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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    Towards the Storm

    There seemed to be pockets of calm in today’s storm and late this afternoon after work I found one down at Florencia Bay. I liked the way that the clouds were shaping up over the bay and the size of the waves - a group of four surfers tried to tackle the water but it looked too rough for them and they came back in quickly. I included them with their boards in some of my first images but wasn’t quite happy with what I was getting. It was when they ran back to the water without their boards that I got the image that I was looking for.

    Fuji X-T1, converted to black and white with Silver Efex Pro 2

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    Molten

    Had some options last night but decided that since I was already at Wickaninnish Beach I would shoot there. I initially thought of shooting the sand flats, but the tide was on its way in and the clouds were looking more promising out towards Lismer Beach. I started on the rocky island with the trees on it (left side of the image) but the angle wasn’t quite right so I moved over to a low rocky outcrop that was starting to flood with the incoming tide. That’s when the colour started to hit going from a grey and orange to a brilliant purple, blue and mauve. Got my feet a little wet, well worth it.

    Fuji X-T1, VSCO Kodak Porta 160 profile

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    Wickaninnish Beach Sunrise

    I had a couple of good options for August 27 - I shot Wick Beach at sunrise before going to work and then in the evening headed to Cox Bay for sunset. I like my morning image a bit better, it’s more subdued and I think it speaks to the feeling of being the first one out on the beach (a lone surfer showed up at around 6:30). I didn’t get a big blast of colour, but a combination of calm blues and salmons. Love shooting this beach at a lowish tide, lots of reflections to work with.

    I’m still working on the Cox Bay images - the colour is so surreal that it’s hard to process the images without making them look over cooked. Once those are done, I’ll see about doing a comparison post of the two shoots.

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

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