1 was one of the first logging roads leading out of Port Hardy back in the late 40's early 50's and this is the bridge over the Quatse River. A number of years ago this portion of Branch 1 was decommissioned but became part of the network of walking / biking trails all around the Port Hardy area.

Rain / Sun / Rain / Sun...

It rained on and off again all afternoon on the North end of Vancouver Island but it made for some nice rainbow pictures like this one at Storey's Beach near Port Hardy.

Friday, October 6, 2017

A $4000 photo!

No, I didn't sell it for that (I wish). That's what the equipment cost that ended up in the bottom of the creek when I fell!

That's one of the hazards of trying to shoot waterfalls. To get the good shots you almost always have to cross water to get to the "sweet spot". In my pursuit of the shot I slipped on a slimy rock and ended up in the water. My arm that I was holding the camera in hit a rock and the camera popped loose and ended up in the bottom of the creek.

It was a VERY bad day!! I brought the camera and lens home and stuck them in a bucket of rice to try and draw the moisture out but the electronics were fried. So now I have a really great paper weight for my desk!

This was the last shot in that camera. The only thing that worked when I got home was the memory card so I at least got to have a photograph for the day.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Looking back

This is another shot from Ke'anae Point along the road to Hana. Instead of looking out over the ocean I turned around and looked back behind me to make sure I didn't miss a view (or photo opportunity!)

There is a small church on the point that was built in 1856 and this is the view from in front of the that church. The mountain that you see in the far background is the "backside" of  Haleakala Volcano.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Table Wolf...

Waiting patiently for dinner time even though he never gets fed scraps from the table! Have to give him credit for his persistence I guess...
Either that or he's gotten himself trapped under there again. He's not the brightest Wolf in the pack...

More from Ke'anae Point

These are a couple of more shots I took while at Ke'anae Point last week. Hopefully I will be heading back that way later this week to photograph the 7 pools again since the location of the sun has changed.

It's going to be a busy two weeks coming up so I'm not sure how much I will be able to get out and shoot but around here, you can find a good shot almost anywhere so I plan to take advantage of that.

Saturday, September 30, 2017


These definitely weren't dog prints on the beach I was exploring earlier today...