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sunrise & sunsets :

sunrise & sunsets

metalsmith

Updated: Feb 04, 2014 10:00am PST

Nature : NOTE: the images in this gallery are for small prints (5x7 and smaller) only. Contact me if you'd like a large print up to poster size.

Nature

Dale Jacques

NOTE: the images in this gallery are for small prints (5x7 and smaller ...

Updated: Jan 05, 2014 4:35pm PST

Calgary at Night : On a balmy winters night, we ventured out to see some of the lights in our City.  We were amazed at how beautiful Calgary lights are, perfect for the long nights of winter.  This is only a small sample of what is out there.  We ran out of time on our quest but hope to get out and capture more of our vibrant city.  We didn't even touch the many Christmas Lights.  <br />
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Enjoy the pictures, but better yet, get out and see the nightscapes while you can.  Merry Christmas and the very best in the new year.

Calgary at Night

bestofnature

On a balmy winters night, we ventured out to see some of the lights in ...

Updated: Jan 05, 2014 8:50am PST

Landscapes and nature :

Landscapes and nature

tigerfactory

Updated: Jan 03, 2014 12:10pm PST

The High Line - New York City : A spectacular view of a spectacular place

The High Line - New York City

photodiscoveries

A spectacular view of a spectacular place

Updated: Dec 18, 2013 4:57am PST

Fall : Between South Haven and Grand Haven, amazing things happen

Fall

photodiscoveries

Between South Haven and Grand Haven, amazing things happen

Updated: Dec 15, 2013 5:18am PST

Dunkeld, Victoria : This beautiful little town, located just to the south of the Grampians National Park, and nestled in the shadow of Mount Abrupt and Mount Sturgeon, is now our home.

Dunkeld, Victoria

Lindiwe

This beautiful little town, located just to the south of the Grampians ...

Updated: Dec 10, 2013 10:51am PST

Mammals, Marsupials and Monotremes 2012 & 2013 :

Mammals, Marsupials and Monotremes 20...

Lindiwe

Updated: Dec 07, 2013 10:27pm PST

Telegraph Cove Kayak Tour : I travelled with my daughter, Christie, for a 5 day kayak trip out of Telegraph Cove, a quaint little port on the North East end of Vancouver Island.  We were fortunate to have very little rain and abnormally calm waters for our travel.  We travelled a little over 75 Km during our trip.  It turned out that we had 3 Father-daughter duos, one from New Zealand.  We also had an outdoor savy geologist and a seasoned travel writer to add some spice to our trip.  Our two guides, Lindsay from New Brunswick and Sophie also from New Zealand, were not only hillarious but were also amazingly knowledgeable, ambitious and good cooks as well.  <br />
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We stayed at some very rustic campsites however one of the sites was a base camp and it boasted a "long drop" toilet.  That is an outdoor toilet that has some distance between the splash distance and your butt (as opposed to the "short drop" or the poop in a coffee filter method).  The short drop toilet is shown in one of the slides.<br />
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We used one and two person kayaks.  I found the two person kayak to be the best especially since I was in the back.  You did have to put up with the "Steer left, steer right, no the other right other right...right right right @%%$#^&amp;" but you could subtely stop paddling and enjoy the scenery if you are crafty. We were warned that we could only bring 35 litres of stuff but really, isn't a hockey bag full only 25 litres?  After paring down we put two big buckets of water, cooking utensels, tents, sleeping bags, food etc. so we were about 1" above the water line on the way out.  Thankfully they fed us like sharks (a more nautical term than pigs) so we reduced our load as the trip went on, not accounting for what went back around our waist.<br />
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Ever night we had a fire.  Matt took pride in getting one going regardless of wet wood, tide etc.  A couple of nights we built a really big fire, I think to survive the 7' or so of tide water that tended to encroach our fire pits.  Anyway, the ocean needed warming up as it was only about 8 degrees celcius.  A few of the very brave ladies did take a dip.  Lindsay was moving back to New Brunswick after this trip so decided to take her first and only swim in the Pacific Ocean.  Cool!!!<br />
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We saw and abundance of Orca whales.  Our best view was the first night we were out when they passed within 20 meters of the shore while we stood and watched the show.  Twice that night we saw an Orca breach (jump entirely out of the water) each time making two incredible leaps out of the water.  One whale was about 30 metres away when it breached with only our lucky guide, Sophie getting a picture.  When we got close to the whales, we were required to pull the kayaks together and form a "raft" in order to decrease the confusion and stress on the whales.  Three times we also got to see a black bear searching for crabs on the beach during low tide.  You could hear them rolling around big rocks looking for critters hiding under them.<br />
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One day we took a leisurly paddle along the edge of Johnston's Straight during low tide.  We were able to see anenomies, starfish of all types and sizes, urchins, sea cucumbers, sea worms etc.  The urchins were very dense, a result of the sea otters, their biggest preditor, being hunted almost to extinction.  Urchins eat kelp so the numbers have greatly reduced the amount of kelp beds and an important habitat for fish.<br />
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Later that day, we hiked up to Eagle's View, a place where Johnstone Straight is monitored by telescopes and human and sea mammals activity is reported on.  The walk throught the rain forest was incredible.  At our destination, we were given a presentation by the staff of Quiquallaaq Boat Bay Conservancy.<br />
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For the photographers, you can appreciate the difficulty taking valuable equipment on such a trip.  I took an old Nikon 70-400 lens with my D700 backup camera.  The Pelican case kept the camera dry when not out but you couldn't eliminate the salt water when handling it, resulting in fog and very stubborn salt water residue on the lens.  Still, it was a very interesting trip and a great opportunity for taking some photos of different scenery.<br />
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Dave

Telegraph Cove Kayak Tour

bestofnature

I travelled with my daughter, Christie, for a 5 day kayak trip out of ...

Updated: Nov 29, 2013 10:59pm PST

Rainbows and The Milky Way : Gallery 2 Rainbows and night skys.

On the August long weekend, I travelled up to Saskatchewan Crossing to camp with my friend, Larry. We stayed up late that night enjoying and photographing the night sky.  With no clouds or moon and a location away from light pollution from the larger centres, night shooting was excellent.  Being August, the Milky Way was clearly in view.  The first shot was taken with a 30 sec. exposure.  Depending on the camera and settings, star trails will start to appear after about 30 seconds,  something we were saving for a future night.  With the camera attached to a star-tracker, I was able to get a 300 second (or longer) exposure to capture stars deeper into the milky way.  The difference can be seen in the photos.

On our third day we got to experience a full and double rainbow at the entrance of Nordegg.  It was spectacular.  It was the first time I have seen such a rainbow especially with this brightness through both rainbows.
Wikipedia states the following: “In a "primary rainbow", the arc shows red on the outer part and violet on the inner side. This rainbow is caused by light being refracted (bent) when entering a droplet of water, then reflected inside on the back of the droplet and refracted again when leaving it.  In a double rainbow, a second arc is seen outside the primary arc, and has the order of its colours reversed, red facing toward the other one, in both rainbows. This second rainbow is caused by light reflecting twice inside water droplets.”  Regardless, it was a spectacular and moving sight!

Rainbows and The Milky Way

bestofnature

Gallery 2 Rainbows and night skys. On the August long weekend, I tr ...

Updated: Nov 28, 2013 10:19pm PST