Saturday, December 31, 2016

A little sunshine and warmth for Paul

All of that cold wind, rain and snow builds character, right? 

This is Aaron thinking he can get a better photo than me. 😎

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Falling Water

Q and his family were here this week for a visit and we got to talking about Hawai'i and waterfalls and it got me to thinking that I need some more photographs of waterfalls! 

I dug into my files and found a shot from last January to post. Now I'm ready for a trip to Maui!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

I found this thing in my house...

I think it's called a camera!

It's been so long since I picked it up I'm not sure I remember how to work it. This photo is from 5-6 weeks ago before I caught the crud from the grand kids. 

I was still playing with a new lens to see what kind of photos it will produce under different conditions and walking out onto the porch and shooting some birds was the quickest way to test it that day.

I guess the bird was more hungry than he was worried about me because after he gave me the once over he went back to chowing down on the free meal.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Sunshine and frost

Normally one wouldn't give these roadside weeds a second look, 
but add a little sunshine and frost...

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Some winter scenes

This will be the first real snow we've had over here on Northern Vancouver Island since the winter of 2012 / 2013. Can't say as I missed it for those three winters either! 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Fall Sunrise

I was having coffee this morning and looked off the back deck to this view.

My first thought was, what a great sunrise. My second thought was, look at all of those leaves I have to clean up!

Friday, November 4, 2016

more from the water

It seems life has been life lately, not leaving much time to get to the blog but I had a few minutes today so here are a couple of more water shots from St. Croix.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Swimming with the fishes

Just a few random shots from under the cruise ship pier at Fredricksted in St, Croix.

If you ever get to St. Croix (which I don't really recommend, but if you do...) this is the place to do your snorkeling.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Afternoon Siesta

Birds of a feather Siesta together...

Monday, October 17, 2016

Happy Fisherman!

Continuing with the fishing theme... 
Here's a happy Fisherman with fresh Flounder for dinner!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Going fishing

It was cold and rainy out and the smart thing to do was stay inside and maybe take a nap but...

I wanted to test out a new lens so I jumped in the truck and headed to the river with camera in hand.

There were several birds actively fishing, including several eagles, but they all were just a little too far away for the lens I had with me. (Nikon 80-400mm)  This one got a little closer but I still had to crop the photo about 80% to get this so-so picture.

I was excited to see that the eagles are already starting to show up, there were 5-6 there, and I will be heading back soon with the "bazooka" lens to see what I can get.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

A tropical breeze

I woke up to it being 41 degrees this morning. I wasn't quite ready for that chill so I thought a little tropical breeze might be in order.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

The passing of a good friend

My good friend Marion, known as Parker to everyone on the blog, passed away on Thursday.

We spent a lot of hours in the Wichita Mountains of southwest Oklahoma hiking and talking and learning from each other.

His wife Charlotte wanted me to let everyone know that he passed away. He had been suffering from ALS and it finally got the best of him.

He will truly be missed as a friend, a hiking partner, a historian and a great story teller.

Farewell my friend.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Late bloomers...

I found these Blackberry blossoms a couple of weeks ago and took a few pictures. I'm thinking they are either 3 months too late or 9 months early!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Hitting rock bottom

Even though I wasn't overly enamored with the Virgin Islands I will say the snorkeling was pretty good. They have different coral there than what you find in Hawaii so it made it interesting to be in the water. I definitely preferred being in the water than being on land.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Hardy Bay Rainbows

A couple of Rainbow pictures from Hardy Bay.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Huge Blackbird!

I did a double take when I saw this huge Blackbird in a tree...

Turns out it wasn't a bird at all...
 It was a Black Bear chowing down on Crab Apples!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Sunrise on St. Croix

Out of the two weeks we were there I think we had two decent sunrises. The rest were without clouds and just bright sun, nothing to give the sky a nice texture and color. The sunsets were about the same too. The skies just were not cooperating. 

After the first week I just gave up trying to get a good sunset photo and concentrated on getting a good cocktail! 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Fort Christiansvaern

The fort is part of a national historical site and has been since 1952.

Christiansted, one of the two main cities on St. Croix, was the capital of the Danish West Indies in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

The fort was originally built in 1738. The drawing I have included I found on the internet (Wikipedia) and  it was made of the fort in 1836.

So there you have it, your history lesson for the day. No go out there and conquer the world!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Colorful Coral

We spent a couple of days snorkeling the Fredricksted Pier while on St. Croix. It's on the west end of the island and the water is exceptionally calm there.

If you ever take a trip to St. Croix and plan on spending most of your time in the water then staying on the west end is the thing to do. The only thing you have to watch out for is Sundays. Except for two dive shops, a KFC and a pizza place, EVERYTHING else is closed unless there is a cruise ship in port.

Our first snorkel trip to the pier was on a Sunday and I actually liked it. We probably only saw 10 other people in the whole town! Nice and quiet, just the way I like it!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Catching some rays II

This is a spotted eagle ray. I ran into three of these in a patch of sea grass looking for something to eat.

They weren't as friendly as the large manta ray I came across before. They didn't want me getting any where near them and "flew" off as soon as I started to get close.

I was looking around a lot more on this swim so I saw them long before they saw me!  I let the ocean current take me into where they were which is the only reason I got as close as I did.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Named by a pirate maybe?

This is the flower from the tree that forms the "fruit".

And this is the "fruit". The inside is supposed to be edible but I couldn't find anybody that had ever actually eaten the fruit.

What's the name of this really weird tree? 

It's a "cannonball tree". Really, that's the actual name! I can see where they could get the name. The fruit grows to about the same size as a "standard" ship cannon ball.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Say hello to my little friend

I came across this fellow while wondering around the island of St. Croix. He wasn't really to happy with me sticking my camera lens in his face!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Oh My, what big teeth you have

Just a barracuda looking for a meal.
This one was about 4 feet long swimming through small schools of fish trying to catch something to eat.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Funky potato

My neighbor waved me over a couple of days ago and wanted to show me the funky potato he'd just dug up, so I took their picture!

Catching some rays

And you thought I was just laying on the beach somewhere drinking beer.
The wing span on this one was over six feet wide which made him very, very big. Especially when he got close. Apparently he had circled me in the water a few times before I even saw him because when I got out of the water there were lots of people gawking at the ray and me because he was so large you could see him underwater from the shore.
The fact he had circled me a few times before I saw him made me a little nervous in hindsight. Had he been a shark instead of a ray I might have had a serious problem!