BUBBLE CONTEST

There were fourteen entries into the “Bubble” contest! I loved all of them! Very creative!

Robbie entered “Ooooh,it’s wet.Good thing I wore my second-best feathers today”

Hazel entered “I will never pass up any food because I am a foodie.More,more,more!”

Audrey entered “Make sure you get my good side,Wayne!”

Lynette entered “Everyone keeps talking about corvid 19.How ride! His name is Colby”

Annette entered “I’m ready for my close-up,Mr.Barnes!”

Chris entered “Wot,no silver platter?”

Martha entered “Would you please toast the bread slightly on both sides?”

Liz entered “Well,it’s about time! What’s a girl gotta do to get some decent food around here?”

Terri entered “Why yes,I know I’m smart,was there any doubt?”

Noelle entered “I’m posing!!!”

Adam entered “Yesterday’s bread?! I don’t think so…”

Linda entered “Who’s been ravin about snow? Wayne,find out if Amazon carries boots for birdies,okay?”

Michael entered “Two crows walk into a bar and start ‘ravin’ about the free food in Tofino their ‘cousin’ told them about!”

Widdershins entered “Snow!!…oh bugger! Where did the bit of bread land?”

The winner of the “Bubble” contest is Audrey with…….. “Make sure you get my good side,Wayne!”

Thank you to all fourteen who participated! I will be sending out 3 shots to Audrey of Rita posing in the snow!

CONTEST

We got a bit of snow a few days ago. I was about to go inside my apartment when I heard the distinct call of of a Raven! I knew there was a good chance it was either Robbie or Rita?

When Ravens call It’s called “croaking”. So I croaked back wondering If I would get a response?

Sure enough I heard some croaking just north of me in the adjacent forest! Then a few minutes later both Robbie and Rita flew over! They saw me and perched on a near by tree!

I took a chunk of bread and tossed it on the garage roof. There was about 4 inches of snow so both of them were up to their tummies in snow! Robbie came over first but was suspicious of me standing there (with my camera of course),so he flew back to the tree.(chicken)

Rita on the other hand flew right in no problem and grabbed the prize and flew off,…..with Robbie in tow!

This shot was taken when she had just landed. I want to put a word bubble coming from her.

The person who thinks up the most creative or funny thought will get a full file size of my fine feathered friend Rita!

THE CAPE ANN

I heard from a friend that a raft of two hundred Sea Otters was around! I went out looking for it but couldn’t find them? They like to raft up in a kelp bed.

I did find the Cape Ann coming in from a exercise. This boat is designed to be able to roll. All the men are strapped into their seats and the hatches are sealed when they go out into rough weather.

ROMEO ARRIVING

We’ve been having rain for so long now I forget when we had a good sunset?

There is a meterological scenario I always watch for! It’s almost overcast conditions but there is a thin opening to the west. The sun will peek under this cloud layer (which acts like a huge ceiling) and light everything up! The dark background forces the foreground forward in an almost 3D manner.

Of course, when you have a fine feathered friend like Romeo It’s icing to the cake!

A SUNNY DAY IN THE HOOD

The Fall storms have started! If you’re a big storm watcher…..get your butt over here and you better bring your Tofino Tuxedo!

We have biblical rain at the moment with no end in sight! So if we submerge at least you’ll know where I’ll be floating!

Imagine that all of this is caused by the sun! The sun heats our atmosphere up creating huge wind storms!

All light is composed of little bundles of energy called “Photons”. Our orbit is roughly about 93 million miles from the sun. It takes a single photon about 500 seconds to get from the sun to earth. That photon hits your cheek and so you feel the warmth of that energy! That energy heats up the earth’s atmosphere which causes movement! That movement is transferred into the ocean. The ocean is in motion!

Question?…….If it takes 500 seconds for light to get to Earth, how long do you think it takes for that photon to get from where it was created (centre of the sun) to the sun’s surface?

Now,that’s a bit of a trick question,because I haven’t read anywhere two single sources agreeing on the amount of time? So the answer is somewhere between 5000 and 100,000 years!

Incredible to ponder to be honest! Imagine the next time your out in the sun and you feel the warmth of the sun. That energy was created long before everything in human history had happened and than some!

Also, consider this……….when that particle leaves the sun’s surface it has to go through the corona (the sun’s atmosphere) which for some strange reason is much hotter than the surface?

One day (maybe 5 billion years?) the sun’s fuel will begin to run out and the sun will begin to expand! It will expand so large that it will consume all of the planets!

I’d call that a bad day in the hood.

BEARS SHOT

https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/11-bears-killed-in-tofino-ucluelet-after-breaking-into-structures-to-find-garbage-1.5642113

Many of you will remember me talking about how the last few years the salmon runs have been poor. It now appears to have gotten “real”!

It was reported on the news last night (Provincially) that 12 bears have been shot in the Tofino and Ucluelet areas! The link says 11 but you can add another one to that total!

Nobody spends more time with Bears than me.This is what I suspect is going on…………Bears need to store up on fat reserves before they den. If a bear does not get enough “fat” built up,they can die during denning?

Because the streams have been bad for the last three years in a row,”I suspect” they have started looking elsewhere? Which means some of them have migrated into our small towns in search of food. Human food has a high fat content!

Conservation Officers have never seen such a high number of bears coming into both towns before? Twelve of them had to be shot as a result!

So because humans have raped the oceans by overfishing,one of the side effects of poor salmon runs is that bears are being shot dead!

We take their food,…….they go looking for other food …….and we greet them with a 12 gauge.

My furry friends do not understand what is going on? All they want to do is get something to eat before they go to bed. This makes me profoundly sad to report this.

SPIDER-BEAR

SPIDER-BEAR

SPIDER-BEAR

DOES WHATEVER A SPIDER-BEAR CAN

CATCHES FISH JUST LIKE FLIES

LOOK OUT

HERE COMES THE SPIDER-BEAR

Apologizes to Bob Harris and Paul Webster who wrote the Spiderman song.

With Halloween coming I thought this video might be of interest! Actually both Linda and Babsje suggested I use it for Halloween.

We set one night aside each year where we try to scare ourselves silly. Of course it’s all in fun and there is no danger actually lurking. However, the salmon who escaped this bears clutches would beg to differ! The thing I love about this video is that I did nothing to set this up. I didn’t put that web there or tell this bear to come along at just the right moment! Because the sun had set,It was dark enough for the bear to trigger the Infra- red lights to come on!

Trust me, If you had been here when this was going on you’d be truly scared!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

NAME GAME

I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to submit a name for Romeo and Juliette’s newest family member first of all! So many of you sent in your suggestions and I certainly appreciate the great effort!

Some were very creative names as well! I was originally thinking along the lines of keeping the name Shakespearian. I threw out a few names myself and a good friend reminded me that one of them I had already used years ago………..Horatio.

So I rejected that and decided to stay out of the arena to be unbiased.

I’d like to list all of the great suggestions first of all………..

Geri Peterson “Toupee”

Pure Glory “Ace”

Audrey Driscoll “Julius,Hamlet or Merlin”

Emma Cownie “Tybalt”

Chris “Dawkins”

Beth “Benvolio”

Noelle “Orlando”

Terri Webster “Escalus”

Freiedenkin “Macchiavelli”

Jacquie Biggar “Jasper”

Babsje “Max”

Greg “Falstaff”

Linda Schaub “Bandit”

Hedy “Swooper”

Michael “Frank Walter”

Cathy “Mercutio or Tybalt”

So we have 19 names to choose from. I narrowed it down to three names,Ace,Max and Bandit.

I liked Max but remembered I’ve named a few bears Max and want this name to be a new one. I liked Bandit because that’s exactly the way he was behaving,but I wouldn’t want him to regret his youthful indulgence when he’s older. So I think “ACE” is the winner in my books. I like the simplicity of a single syllable and I have never used that name before……………I think?

So, because you all chose such great names, I have decided to send you all a picture of Ace and thank you for participating in the very first Name Game!

I envision the next Name Game being for a Bear cub!

Thank you to everyone who sent in a name!

STAND UP

I ran into a friend who drives Bear Watching boats the other day. He was in a hurry as he had a boat load waiting for him so I couldn’t chat too much. He’s out there far more than I am,so has a good idea of whats going on. So I quickly asked him how this years cub count was? He told me he hadn’t seen a single one!

I found that alarming! I suspect I know why? The last two years we’ve had poor salmon returns. When the female doesn’t get enough protein she will not get pregnant. It’s Natures way of controlling the numbers. Last thing you want to do is have more mouths to feed when the cupboards are bare!

Why are there fewer salmon…………us. Far too many salmon are being harvested out in the ocean. They don’t get a chance to return. It’s that simple.

So because we are raping the oceans the effects of that action trickle down. One of the effects is that fewer cubs are being born this year (and last).

Having said that I ran into another friend a few days later and without me asking she told me she saw a Sow with two cubs playing on her property down by the water! The cubs were smaller than normal but I suspect that was because of the mother being smaller than normal. Probably her first cubs?

Another effect of fewer salmon is that the Southern resident Orca’s are starving! A beloved Orca K-21 (Cappuccino) has gone missing and is suspected to of passed. Now having said that his death is suspected to be more old age than loss of salmon. There are very few Southern Residents to begin with. (74)

A GOLD GREY BLUE

Light is a critical element for me! Finding the right subject for the right light is hard! I spend half my time searching and the other half shooting.

In the above pictures we have the same subject but different lighting. The upper is warm while the ones below are cool. I only go out If I think the light/clouds are going to be in the ball park. Once out, I roll the dice and see what comes up? No matter what the light is,I try to make it work. I take advantage of what Mother Nature serves up.

The last shot is of a Heron with the moon in behind. Finding a Heron perched right on the very top of a tree when the moon is out doesn’t happen every day. Having said that,I do not consider this shot to be the best. I would of preferred to have the Heron bathed in golden light. Gold light would show more detail in the contrast and colour! Unfortunately by the time I found this Heron the sun had already set! So I had to rolled with it and shot silhouettes! (10% of something is better then 100% of nothing)

So when I go out on a evening shoot I’m searching more for the light then the subject. Great light makes bad subjects better and great subjects look excellent!

A WHALE OF A TIME

A Grey resident whale has taken up just off Chesterman’s beach! Actually it’s a Cow and calf. They seem to be ping ponging back and forth between Frank island and the Wickinnish Inn!

Normally surfers on their boards are pointing landward but as you can see in the last shot they are turned around to watch as the whales go gently past them.

The Grey whale migration is on right now. They are swimming en masse from Mexico to the Bering sea. Think of it like one big aquatic super highway! There are thousands that swim past Tofino but a few see the sign saying “Tofino next right” and ramp off! They eat and rest for maybe 2 weeks or so and continue their journey northward!

STANDING TALL

At sunset the Hummers always go into a feeding frenzy! They are like feathered piranha!

I placed my finger by the feeding port and a male Rufous promptly perched on it and began to sip away merrily! (It’s like last call at a bar!) A female Rufous then decided that she wanted that spot to sip away merrily herself, but I imagined the male said “GET LOST”! So her response was to perch on top of HIM! GIRL POWER RULES!

When I saw her do that I laughed away merrily myself!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rufous_hummingbird#:~:text=Some%20males%20have%20some%20green,slightly%20larger%20than%20the%20male.

A HUMMINGBIRDS APRIL FOOLS

I never intended to write this post up but something very unusual happened to one of my Hummingbird friends yesterday, April 1st!

It was near sunset and the Hummers were coming by for their last drink of the night.( Sort of like humans at last call). So I see this one female Anna’s perch and take a few sips. It straightened up…..and then promptly fell backwards! It was still holding onto the perching bar so it was hanging totally upside down like a bat! It held on for a few seconds and then dropped to the concrete below! (6′)

I was obviously very alarmed to see one of my feathered friends fall,so I instantly got up and slide the balcony door open. Sure enough there she was laying on her back not moving and just looking up to me. I very gently picked her up and began talking to her asking “what was wrong”? I could feel her little heart beating very fast but thats normal for Hummers. We looked into each others eyes for a few seconds and then I gently turned her over to right her and as soon as I did that she flew away!

(I swear I heard her laughing! I think my fine feathered friend had pulled a April Fools joke on me!)

I told a friend of mine who is a birding expert (Adrian Dorst) and he said he had never heard of anything like this ever happening before? I read up on this a bit and the closest thing I could find was that Hummers do drop from their perches because of cold weather/ and not having enough energy.

It wasn’t that cold out,maybe 8 C at worse and I know It had been coming all day for drinks so It wasn’t a lack of sugar water.

I think my little friend was playing a big joke on me but I do hope there isn’t anything serious!

I sometimes slide the balcony open and just lean against the frame to watch them coming around for last drink. The feeder is only a few feet away. If I had been doing that at the time I bet I could of done the Hollywood Superman save by quickly catching my friend in mid air!

It happened so fast that there was no way for me to get pictures of this.

Btw,the header and this shot are from my archives.

Update : I did find this article but it basically refutes another person’s assertions that Perch Hypothermia (PH) is the culprit. Still a interesting read https://fieldguidetohummingbirds.com/hummingbirds/perch-hypothermia-threat/

E BOW

My fine feathered friend looked like he was playing with the rainbow!

I’ve always loved rainbows………..who doesn’t? They always seem to happen rather suddenly. So the statistical odds that your in the right place at the right time to take a “good” picture is slim to none …….and Slim just left the building! Basically you need two elements to make a rainbow,light and water. That water needs to be in droplet form. Then just add sunshine, shake vigorously and enjoy the show!. This scenario usually happens when I rainstorm has a well defined rear end and has just passed overhead. The rain cloud has billions of rain drops in it that act as tiny little prisms. This rain cloud is moving away from you. A rainbow as you all know is fleeting.

We all remember the local Drive In’s…..I hope? We’d watch the latest flick up on a huge screen!

A rainbow is kind of the same thing. The screen Mother Nature uses to show us a beautiful rainbow is made up of billions upon billions of tiny rain drops! Which of course is very mobile making rainbows short in duration.

We’ve each seen the cover design to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon album. It shows a prism breaking up light into it’s individual colours. The colours are separated because of different wavelengths. The order from longer to shorter is ROYGBIV. Red,Orange,Yellow,Green,Blue,Indigo and Violet. I made up my own saying to remember the sequence.

My saying is “Roy Goes Ballistic In Violence”. It screams out loud enough that you won’t forget it!

Btw,when you see a double rainbow the water droplets have to be 1/2 the size and the colour sequence is reversed of the first rainbow.