INTRODUCING…………..”CHARLOTTE” (“LI’L CHIRPY’S” GIRLFRIEND)

20141219-IMG_3069-220141219-IMG_3074-2Once again our winter weather prevented me from getting out on the water & land!
I saw “Charlotte” coming around for a drink & decided to set up my camera/tripod. I didn’t have to wait too long! Which is great because I’ve found my arms can go numb after 5 minutes. Holding my arms up will drain the blood from my arms.
If a hummer comes & my hands are down by my side,the hummer can get nervous & fly off if they see me moving to my camera! The trick is to move “slowly” or keep your hands on the camera. I prefer keeping my hands on the camera myself.
I’ve found if the hummingbird knows me,they are less apt to freak out & be more calm.
I’ve also found that if I move while they are drinking it’s better,than when they are just resting looking around.
Hummingbirds are a very sensitive lot!
Charlotte hardly flinched when I took my first shot. They can get scared when the flash goes off & they hear the mirror slap.
But like I say,”if” they get to know you they are calm enough to just keep drinking & not be bothered by the light & noise!
I sometimes just stand in the door opening & watch them. It’s not only cool to watch them come & go but also a great way of introducing myself to them.
I’ve found if I’m home,”Li’l Chirpy” will face towards my apartment so he can see me,but if I go out,I’ve found he’s facing outwards away from the apartment! As if he’s waiting for me to come home?

LITTLE CHIRPY!

20141218-IMG_305420141218-IMG_3055It poured here today,so there was no way I was gong out in my boat or even the beach!
I saw “Li’l Chirpy” perched outside my door & thought I’d take a few shots.When it’s pouring out,he likes to perch out of the rain & chill. He believes that my feeder is his & defends it from any other hummer!
So I was pleasantly surprised to see a second hummer drinking away & “Li’l Chirpy” not only didn’t mind but chased away a interloper! I tried to take some shots of the this second hummer but unfortunately none of them turned out sharp.(the light was getting low)
However,I could see that this second hummer was a female! So it looks like “Li’l Chirpy” has a girlfriend!

SUNSET WAVE

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LENNARD ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE

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MARJIE & BAXTER WALKING INTO THE SUNSET

BAXTER DOESN’T LIKE GETTING HIS FEET WET!

WICKANINNISH INN

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SURFS DONE

MARJIE & BAXTER

MARJIE & BAXTER’S SUNSET WALK

DONE FOR THE DAY

FLY AWAY

20141214-IMG_2791Today was the third day in a row that I was able to get out! There was cloud when I got out but I had already looked at the Satellite feed & knew it would pass.
I headed down the inlet but started getting hit by the wind! I wanted to go down into Tranquil to check in on the Trumpeters?
The wind was from the SE & I was on the north side of Tofino inlet which means I was getting the “fetch” from the inlet! I kept going as far as I could but when I saw white capping happening,I turned around. Technically I could of done it but I would of gotten rattled & wet!
So I turned around disappointed & decided to go into Gunner inlet for a rest. It was calm in there. I just chilled for awhile. Nobody was home except some birds. I would of loved a few wolfs walking along the shore line right about than!
Took off from Gunner & considered my options? The tide was too low to go into Grice (for the Grice Trumpeters),so I went to Tsapee to visit with the Trumpeters there. I couldn’t get close to them because of the low tide.
I went around the corner to visit with the Daredevil. He was home! Not sure where Delilah has been recently?
I took a few of my friend & continued into town. I did go see Maggie but the wind was coming down Lemmings inlet strongly! Whenever the wind is up,it darkens the waters surface. Which is my Bain for taking pictures!
The wind also turns me around, forcing me to rubber neck. I need to have my boat orientated just so in the “sweet spot”! Being blown around always frustrates me!
I took a few of Maggie & said goodbye. I was getting upset! The whole shoot was becoming a upsetting affair!
I went over to visit with Romeo & Juliette. They made me smile when they “both” came over to greet me! It was if they both knew I was having a hard day! Once again that nasty wind was hitting their area as well! Did I mention how much I hate the wind?
I got a few of my two friends & had to call it quits. I came back in feeling disappointed & tired!
I knew today would be the last chance at getting out so I pushed it. Whenever I push a shoot I always end up paying some how in some way?
A frustrating shoot today folks!

THE “RAPID WARRIOR” IN TOW

20141214-IMG_279420141214-IMG_2798I can’t say I’ve ever heard of this tug,but I strongly suspect the captain knew who I was & what I was doing! He came out of the helm & poised for me! I don’t get that that often,but hey………….thanks!
It looked like he was towing “Chunder”? Chunder is dead fish from the fish farms. I think he was going down to Barryman point to unload? By doing it way down there,they avoid bringing it into town. Chunder has such a strong smell to it!!

TRUMPETERS (K- 19’S GANG)

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THE DAREDEVIL

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MY GIRL MAGGIE

20141214-IMG_2880Today was the first time Strathcona’s mountains had snow on them! You can see how dark the wind made the waters surface! Which is why the only shot that worked was with Maggie up higher.

THE DAREDEVIL’S PERFECT FORM

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JULIETTE & ROMEO

20141214-IMG_288720141214-IMG_2905Juliette is the one on top.

ROMEO’S SUNSET POSING

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STRATHCONA’S WINTER DRESS

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JULIETTE FIGHTING OFF GULLS

20141214-IMG_293720141214-IMG_2941The Gulls in the winter time can be a royal pain in the ass! They pester the eagles & anything else! The fishing boat “SKIL- JADA” was going by at the time.

A TOFINO TRAFFIC JAM

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THE “CAPE ANN” COMING BACK IN

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FLY BY

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MEARES ISLAND RAINBOW

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MY GIRL “MAGGIE”

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A RARE SHOWING FOR “MOE”

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ROMEO’S SUNSET SILHOUETTE

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“NOT MUCH REAL ESTATE”

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JULIETTE’S SUNSET

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“ERNIE” HAVING TAKE OUT KFC!

20141213-IMG_276020141213-IMG_2773I caught Ernie chowing down on a Gull. You can see all the feathers he’s plucked!

THE “CAPE ANN” HEADING OUT

TRUMPETERS TAKING OFF

RARE TRIPLE RAINBOW!

20141212-Tranquil Rainbow,Dec 12th,201420141212-IMG_2434I shot this down in Tranquil inlet. There is not only the primary & secondary bows but a rare third bow! This third bow is created because of the waters calm reflective surface!

I was heading toward Rankin Rocks to see if any birds were about when I noticed “white water”! Any time you see a line of white water,turn around! It means that there is a hard rain falling!
The large drops hit the waters surface & produces a miniature white splash. Get millions doing it & the water at a distance turns white.

TRUMPETERS

20141212-IMG_2447I shot this down in Grice bay.When Tofino was first starting out,there was no road. They used a combination of a forest path/beaches & row boats.
There was a crude road through the forests/beaches between Ucluelet/Tofino,but there was a major portion that used row boats. The boat shed was down this channel at the end of Grice bay. One can still see the remnants of the shed if they know where to look.

THE DAREDEVIL

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THE DAREDEVIL COMING IN

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MAGGIE

20141212-IMG_2497I was pleasantly surprised to see “both” Maggie & Moe flying out to greet me today!

ROMEO’S RAINBOW

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ROMEO & JULIETT’S SUNSET

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A CORMORANT’S HARBOUR SUNSET

THE “NINA ELLEN” HEADING OUT

“MONK’S” EAGLE & THE NINA ELLEN

TAKE OUT “KFC”

20141212-IMG_262220141212-IMG_2629Any time I see a eagle killing a bird & eating it,I jokingly refer to it as “take out KFC”!

“Li’l CHIRPY”

20141208-IMG_237520141208-IMG_237620141208-IMG_2378 I’ve got three Anna’s Hummingbirds coming to my feeder so far! They come & go all day long! So,today was rather blustery! We are having our first big wind storm of the season! This hummer was very content just to sit out of the rain & wind today. I have a covered feeding area. Many times the birds will just hang out resting & try to stay dry!

CANADIAN COAST GUARD TAKING OFF

20141203-IMG_2165Notice how the heat from the turbines has obscured the trees? When a photon goes through different mediums & or temperature difference,it’s path is altered. The image is distorted as a result.
It’s the same reason stars twinkle. You can also see this natural phenomenon while looking through a camp fire.

K-19’S GROUP

20141203-IMG_217420141203-IMG_2185I was happy to see that two more members of the K-19 ballet joined the group today! Their number is now 5.

TRANQUIL INLET

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TRANQUIL INLET TRUMPETERS

WATCHFUL

20141203-IMG_223320141203-IMG_2234This is one of the eagles from Meares island (south-side).

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