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Dave Ingram

Out at Kye Bay photographing the sunset.

Island Nature features the nature writing and photography of Dave Ingram who lives 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 – I’d be happy to post them.

Hopefully, the articles will inspire you to get out and explore your own backyard or to help you plan a visit to the Island. I’ll share my 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 I love nature, I’ll be traveling off Vancouver Island as well!

About Dave 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. While he currently teaches high school during the winter, he also works with Parks Canada during July and August out at Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

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 500px and Flickr. You can also follow my nature observations on Twitter and Facebook.

Dave is currently using a Fuji X-T1 and a Fuji X100s after a year long love/hate relationships with a Nikon D600 DSLR  (long story). The Fuji XF 10-24mm f/4 is his lens of choice, but he also uses a Fuji XF 35mm f/1.4 as well as a AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED or AF-S Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G ED lens and Novaflex adaptor for botanical work. Many of the older images on the blog are made with a D80 or a Nikon 4500, as well as a frustrating year with the D600. 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.

Purchasing Prints

Prints of Dave’s images can be ordered for reasonable prices via his SmugMug site at Dave Ingram Photography.

Copyright

Creative Commons LicenseAll images and writing by Dave Ingram are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 Canada License.

Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://islandnature.ca/copyright/.

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    Expectation

    Must be the warmer weather or perhaps a late spring migration - there seems to be more feral carts on the move turning up in interesting locations. I spotted this one on  an evening scooter ride with my kids and thought that the juxtaposition of the loading bay doors and the single cart was nicely balanced. We kept our distance from this unpredictable little fellow - it seemed to be waiting wistfully for the loading bay doors to open.

    Fuji X100S, post processed with Silver Efex Pro 2.

    05/24/15

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    Sunset photographs from the mouth of the Trent River in Royston, Vancouver Island, BC last night. Gorgeous light, dramatic clouds.

    Photographed with a Fuji X-T1, XF 10-24mm lens.

    05/23/15

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    Trent River Estuary

    Really waffled tonight trying to figure out the best place to catch the evening light at sunset and almost left it too late. I was on my way to Comox when I turned around and thought to try the Courtenay estuary - half way to the trail out through the marsh when I second guessed myself again and thought that the Trent would be a better bet. Got to the beach about 20 minutes before the sun went below the horizon - enough time to find some interesting driftwood to photograph against the dramatic clouds rolling in from the west. This photograph is from later, just as the sun was going down and the soft warm light lit up a smaller piece of driftwood in the beach grass very nicely. I’ve got several other driftwood compositions but I liked this one the best - it’s a bit more intimate somehow and the grass poking above the horizon works for me. Stuck around until about 9:30 or so until the light was done. More photos coming later.

    Fuji X-T1, post processed in Lightroom.

    05/23/15

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Copyright

Creative Commons License

Images and writing by Dave Ingram are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 Canada License.

Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at Island Nature copyright.