SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND!

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It was pouring hard today,we’re talking biblical! I got suspicious when I saw the animals beginning to pair up.

We have regular visitors staying during the winter.A handful of Anna’s hummingbirds winter over where I live.They like my spot because the feeder is out of the rain.So they can just hang out & chill when its pouring. They come from California.Why they hang out  here in the cold when they could be hanging out in a much warmer place is beyond me?

This is a adult male Anna’s.I think he just arrived because all the other hummers have been getting along just fine.They share the feeder with each other no problem.This guy however decided to park his butt on my bikes mirror & guard “his” feeder! If another hummer came by he’d fly up in a shot & ward them off.He’d than fly back to his mirror perch & continue to stand guard!

 

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FRANK ISLAND SUNSET VISTAS

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Frank island is a small island on Chestermans beach.Chestermans beach s Tofino’s premier beach! Many think Long beach is but I prefer Chesty.Chesty is in the shape of a “L” & about a mile long.Frank island is located right at the bottom corner of that “L”.You can only get to it at low tide & yes, many a tourist have gotten a soaker getting caught out there!

I come prepared.If I know the tide will be coming in I take my hip waders with me.I’ve seen many people follow me out only to run away when the first wave comes near them.

Frank island unfortunately was allowed to be divided into two properties. Hanns & Tony own the two lots. Neither of them live there on a permanent basis. Tourists are constantly walking around the island even though there are signs saying private island.It drives Tony crazy chasing the tourists away!

They both allow me to walk around.I generally send them shots to pay for my visits.

Frank & Frieda are the resident eagles.I do not know them very well.They tolerate my presence. I walked around the island once & found a unusual feature near their nest tree.On the ground I found something odd.It looked like somebody had taken a rake & raked the earth hard enough to create deep furrows.I speculate that this was done by both Frank & Frieda to keep their talons sharp.The way you put a pencil into a pencil sharpener would be the same thing for them with the earth & their talons! Never seen that before.

During the winter we get lots of rain here in Tofino.I like going out to Chestermans beach after a good 7 day soaker.I need to line my ducks up for this kind of shoot. The low tide needs to be happening near sunset.If its high tide I won’t have any beach.I need as much of the beach surface to act like a mirror. All that rain bleeds off the earth onto the beach.This makes a great reflective surface.Than I need GREAT clouds! Clouds really add icing to the cake! They can make or break a great shot!

So to sum up,low tide,great clouds,lots of rain followed by a break & all of these need to happen at or around sunset! Those are perfect ingredients for a perfect sunset beach shot!

 

DUNLIN HEAVEN

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EVER WATCHFUL!

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I was hiding in the forest when I shot these.You can see some limbs in the way. They knew something was up! They heard my mirror slap.When they have their heads turned like this it means they are watching behind them

TRANQUIL’S TRUMPETERS

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I counted 8 today.Four adults & 4 cygnets.These are the hardest birds to get close shots of! Next time I go camping I have a plan! When I know they are inside the river system (only at high tide) I make a few noises.They’ll get nervous & begin to exit the river system.I know their normal exit route, so I’ll simply hide & wait for them to swim past.Once I start shooting the sound from the mirror reflex will spook them for sure,but by then its too late……I’ll will have gotten the shots! Busted!

ETHEL

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You can see Lone Cone in the background.A famous local mountain with the absolute best view of the sourronding area but it’ll take you 3 or 4 hours to climb!

TAKE OFF EH!

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THE “CAPE ANN”

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TAKING OFF

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THE DAREDEVIL

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THE DAREDEVIL’S CLOSE UP

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MUDFLAT ROMP

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MAGGIE ON THE MUD FLATS

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A HERON VISTA

ROMEO’S SUNSET

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BIRTHDAY SUIT

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Its my birthday today & with the weather being poor I thought I’d share a little of me.

On February 14th,1991 at approximately 9am I bungee jumped naked in front of thousands! I was first in line.I slept in my car overnight at the gate.It was the first Valentine Naked Bungee Jump in North America. I jumped at Nanaimo,B.C.Anyone who wanted to jump that day jumped free & naked! They kept doing this for many years.I was also first in line the second year around.

I remember it being a clear night so it was cold during the night & because I was the first in line I was the first to sit down on a very frosty bench.I had to strip down first before they attached the bungee. I remember getting back up & looking down at the bench.There was a perfectly melted heart shape! Talk about leaving ones mark!

The Bungee Zone bridge is 160 feet high.I’ve parachuted before but found this more scary to be honest.When your up in a plane the height doesn’t seem real,but when your closer to the ground its more in your face.

I’ll always cherish these moments!

MAGGIE STRUTTING HER STUFF

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It wasn’t suppose to get sunny today.I was pleasantly surprised to see that it did! The wind was blowing so keeping in position was difficult. I only had enough time to visit both Maggie Girl & Romeo.

MAGGIE POSING

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SPREAD EAGLE

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ROMEO PERCHED

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MISTY EAGLE

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SUNSET ROMEO

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A SUNNY BLUE HERON

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EAGLE JET

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DAREDEVIL PROFILES

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DINING WITH FRIENDS

ROMEO

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EAGLE SUNSET

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THE “OCEAN EAGLE”

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This fishing boats name is “Ocean Eagle”.Must admit I’m not familiar with it.

ECIPSING

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ROMEO’S MOON

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JULIETTE’S MOON

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CHESTERMANS SUNSET SURF

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ETHEL

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Ethel was perched on the ramp of a barge.You can see Ernie perched on top of Strawberry island in the background.

GOLDEN BLUE

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ROMEO PERCHING

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JULIETTE & ROMEO

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I was surprised that Juliette flew out with Romeo to greet me. It was so good to see her! She’s been avoiding me.She can be temperamental at times.

Notice how Juliette is on top.She knocked Romeo off that spot.She does bully him from time to time.

SUNSET SHADES

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SUNSET VIGIL

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MAGGIE GIRL

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SUNSET HERON

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ROMEO PERCHING PRETTY

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TOFINO SUNSET

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HANGING AROUND WITH FRIENDS

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SUBMERGING

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EVER WATCHFUL

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MY FURRY GIRLFRIEND “TEDDY”

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I love the eyes on this bear! She has such innocent eyes! She recognizes me! I do think she likes me.

I usually stand in the river with my canoes bow line tied around my waist.Being in the middle of the stream not only puts me off of the bears patrolling routes but also frees up my hands for the camera.

I saw Teddy walking towards me from upstream.She walked to just opposite me & simply waited there all the while staring at me with such a sweet face.I do believe she wants to get closer. For instance, she pretended she saw something in the rear of my canoe. As if she saw a salmon there!

So she waded out into the water to go check.I couldn’t allow her to do that & so told her to stop & she did exactly that.

When I got into my canoe to head back downstream the current was fast.She began to follow me,I did see her face change when she realized she couldn’t keep up. She stopped,turned around & went back upstream.

I bet If I threw her my hat she’d walk away with it! I’ve never had a bear girlfriend before.

She’ll be going to bed soon & I look forward to seeing her again!

 

SEARCHING

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Bears will often times put their head under the water to see If there are any dead salmon snagged? This guy came up empty mouthed.

SEARCHING FOR THE LAST SALMON

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THE CROSSING

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