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
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
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
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
Sunday, October 8, 2017
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.
Friday, October 6, 2017
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
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
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
Friday, September 29, 2017
Everyone has heard of and likely seen an inchworm, right? And it was likely an inch or so long.
I don't know what the story is with this one but it was easily 2 1/2 inches long if not a bit more... Be interesting to know what kind of Moth or Butterfly it will turn into.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
I took another trip along the road to Hana yesterday morning. I really love that road during the very early times of the morning because you pretty much have it all to yourself.
My intentions were to spend the morning shooting waterfalls however none of the falls were running with water, not a drop! It's been a little dry here the last 10 days so I'm hoping for a little rain and then I will head back out on the road again. It has actually just started raining as I am writing this post so the falls should start "falling" soon.
Since I couldn't find any waterfalls I headed to Ke'anae (pronounced kay-ah- nigh) Point which is about 18 miles before you get to Hana. Ke'anae Point isn't known to most of the tourists and the water is rougher and not something you would want to swim in so you don't see too many people there during the week. It does make for some great photo opportunities during the sunrise and a for a few hours afterwards.
It's a great spot to visit if you are ever on Maui. The rocks at the beach are all volcanic in nature with a lot of dark tones and black so it contrasts dramatically with the blue water.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Just a couple of more wave shots from last week. I went out this past Sunday and spent a couple of hours shooting different things and didn't come back with anything good. I'm getting a lot pickier in my old age about my photos.
I'll be heading out early in the morning along the road to Hana to shoot a waterfall or two. Hopefully I'll get something good and will have them up in a few days.
Monday, September 25, 2017
While looking around on the internet a few nights ago I came across some WWII era photos of Coal Harbour when it was a Royal Canadian Airforce Base (Seaplane operations). Just for the fun of it I put together a few before and after pictures. Still a few of the old buildings left...
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Friday, September 22, 2017
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
I was out Sunday afternoon looking for photo opportunities when I saw some waves breaking really nicely along one of the beaches. This made me pull over and my wife and I spent an hour sitting on the beach photographing waves.
This shot was taken about five minutes before the sun went down behind the clouds and the island of Lana'i. The hardest thing about getting this shot was trying to get it without any surfers in the photo. We weren't the only ones that noticed the waves. Within about 30 minutes of us stopping we had about 15 surfers show up and head out into the water.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Pickup truck......................................... check
Wood splitter........................................ check
Good bush dog..................................... check
Excavator with log grapple................... add to wish list!
This a picture of some log salvage work taking place near to where I live, the fellow doing the log salvage is using an excavator with a log grapple to bring the wood out of the bush and up to the side of the logging road. This machine can move an amazing amount of wood in a short period of time, very impressive to watch!
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Dragging for Hake in Hardy Bay. (Grainy crop of a much larger picture...)
"Dragging" is a method of fishing for bottom fish by dragging a large open mouthed net across the ocean floor. "Hake" are the target species of fish these days.
(Hake picture plagiarized off the internet)