Quite a number of years ago a small herd of Roosevelt Elk was transplanted to Vancouver Island. Over the years their numbers increased and original herd split into a number of herds. A couple of days ago I finally had the opportunity to photograph some of these Elk.
I took a number of pictures hand held with the Sigma 120-400, it was near dusk but the Sigma was up to the task and did a great job in the low light! Here are two of the better captures.
As I sit here at my computer staring out the window watching it snow I decided something warm would be in order. So I fixed a cup of coffee with some Irish cream and started looking through my Maui sunset photos.
As soon as the rain started and the temperatures cooled off the mushrooms came out. I have no idea the names of any of these or whether they are edible or not, but I do know is that there are mushrooms of many different sizes, shapes and colors that grow here on Vancouver Island!
I took this picture a couple of weeks ago before our first frost. Since then the temperature here has gotten down as low as -5° C. or 23° F. and most of the more delicate plants are done until next spring.
Northerly outflow winds over here on the West Coast of Canada has given us cold temperatures, clear skies and blustery winds, oh and some nice photo opportunities as well! These are both taken with the Sigma 120-400 at 400mm and cropped to about 30% of the original.
Just because we have so many of those darn birds flying around here. LOL
Aaron and I went out to a nearby lake this weekend to try to get some photos of an eagle we knew was out there. Once we got there we ran into a pair of adults and a pair of juvenile eagles. The adults pretty much kept their distance but the pair of juveniles treated us to a couple of minutes of up close flight time just as we pulled up.
I have to say that I am very proud of these photos. Not that they are anything great, because they could be a lot better, but because they were shot handheld at 840mm! (and because they are eagles)
The eagles didn't give me time to set up my tripod so I had to just grab the bazooka lens (Nikon 600mm f4 with 1.4 teleconverter) and start shooting. The high frame rate of the D3s helped in getting some of the shots.
Of course once I took the time to set up my tripod they flew away and stayed far away the rest of the day.