Welcome to Island Nature!
Island Nature features the nature writing and photography of Dave and Jocie Ingram who live on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The idea behind Island Nature is to highlight local knowledge about places to go to on Vancouver Island to discover and experience nature and wildlife. Nature writers and Vancouver Island organizations are welcome to submit guest posts and/or PSAs about nature related events – we’d be happy to post them.
Hopefully, our articles will inspire you to get out and explore your own backyard or to help you plan a visit to the Island. We’ll share our knowledge about the unique places on Vancouver Island that may be a little off the beaten track but are interesting from a natural history point of view. You can find out about the best bird watching locations on Vancouver Island, where to find special plant communities and ecosystems, profiles about a variety of organisms that call the Island home, and upcoming events that have a nature focus. Since we love nature we’ll be traveling off Vancouver Island as well!
About Dave and Jocie Ingram
Dave is a naturalist and photographer based on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. He’s worked as a heritage interpreter with BC Parks, Parks Canada, the Greater Vancouver Regional District, Vancouver Aquarium and Marine Science Centre, and a number of NGOs with a focus on environmental education. He also spent a season guiding zodiac boat tours in Haida Gwaii, BC and has volunteered with several bird research projects including Laskeek Bay Conservation Society’s ancient murrelet study at Limestone Island and at SFU’s Triangle Island research station. He regularly contributes photographs of BC native plants to eFlora image bank.
Jocie is an avid naturalist with a passion for birds, botany, and all living things. For the past five years, she has enjoyed writing about nature through her “Knowing Nature” newspaper column. Jocie studied botany at UBC, but much of her knowledge of natural history was passed down from her parents, Betty and Allan Brooks, both biologists and skilled naturalists.
Photography on Island Nature
Dave’s passion in photography is in the small details of plants and animals in the natural world. He enjoys close-up macro photography and has a great interest in the patterns and shapes that can be found in nature. Additional photographs are posted on Flickr. You can also follow our nature observations on Twitter and Facebook.
Dave is currently using a Nikon D600 DSLR which he has a love/hate relationship with (long story). The AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f4 ED and AF-S Micro Nikkor 105mm f2.8G lens are his lenses of choice, but he also uses a AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED lens for botanical work. Many of the older images on the blog are made with a D80 or a Nikon 4500. Dave used to photograph birds with older, used Sigma 170-500mm lens but was never really satisfied with the image quality and sold the lens.
Prints of Dave’s images can be ordered for reasonable prices via his SmugMug site at Dave Ingram Photography.
All images and writing by Dave and Jocie Ingram are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 Canada License.
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