Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways

Interesting photo challenge this week. It worked well with my new camera, as it offered the type of depth of field shot that my wonderful little Nikon AW100 couldn’t do.

I took these two shots last night as we were on an evening walk around Brooks Point Regional Park. The sun was starting to set and the long grass that covers the headland began to turn golden in the late evening light. I don’t think I stood in exactly the same spot for both pictures, but the idea was to capture the grass in two ways, a wide shot of the grassland in the evening sun and a close up of a single stalk of glowing grass. Here’s what I came up with for One Shot, Two Ways:

Grassland at SunsetStalk of Grass

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New Camera!

Well, I was a very lucky birthday boy a few days ago! A certain birthday fairy named Susan gave me a Canon T4i for making it all the way to 53. Needless to say, I’ve been spending all my time running around taking pictures. I know I’ve got a lot to learn, but I certainly am having fun. I’m still on the automatic settings – read: training wheels – but I hope you like what you see so far. Oh, and Adobe Lightroom is responsible for the effects, and here, also, I am at the training wheels stage.

Here is a slide show of some of the shots I’ve taken (click on any image to start the slideshow):

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow

Here’s my take on the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow. This was not an easy challenge, and each picture requires a little explanation in order to understand the foreshadowing within the image. I hope they aren’t too ambiguous…

1. This was the first truly warm day a couple of springs ago. Often we have a false beginning to our warm weather. It foreshadows what is yet to come, but there is often some rainy weather in between.

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2. Not long before we moved from Vancouver to Pender Island, this magnificent tall ship spent some time just down the road from us. I remember taking this picture and being just a little envious of the kayaker who was leisurely paddling around the ship, not knowing that one day kayaking would become a big part of my life.

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3. This slightly dramatized shot was  indeed foreshadowing a rather nasty winter storm.

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4. This airplane shaped cloud appeared in the skies over Maui a few short days before our holiday was to come to an end. The foreshadowing was even more significant because I was just thinking about the dreaded flight home.

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5. If anything foreshadows Charlie’s life, this is it. Before he had even learned to swim he loved to be in the water. And now, there are very few days, summer or winter, when this plucky little dog doesn’t dive into that cold North Pacific water.

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Prevost Island

This trip log is a little late in getting posted, but Tim and Dave and I had a great paddle around Prevost Island a couple of weeks ago, and I didn’t want to let any more time slip away before I posted about it.

As is often the case, we put in at Thieves Bay on North Pender Island, but instead of taking Prevostour usual route west to Portland, Moresby, or Rum Islands, we took a more northerly route to Prevost instead. We have often talked about doing a trip around Prevost. It seems so close to Pender, but with the heavy ferry traffic, time and circumstances have never favoured it. This time, the universe aligned, and the three of us headed off.

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Prevost Island with the hills of Galiano Island in the background on the right.

I hadn’t been to Prevost Island since I was a teenager. Back then, the island was a large family farm owned by the descendants of Digby de Burgh, an Irish nobleman who bought the island in the 1920’s.  I had a friend who worked on the farm for awhile in the late 70’s, and a few of us used to boat over from Ganges on SaltSpring Island to visit him. It wasn’t like what we think of privately-owned islands today: expensive, reclusive get-a-ways, complete with generators and security systems for the wealthy who only visit them twice a year. The de Burghs may have come from nobility, but they were real farmers who toughed it out, decade after decade with very few modern conveniences, and probably lived a very healthy life as a result.

The trip over to Prevost got a bit choppy on us, but only a little. The big bonus for the day was that one of the major ferries that travel between the mainland and Vancouver Island had developed a problem and wasn’t sailing. For us this meant we didn’t have to be quite so exact with the timing of our crossing of Swanson Channel.

Prevost-3It didn’t seem to take very long before we were approaching the high cliffs of Prevost’s south shore. As a kid, my father and I spent a lot of time fishing in these waters, and the views certainly brought back a lot of good memories.

Prevost-4Prevost-7Prevost-8There are a number of smaller islands along the south shore of Prevost including one called Secret Island. Judging by the number of docks and homes on this tiny island, I would say the secret was out!

Prevost-10Prevost-12Prevost-13Prevost-14We had a little ways to go yet before we put into shore for lunch. Our main destination was James Bay, on the opposite corner of the island from where we first arrived. Along the way, we passed Annette Inlet, probably one of the most popular anchorages in the area for boaters. As usual, we passed beautiful Gulf Island scenery.

Prevost-15When we did arrive at James Bay, the small part of Prevost Island that is now part of the Gulf Island National Park Reserve, we found it to be more rustic than other parks in the reserve that we’ve visited. We had no intention of camping, but even if we had, we would have had a difficult time figuring out where to set up. Unlike other camping areas we’ve visited, the individual sites were on sloping terrain and very poorly identified as camp sites. The park itself is lovely and worth visiting and worth camping on, but if you intend to go there, you might have to be creative about where you pitch your tent. Below is a shot of the small pebble and sand beach where we landed.

Prevost-18The first thing we did after ungluing  our creaking bones from our kayaks, was to sit down and have lunch. As we ate, we noticed a mink hopping around the rocks not far from where we sat. Mink are usually very timid animals, so we never expected it to get any closer. But suddenly, the mink gave up on foraging for food along the shore line and came running toward us. It’s the first mink I’ve ever come across that didn’t seem at all concerned about humans. It only halted in its progress long enough to give us a good look-over, then hightailed it on its way.

Prevost-6Prevost-17After we finished our lunch, we went for a short hike around the area. Most of what you see is an old orchard. The whole area is slowly being returned to the forest, but the ancient apple trees are still producing well, and in some cases the branches were laden with apples that will likely just fall to the ground.

Prevost-22Prevost-21Prevost-24After the orchard, we continued our hike through the forest and along the shoreline.

Prevost-25Prevost-26Prevost-27We had to keep an eye on the time to some degree, mostly to catch a current that would send us home in reasonable time (thanks, as usual, to Tim’s skill at reading the current tables). But such a long trip home deserves a stop at the local facilities. Thankfully, the composting toilet had been finished before the Federal Government had chopped funding for such services, like others we’ve come across in the park system.

Prevost-19Soon we were on our way again. This time, we would slide along the north shore of Prevost, taking advantage of the ebbing tide. Sometimes these plans don’t work out the way you would hope, but in this case, Tim was right on the money, and soon we were making great time with very little effort. It seemed like we had barely been on the water more than a short while when we came across our point of departure from Prevost. The southeast point of Prevost is also part of the Gulf Island National Park Reserve, and comes complete with a handsome lighthouse known as Portlock Point Lighthouse. We didn’t put in here because we were again having to plan our crossing of Swanson Chanel to avoid the bigger ferries. But I include two pictures of Portlock Point, one of the lighthouse, and one of Richardson Bay just beside the light, a favourite anchorage of friends of mine who sail throughout these waters in the summer.

Prevost-30Prevost-31But as I was saying, we had to make sure we planned our crossing of Swanson so we didn’t encounter any of the big boats. As it happened, the Coastal Celebration passed us just as we were at Portlock Point, so we tucked in behind it and carried on back to Pender. The current was good all the way, so we were back at Thieves Bay in no time.

Prevost-32Prevost-33It was a good paddle, and it was also nice to finally get to Prevost. And, for a bonus, we were met on shore by a young family. Admittedly, they didn’t stick around and ask questions, but not everyone is interested in kayaking.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece

Okay, so this is pretty tongue-in-cheek, and hope no one minds, but here are a few… masterpieces that I’ve come across.

A masterpiece in beachfront architecture.Masterpiece 1

A Masterpiece in aquatic engineering. Masterpiece 2

A masterpiece in porcine dwellings.Masterpiece 3

A masterpiece in laundry art.Masterpiece 4

A master piece in clubhouse construction (Frisbee golf).Masterpiece 5

A masterpiece in outhouse decor. Masterpiece 6

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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour – 2

Well, I did manage to get some new Golden Hour shots after all. We were out for supper last night at Poet’s Cove Resort and just as the sun began to fall low in the sky, I skipped out on my dinner companions and took a few Golden Hour shots. Here they are as a gallery/slideshow.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

I thought I would get time to take some new shots for this post, especially considering the beautiful weather we’ve been having. But it’s almost the end of the challenge, and I still have not been able to get my lazy self down to the sea at sunset. So… here are a few shots of The Golden Hour from my inventory. I hope you like them.

Golden Hour at the End of the Paddle

Golden Hour at the End of the Paddle

Golden Hour in Summer

Golden Hour in Summer

Golden Hour in Winter

Golden Hour in Winter

Golden Hour in the  Early Morning

Golden Hour in the Early Morning

Golden Hour on a Forest Path

Golden Hour on a Forest Path

Golden Hour set Ablaze

Golden Hour set Ablaze

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic

This weeks WordPress Weekly Photo challenge is Nostalgic. For this one I decided to do something different. I’m going to ask you, the blog reader/viewer to take a slightly more active roll in my post. Your job is to imagine that you’ve been up in the attic of your old Uncle Max’s house. Max has recently passed from earthly plane, and it’s your job to deal with some of his stuff. While sorting through the many, many, MANY boxes, you come across a small box full of photographs. What you discover is that old Max was a bit of a car buff, and took a lot of pictures to prove it (why you didn’t know this about Max tells you just how little time you spent with the dear old guy, but that’s something to tell your analyst during the next session).

So, you flip through them (in this case, click on the first one to start the slide show), and peruse the pictures that Max took. Some are older, black and white, even sepia tone, while some are from the 60’s and 70’s. In the end, you realize that Max, who never owned a car in his life, had a secret passion for one. And it makes you smile, and just a bit nostalgic.

In reality, all these picture were taken today on Pender Island, for the annual Show ‘n’ Shine car show, a fund raising event for the Pender Highlanders Pipe band. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed taking them, and adding some nostalgic spin.

Max and I thank you for visiting…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable

I took the challenge to heart this time, and took a number of pictures to come up with this weeks theme. Here’s what I managed, with one thrown in from my inventory, just because it’s my favourite companionable moment.

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable.

This pair of companionable paddlers just happened to be under the the bridge yesterday afternoon. Very convenient timing!Companionable Paddlers

Toe to toe with my most companionable friend.Companionable In So Many Ways

Susan’s companionable potting table. Companionable Place to Potter

You have to be Companionable to live in these tight quarters.Companionable at Sea

This is the one that I had posted once before, but it just seems to fit the “companionable” bill fairly well…Companionable Pals

My neighbours planted these beside their driveway. I’d been looking for an excuse to stop the car and take a shot. I thought I might find something companionable in amongst these beautiful poppies, and I did.Companionable Poppies

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Weekly Photo Challenge: The World Through My Eyes

The challenge this week is to take a photograph that shows a “command of your frame. Lead our eyes somewhere. Make us focus on something.” For this I didn’t want to use anything in my inventory of existing pictures. Rather, I wanted to try and shoot something that might not be special in itself, but could be made interesting by framing it and focusing it so that it takes on a new life. I found my subject when Susan and I were having coffee at Poet’s Cove Marina and Resort. A rendezvous of Jeanneau boat owners was taking place at the marina. On the rigging of many of the sailboats hung the bright blue flags of Jaenneau. The wind was up a bit and the flags were dancing in the breeze. I decided that this would be the perfect subject for the photo challenge. As a photograph, it’s, well, okay (I’ll never be a great photographer, but I love taking pictures anyway), but as a way of illustrating what it is that I like to fill the frame with, and the way I like to tell a story with a single picture, it works very well. So, I hope you might at least be able to hear the snap of the flags as they flap in the breeze, or the clanging of rigging against the masts, perhaps the sound of people on the docks.

So, here’s my take on this week’s photo challenge: The World Through My Eyes:

Flags in the Wind

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