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... 

Friday, September 29, 2017

2 1/2 inchworm...

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

Sunrise on Ke'anae Point

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

More Maui Waves

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

Coal Harbour 70 years later...

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

Famous last words...

"Just one  more cast"

Maui Waves

Just another wave from last week. This spot turned out to be pretty good for sunset wave shots. I may head back out there today.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Some seaplane pics...

Some seaplane pictures from Coal Harbour this morning. 

Later this afternoon I found out they were practicing for a fly-by for a dedication ceremony to do with the RCAF station that was here in Coal Harbour during WWII.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Warp Speed

While on my last trip with Ron to Hawaii we went to the summit of the volcano to take photos. This was the last car to leave the top and then we had the top all to our selves. 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Stressful commute!

Between the Geese and Deer blocking the road this morning it took forever to get to work, nearly 5 minutes... Don't know how much longer I can handle these stressful commutes!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Sunset wave

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


This is a little church I found while in Hana last time. It's in the actual town and just a few blocks away from the beach.

I don't know any of the history of the church but it seemed to be fairly old, probably from the early 1900's

Friday, September 15, 2017

Split decision

A true "local" of the islands.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Add to wish list...

Woodstove........................................... check
Woodshed............................................ check
Pickup truck......................................... check
Chainsaw.............................................. 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.

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(Hake picture plagiarized off the internet)