Friday, March 24, 2017

Tip Toe Thru The ...

... TULIPS!!

Though as you no doubt soon realized, these are cut flowers for sale at one of our
local grocery stores. Still, it's a good sign, warmer weather is coming.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Red-tailed Hawk

Hearing the noise of a congress of crows through my window yesterday afternoon I grabbed my
camera and had a look, as I've had luck before, paying attention to the crows. I'm relatively
sure this is a Red-tailed Hawk, though it's the smallest one I've ever seen.  Not a bad
shot for a grey day, but as you can see in pic 2 - the almost original - it needed some help.

This is not something I do in the normal course of things, but this photo is not going in the
next photobook, and sometimes it's fun to play.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

What Better ...

.... than to spend some time on the waterfront, watching the boats go by, on what was a glorious first day of spring.

The tug is the Inlet Knight, working out of Campell River. Her tow, stretching out a good bit behind her, was a log boom.
That's Harwood Island, on the right, and the small one is Vivian Island; in the top photo the shore is
Texada Island, and the mountains are on Vancouver Island.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Trumpeter Swans

We see a very few Trumpeter Swans on Cranberry Lake each winter. This year I've seen 8,
3 of them youngsters, which is a good number, going by recent history. Unfortunately
the young ones weren't available for portraits.

These were taken Saturday, where Drake St meets the lake. This was my second try, the
first time I was just getting in range, and the swans were resting onshore, when some fool
let his pitbull off leash, and that put paid to photographs.

An interesting piece of trivia - the brown stains on the head and neck is rust. Their diet of
water plants is very rich in iron, which the body can't all absorb. The
excess iron is put in the feathers, where it rusts.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Belted Kingfisher

Winter temperatures are normally mild enough in Powell River that our Kingfishers don't migrate
south, and we have the pleasure of their company year-round. A few, 2 pairs I think, make
their home around the North / South Harbour complex, which includes our ferry terminal.
And that is where I caught this fellow, 2 winters ago, on a ferry-approach fence post.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Campsite

These sites on the water side of the Willingdon campsite are rarely empty in summer,
this time of year they look rather forlorn. But summer's coming, so they say.

Friday, March 17, 2017


Getting down to Crocus level for a side shot is not in the cards these days, a view looking
down will have to suffice. These have popped up all over the place in the last week or two,
now that it's warming up a little.