I originally shot this July 13th,2008. The Lady Washington was just entering Tofino’s harbour at sunset. She and the “Hawaiian Chieftain” were coming in for a three night stay!
They come every three years to the west coast. They cancelled the return trip in July 2011. I do not know why but suspect it was because of financial concerns? If people are worried about their money…they do not spend. Which means a smaller market. Smaller markets means smaller profits.
I think it was simple economics that scuttled the Lady’s visit last summer.
It rained almost all day today & thats what It looks like for tomorrow as well. Wednesday looks better!
I’m looking forward to getting out! First thing I’m going to do,is go visit the Lions! I want to see what they’ve been up to?
I will have some new shots for you all soon enough!
I’m expecting a call from Mother Nature shortly!
It was raining all day today. So I didn’t get out. The photo opp looks piss poor for the coming week as well!
I’m always hopeful for a small break in the light! I’ll have to be to be glued to the Satellite site! Fingers crossed?
This is a eagle I call “The Daredevil”. He & his mate “Delilah” live down at Tsapee Narrows.
He & Romeo are the only eagles that allow me to get close. Romeo lets me get close when he is on his rock. On the ground! Thats unusual! Wild eagles just do not allow that to happen. It’s taken me many years of visiting my eagle friends for them to trust me!
If I were to go near a eagle that I’ve never seen before, stop my boat,……it would take off!
Which is a good thing! All animals should be fearful of other animals! Especially Homo-Sapiens!
It was too cloudy today,so I didn’t take a single shot. This is from yesterdays shoot.
When the light gets low,the only shots I can take, are silhouettes! Eagles at sunset are one of my favorites!
Can never have enough eagle shots!
I finally was able to get out today! The Winters in Tofino can be a hard place to be if your a lover of the “Great Outdoors”! It looks like only one day this week at best too!
I went down to Cannery to visit with the Lions. The tide was high so I couldn’t find any of them in their normal spots! They were on & by the float! Also on what I am calling “Kenfalls Point”. It’s a point of land near a creek called “Kenfalls”.
This point of land is a spot they hauled out on last year. I noticed that the Lions were not just around the shore edge on this point of land. They actually were inside the forest! I found that strange & reported it to Rod Palm .( a local Whale/animal expert)
He told me that the only other known spot where the Lions haul out into the forest was up in Alaska! I went around the point to see if they were inside the forest and a few were,but mostly around the shore. I suspect that when their numbers increase & space becomes a premium,that there will be more of them on the inside.
Once again I think their numbers are less than what they should be or at least what I’m use to. I have no idea why? They may be further down the Inlet hauled out somewhere? I am going to have to take extra fuel & go check this out!
On the positive side,the float inside Cannery is in the light finally! The earth’s axis is moving enough to the south that the sun is now higher than that mountain to the SW. It has been blocking the sun all Winter!
The wind started kicking up,so I figured I better head back. The Inlet was capping from the NW winds,so I went to the north side of the Inlet where the wind lee was.
On the way back I visited with the Daredevil/Delilah at Tsapee Narrows,as well as Moe/Maggie & Romeo/Juliette. They all seemed to be in good spirits.
Romeo & Juliette were concerned about a neighbor getting too close to their territory however. I was lucky enough to capture the moment they both took off to intercept said Intruder!
Many fishing boats were coming back into the harbour at sunset. The Geo-Duck opening must still be happening.
I didn’t get as much as I hoped,but it was still a great day to be out!
This is always a favorite angle for me!
During the winter,Strathcona looks majestic with all that fresh snow!
These birds always fly low & fast.
The Harvest King is a cargo boat for Creative Salmon. A local Fish farm company.
The boat was coming from Indian Bay & going over to the Warne Island farm.
This shot shows how expansive the inlet actually is. Tofino Inlet goes several miles further down to Deer Bay.
There is part of a metal walkway overturned here & these plastic billets are the floatation for that walkway. With them being black & small they are at a premium with the Lions! Only room for one,so your not bothered & I bet the black colour warms the billet nicely!
I have never seen this boat before. He is a Geo-Duck fisherman & was heading to 1st.Dock to unload his catch.
If you look closely in the above shot,you can see Romeo taking off in the background,with Juliette looking on near by!
Romeo went right over top of me. I was surprised to see a Gull directly above him.
Looked like the beginnings of a traffic jam?
Didn’t get out today. Too many clouds! Tomorrow should bring some light?
I thought a shot I took a few years ago in Death Valley would be interesting.
This is the “Devil’s Racetrack”. It is what is called a “Playa”. A flat lake bottom. Very flat! I think Playa’s are the flattest known natural occurring formations!
A unusual event occurs on this Playa. Rocks move! Thats right,rocks move around on their own! You can see the trails left by these moving rocks all over the place!. I saw trails that were hundred’s of meters long & the thing is…………….nobody has ever seen them move!
You also need to know that this location is remote. It takes several hours of driving on very dusty & at times bumpy, roads! So It’s not like anybody is out there to witness this activity!
I even think a rock weighing over 700 lbs was found! They named it (Katie?) There are hundreds of these rocks all over the Playa with distinctive trails left running here & there all over the Playa.
I was told by a park geologist that during the Winter, Death Valley gets these strong rain storms. It almost never rains in the desert but when it does,the water is always damaging!
The Playa gets wet and changes from being very hard, to be very soft & slippery. Come night time,the temperature drops and creates a huge ice rink!
All the stones are lifted up by this thin layer of ice. The final parameter is the wind!
Some of these Winter storms can have very strong winds! So the theory is that the very strong winds push these rocks like “Curling” stones!
The mud does not freeze totally. The mud must remain flexible enough to allow impressions to be left,but still very slippery!
I picked up some soil & spit on it. I rubbed it between my fingers and it became like grease!
I think I would like to see something like this!
I even came up with a crazy idea on how to record this unusual phenomenon!
Put a object that will glide (maybe a metal disc?) on the Playa with a GPS unit on it. Than have several cameras (with infra-red capability) on tall poles at strategic spots around the edges of the Playa. These cameras would require solar cells for power.
Than put a motion sensor on the metal disc. When this sensor detects movement,it sends a RF signal to the cameras to start recording.
It should work,but as always “the devil is always in the details”! (no pun intended)
The Devil’s Racetrack was a fascinating spot to photograph! Very quiet! No wind,no birds,no sounds! I could hear the blood coursing in my ears.
It’s one of those place’s that a person would always remember!
The light was terrible today,so I didn’t bring the camera out. A mini high pressure system is suppose to move in tomorrow. So maybe I’ll have something fresh for you guys?
I shot this originally on Oct 4rth/09. I went up in a plane near sunset. I love the long shadows! It gives texture to a otherwise flat looking surface. One of the problems with Aerial photography is that the land tends to flatten out!
Thats why I only go near sunset. I get not only the texture but also get the golden light! A win win in my books!!
This is Radar beach. It is at the base of Radar hill. The trail to the beach is not on the official Park plan,but it is a very popular path for people to take. Another unofficial trail is the one to the crashed Cansol airplane! That crash is on the south side of Radar Hill at the base of the hill.
I didn’t get out yesterday or today. I would of posted something last night,but a large wind storm took out the power!
Today was clean up day in town.
I didn’t shoot anything today,so I thought I’d put up something funny tonight. I took this last Monday.(Jan 23/12)
We had some snow and I was out looking around for things to shoot. While I was down at 4rth St. dock,I noticed a small murder of Crows with a big old Gull sticking out like a sore thumb! All the birds were on a local Fish Farm company’s fence (Mainstream). They’re always hanging around waiting to gobble up any spilled fish feed.
I laughed when I first saw it. I wondered if anybody else had seen it?
I thought the old saying went……”Birds of a feather flock together”! Someone needs to explain that to our fine feathered friend!
Lets pretend for a moment,that Mr.Gull was somehow brought up by the Crows & has always thought of it’s self as a Crow! Just a bit bigger & whiter! Wouldn’t that make a interesting book? ( anyone takes my idea I want 3% royalty’s!)
I bet the other Gull’s would look down their beaks at him!!
Another Frontal system is upon us, so the light looks poor for tomorrow. If the waves get up & It’s blowing out,I may head out to the beach?
Thursday is the day they are calling for pure sun! First thing I’m doing is heading down to visit the Lion’s! They’ve become my ongoing Winter project.
There was some sunny breaks today but the wind got up & I couldn’t get out.
So I just went out to the beach instead.
The ocean was roaring with the large waves rolling in!
I only got a few today folks.
I shot this originally back in 07.As you can tell,It was overcast & rainy here in Tofino today! So I didn’t get out.
It’s during these winter storms that I need to be patient.
This is a Spruce grove on Meares Island. I’d like this spot to stay pristine,so you’ll excuse me if I do not say exactly where on Meares.
I shot this with a medium format film camera. I only shoot my nudes in the forest when it’s overcast.
The clouds diffuse the light so there are no blow outs. A portrait photographer achieves the same affect by using white diffusing umbrellas to reflect the flash off of.
Personally I prefer Mother Natures technique!
I originally shot this last Sunday.
I didn’t get out today because of too much cloud. The next week looks poor for both weather and photo opportunity’s!
I’m always hopeful for small breaks in the clouds however!
Salty was heading east past Ginnard point in Browning Pass when I came across her. I wish I could run into her or for that matter any wolfs more often! She has a great disposition but her mate “Pepper” doesn’t!
The wind wasn’t as bad today,so I was able to get out in my boat! I was chocked after having to cancel yesterdays shoot due the wind whipping up the waves!
I headed straight down to Cannery bay to check in on the Lions. On the way there I ran into this guy and a “Ballet” of Trumpeters! I stopped for a few shots & than continued on my way to Cannery.
When I arrived at Cannery I was shocked to find no Lions! Yes there were some on the float (which was in shadow) but there were no others!
I have no idea whats going on other than to think that they were out in the Inlet eating Pilchards?
I got a few of the Lions that were available and turned around to go back into town.
I finished my lack luster day paying a visit to Romeo & Juliette at Deadman Island. Unfortunately ……..they weren’t home! I couldn’t believe it! I was seriously striking out today & after yesterdays fiasco getting a bit bothered!
I waited for half a hour and left. The sun looked fantastic ,so I went back just to make sure they weren’t there and saw Romeo coming up to perch from behind!! I was so very happy to see him! Juliette joined him as well a few moments later.
It was good to see them both! I noticed that their new nest has not had any work done to it. I’m not sure what is going on there?
I noticed the other day that Ernie & Ethel were displaying courting behavior,so maybe Romeo & Juliette stepped out to let their feathers down?
All I know is that they saved my butt tonight!
It was cold but worth getting out tonight!
I could only see a few dozen Lions today! That meant that about 300 of them were elsewhere! I have no idea where?
I wish I could radio tag them with GPS units! I could than map out there patterns and find out more delicious info on my furry friends!
I think all the other Lions were out getting a bite myself.
This young Steller was the only one I found in good sunlight and very brief at that! I really struck out with my furry friends today.
Some days are better than others!
The “Hideaway II” was coming back with her wares to unload at 1st dock. They were harvesting Geo-Duck (Gooeyduck). A highly prized large bi-valve.
We got some snow last night and I wanted to get out in my boat bad! My heart sank when I saw the wind was already kicking up the water in the harbour! Today was one of those important photo days that just doesn’t come around very often! So I decided to head out and see if I could get out?
The NW wind normally kicks up just the harbour & leaves Browning Pass and Tofino Inlet alone. Meares Island acts as a huge wind break. I did manage to get out but even before I stepped in the boat, my gear got splashed.It was in a sealed pack but I don’t like getting salt water on my gear. It screws up the zippers. Even if you wash it later,it seems to slowly erode the zippers.
I went through the harbour & after seeing how much it was already kicking up down Browning Pass,I said thats too much for me & headed back. I love my photography, but I love life more.Safety first! I can always go out another day!
Didn’t get much today as a result.
This is my 4700 posting on this blog.
The cloud structure was all wrong today. So I decided to stay on land. I went out to the beach to see what was happening?
The ocean was very calm! I could of gone out to the Lighthouse in my boat,……..but why? If you don’t have the light,you don’t have a picture!
Speaking of which,I was fortunate to have a model(Devo) & her furry friend (Bella) pose for me out on Frank Island. They both looked beautiful in golden light.
The light literally lasted a few seconds!
I came back into town and saw Ernie & Ethel on Strawberry Island. The light was poor but they were both together,so I took a few. Ethel took off while I was glassing them. I think she felt me looking at her.
For whatever reason,she doesn’t seem to like me! She always takes off when I come upon the scene!
Thats why I “think” she felt me glassing her. Animals are very sensitive,except for us!
I could of canoed out to the Lighthouse! Thats how calm it was.
Not good for “wave crashing against a rock with the Lighthouse in the background” kind of shot!
The Pacific Loons have such beautiful plumage during the mating season!