tropical kingfisher?

Every morning in Puerto Vallarta while enjoying a cup of coffee, I’d have my camera ready to take pictures of activity in Banderas Bay – sometimes it was a cruise ship coming into port or fishing boats, but a lot of times I was trying to capture all the different birds that landed in view of the balcony.

I think this is a tropical kingfisher, but please correct me if I’m wrong.

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You know you are having a relaxing vacation when….

I’ve seen hummingbirds before, of course.  But, added up, over the course of six days at Orveas Bay, hours were spent just watching three hummingbirds come and go at the feeder. I didn’t realize how entertaining they can be – they chased each other away from the feeder and around the yard and then would zoom back in for a quick feed.  Finally, I got a shot of one in a moment of stillness. What a pretty bird….

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“Open Your Eyes and Look!”

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru

Photography is a wonderful hobby because you start looking at everything you see in a whole new way. It makes you become more aware of your surroundings, of how the right light can change a fairly mundane scene into something beautiful or dramatic, and it connects you to the world in a different way.  I’m a quiet person, more content to observe a scene rather than be in the scene, and photography is a great tool to share how I see the world.  I’ve developed a penchant for traveling, but all these pics were taken fairly close to home in the last few weeks.

And…as my mom would say when I was a kid and couldn’t find something I was looking for, “just open your eyes and look!”

young hawk near Lumsden

Junior football game in Regina - practicing my action shots

Junior football game in Regina – practicing my action shots

Last glimpse of the setting sun at the Lookout Point at Cypress Hills. My dad and I were out getting wood for our campfire, noticed there was some great colour in the sky and headed for the Lookout Point.

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Conglomerate Cliffs at Cypress Hills – I thought this looked like a buffalo’s head.

a young Saskatchewan Roughrider fan

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Harlequin Duck

Just a quick post today…this is a male Harlequin Duck in one of the inlets we visited in the Great Bear Rainforest. We saw Harlequins quite frequently when we were traveling through estuaries in the zodiac, but it was difficult to get a decent picture.  I took this one from quite far away.  They fly quite close to the water and I tried to capture that, but it didn’t work it.  A reason to go back, perhaps?!

Harlequin Duck

confused geese

The geese have returned to Wascana Park in droves as they do at this time of year, every year.  Every June there are so many geese in the park, that a good number of them are rounded up and transported elsewhere. But they must be wondering what the heck right now. Snow! Cold!  Only small pockets of open water on the lake! What?

I took these pictures on Good Friday, and unfortunately, not much snow has melted since then. In fact, snowflakes are lightly falling as I type.  This has to be the longest winter ever.  My birthday is later this week and I can’t remember the last time there was snow on my birthday – three years ago, it was a beautiful +24 degrees celsius!  This year, I’ll be lucky if reaches +5.  I suppose, a slow melt is better than a fast melt because of flooding worries, but I’m tired of wearing socks, and long for sandals and bare feet.  And the geese must be tired of being cold.

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