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

Croci

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.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Hall of Fame

I haven't been getting out, not least the lousy weather, so it's indoor photos today. It's
difficult taking photos in a hallway, but where else would I hang my "Hall of Fame".
To get an idea of size, the Snowy Owl is a 17"x22" print. It's not a permanent
exibition, the photos get rotated out slowly, and occasionally I change themes - at
one point it was all tugboat photos, at another all floral.

Before it's asked, yes, I do my own prints. An Epson Stylus Pro 3880 does a great job,
and, over time, is less expensive than a commercial printer, and much more convenient.

Anyone with an abacus handy will have noted there are 56 photos in 4 different sizes.
These bottom five 8½ x 11's are BC Bike Race portraits.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Lund Harbour

Highway 101 ends just up the coast, at Lund, and although it isn't very far, I seldom make my way there.
That might be because there isn't very much to do there in summer, and even less this time of year. Except
sit and slurp a cup of tea and enjoy some of the goodies at Nancy's Bakery! The photo, while seasonal - i.e. wet -
is from the archives yet again.


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Five Years Ago Today

Winter storms are not uncommon in Powell River, but the one that came through March 12, 2012 was memorable.
This photo, at the Beach Gardens Marina, shows the roiling driftwood on the south side of the
breakwater in winds gusting to 100kph. An experience to remember.


Friday, March 10, 2017

On Approach

I happen to live near the approach lane to runway 09 of our local airport, which gives me the opportunity
to take lots of airplane photos. This plane however, made me do a double take - a quick look, then grab the camera I keep handy,
a better look - what the .... !! No wheels. Don't know what this float plane was doing in the approach lane to the
airport, but it's a good bet it wasn't making a landing! This photo of a Champion 7GCBC "Citabria" was taken last month.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

David Lam Falls

With my bum knees it's been some years since I've been able to hit the many hiking trails
in our area, particularly around Duck Lake. Blackwater Creek Trail is one of the
best, with both the David Lam Falls and Kelly Falls. These photos go back to
late winter of 2011.


Monday, March 6, 2017

A Touch of Spring

Spring isn't official till the 21st, and with daytime highs over the next 2 weeks
forecast to be around 5°C, it is definitely a cool start to March. But there
are a few hints that warmer days are coming.




Sunday, March 5, 2017

Great Blue

Great Blue Herons are ubiquitous on our coast, and over the years I have taken many photos of them,
with this shot of a young Heron, taken March 2015, remaining one of my favourites of the species. It
was so concentrated on getting its next meal that it completely ignored me as I maneuvered
in for this great angle and took several shots.