Wednesday, December 17, 2014

My, What big eyes you have...

It's a little "drismal" here today too and we are expecting snow tonight. Does that make it  "snowsmal" outside?
I thought I would give Paul a little light and color to brighten his short day.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Port Hardy Waterfront

Urban Dictionary: Drismal
drismal. the sad melancholy feeling induced by a rainy overcast day.

Drisnal days like this are typical this time of year on the Northern tip of Vancouver Island... 3:15 and the street lights are already coming on, ugh! On the shortest day of the year we officially get 7 hours and 59 minutes of daylight and 16 hours 1 minute of darkness.

But hey no worries, it's all good, after this weekend the days are going to start getting longer again!

Sneak attack!

I was out with the camera several evenings ago hoping for a sunset that never materialized... Just as I was getting ready to head home I spotted a juvenile Eagle with a piece of fish. It would seem that I wasn't the only one to have seen this young Eagle and his fish... Out of the blue a mature Bald Eagle swooped in under the young Eagle and expertly relieved him of his prize! 

Unfortunately not the best pictures as it was getting quite dim by the time this all went down but thanks to Photoshop I was able to make these shots somewhat more presentable.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

North Island panoramas

Story's Beach

Bear Cove

Here are a couple of recent panoramas from Northern Vancouver Island. These are both taken with my trusty Samsung S4 cell phone. For whatever reason my cell phone does an amazing job of panoramas. Though I did work both pictures over with Photoshop a bit before posting them here...

Saturday, December 13, 2014

When mother nature gives you ice...

Make a cocktail!
This is from our Colorado trip this past summer. Ice and snow in the middle of June!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Some Beach, Some Where

A calm between storms...

This week has brought one "Pineapple Express" (sub tropical winter storm) after another without much of a break between each event! Though we've fared well where I live there are a number of communities here on the West Coast of Canada with some serious flooding and mudslide issues.

A few hours after I snapped this calm morning picture of Quatse Lake the wind and rain was back. Oh well at least it isn't snow!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Pulteney Point light house

Not too many photo opportunities the last few days as the weather over here on the West Coast of Canada has been a little wet and overcast, so drismal in fact that the street lights were still on at noon today... Though our beautiful West Coast Summers more than make up for the cool wet weather we get this time of year!

So I dug out another picture from earlier this year. This is a view looking South towards Pulteney Point light house and Cormorant Channel.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Out on a limb!

Going through some beach walk photos from earlier this year I came across this nice picture of Maggie doing her balancing act on a log. Though you can't see it in this picture the log Maggie is on is nearly 6 feet in the air!

Interesting visitor...

Spotted this interesting visitor to Canada earlier this fall at the Port Hardy Airport. I'm thinking they were likely making their way up to or back from Alaska. Pretty impressive piece of machinery!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Just those old shots from the past few years!

Getting ready to prepare my son for college this summer, not sure I'm  able to go out on the trip again this year to shoot some more pictures.  Therefore, I'm going to post some of those old photos until I get some new one from the Paris trip in September. 

Saturday, December 6, 2014


It's cold and dreary here today so I am thinking of warmer places and that always takes me back to Maui.
That and I haven't taken any new photos lately.

Friday, December 5, 2014

The young ones

Aaron and I went back out to the local lake last weekend trying for the ever elusive eagle photo again.
We were pleasantly surprised by no less than 10 eagles, 8 of which were juveniles. This is the most we have ever seen here and they actually got close enough to us to fill the camera frame a few times but the lighting was terrible. It was overcast but bright and the eagles were flying directly above us like they knew we couldn't get any good photos because of the lighting.  That didn't stop me from taking photos, but they aren't great photos.
Once again I was caught unprepared because I didn't have the camera on the tripod as they flew over. I was forced to shoot hand held and at one time I even had to lay on the ground so I could shoot straight up.
I think the eagles just enjoy taunting the old man.