HELI RIDE

20140915-IMG_7275I went up in a Helicopter today. A local environmental group wanted shots of some pristine valleys.I took 666 shots! Good thing I’m not superstitious!
We used Atleo Air’s helicopter (Bell 206-B Jet Ranger). I’ve used these helicopters a lot when I use to be a exploration Geologist.
These Helicopters are right up there with Otters & Beavers for bush flying!

I even had enough time to rush out in my boat for a short sunset harbour shoot too!
I went to visit Romeo as soon as I got out! I couldn’t see him anywhere on his island but soon saw him flying to greet me! Juliette must still be down at the salmon run?
Hung around with my feathered friend for awhile & than took off to try & squeeze in other subjects for the evening shoot.
The Heron’s are all around the harbour! They seem to be everywhere. So I was able to get a few of them with that gorgeous setting sun.
I spied a fishing boat coming in with a large black smoke trail! I wondered if it was on fire & went to investigate? It did have a fire but it wasn’t serious. It looked like the exhaust pipe had accumulated some carbon build up from the diesel & had ignited. I don’t even think they were aware that there was a flame coming from the top of the pipe?

Had a very busy day today! Got the best of the air & water today!

TRANQUIL INLET PLANKTON BLOOM!

COX & CHESTERMAN’S BEACH

TOFINO GLORY!

OPITSAT WITH TOFINO AIR FLYING BY

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ROMEO

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ROMEO DANCING ON WATER

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MR.HERON’S ABOUT TO GET A TOFINO FLY BY

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SUNSET VIGIL

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LAST GLIMPSE OF SUMMER

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SUNSET TAKEOFF

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THE “WHITE DOLPHIN” WITH A EXHAUST FIRE!

20140915-IMG_778220140915-IMG_778820140915-IMG_7787I don’t even think the captain of this boat knew he had a fire in the exhaust pipe? It went out after 10 minutes or so.

“WHITE DOLPHIN” AT SUNSET

COMING IN………HEADING OUT

COMING IN………..HEADING OUT & GOING UP!

HARBOUR PADDLE

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AFTERNOON ROW

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SAILING DOWN THE INLET

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INLET FLIGHT

AIR DIVING

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HARBOUR PADDLE

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ROMEO

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ROMEO’S HITTING PROFILE

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SUNSET PROFILE

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COMING IN TO ANCHOUR FOR THE NIGHT

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ROMEO’S SUNSET

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BLUE HERON

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THE “ARROW POST” & THE “CAPE ANN” AT BERTH

20140913-IMG_6799I’m heading out earlier & earlier it seems! The sun is setting so much sooner!
Headed down to Tsapee Narrows. All of my eagle friends have been away on/off to the salmon grounds! I’d love to know exactly where they go of course but thats just fantasy.
I took a client with me last Wednesday. He wanted eagle pictures. Wouldn’t you know that not one of my eagle friends was around! I was very disappointed of course! They all go to where the salmon are running to get their fill,so I can’t blame them……….just my bad timing.

So when I got down to the Narrows & saw the Daredevil flying over to greet me,it brought a smile to my face! I assume they are full of salmon & one of the reasons why they seem so lazy? They are still moulting as well.
I made up a new game tonight! Sometimes after one of my eagle friends grab a fish,a fluff of down will let loose & begin to float down wind. I manoeuvred the boat to grab it! I got the one the Daredevil let loose tonight! As soon as I catch it,the beautiful structure is destroyed! It clumps into a small wad.
Still a challenge to try & follow this beautiful piece of down & try to catch it before it hits the water!

Only stayed a short while with my full friend. The sun was already getting close to the horizon. Headed back to the harbour & went to Deadman island to see if my friend Romeo was around? Turns out he was but very lethargic as well! He did two runs & that was all she wrote. He looked like a big fat turkey! Juliette wasn’t around,so she must of been still down at the grounds?
I still had some light left in the day so just went around the harbour looking for anything to shoot? I decided to come back in & call it a day. Normally all the excitement ends than but there was something else in store for me tonight!

I put away & cleaned all my boat gear as per normal & locked up. I decided to go out onto the 1st. dock to just watch the afterglow of the sunset. I saw a friend in his boat with clients coming back & decided to get my camera back out. Took a few shots & packed it back away & put my pack on my back. I had just started to walk away when it happened!
I looked up because of a bright light & saw a large meteor screaming across the heavens! It was going from east to west & was a bright welders white colour. It broke up in the sky & did not hit the ground. Those are called meteors but if it had hits the ground,those are called meteorites! I looked at the metadata of my last shot & it was 8:21pm. It had to be only 2 minutes after I took that last shot,so am calling the time around 8:24 pm (Pacific). Sure wish I could of gotten a still or better yet a video…………….but hindsight is always such a tormenting road!

Had a great evening out tonight & the meteor was the icing to my cake!

THE DAREDEVIL

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SKIMMING

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WALTER CHILLIN

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WALTER’S COUSIN

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ROMEO MAKING A EFFORT!

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ATLEO AIR TAKING OFF AT SUNSET

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AFTERGLOW PADDLE

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SOLO SUNSET

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WHALE WATCHING IS OVER

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LAZY FISHING

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COMING BACK IN

20140913-IMG_700020140913-IMG_7001It was several minutes after I shot this that the meteor happened!

THE “CLIFFORD A. BARNES”

WALTER

20140912-IMG_651220140912-IMG_6506 I’ve named this Heron “Walter” after a friend of mine. He doesn’t have feathers but is just as good looking!

THE DAREDEVIL DOING HIS THING!

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HITTING

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BLUE HERON

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THE “BLACK DRAGON” ANCHOURED

WICKANINNISH INN

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LENNARD ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE

A TOFINO SUNSET

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HEADING HOME FOR THE NIGHT

A “PIZZA HUT” SUNSET!

20140912-IMG_6658I think the sun looks like the Pizza Hut logo!………………but a friend says it also looks like a flying saucer!

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