When I go out on a normal shoot,I always preplan my route. No matter what route I take,I always end up in the same spot…..visiting Romeo & Juliette.They are out in Tofino’s harbour area.They do have a nest on Deadman island but use Beck island as their main nesting area.Beck island is small.Maybe 250 meters at best.They put their nest on the NW corner of Beck. They have the best real-estate in the harbour. The marine highway goes right by their Deadman island nest.It narrows right in front of the island forcing the boats close to the island.Many fisherman coming back in pass right in front.They sometimes stop & throw them a spare fish. Romeo & Juliette consider themselves the King & Queen of Tofino’s harbour!
Romeo & I play a game. I try to sneak up & beat him to this rocky islet.It has no name but I call it his “Throne”. He always looks so regal perched upon it.
I almost always come from the backside of Stone island.Once I clear the cover of Stone island…… I’m visible & the race is on! I watch for him to take off from either Beck or Deadman island. He flies over to greet me. He’ll fly straight right over to me,circle in behind & glide right past me at a very fast speed to his throne. To date,I’ve never beaten him! He moves much faster than my boat ( 17 knots) & he’s not even flapping his wings!………….he’s only gliding!
When I arrive,I sit in front of him (about 30 feet away) & just talk to him. I ask him how his day has been & whatever comes to mind. If It’s during nesting season,I ask how the new eaglet is doing? Basically,I just talk to him about this & that.He doesn’t say much.He does sing from time to time ! Mostly because Juliette is about to arrive. It’s a welcoming song for her,not me.
He does actually listen! He sometimes cocks his head while staring at me in such an inquisitive manner. He also likes to look down at his talons a lot for some reason? Such a silly bird sometimes.I always love visiting my feathered friend.No matter how I feel he always makes my spirit soar when I see him flying over to greet me!
I’ve known Romeo & Juliette now for about 10 years. They both are very special to me!
The weather cleared during the night! I was excited to get out! I haven’t been out in what seems like years! I heard a meteorologist from Vancouver saying that the last 55 days have been raining out of 60.
As a photographer the most critical element I need is light! If I don’t have that,I can’t do very much.Also,If It’s very windy & sunny I still can’t go out.Too dangerous! So I usually ride out to the beach for some beach/sunset shots.
Todays winds were suppose to go up to 60 klicks! I kept a eye on the weather station read out for wind speed.It was staying down,so I decided to head out.
My plan was to go down to Rankin rocks to check on my Stellar Lion friend “Lippy”. I realized while heading down Tofino inlet that the sun was already low in the SW & I wouldn’t have time to go all the way down to Rankin & make it back before sunset.I decided that as soon as I could see Rankin Rocks in the distance, I would stop the boat, turn the engine off & scope it out with my binocs. I looked on the map,I was 6 1/2 klicks (4 miles) away from Rankin Rocks. “Lippy” is a pretty big guy so I figured I’d be able to see him. If I saw him,I’d continue onward & scrap the sunset shots.! I’d just concentrate on him but If I didn’t see him,I’d return.
I returned. I didn’t see him………….RATS!
I went to Tsapee Narrows for a quick visit with the Daredevil & Delilah. I haven’t seen them in what seems ages! I noticed that the sun had gotten snuffed by some low cloud so I moved on.
Went past Maggie’s territory on my way to see Romeo.I figured she’d be MIA,but was pleasantly surprised to see her trying to catch up with me! She was flying low behind me! Said hello to her & she veered away back to her perching spot.
Romeo flew over to greet me! Was very happy that my feathered friends haven’t forgotten me. The sun had forgotten me however.It had already set or at least been snuffed by some low cloud.Took a few shots of Romeo doing his thing.Said goodnight & called it a day.
Was very happy to get out today but upset I got the timing wrong.The sun is setting so early now that I’ll have to head out at least a hour sooner (1pm).
After Pearl Harbour,the west coast started making provisions to stop any invasion by the Japanese. One of these provisions was to stop planes from landing on Chestermans beach. Many pilings were driven into the beach.This was to stop any landings.Must of worked…….nobody ever landed!
Only a few remain after 75 years.This is one of them.
I was walking with a friend on the beach tonight.The sunset was great but I didn’t have any foreground subject material.So I asked my friend to pose for me.The dogs name is “Baxter”.A shy soul.
Someone was walking their drone.They must of been bored?
Someone knew how to surf! The Wickaninnish Inn is in the background.
Today was the first time we saw snow up on the mountains. Poor sun tanning weather I say!
He really is lazy.He likes to lay down & munch on the grass close to him. When he can’t find anymore close by,he gets up,moves over & lays down again. He’s a funny but lazy Bruin.
It’s been raining like cats & dogs,so I decided to repost a shot I took last summer.This cub for whatever reason was constantly trying to get up on it’s mother back. I guess cubs will be cubs!
This is a bit of a odd picture,……..even for me. After Pearl Harbour was attacked,(Dec.7th,1941) the entire West coast went on alert!
To stop the Japanese from landing on the beaches & invading,dozens upon dozens of large pilings(some up to 100 feet long) were driven deep into the beach!
During the Winter when we get big storms, the sand gets moved around sometimes exposing the remaining poles.You can see one in the foreground.
My furry friends are getting ready to go for their winters sleep. They each have a nice quiet den to go to.Some place thats dry & away from animal trails.
Bears do not hibernate btw.Thats a myth.They go into a state of “Torpor”.It’s a deep sleep but not as deep as hibernation.A animal hibernating will not wake up if you kick them,but a bear will wake up.A bears metabolic state is higher than that of a animal hibernating.The heart rate per minutes is slower with animals hibernating. Bears do wake up (supposedly?) during Winter & walk about but in 30 years ……..I haven’t seen one?So go figure?
I know this particular bear,which is why he allowed me to get close while he was resting.
A “Super Moon” will occur this Monday (Nov 14th/16).It will be about 30,000 miles closer.To give some perspective,It’s about 25,000 miles around our equator.
Lets hope our weather will be clear enough to view this cosmic wonder? It won’t occur again till 2034.
The “Anna’s” Hummingbirds are arriving for the winter. I recognized one that arrived yesterday.He likes to perch on my bike mirror.He’s also familiar with me.He doesn’t take off If I approach the sliding door. I call him “Shorty” because he looks smaller than normal.I’ve found when they are very relaxed with their surroundings,they relax their spines & so slump lower.Blue Herons do the same thing.When the head goes up straight like a periscope,thats when they are very attentive.
It was pouring here today.So “Shorty” likes to perch on my mirror.There is an overhang above,so the rain doesn’t come in.He likes to perch there & stay out of the rain.
He also keeps the other hummers from his food source.He’s staked his territory & is protecting it!
I call both the female & male resident eagles of Tranquil “Tranquil One”.I never see them together.The male is on the left.He took off a few seconds after I took this.I don’t think he likes me? No accounting for taste!
I shot these on June 4rth/14. The eagle is Romeo.My favourite feathered friend. He’s always happy to see & pose for me. Our weather here has been very poor.If I don’t get the light,I do not go out.So I haven’t seen my friend in what seems like an eternity!
October in Tofino has been unusually rainy ……………even for us! I went for a bike ride/walk on Chestermans today.I think I ran into three people.You can always tell how bad the storm is by the number of people you run into out on the beach. I’ve been out there in raging winds & hard rain with nobody else ,but If you go during a warm summer day,there are several hundred out there.So I use what I call the “Tofino”Scale to determine how large a storm is.There is the “Richter” scale for earthquakes,the “Beaufort” scale for wind strength & the “Fujita”scale for Tornados. I use the “Tofino” scale to determine how bad a storm is.
The “Tofino” scale uses the number of people found on the beach by me during a average walk. A number of 500 is considered a very excellent day to be out & about,while a number of 0 means a very bad storm. (500-0,excellent to bad) Today was a three.
So I’ve decided to repost a couple of shots I took. I shot these on April 27th/09.What your seeing is a rainstorm with the setting sun in behind.All colours are original & have not been altered.