Rufous in Profile
Another shot of this cooperative little Rufous hummingbird. Taken on the edge of Jericho Park, Vancouver, Canada.
This little guy allowed me to gradually approach within about three metres during a series of hand-held shots. It was a breezy day and he was bobbing about on his tiny branch. Between the breeze and the hand-held shooting, most of the shots turned out to be too soft, but this one was sharp enough. A passerby told me this was the bird's favourite perch. He flew away three times while I was there, but always returned to this perch. He appears to be a Rufous hummingbird. Taken on the edge of Jericho Park, Vancouver, Canada.
One last shot of this little Rufous hummingbird, this one showing his iridescent feathers. This guy seemed quite friendly, compared to other more pugnacious hummers I've encountered. Taken on the edge of Jericho Park, Vancouver, Canada.
A male red-winged blackbird on a bulrush at the edge of a marsh at Jericho Park in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
A Sharp-shinned Hawk perched on one leg in the woods at Jericho Park in Vancouver, Canada. Thanks to wildlife biologist Mike Boyd for identifying this raptor for me. It was not difficult to track this fellow's movements across the marsh at Jericho. It seemed like every other bird available was chasing him and raising the alarm. This is because just about every other small bird is his potential prey. After one of these noisy pursuits he settled somewhere in the woods and I circled around to see if I could catch sight of him. He seemed unconcerned when I finally found him, and I was able to get a few shots through the trees, hand-held and about 20–25m away. Several of the shots are quite soft, due to being hand-held, including the one where he stared right at me, but this one was in pretty good focus. "These birds surprise and capture all their prey from cover or while flying quickly through dense vegetation. They are adept at navigating dense thickets and many attacks are successful, although this hunting method is often hazardous to the hawk. The great majority of this hawk's prey are small birds, especially various songbirds.… "In North America this bird declined in numbers in the 1960s and 1970s, probably as a result of the use of DDT and other pesticides. The population of USA and Canada has rebounded since and might even exceed historical numbers today. This is probably due to the combination of the ban on DDT and the proliferation of backyard birdfeeders in North America which create unnaturally reliable and easy prey for all Accipiters." — Wikipedia
A female red-winged blackbird on bullrushes on the edge of a marsh in Jericho Park, Vancouver, Canada.
This confident little Tree Swallow flew straight at me across a pond to settle on a stick nearby. He then went through several poses, including looking right at the lens for this shot (hand-held). I was pleased to learn this image made it into Audubon Magazine's Photo Awards Top 100 for 2012. The background is the surface of a lagoon on a bright but overcast day.
A perfect perch on a dried blackberry shoot for this little tree swallow. The background is the surface of a lagoon on a bright but overcast day. He seemed as curious about me as I was about him. Perhaps he was just keeping an eye on me. Taken at the edge of a lagoon in the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, on Westham Island, near Ladner, British Columbia, Canada.
A Tree Swallow at the edge of a marsh in the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, on Westham Island, near Ladner, British Columbia, Canada. The background is the surface of a lagoon on a bright but overcast day.
Sunrise at Iona
Early morning sun strikes a Yellow-headed Blackbird amongst the Scotch broom teigs and seed pods at Iona. "During the breeding and nesting season the males are very territorial and spend much of their time perched on reed stalks and displaying or chasing off intruders. This bird's song resembles the grating of a rusty hinge." -- Wikipedia
I See You
A juvenile Peregrine Falcon high atop a pine tree at the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, near Ladner, BC, Canada.
He was keeping an eye on me. A male Yellow-headed Blackbird, photographed amongst the Scotch broom on Iona Island, Richmond, BC, Canada. "During the breeding and nesting season the males are very territorial and spend much of their time perched on reed stalks and displaying or chasing off intruders. This bird's song resembles the grating of a rusty hinge." -- Wikipedia
A red-winged blackbird on a bulrush. Taken within the wetland habitat that has been preserved within Jericho Park in Vancouver Canada. The background bokeh is more bulrushes in the golden hour light.
A Barn Swallow on a twig at the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, on Westham Island, near Ladner BC, Canada. It was a windy day, which ruffled the feathers a bit.
Red-winged blackbird singing at the end of the day.
A Barn Swallow on a twig at the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary near Ladner BC, Canada. It was a windy day, which made his feathers look a little riley. He was calmly observing the photographer.
A Belted Kingfisher perched above the lagoon at Jericho Park in Vancouver. He was doing some mid-day fishing on the hottest day of the year. I've found these guys to be quite wary in the past, but managed to get close enough for a few shots this time.
A female American Wigeon at the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary near Ladner, BC, Canada. She seemed to be a very contented little duck.
One of a number of experimental images created on film, over 20 years ago. It is meant to evoke a piano under water, this is an in-camera double-exposure on film. It shows piano hammers, strings, and tuning pins, combined with tree branches reflected on the surface of a pond. Two exposures on the same frame of film. Scanned from a 35mm negative.
Lost in Thought
Diana at the seashore, lost in thought. A woman sitting on a driftwood log at the shore at Point-No-Point, BC, and a shot of snow-covered tree branches from Rice Lake in North Vancouver. In-camera double exposure on colour negative, 1993. Scanned from film.
A small tree lying across the surface of Rice Lake and reflections of the branches, trees along the distant shore, and the North Shore mountains. Scanned from a 35mm negative.
Rain on Main
Abe's and Bubble Tea, in the rain, on Main. Through the car windshield, early on a dark and wet Vancouver morning. This is a composite image, taken with the camera resting on the steering wheel. It combines one shot focusing on the rain on the windshield, and the other shot focusing on the colourful storefronts, after a wiper pass.
Main and 28th
Through the windshield early one rainy morning in Vancouver. The camera was atop the car steering wheel, parked in front of Solly's, during a cinnamon bun run. The colourful storefronts seen through the rain are Abe's Furniture and the tiny Main Tea House, located at 28th and Main.
A totem pole in Vancouver's Stanley Park, reflected in a pond. The image has been inverted.
A shot of the seashore rendered as a balloon. The original image was shot on film in 1989. The idea was to depict the intertidal zone as ecologically sensitive.
Acer: Mortality, Mother of Beauty
Acer: Mortality, Mother of Beauty Bronze sculpture by Sara Mall Johani, 1999–2011. Thirty inches tall. Photographed and posted here with permission from the artist. A bronze sculpture by artist and longtime friend Sarah Mall Johani. I had the pleasure of photographing a show of her and Tom Jay's work at the Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend, Washington. For more information on Sara and her work, please visit The Lateral Line
Sunrise striking part of a Henry Moore bronze sculpture atop Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver.(Click again for a better view.) There is no blue in this bronze sculpture, but the early morning shadows appeared blue to create this affect.
Arthur is a blue and gold macaw. He lives at the Bloedel Conservatory in Vancouver.
For Mark Harris, who loved birds and the cinema. Click the image again for the full cinematic treatment. Ruby is a female Electus parrot who lives at the Bloedel Conservatory in Vancouver, Canada. "The Eclectus Parrot is the most sexually dimorphic of all the parrot species. The contrast between the brilliant emerald green plumage of the male and the deep red/purple plumage of the female is so marked that the two birds were, until the early 20th century, considered to be different species." – Wikipedia
For Mark Harris. Kiwi is a male Electus parrot who lives at the Bloedel Conservatory in Vancouver, Canada. He's looking quite cinematic here, amongst the festive lights. Perhaps a little Film-Noir. This image looks best with the house lights down (click it a second time).
Rosie lived at the Bloedel Conservatory in Vancouver. She was a Congo African Grey Parrot and full of personality. It was always fun to visit Rosie. She was very friendly and a bit of a ham for the camera. "African Greys are considered to be among the most intelligent of all birds, even ranking alongside dolphins and chimpanzees for their ability to associate human words with meanings, shapes and colours." http://bloedel.wordpress.com/tag/rosie/
African Superb Starling at the Bloedel Conservatory, Vancouver.
Indian Blanket (Gaillardia aristata), also called Firewheel, or Sundance, is a member of the sunflower family. This wildflower is native to northern and western North America.
I went out to see how the Irises were doing after the rain and was surprised to see that some of them had closed three petals over themselves to form a small umbrella. This one looked truly water-tight.
For Robert Lloyd Webb
For Bob Webb, dearest friend and constant inspiration. The rising sun strikes a morning lily in the kitchen. "The birds they sing at break of day, 'Start again...' I hear them say." — Leonard Cohen
Also known as a cornflower. "In folklore, cornflowers were worn by young men in love; if the flower faded too quickly, it was taken as a sign that the man's love was not returned." Hence the name. – Wikipedia
Curling stamens from a scotch broom flower, taken at Iona Regional Park, Richmond, BC, Canada.
Two daffodils under a tree on James Street, shot from ground level.
James Street tulip, for Dani Horwitz.
Close-up of an iris flower on a summer afternoon.
A honey bee, hard at work on a dandelion. It's easy to see the great job these little guys do at pollinating.
Lavender and other flowers. I was experimenting a bit with a new telephoto lens and spotted this blend of colours in a nearby flower box.
More to Come
New buds on an orchid in the window.
White-pored Chicken of the Woods fungi (Laetiporous sulphureous) on a fallen tree in the temperate rain forest of Pacific Rim National Park – British Columbia, Canada. Scanned from colour negative.
Evening light on a pond in Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver. Click again for a better view.
Curves inside a small cactus flower.
Under the Lilypads
Lilypads from below, at the Vancouver Aquarium.
Large rosehips at Capilano Reservoir, North Vancouver, Canada, with the reservoir and North Shore mountains in the background.
New London Wharf
Lobster boats at New London Wharf, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Shot on film in 1996.
This heron frequents the docks and wooden boats at the Vancouver Maritime Museum, looking for an evening snack.
A sparrow posing on an iron train coupler.
A lone cormorant, high up in the girders under the Granville bridge. "Interestingly, some cormorants have shifted their breeding sites to artificial habitats. For instance, two Pelagic Cormorant colonies have established under the Burrard and Granville Bridges in Vancouver." Source, BC Nature: http://www.bcnature.ca/pages/stewardship_projects/IBA_seabird_colonies.html
Gas tank and cylinder heads of an Indian motorcycle, photographed in lovely Nelson, BC, Canada. Split-toned in Adobe Camera Raw. The image looks best if you click it again to dim the background.
A gleaming 1949 Ford V8 at the Concours d'Elegance, Gastown, Vancouver. A very good year. Split-toned in Adobe Camera Raw.
Detail of a gleaming 1913 Mercedes at the Concours d'Elegance on Water Street in Gastown, Vancouver, August 2003. Scanned from film, tweaked a bit for shine and sharpness in Photoshop.
Flowing lines around a hot rod taillight spotted at the Concours d'Elegance 2010, in Gastown, Vancouver. (click again for a better view)
Flying lady hood ornament from a Packard 8 automobile – probably from the 1940s. (Click again for best view.)
Packard 12 fender reflections -- Concours d'Elegance 2010, Gastown, old Vancouver.
Cates No. 4
Cates Tug No. 4 in the fog at Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver, Canada.
The Ku'ulakai (being restored) and fishing boats at the docks in Steveston BC, Canada, on a calm grey day. A STORIED SHIP This 119-foot Mikimiki class ocean tug was originally named the Ernest F. Ladd, and was built in 1944 for the U.S. Navy by Northeast Shipbuilding Co. Quincy, Massachusetts, USA. It appears she was first used for towing disabled ships to port. In 1949, Lloyd B. Gore added her to his Young & Gore Tugboat Co. fleet in British Columbia, and renamed her the Lloyd B. Gore. She then she towed logs off the west coast for years. Court documents show that she did have a fishing license at one point, which a former owner had to forfeit when she was caught being used to smuggle drugs from Thailand. On appeal, however, the fishing license was reinstated. She's now being restored by the current owner in Steveston BC.
A three-shot vertical panorama, or vertorama, of the Steam Ship Master — three portrait-oriented shots, stitched and corrected for distortion in Photoshop. The SS Master, pictured here at the Vancouver Maritime Museum docks, is the sole remaining wooden hulled, steam powered tugboat of her type in North America. "From 1922 to 1959, the Master towed logs and barges in Georgia Strait and beyond, steaming over a million miles. She has seen many ports on the Pacific Coast, from Alaska to San Francisco. Laid up in 1959, she was bought in 1962 for $500, to be restored as a memorial to the men of the BC towing industry." Many hundreds of hours are put in each year by volunteer crew members of the SS Master Society to preserve this important piece of British Columbia’s maritime past. More info here: http://ssmaster.org/about-us/
A female red-eared slider sunning herself on a rock in Vancouver's Charleston Park. "The Red-eared Slider is native to southeastern United States, Mexico, Central America and Brazil. So why are Sliders found in the ponds, streams, and marshes of Australia, Canada and Europe, amongst other places? "Young Sliders are popular pets. However, when they reach their adult size, and care and housing become much more difficult, they quickly lose their appeal. Many pet owners, either through lack of knowledge or thoughtlessness, release Sliders to the nearest wetland. This can disrupt the natural balance of the aquatic ecosystem, and can damage native turtle and amphibian populations." More info: http://www.bcreptiles.ca/turtles/redearslider.htm
I went looking for birds and found deer. A mule deer relaxing (chewing her cud) on the edge of Old Barge Channel, in the Maplewood Flats Wilderness Conservation Area – North Vancouver, Canada. I saw six deer that morning.
These are tourist-fed seals who loiter about in the waters in front of their favourite fish & chips shop at Fisherman's Wharf in Victoria. This worried look is fish related. Got one for me?
Neighbour's cat takes over doghouse.
Fine woodworking on the wraparound seating on the S.S. Moyie, the world's oldest intact passenger sternwheeler, in Kaslo, BC, Canada.
A tritone of an image looking from White Rock B.C., toward the Canada U.S. border at Blaine Washington. Scanned from film. Pantone tri-tone curve applied in Photoshop.
Sculpted in Time
Rocks sculpted over a very long time by the tides on the shore of Helliwell Park on Hornby Island, BC, Canada. Scanned from colour negative.
These old bottles, on the sill of a piano window, are never the same hue from sunset to sunset. Looks more realistic on the click-through.
September sunrise over East Vancouver.
Lost Horse Creek
Coloured rocks in Lost Horse Creek, Red Rock Canyon — Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada.
Fall through the Glass
Fall colours on a hawthorn tree through stained glass hanging in a window.
Winter through the Glass
Snow on a hawthorn tree, through stained glass hanging in a window.
An ice-fishing hut in the winter sunset over Summerside Harbour, PEI, Canada, with a lighthouse in the distance. The peculiar ring round the sun is due to frost crystals in the air, and is called a sundog or ice halo. Scanned from filmed -- very little processing.
Second Brook, Barclay Road, O'Leary, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Many happy memories here.
Ainu totem poles, Burnaby Mountain, BC, Canada. The Ainu are are indigenous peoples in Japan and Russia. More information on the Ainu here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ainu_people
At the end of a dark and rainy day the sun emerged below the clouds at the western horizon just long enough to create this show of light to the east. Taken with my trusty G10 from an eighth floor balcony in the Brentwood district of Burnaby, BC, Canada.
Waterbound benches in Stanley Park, Vancouver, Canada.
The Lions Gate Bridge, with Stanley Park's Prospect Point in the foreground. The bridge, completed in 1938, links Vancouver to the North Shore. After driving over it for many years, I finally walked this bridge. Over and back took me three hours. I blame the camera I was carrying. Good though.
A freighter in front of Stanley Park and the North Shore mountains, taken from the end of Jericho Pier in Vancouver.
Two people walk past a totem pole in the blue hour. Inner harbour, Victoria, BC, Canada, a war memorial and the provincial legislature buildings in the background. The Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl) totem pole is by carver Henry Hunt. This image looks best if you click on it to dim the background.
Morning light on the Art Deco entrance to the Marine Building, at 355 Burrard Street, Vancouver, Canada. Designed by McCarter Nairne and Partners and built in 1939, the Marine Building is renowned for its Art Deco details. According to the architects, the building was intended to evoke "some great crag rising from the sea, clinging with sea flora and fauna, tinted in sea-green, touched with gold."