Down at the Brown’s

November 15th, 2013  |  By  |  Published in Destinations, Landscapes, Nature Photography, North Vancouver Island, Rivers and Streams, Waterfalls

Brown’s River falls have been on my “must visit” photography list for a while—the problem was that I really didn’t have a clear idea of where exactly they were. The Comox Valley Camera Club did a field trip there earlier in the month but I had a scheduling conflict and couldn’t attend. There are a […]

Trent River Falls

October 15th, 2013  |  By  |  Published in Central Vancouver Island, Destinations, Landscapes, Waterfalls

Last fall when I hiked up the Trent River I met some people who told me about a spectacular waterfall on the downstream side of the Inland Island Highway. At that time I did a bit of research on-line and talked to a couple of friends who had been into the Trent River falls—it sounded […]

An Admirable Red Admiral

September 7th, 2013  |  By  |  Published in Backyard Garden, Butterflies, Invertebrates

Our 11 year old neighbour who lives across the back alley from our house in Courtenay is always calling us over to check out insects or plants that he’s found—this week J. came over to tell us that there was a Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) in his backyard. Typically, Lorquin’s Admirals (Limentis lorquini ssp. ilgae) are […]

Lorquin’s Admiral

July 4th, 2013  |  By  |  Published in Butterflies, Invertebrates

Out for a family walk at Morrison Creek Park yesterday and we came upon a number of butterflies puddling on the wet mud beside one of the creeks. There were several Lorquin’s Admirals (Limentis lorquini ssp. ilgae) busy in the mud and I was able to get relatively close to one with my new Fuji […]

Citrine Wagtail still in the Comox Valley!

March 8th, 2013  |  By  |  Published in Bird Watching, Birds

Update: March 24, 2013 Last confirmed sighting of the Citrine Wagtail on eBird was Thursday, March 21. However, since that time, access to the farm lane has been restricted due to active farming and the lane is gated. Original Post I have to admit that during the dark days of January, 2013 I had written the citrine […]

Downy Woodpecker Drops In

February 21st, 2013  |  By  |  Published in Backyard Birds, Bird Watching, Birds, Woodpeckers

Having a backyard (or in this case, front yard) suet feeder is great for easy, coffee drinking (shade grown/bird friendly of course), birdwatching. Since we’ve finally gotten around to putting our feeders up, we can settle in to enjoy the show. Over the course of a week a flock of bushtits make regular appearances, chestnut-backed […]

Feral Carts Return

February 2nd, 2013  |  By  |  Published in Natural History, Odds and Ends, Shopping Carts

It’s been a while since I’ve posted observations on the natural history of feral carts that I’ve found and photographed here on Vancouver Island—I moved my cart related posts over to a separate blog but it’s now time to bring them back home. No real reason to keep them separate and it’s just too time […]

Citrine Wagtail – Mega Twitch Dip Tick

November 20th, 2012  |  By  |  Published in Bird Watching, Birds

Update: March 24, 2013 Last confirmed sighting of the Citrine Wagtail on eBird was Thursday, March 21. However, since that time, access to the farm lane has been restricted due to active farming and the lane is gated. Update: March 6, 2013 Checked the original farm site on Wednesday, March 6 with Viktor Davare and had a […]

Stream of Ghosts

November 3rd, 2012  |  By  |  Published in Destinations, Fish, Nature Photography, North Vancouver Island

I’ve been experimenting with long exposures and photographing moving water (and chum salmon) down at the Puntledge. I don’t have the technique quite right yet and really need to get some neutral density filters so that I can get longer shutter speeds. It has been fun trying different things out and it’s forcing me to […]

A Few More Chums

October 30th, 2012  |  By  |  Published in Fish, Nature Photography, Nature Viewing

The weather has been rather wet and dark over the last couple of weeks making photography challenging. Fortunately, the rain has brought a rise in the water levels of rivers emptying into the Courtenay River estuary (both the Tsolum River and the Puntledge River join together to become the Courtenay River a short distance from […]

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    Stotan Falls

    Spent this evening down at Stotan Falls with some salmon and a pair of American dippers (the birds, not swimmers). The falls really are spectacular and I’m looking forward to revisiting them when the water level drops just a bit more to get some slightly better angles and more interesting foreground rocks. A couple of spawned out salmon might be nice as well.

    Fuji X-T1, Fuji’s Classic Chrome


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    Big Dipper #2

    I’ve been thinking of a night hike out to Lake Helen Mackenzie in Strathcona Park ever since I shot a sunset there earlier in the year - tonight I thought I’d give it a go. This image of the Big Dipper is from the little pond about halfway to the lake, still some colour in the sky.

    The stars at Helen Mackenzie were fantastic and the Milky Way very nicely positioned in relationship to the landscape - I got some OK photos, but really need a lens with a wide aperture to do it justice. Will be planning a return trip, this was just a scouting mission!

    Fuji X-T1


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    Red MG

    This beautiful red MG is regularly parked in a lot in downtown Courtenay. I’ve photographed it a couple of times this year but usually during the evening when there’s still a little light. Tonight, I noticed it in the empty lot and thought that the red would play very nicely with the black pavement and white lines - the cool street light was a bonus.

    Fuji X-T1, Fuji’s Classic Chrome camera profile


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