Best way to see Bald Eagles can be as simple as coming to BC, bring binoculars and watch….cheap…this is a video some local cable company made of our trip to see the bald eagle phenomenon that happens every fall/early winter here near our house. Have a look…I made the cut. I am the one in the video who says I am from NY. ;-)
Short photo gallery of an area once again near our house. East in an area called the Fraser Valley. Friday is it was cold for us…below freezing with a wicked win chill but ever so sunny. I often post about my area mainly for those who are not from here. There is so much to see this time of year if you like the outdoors. Wild life, snow capped mountains, skiing for those who love to do that…still off road riding in many areas too. No bike today, too much black ice when I left in the morning.
So, take a look around. I saw plenty of bald eagles around the Fraser river…many immature ones learning how to survive by the few adults who are now repairing old nests and getting ready for our 2014 eaglet season. Many eagles down south have all ready laid eggs and have off springs developing into fledglings. We start later up here. February and March “N”estorations time and April egg time.
Had to post these amazing pictures. Some say photo-shopped, I say beautiful and I don’t care and I can’t tell. Such an eye for composition, lens choice, lighting..well, overall I think talent.
These wonderful photographs by Elena Shumilova plunge the viewer into a beautiful world that revolves around two boys and their adorable dog, cat, duckling and rabbit friends. Taking advantage of natural colors, weather conditions and her enchanting surroundings, the gifted Russian artist creates cozy and heartwarming photography that will leave you amazed.
The boys in the photographs are the photographer’s sons and the animals belong to the farm she runs. “I largely trust my intuition and inspiration when I compose photos. I get inspired mainly by my desire to express something I feel, though I usually cannot tell exactly what that is” Shumilova explained to BoredPanda.
Rural settings, natural phenomena and the changing seasons seem to be the greatest stimuli in her works. “When shooting I prefer to use natural light – both inside and outside. I love all sorts of light conditions – street lights, candle light, fog, smoke, rain and snow – everything that gives visual and emotional depth to the image,” the photographer said.
Shumilova told us her passion for photography manifested in early 2012 when she got her first camera. Her most recent equipment includes the Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera and a 135mm lens. As a mother who doesn’t want to miss out on her growing children, she says she shoots every day and processes the images at night.
We suggest you take a cup of tea, lean back comfortably in your armchair and browse this beautiful collection of Elena Shumilova’s photographs.
“Children and animals – it’s my life. I’m a mom with two sons and we spend a lot of time on the farm,” - Shumilova told Bored Panda. Continue reading
Photographer Alexey Kljatov takes incredible close-up photos of snowflakes in his backyard in Moscow.
“I capture snowflakes on the open balcony of my house, mostly on glass surface, lighted by an LED flashlight from the opposite side of the glass, and sometimes in natural light, using dark woolen fabrics as background.”
December 17, 2013
Following on from our very successful blog “100 of the Best Street Art Images of 2013″ (see HERE), we’ve widened the net and thanks to the guys over at Sifter, we bring you the Top 75 Pictures of 2013. All credit goes to the individual photographers and their inspiring visions of our beautiful planet. What’s your favorite? Continue reading
Now that the year will be quickly drawing to a close, we wanted to remember some of the downright insane things have have happened this year. From the deadly to the triumphant, 2013 has been filled with events that none of us will soon forget. Countless people were injured by bombings, civil uprisings and natural disasters. However, within that tragedy, humanity’s beautiful true nature shone through. These are 28 photos that you simply must see before the end of the year.
The weekend of November 23-24, 2013, Cheryl and I headed out about an hour east of where we live to get away for the weekend and enjoy the Bald Eagle frenzy that happens every year around here. Thousands of salmon come to the Chehalis Flats where the Fraser and Harrison Rivers meet to spawn. It’s also this time of year when the annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival goes on as well.
Around this time of year into January resident and transient eagles come by for their free buffet of food before their nesting season starts around March. Most are coming from Alaska after the salmon spawned up there and leave after the big freeze. Tons of food for all species so it is also a special time to see normally non-social raptors gets along with so many young and old. Continue reading
Who will win?
National Geographic has once again opened its annual photo contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on Saturday, November 30. One first-place winner will be chosen from each of the three categories, and the winning photographs will be published in National Geographic magazine. The overall grand-prize winner will be announced in December of 2013. National Geographic was kind enough to let me choose among its entries so far for display here on In Focus. Gathered below are 39 images, with captions written by the individual photographers. [39 photos]
Everyone’s Talking About What This Shy Photographer Did.
This is an amazing story and beautiful yet strange photography.
A couple of years ago, Kyle Thompson became interested in photography. Unfortunately, his anxiety prevented him from talking to people, so he opted to experiment with self-portraits.
He would spend hours, even days, walking alone through forests and exploring abandoned houses. He’s been to over 50 of them. After taking hundreds of photos, he posted some of his best to Reddit. From there, his life changed forever.
November 23 2013
Big Post coming up but here is some picture from our day today in our beautiful Province of BC…all pics can be enlarged
If you do plan on going to Alaska in the Summer of 2014 promise us you will ride this road….take a look at one of our posts from our trip in 2011….if you don’t want to read the entire post scroll down to the McCarthy-Kennicott section…you will thank us if you ride this road…;-) Many pass up this little side trip and we don’t know why. If you have been on this road feel free to comment.
July 27th 2011
It was a good thing we decided to motel it last night. It poured in Valdez all night. As for Cheryl and myself we do not feel the need to camp in the rain on a holiday because, well, it just makes us miserable and not worth it. Our trucker neighbour finally settled down in his room around 12. Motel walls are so thin! When we woke up it was really foggy but you could see the sun. Had a bite to eat at the motel restaurant and headed out to the Salmon Hatchery about 5 miles out of Valdez to see if there were any bears or otters around.
Most pics can be enlarged!
I have been asked many times “how can you ride such a tall bike”? So, I have put together some pics to try to show as close as I can with the specs I know what I might look like on all the recent bikes I have owned or “borrowed”. My height is 5’5″, well almost 5’5″ with an in seam of 30.5 inches.
Cheryl is about 5’5″ and her in seam is 31.5. Big difference when it comes to our ’13 BMW F800GS bikes. She has more footing than I will ever have. So, this post is for the vertically challenged.
I have hopes that a few in seam inches will not deter anyone from buying the bike of their dreams…where there is a will there is a way. Trust me I should know…I am shortish and I have ridden successfully, comfortably, confidentially and most Continue reading