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Need more Bug Spray…

So on Thursday I took my camera into work as we had a robins nest in the rafters of one of our shops awnings. There are 4 of the little ones in that little nest. Mom and Pop have been keeping busy feeding them and keeping watch. Might try drawing this one later, but I will change the rafters into a tree trunk or something…

Four young-lings in that nest

Four young-lings in that nest

That adult robin was just sitting there eyes closed now and then rocking back and forth, wonder what it was thinking… We got four, maybe the noisy one fell out of the nest, ya that’s it… sleep, need sleep…

Feed Me!

Feed Me!

I have to say my work phone’s camera does a pretty good job on the macro front… Found out it is a Sculptured Pine Borer

Taken with HTC One phone...

Taken with a HTC One phone…

Headed out to one of the local lakes for a bit of a tour and got a few pictures in, had some loons on the lake but they were staying out of camera range for me. One day I will get a good loon photo, one day… I had doused myself in Off Bug spray but I must have an old can, because I had to re-spray 2 other times, the mosquitoes are bad this year with all the rain as of late, lots of pools of water for breeding grounds. I was trying for some pictures of some warblers but had to get out of the area as the pictures were being wrecked by the swarm in front of the lens.

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Columbia Spotted Frog

Columbia Spotted Frog

Female Blue Bird

Female Blue Bird…from Thursday

Spring Azure

Spring Azure

Spring Azure #2

Spring Azure #2

See the fish?

See the fish?

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Lakeside Tilt Shift

Lakeside Tilt Shift

The next photo was about the half way point around the lake, which is when I checked my time remaining from the kids normal nap time period. And dang was I running late, so I packed up the camera, cinched everything tight and did the rest of the trail at a fast jog. Missed a few picture ops, but them are the breaks. Made it back home soon after they all got up from their nap.

Lakeside Path

Lakeside Path

Kids got me an early Fathers Day gift, works quite well, but a touch finicky with the throttle control, it is kind of all or nothing, and my ceiling can’t take anymore all’s… might have to find some time to try this outside… I get about 10 minutes of flying time, might be a bit longer if it didn’t have all the lights on it, not like I would fly this thing at night.

New Toy

New Toy

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

Weekend adventure…

It was a busy weekend. Out and about for pictures and Geocaching. Took my one daughter out Geocaching and while out we came across this lone deer. We could have gotten closer but my daughter has a nasty dry cough at the moment, which let the deer hear us a long way off; was amazed it stuck around as long as it did. Was hoping for a bit more of a reaction from my daughter on her first close-up with a wild deer but I think the wildlife park has ruined her.

Daughters first Deer in the wild.

Daughters first Deer in the wild.

I could hear the little one(s) screeching inside the nest when momma showed up with a snack…

Female Kestrel with snack

American Kestrel
American Kestrel watching from nest
Anise Swallowtail

Anise Swallowtail

I just liked the colour on these, I don’t even know what type of bush it is.

Berries

Berries

Cactus in Bloom

Cactus in Bloom

Noisy buggers…

Cicada

Cicada

Cicada #2

Cicada #3

Molted Cicada Skin

Molted Cicada Skin

This little one just screams cute…

Smile!

Smile!

Did a tilt-shift and a photo merge for this one, worked out pretty good I think.

BC Lions Fan Day

Tilt shift

Rockscape

Rock-scape

Flowers in the meadow

Flowers in the meadow

Still playing around with some of the pictures, tried something different…too weird?

Seeds

Seeds

Seeds #2

Seeds #2

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

Evening Adventure…

June 7, 2013 2 comments

Thought I would get out and try my luck on some roads less traveled (by me at least) tonight. I found a few nice shots but was surprised at the lack of wildlife on these quiet roads. But considering how windy it is out; maybe they knew better and found a nice place to wait out the coming weather. I saw a few birds having some issues with the wind, nothing worse than being blown off your perch. If I keep wanting to do these outdoor kind of photo’s my next vehicle may need to be a 4X4, saw a few other paths off the road that looked interesting but was not gonna happen in my vehicle.

The Path Less Traveled

The Path Less Traveled

Should have tried a long exposure with the Old Shack, could have got the grasses all blurred as they swayed in the wind… But I was taking the picture from the middle of the road and the last thing I needed was someone coming down the lane with me and my tripod in the way.

The Old Shack

The Old Shack

Had a number of pictures of the deer, but they all came out worse than this one…

Grazing Deer

Grazing Deer

I’ve been taking more pictures with a silhouette theme as of late for some reason…

Hilltop in Silhouette

Hilltop in Silhouette

Almost forgot, we have some short term visitors…Ducklings…They will be off to their farm soon.

The Lone Yellow Ducky

The Lone Yellow Ducky

Its a Duck Pile

Its a Duck Pile

Ducklings

Ducklings

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

Life sure gets in the way of blogging…LOL

It has been a busy few weeks, not much to write about other than lots of work and being sick with a nasty cold.

But I do have a few pictures to post…

Western Tanager

First time seeing the Western Tanager

Pacific Fritillary

Pacific Fritillary

Pacific Fritillary #2

Pacific Fritillary #2

Orchid

I’m told it is an Orchid

Dead Wood

Dead Wood

June 1st Sunset

June 1st Sunset

Grey Cat Bird

Grey Cat Bird

I went for a Reptile Walk hosted by the local Naturalists Club on the first of June, I was only able to get the one somewhat decent picture of the racer below. The group was split up as we searched the area but I was not with the group that found the 2 other snakes. Still it was very educational for hints and tricks in tracking them in the future and I now know a good area to go looking for pictures. I need to get me a rattlesnake picture, that would be one to check off the photo bucket list.

Yellow Bellied Racer

Yellow Bellied Racer

Red Ants

Red Ants have been getting worse around here lately

Other than that I have not read a novel in a while so I picked up Dean Koontz’s – Odd Apocalypse. I have liked the previous Odd Thomas novels so lets see what trouble he finds himself in this time…

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

Back to the Lake…

So the morning began with 2 quick geocaches with my one daughter, as my other daughter went shopping with mom. I gave both girls a real pair of binoculars today for their adventures, so during our geocache trek my daughter kept a look out for “muggles”. I wonder if Rowling knows the term is used for non-geocachers… Once we got back to the house they all took off for a play date and I did some quick house cleaning before taking off to get some pictures. I headed out to a small lake that I have not been to in a while to see what I could find. Unfortunately the weather got cloudier and cloudier as I made my way out, yet it remained a rather harsh light, almost like a sky full of florescent bulbs. Reviewing a few of my pictures the histogram showed a lot of blown highlights but to change the exposure enough to compensate would have made all the photos useless; I tried a few test shots to make sure even. It was an all or nothing kind of day exposure wise. It was very busy at the lake with anglers and hikers but I was still able to sneak in one geocache without being spotted. You know it is nice weather and hiking time for me when I come home with my legs all scratched up from bushwhacking, I like it!

Got a few pictures from the day, but I am always looking for feedback and shooting tips/suggestions, lots to learn here.

Spotted the House Finch and the Pine Siskin on the way up to the lake…

House Finch

House Finch

Pine Siskin

Pine Siskin

Pro-Tip for the fishermen: If your old motor is so noisy that it is scaring all the wildlife around the lake, it is also scaring the fish! Buy a nice electric one. Also, I could row faster than that thing is pushing you and it’s not that big of a lake…

Fishermen

Fishermen

Common Goldeneye #2

Common Goldeneye

Common Goldeneye

Common Goldeneye

Dandelion Snack

Dandelion Snack

Dandelion Snack #2

Dandelion Snack #2

Still trying to figure out if its a toad or a frog...

Still trying to figure out if its a toad or a frog…

Moss on Log

Moss on a Log

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

When I took these pictures I knew I was going to HDR the heck out of them for some reason…

Path in the Woods - HDR

Path in the Woods – HDR

Dead-fall - HDR

Dead-fall – HDR

Stump - HDR

Stump – HDR

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

Dangit…some pictures did not turn out…

Went out to check a local island park to see what I could find. I got a few good photos and I thought I had captured a rather nasty duck battle, but the photo’s looked better on the camera, couldn’t save them. The bee’s in flight turned out pretty well I think.

Green Bee...Anyone know proper name?

Green Bee?…Anyone know proper name?

Flight of the Bumblebee

Flight of the Bumblebee

Bees

Bees

Muskrat

Muskrat

Poppy

Poppy

Wildrose

Wild Rose

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

Technology makes me a painter…LOL

Playing around with an old program that I never use that much, it takes any image and makes it into paintings; oil, acrylic, watercolour. I think it works rather well…

In the Reeds - Painting

In the Reeds – Painting

Just the Boys - Painting

Just the Boys – Painting

YHB - Painting

YHB – Painting

Thompson River Sunset - Painting

Thompson River Sunset – Painting

Tried this out on the small photos, might give it a try on the full sized images later…

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

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