ELAINE

20140506-IMG_2514I absolutely love going into Gunner Inlet looking for my furry friends! This beautiful scenario is stained by three abandoned boats! I have no history on these boats but will ask around? I assume the people who were mindless enough to abandon them also didn’t care about any oils or other toxic fluids released into the environment!
This has to be the largest littering I’ve ever seen!
Today I went into Gunner & found three bears! Two of my furry friends were in the shade & I always try to avoid shooting a bear in poor light!
Just doesn’t seem worthwhile to me? I mean,once you’ve taken beautiful close up shots in excellent light,shade shots fall a far second.
The third bear was on the eastern shore in excellent light!It was my little friend “Li’l Jackie”!
She seemed to be very happy grazing here & there. I spent the better part of a hour with her. I followed her to the southern end of the eastern shore where she ran out of accessible shore. She slowly went up into the bush over the small ridge there for the next small bay over.
I wasn’t about to motor over into the next bay & wait for her because that bay always seems to be in full shade. I said goodnight to her & went to the far end (north) to have a look at another bear. It was in the shade but it was walking towards the light! It was lolly gagging about,so I knew it would take awhile to move 200 meters & the shadow from the setting sun was moving faster! So I didn’t even try!

Headed out of Gunner. Normally I would of skipped over into Fortune Channel but because my bear dance ticket was full & the sun was beginning to get low,I decided to skip Fortune & head back into the harbour for sunset.
I did stop off as per normal at Tsapee however. Both the Daredevil & Delilah seemed active! I wonder if they have a egg yet? I also wonder if they leave the nest (for a few minutes) when they have a egg? To stretch their wings. I suspect they do.
I stayed with them for 15 minutes & could see the sun was getting lower in the west.
Said goodnight to my friends & headed west to town. I did stop to visit with Maggie on Morpheus island. She flew over to greet me! She always brings a big smile to my face!
I love to use the snowy mountains to the north as my background subject,but there were too many clouds tonight,so the light was poor.
I noticed a small boat near by. They must of thought that I was crazy talking to a eagle! It’s almost always me & one of my animal friends.
Very rarely is there anyone else with me.
Said goodnight to Maggie. I took off & she began to follow me. I yelled at her to go back & she did.

Went to Deadman island to visit with Romeo & Juliette. I haven’t seen Juliette in awhile & can only assume she is out of site laying low in the nest with her egg/s?
Romeo was preoccupied tonight with a interloper on Beck island! Beck is a shared territory true,but this interloper was on Romeo’s side!
So I didn’t really get to visit very much with my feathered friend tonight. Couldn’t blame him actually.
Decided to go back in seeing as how the sun had set.
Another memorable evening shoot for me!
PS – I’ve named this bear “Elaine”. A friends daughter (Elaine) is very sick right now & I thought it might help cheer both of them up!

A BUSY HARBOUR!

20140206-IMG_4691It was clear & cold today,so I bundled up & headed out!
As I started out of the harbour & saw a Blue Heron/Oystercatchers on a rocky islet on the north side of Strawberry island. Shot a few of them. Mr. Heron was much more skittish than the Oystercatchers! I’ve found the Oystercatchers are approachable as long as I do not make any sudden movements. They are only in the harbour area during the winter time. They have such a cute look about them!
Continued eastward down the inlet. The tide was low & beginning to come back in,so I decided to give Fortune Channel a try for bears?
As I suspected with this cold front,they were still napping! (as I would be)
Came out of Fortune & continued down the inlet to Rankin. I was disappointed to find nobody home at Rankin as well! Normally there are several thousand Dunlin’s,Plovers etc hanging around. Must of been out searching for food else where?
I continued past Rankin & went down into Tranquil inlet for Trumpeters. I stopped half the way down because I didn’t see thier distinctive white dots at the far end. I stopped the boat to look intently with the binocs & sure enough I couldn’t see any Trumpeters milling about!
No bears,no birds & no Trumpeters! Today was not going to be the best for subject material! RATS!
I was near Cannery bay & thought about going over there to check & see if any Lions had moved in but I think that boat sailed a long time ago & we are not going to get any Sea Lions this winter at all!
This winter has been absent for snow & my animal friends. My winter of discontent!
Started to head back.
Stopped off at Tsapee Narrows to visit with my eagle friends. This is one of the reasons why I love eagles so much……….they almost always are hanging around!
The wind was up a bit so I knew what direction they would be coming in at. The Daredevil & Delilah seemed active today. I’ve found the cold makes them more active & the heat makes them sluggish.
Took a few of my fine feathered friends & continued on. I went to Morpheus to visit with Maggie & I was pleasantly surprised to find my friend Moe! He’s been gone for what seems like a eternity! I’d love to find out where he went? I was worried he might be dead! He just sat way up top & never even came down to say hello. Maggie made up for his indifference! She’s always such a joy!
Took a few of my girlfriend & said goodnight.
Continued on to Deadman island to visit with Romeo & Juliette. Romeo didn’t fly over to greet me. He’s been rather indifferent as well lately?
I saw two fully loaded Geoduck boats coming back into the harbour from the north. I wonder how much longer the Geoduck opening will last?
They use Geoduck (the largest bivalve mollusk) as the main ingredient in Clam chowder! If you’ve had clam chowder,you’ve had Geoduck!
Took a few shots of my friend Romeo with a couple of Geoduck boats in the background. The wind was making the waters surface rough. When they happens I’ve found I cannot see the eagles contours as good. So I went around the backside of Deadman island to shoot a few in the Lee of the island. It was better but nothing outstanding.
Didn’t get much today folks. The Oystercatchers were the first & best of the days shoot. Should of quit while I was ahead,but it’s always great getting out in the fresh air even if it gives me the shivers from time to time!

BLUE HERON & THE “TALOFA”

20131017-IMG_9218We got a lot of cloud today! I originally thought I wasn’t going out,however the clouds did part (later than what I would of liked) & I headed out.
Too late to go down to Tranquil to check out the salmon/bears,so I went up into Fortune for just bears.
Found 5 of them tonight too! I recognized one of them. I call her “Scaredy Cat”. She, for whatever reason is a very shy bruin! I can never get close to her. I understand & stay away. Bears have unique personality’s!Each one is different.
I also came across a Sow with one cub. Mum was fine with me but the cub was skeptical? Cubs generally are apprehensive. They just don’t trust anyone or anything & that’s a good thing. When they get older they’ll be able to determine who or what’s dangerous!

Took some shots of my bear friends & headed back. I did get out later today,so the sun was lower in the west.
Didn’t see anyone home at Tsapee so I continued on to Deadman Island. By the time I got back into the harbour, the sun had already set unfortunately,but both Romeo & Juliette flew out to greet me! I waved to them as they led me back to their island!
The light by this time wasn’t anything special!Ten minutes earlier & I could of gotten some great shots! Traveling around takes up so much time!
Thats the reason I didn’t go down to Tranquil as well! Not enough time!
Still,It was great getting out & seeing some of my bear friends.
I had a friend e-mail me after she saw some of the shots. She thought one of bears was smiling at me!
Had a great afternoon shoot at any rate!

HANGING ON!

20130911-IMG_6353The high tide was happening when I got out tonight. Whenever this happens I do not expect many bears to be out & about. They eat during low tide & than go for a nap to wait for the next low tide.
Having said that,I did find one Bruin tonight & for a change………….it wasn’t in the shade!
Didn’t recognize who it was but it seemed to accept my company. Left Fortune Channel & came back to town. Stopped off at Tsapee Narrows to visit with the Daredevil. The sun was getting low by this time & I knew I didn’t have enough time to make it into the harbour before the sunset!
So I stayed with my finely feathered friend for awhile. Delilah was nowhere to be seen & has been absent for awhile actually! She & many others must be further north at the spawning grounds.
Came back into the harbour & went to Deadman Island to visit with Romeo & Juliette. Neither were there to greet me unfortunately,but a nicely perched Heron was hanging around!
I was happy to find a bear tonight in great light. A second night with no clouds for sunset cramps my style but the afterglow went on for a hour or so!

THE “C JEWEL” WITH ATLEO AIR COMING IN FOR A LANDING.

20130821-IMG_4539The weather & light were perfect for a evening shoot today,so I was off to the races!
Went straight up into Fortune Channel to look for some of my furry friends! Found one near Creative Salmon’s Dawely Pass fish farm. I recognized him right away. It was “Lil Jack” turning over rocks like they were books!
Li’l Jack & I spent some quality time together! I think he’s around 3 1/2 years old or so?
He wandered along the shore line & up into the forest for a nap I suppose. He probably gobbled up several hundred Rock crabs while I was watching him!
Said goodnight to him & continued along the eastern shore line looking for Li’l Jacks cousins! Found one in “Big Bay” but couldn’t get very close. The tide was dropping & the shore line in there was shallow. Didn’t recognize this one,but I got some good shots of it by some big old dead tree’s!

I noticed another boat out there for the third night in a row. He’s like me but a professional videographer! I saw him last year too. He had his hands full with another bear & I had mine.
Continued along the shore line to the north. I have a spot where I turn around & begin to head south because the shore line past this point gets steep & the bears cannot come out along the shore line.
I was about to turn when I saw a bear by the shore line! I slowly approached & soon realized it was a Sow with two cubs! I recognized her right away! It was “Streak” & she finally had her cubs out! She has always guarded them & kept them just inside the forest cover!
I had lucked out tonight! I approached slowly & watched her ears. They’re the first sign of stress!
She seemed fine,so I continued. The cubs both had little streaks down there chest just like Mum! One was wider than the other. Not sure but I think that one is a male & the one with the thin streak is a female?
I went up wind & drifted in very quietly. It worked & I was in position. Streak was cool & more interested in overturning large rocks for those tasty crab treats! The two cubs have never seen me before & so were apprehensive about me. They kept there distance but were watching me constantly. Because of all this excitement I hadn’t noticed that the sun had gone past the spot where I normally take off. I knew I’d be missing the sunset back in town, but sometimes something comes up that demands ones attention more so!
The sun went behind Meares & the shadow touched the shore where Streak & I were chewing the fat. No light,no shots,so I said goodnight to her & thanked her for introducing me to her two “Little Streaks”! (“Thick” & “Thin”)
Headed back to town but not before stopping off at Tsapee Narrows to visit with the Daredevil. Because the sun had gone in behind some low laying cloud,the best I could do for shots were silhouette’s.
Only got a few shots & took off. The clouds did look great so I wanted to take advantage of them in the harbour. By the time I got in there the clouds had totally changed & gone more to the red end of the spectrum. Not as impressive I thought but still great none the less!
Went to Deadman island to visit with Romeo. He wasn’t home when I arrived & I cursed,but the silly bugger perched just as I was thinking no shots from him tonight! Couldn’t see Juliette anywhere?
Romeo & I had a few words & than he posed a bit for me.
By this time the light was all but gone,so I called it a night & came back in.

Seeing Streak with her cubs really made my night! Had another great shoot tonight!

BEAUTY MEETS UGLY

20130729-GUNNER INLET PANO,JULY 29TH,201320130729-IMG_2310This is up at the end of Gunner Inlet. There are not one,not two,but three abandoned boats in Gunner! I guess it’s isolated & people feel they can litter there & not be caught!
This boat has always been a eye sore for me! It’s very beautiful up there & to see this abandoned boat ruins the vista & gets my goat!
Hence,the title.

REMEMBER WHERE WE PARKED!

20130725-IMG_186220130725-IMG_186020130725-IMG_1858On my way out,I noticed this boat in the shallows near Ginnard pt. I remember thinking to myself that I wouldn’t be over there at that moment with the tide going out!
On my way back in I noticed the boat had gone high & dry! To make matters worse,the captain had left the motor leg down! This must of placed a lot of stress upon the motor’s mount! If you run aground,lift your motor folks!
I’ve never seen this boat before,so I can only assume that this person is not from here & did not know the waters but to be honest……….not seeing your in the shallows is pretty hard to do!

THE “HIGHLAND MARY”

20130723-IMG_156920130723-IMG_1573When I went into Gunner Inlet,this yacht was anchored. It’s called the “Highland Mary” & has a picture of the woman used on a cigarette cover on the hull.You might know her better than I,but she is dressed in full Scottish colours & has bag pipes with her.
I’m not a smoker but I recognize it. So I can make the conclusion that this guy is Scottish & he might be in the Tobacco business?
I zoomed in on him & he was reading a book called “Field Gray _____”. Can’t make out the last word but he was half way through the book.
His small boat was bigger than mine & 10 times more expensive!
Your looking at deep pockets here folks!

COMING BACK IN

20130615-IMG_570020130615-HARBOUR PANO,JUNE 15TH,2013Went up into Gunner looking for my furry friends but no one was home! I wasn’t shocked because it was high tide & the shoreline was narrow.
I did go pick that helmet up & found a full beer amongst the rest of the shore debris!
Always surprised what I sometimes find along the shorelines!
Started to go over into Fortune Channel but my motor was acting up again! I think it’s water in the fuel! After a few minutes it was fine but I decided to call it quits to be on the safe side & headed back into town!
So I never went over into Fortune & as a result ………didn’t get any bears tonight!
By the time I got into the harbour,I was feeling better about the engine & went to visit with Romeo & Juliette. Romeo saw me at a distance & came out to greet me! He does this from time to time to bring me back to his home. It always makes me smile! He’s such a character!
My motor acted up & so did Mother Nature! She called in the clouds & the light went south! Just as well I didn’t go looking for bears anyways in such poor light!
Some nights are better than others & tonight was mediocre at best,but I just roll with it!

MY NEW BOAT…………& FRIENDS!

20130516-BEAR PANO,MAY 16TH,201320130516-IMG_216520130516-IMG_2229My boat is over top of a Isthmus! It was shallow there & the tide was dropping so I had to constantly keep a eye on the boat to make sure I wasn’t getting stuck!
Even If I did,all I had to do was put the wheels down anyways!
This is my new boat! It's a 10 foot Zodiac Hurricane RIB. (Ridged Inflatable Boat) A real sweet ride too!

“PACIFIC SPRAY” HEADING OUT

20130506-IMG_1645The “Pacific Spray” was heading to harvest Atlantic Salmon at one of Mainstreams fish farms.
The Spray normally goes around Meares on it’s west side,but they were heading around to the east side of Meares. Which meant only one thing. They are heading to harvest at their Fortune Channel site. They just installed a new farm system at Plover Pt. The fish wouldn’t be ready for harvest yet,so the only other farm close by is the Fortune Channel site.