Well I finally found a little time, and I had a few new pictures sitting here, so I thought I should freshen up this page a little. Plus the other day while I was sitting on my balcony, shaking my head at that snow I showed you some pictures of a while back, I was suddenly disturbed by every bird in the neighborhood simultaneously going crazy, flying in bizarre patterns of confusion, and squawking to beat the band. When I looked up it was plain to see that they were in a panic over something, but it was too far away for me to make it out clearly.
I went inside and got my camera with the telephoto on it, and when I came back out, I was able to figure out just what was happening. Apparently, the snow in the mountains must have been much worse than what we had down here, and their regular prey must have been holding up out of the elements, and thus, out of sight, because a flock of eagles had come down to the lowlands, most likely in search of a quick meal (read pigeon, or raven, or seagull, or even small dog or cat). Come to think of it, considering the number of those birds in that hunting party, you could probably add a small child to that list – these eagles get large in these parts, and they are formidable hunters.
At first I thought there was 4-5 eagles in the group, and since they were quite the distance away, I couldn’t say for certain. But just as the hunting birds were leaving, a large number of their intended dinner decided to roost on the crane across the laneway from my place, and the eagles took one final, sad look at their missed lunch as they made a pass over the crane on their way out of the area. At that time I was able to snap a picture much closer up, and I counted 8 eagles in the pack. So there is a couple of those pictures below, as well as a few shots I took when I went for a walk on one of the nicer days we’ve had since then. We’re back to just above freezing temps. at night again, but the nicer days are becoming more frequent, and it does seem like Spring is in the air, with the Magnolia trees in my back yard area already breaking out in blooms.
So I hope your Spring weather is coming a little faster than mine is, and I hope everyone is keeping well, happy, and safe. We’ll see you all next time. God Bless.
Just a few pictures I found while I was organizing some files. They appear to have been taken when I was walking down at First Beach, in the West End of Vancouver, sometime this summer, so I figured it’s about time they saw the light of day.
Well, nothing too dazzling, but time is short as I look at the insane jumble around me, pondering how my apartment can manage to look continually messier, the more stuff I take out of it?! (A question only slightly less perplexing than, “if the milk in the can is ‘evaporated’, how come the can isn’t empty”?)
Anyway, all the deep philosophy aside, I hope everyone is getting set to welcome Spring (except in the US where the new President has passed an Executive Order declaring all seasons, with the possible exception of endless nuclear winter, to be hoaxes perpetrated by the scientific community, in collusion with Natasha and Boris, and the rest of the gang from the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. Thus, having added three entire seasons to his list of things he doesn’t believe in, the new President is well on his way to making the job of running the country, into something so simple, that even a politician could do it. (With so much concern about “fake news” these days, I now have to ruin my own sarcasm and admit that this previous paragraph is meant as a joke…smh.)
Until next time, everyone please stay safe, healthy, and happy.
As I sit here with the rain beating on my windows, and piles of papers in front of me that I really want to get organized into something meaningful, I thought I should at least take the time to put up a few fresh pictures. Perhaps if I remind myself what a sunny day looks like, my own demeanor will improve to the point where I might even get something done. You never know, I’ve had sillier plans work. Besides, it’s got to be better than watching the news which is only slightly less depressing than the weather, and would actually have been even more depressing if it wasn’t for the amazing announcement that one of my favorite performers was given the Nobel Prize for Literature in a move that must have come as quite a shock to quite a few people. All I have to say about that is, “Congratulations Mr. Dylan, and hey, How does it feel?”
Well, it looks like we got a little look at the changing of seasons today. The rain stopped, and the sun came out accompanied by a nice gentle breeze that had springtime pretty much written all over it. Everything smelled so clean and fresh that I had no trouble stepping away from the keyboard for a bit, while I went out for a walk and even snapped a few pictures along the way. Coming back in, I thought I would put out this post, recharge my camera battery, have a quick bite to eat, and then see if I couldn’t get a few more shots in before the sun went down tonight. I figure since I’ve now racked up somewhere in the area of 34,000 words, on 128 pages, spread over 8-9 pretty rough chapters (I’m actually working on smoothing out Part 1 these days, which is why the word-count is not increasing very rapidly), I can manage to justify a couple of consecutive days off to let my thoughts settle down.
So anyway, here’s a few pictures I took this morning, and a couple I took some time ago. I hope you find at least one or two you like. I also hope that your weather is as nice as mine is, and that you are having a wonderful week-end. In the meantime, stay safe, healthy and happy, and we’ll see you next time around. Have a great one.
A couple days back the sun made one of it’s rather rare appearances so far this year, so I grabbed my camera and headed out to the Seawall to see what I could see (sort of like that bear who went over the mountain). I had just gotten down by the water and started to snap a few shots when the tiniest bit of very fast movement approaching my location caused me to take a look almost straight up. For a brief moment I was blinded by the brilliance of the noon-day sun, and even as my vision cleared, it took me several minutes to find what it was that had caused me to look up in the first place. The reason for the difficulty was that I just wasn’t looking high enough, or far enough away from where I was standing. Once I did locate what I was looking for, I immediately wished I had the resources to change the first number in my only long lens’ description from a 2, into a 4 or a 5. However, like always, I just set out to do my best with the tools at hand.
When I managed to identify my would-be multiple targets -the height they were flying at made this a trick in itself- I realized I was watching not just 1 or 2, but 4 Bald Eagles engaged in what looked like a very high-speed game of tag with a much larger flock of Seagulls. I refer to it as a “game of tag” rather than “a hunt” since the Seagulls weren’t making any obvious attempt to get away, but rather, were diving in and out at the Eagles just as much as the Eagles were doing the same to them. It would have been a photographer’s dream except they were so high, and at such a distance across False Creek from where I was standing, that it was all I could do to even see them without the added benefit of my 200mm lens, and only when their antics brought them into range for a moment, before they would scoot back out again at speeds that appeared to rival some early aircraft. Let me show you one picture here just to give you an idea of what I mean, and like the small inset in the larger picture points out, that’s what they looked like to me with my equipment stretched to it’s maximum capacity. Without the benefit of the lens, all I could see was two little dots in the sky, and the larger picture that you are seeing is the result of using my computer to blow up that little inset picture as much as possible before it just becomes too blurry to be worthwhile.
So I ended up spending over an hour watching these guys, all the time hoping that as they played, or whatever it was they were doing, they might eventually drift over my way, at which time I would be able to get some better images. As it turned out unfortunately, they did drift, but in the opposite direction, and the only shots I got were a few when they came just into the edge of my shooting range before drifting back out. But like my Father always used to tell me, “Someday’s Brian, you’re the windshield, and on other days, you’re the bug!” I couldn’t even get any decent pictures of the Seagulls the Eagles were playing with, because at that distance, and in the sunlight, their lighter color just tends to blur out. I did, however, find a few young Seagulls down by where I was shooting from, and since I’ve always liked the young Seagull’s plumage more than the adults, I thought I would include a few pictures of them in the gallery. Here’s one just to get you started.
And now for the rest of the gallery. As for the Eagle shots I did get, sorry that they’re not the best, but I’ll keep trying and one day all those little factors will come together and presto, “Thar she’ll be Billy!” Who knows, I could be walking down the street someday when a 500mm lens will fall out of the sky, hitting me in the head, and not only allowing for some great future pictures, but inspiring a book called “The Gods Must Be Crazy”. Oh wait…
This Smaller One Just Wouldn’t Quit
West Vancouver As Seen From The Crab Park Overpass With My 200mm Lens
West Vancouver Seen Across The Burrard Inlet
BC Place On A Sunny Afternoon With The Glass Front Of The Great Canadian Casino At The Bottom-Left Of Picture
An Inquisitive Pigeon
Young Seagull Gliding Gracefully
A Young Seagull Returning To Roost
Bald Eagle In Flight
The North Shore Mountains
Young Gull Returning To Roost (Interpretive)
Recyclosaurus At Science World 2
Recyclosaurus At Science World
A Young Seagull About To Take Flight
A Young Seagull Still Decked Out In Baby Plumage
Pushing Hard To Catch On Up
An Aquabus Servicing Passengers In The Residential Areas Along The Shores of False Creek
As I was glancing through some of my older posts I realized that I didn’t necessarily have to put down what I was working on every time I wanted to make a new post, because aside from all the old posts I now have (since I’ve been at this for over a year) I also have many pictures that didn’t make it into those older posts, not because there was anything really wrong with them, but simply due to space limitations. Looked at that way, I found I was sitting on quite the goldmine of material. So with that in mind, I threw together a small gallery of older pictures, many of which some of you may have seen, as well as some that are getting their first viewing here today. So I hope everybody finds at least something that they like, and I hope the pictures brighten up everyone’s day at least a little.