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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.


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    Tonight’s photo from a back alley in downtown Courtenay - some very cool shadows at night. My first photograph of this building didn’t include the pole but then I thought it needed to be included to balance the scene and provide some depth. Ordinary place, less ordinary at night.

    Fuji X100S, converted to black and white with Silver Efex Pro 2


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    Yellow Boat

    Had a bit of time yesterday evening to check out the Comox Marina - there are always new scenes to find and old subjects to revisit and try to find a new angle or perspective. I really like parts of things and I’d rather photograph part of a larger object and let the viewer figure out the rest of it, fill in the missing information. Reducing an object to simple form, line, and shape reveals a truer sense of the thing that photographing all of it. Well, maybe that’s over thinking it … it is just a yellow boat after all.

    Fuji X100S, VSCO Kodak Portra 160


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    Playing around with intentional lens flare last couple nights out, lots of different possibilities with artificial light at night. I like the shapes, line and textures in this image, but in retrospect I think it should have made this a “selfie” and stepped into the scene where the flares converge. It’s got good mood as it is, a dark figure in the centre would have been perfect.

    Fuji X100S, Silver Efex Pro 2


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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.