Man! Did I have a poor shoot today!! I took a grand total of 13 shots! I normally shoot around 3 or 4 hundred!
I saw two bears but they both went into the forest before I could get close! Plus the wind was blowing me all over the place! I got soaked just from the spray! The waves were pounding me as well! I basically put out alot of energy tonight & got the worse results of my life!
I swear If I don’t get redemption with tomorrows shoot,I’m going to be very disappointed!!
All the eagles were gone as well! I looked around the harbour when the sun was perfect but couldn’t find anything to shoot!
I decided to call it quits when the sun set!
I couldn’t get close to this fellow!
He noticed me & simply walked into the forest!
I found this Harbour Porpoise & after looking closer I realized it had a old wound across it’s backside! I wonder if it was from a rope or prop?
I did get out today. I went up into Fortune Channel & found a large female bear right away!She was cruising along the shore line & even did a swim around a large log! I followed her for awhile & saw that she was going to enter into the shadows! After she entered into this darkened area,I continued to follow her & than she simply disappeared!
I figured that she must of taken a well known trail into the bush & pulled out my map to have a look. After looking at the map I realized that she probably was cutting across a point of land & so I went around this point to wait for her.
Sure enough after waiting 20 minutes or so,she came out on the other side just like I thought she would! She did go back into the shadows however! I did a few more shots & left.
I looked around for any of my eagle friends but couldn’t find any tonight! So I decided to head out to the Lighthouse for the sunset.
Got some good shots out there & called it quits after the sunset.
No eagles tonight but I did get one bear!
This is the other side of Dawely Pass where she came out after taking that forest trail. She could of continued south into the sunshine,but chose to head north into some nasty shadow! You can see how the light had changed. It was less contrasty & more muted.
I found this lonely Heron very close to the Meares Big Tree trail.
You can see how much snow has melted over the summer on the mountains in Strathcona Park!
I wonder if it parks it’s self?
This is what happens when a cold layer of air is above the ocean! It bends the light down & distorts. The sun stayed as a flat line for over 5 minutes!!
It was a very interesting sunset tonight!
I got out a bit earlier today. The tide was high but I still went up into Fortune Channel to look for some of my furry friends. Came across one of them,but it went into the bush! I had to be over 400 meters away as well! It was very calm out so I’m sure it must of heard me coming? I took my “safety shots” & it was a good thing! They’re the only ones I have of it!
When I first spot a animal,I take some shots at a distance in case it takes off. I call these my Safety shots.Some Bruins just don’t like company I suppose!
I searched the entire eastern shore for anyone else out & about but to no avail.With the tide being so high I wasn’t surprised!
I always go out around the same time of day (near sunset) because of the type of light,not when the bears are out! If I run into one or two,bonus!
They mostly are out & about at low tide. They need no water so they can get at the rocks where those tasty little crabs are hiding!
I also went up into Grice Bay to check but didn’t see a creature a stirring.
I stopped in a calm Bay I like & just sat there thinking in the warm sunshine. Someone I knew just died in Tofino! I wasn’t friends with her but we were friendly to each other. I always get introspective when things like this happen!
I moved on after half a hour or so & headed back into town. I did stop at Tsapee Narrows to check & see If the Daredevil or Delilah were around? She was but he wasn’t. When she’s by herself,she’s always been standoffish!
Moved on to see if Moe & Maggie were around…………& they weren’t! But I was pleasantly surprised to find my good buddy Romeo back from the spawning grounds! If he was back, that means that the salmon must not be ready yet & or their numbers are not high enough at the moment. It’s just a guess,but if a animal has plenty of food & water,they will stay in that area.
It was good to see him again! Juliette wasn’t around. Got some shots of my friend & left to go get some harbour sunset shots.
I did technically get a bear tonight & a eagle,so it was a good nights shoot, but than It’s always great to get out in Nature!! My therapy!
These kayaks were coming back into town when I was just leaving.
This is that skittish bruin I told you about.
In theory,if i had a electric motor I might be able to get much closer to bears when it’s so calm out? However,the extra weight of the battery/engine makes it too much!
You can see in the first shot how camouflaged this Heron was when I first came across it! I had to move closer to contrast it against the sky.
This Heron is a resident of this bay. It’s always there when I come in!
This is where I like to shut off the motor & just sit back! I listen to who’s chatting! I could hear a adolescent crow squawking for food from it’s parents at the far end of the bay.
If I pull my motor all the way up,the top of the motor is at a 45 degree angle & perfect for me to lean back on! I just drifted in the shallows & listened.
I thought about the woman I knew who died yesterday. Death has always been a mystery to me……..as I suspect it is for everyone!
I haven’t a clue if we go somewhere else when we die?
I can tell you what I do know. I do know that the majority of people out there do say they “DO” know! How anyone could know about something they have never experienced is beyond me? I think they are “hoping” it is as they think?
If there is something after death I can guarantee that it’s very different than what anyone has ever imagined!
It’s the molting season for them right now. Thats why Romeo’s feathers look a little rough!
Two words can best sum up tonight’s shoot “slim pickens” & slim just left the building!
I didn’t come across any bears & only saw two eagles at a distance! I wasn’t too surprised about either of them however. The tide was too high for the bears to use the shoreline & almost all the eagles have gone to the spawning grounds to party & feast!
I did run into a few friends when I was out & they gave me a bag of fresh prawns that they had just caught! Didn’t catch too many great shots tonight but I did come away with some beauty prawns!
I was scrounging tonight,so please excuse my meager offerings!
That Heron I was just shooting was directly behind me. I got out of the boat to try & get closer. Sneaking up on a Heron is nearly impossible!
They usually come up for two breaths. The first one shows you were they are & to get ready for when they come up the second time. You just never know where they are going to pop up?