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Radium Hot Springs Rendez-Vous   Leave a comment

 

My dad and I went for a weekend to Radium Hot Springs last week and I finally felt inspired enough to post a few more pictures. Here are a few from the trip.

Quilchena Fields

A perfectly (fenced) property line flows up the side of a hill giving this very cool colour difference.

 

Rogers Pass

We're headed for the snow sheds and I look up. Waaaay up! Black and White à la Ansel Adams.

 

Homestead

It would be great if my photography would make me a few dollars. Otherwise this might be my new home. 🙂

 

Rocky Mountain Big Horned Sheep Ram

I looked to the left and there were 15 Rocky Mountain Big Horned Sheep males... just hanging around.

 

Sinclair Canyon, Kootenay National Park

Right at the Radium Hot Springs, at the mid-point of the most impressive canyon you'll ever drive through.... this amazing iron-stained limestone cliff.

 

Verdent Creek

Oh, the green hue in the water!

 

Kootenay Valley Coyote

We came across this guy snooping alongside the road. It did not seem to me that it was acting like a healthy coyote. The window 'up' switch was right at our fingertips!

 

Pulpit Peak from Bow Valley Parkway, North of Eldon

I've wanted this shot for 15 years. I finally had the right lens, the right camera and the right moment! YAY!

Posted April 19, 2012 by Brian in Landscape, Nature, Photo, Wildlife

The Goose Family   Leave a comment

Time to bring you guys up to speed. Earlier this spring, Jamie noticed that there were a pair of geese that were starting to nest on the roof of the elevator shaft on the building across the street from us. This rooftop is seventeen floors up and has an almost two foot ledge all around.

The problem became clear when the goslings hatched. You see, unlike most birds we know of, geese don’t forage for food, bring it back and regurgitate it for their young. Instead, within a couple of days, they instinctively walk their babies to grass and water. That’s easy when you don’t have a two-foot ledge to surmount and then a seventeen-storey plunge to survive.

While the goslings pecked at the gravel on the rooftop- completely susceptible to the elements… and other birds, residents carried on their lives completely oblivious to the little drama unfolding across from our bedroom window.

So Jamie and I decided we had to do something about it. We notified the building caretakers who bravely climbed up onto the elevator shaft roof, chased the parent geese away and put the goslings into a box. They carried the box down onto the grass beside the building and miraculously (but not surprisingly- those little chaps can sure shriek!) found their little ones and immediately started to lead them to water.

First it was to the reflecting pond at our apartment building but that wasn’t good enough for them, apparently, for they immediately started to move on.

By now there was quite a crowd assembling and so everybody herded the geese back to Haro Street and the parents’ started the seven-block odyssey down Haro Street to Lost Lagoon.

Still learning the ropes around shooting video with my Nikon D7000, I shot some footage and made a YouTube video.

Here it is.

That was a couple of weeks ago.

Today, while strolling through Stanley Park, not even thinking about the family we saved as we were on our way to look at new shoes for my sorry feet, we happened to walk along Lost Lagoon and came across a family of geese- Mum, Dad and four goslings. What were the odds?

So we stopped and watched them. I got lots of good shots- and I thought I’d share these four.

Eating like birds- at Lost Lagoon

Big Feet - Eating Like Birds!

Curious

Mum and Baby Together

The family resting together at Lost Lagoon.

I also include a shot here of the initial walk across Haro Street from a couple of weeks ago to compare the adults and sure enough- they match! It’s the same family for sure!

On the Trek

How do I know they match? Have a look at the white patches under and behind the adults’ beaks. The father has a slightly squarish indentation- you can see that in the first shot above. Mum also has a black indentation, albeit much smaller, into her white chin patch.

That made my day to know that we were a key reason why this family of geese were blissfully sunning themselves under the shade of a willow tree at Lost Lagoon.

Jamie and I feel like proud uncles of those four now-not-so-little goslings!

Posted May 23, 2011 by Brian in Uncategorized

Bubbles & Other Things – at last!   Leave a comment

This post is a long time coming. I worked for a couple of hours on the bubbles shot and when I went to save it, Photoshop crashed. Discouraged, I put off processing the photo again until I had some real time and inclination once again.


Bentall Bubbles

Bentall Bubbles is a shot taken in the afternoon with the sun beaming down on the office towers across the street reflecting off the bubbles floating in a waterfall element on Burrard Street in downtown Vancouver.

Barrow's Goldeneye Duck

Take Off!

In mid April, my Dad and I went for a short road trip to the Northwest Kootenays. There are lots of hot springs to visit and we took full advantage of the soothing waters. I managed to get a few good shots in as well.

Take-Off is one in a series of shots of a Barrow’s Goldeneye Duck taking off from a beaver pond at the summit of the pass between New Denver and Kaslo.

Silver Creek Greens

Silver Creek Greens is one in a series that was taken from just up the road from my Dad’s house looking right across downtown Salmon Arm and onto the expanse of rich and fertile farmland that lays between Mount Ida to the left and the Fly Hills to the right. Snow was falling at higher altitudes making the sunlight on the verdant fields that much more brilliant.

It’s a view I have seen only a few times- even though I lived in Salmon Arm for seventeen years.

Enjoy!

Posted May 23, 2011 by Brian in Cityscape, Landscape, Nature, Photo, Wildlife

A Mid-Summer’s Evening   2 comments

Now that I have this cool blog, here are a few shots I took last year. Some of them have to do with texture. Some not. All of them were taken at Iona Beach, just north of the airport.

Washed up Boom

 

 

Sand

 

 

Threes a Crowd

 

 

Reflections in a Swamp

Posted March 21, 2011 by Brian in Nature

Hello world!   Leave a comment

Arbutus Tree on Bowen Island in evening sun

Peeling Sun Tan

Finally. I have finally begun a blog that highlights my creativity.

I am pleased with the result so far. Let me know what you think!

Posted March 21, 2011 by Brian in Nature, Photo