Taking A Moment

The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.
― Henry Miller

great bear rainforest taking a moment 2 Great Bear Rainforest taking a moment

These are two of my favourite pictures from my trip to the Great Bear Rainforest last June. I’ve posted them before, but these jumped out at me again when I was looking through my photo library.  We spent a lot of time at this waterfall in an inlet that was difficult to get to which made it an even more special place.  We really had the time to stop, put our cameras down, and just drink in all the scenery around us.  Sometimes when I’m taking pictures I have to remind myself to do that.  Sure it’s great to have photographs marking a moment in time or reminding you of places you’ve been, but to stop and look around and remember how you felt when you were in that moment in time or in that place, is part of the experience, too.

inspiration

I’ve been very fortunate in the last few years to see some pretty amazing scenery in my travels.  I’ve posted a picture previously of the last morning on my trip through the Great Bear Rainforest as we headed back to Hartley Bay to meet the plane. But while the scenery itself was spectacular throughout the whole trip, the last morning was extra special as we made our way through the early morning cloud cover. After I finished taking pictures, I just stood there and soaked it all in. The whole trip was amazing, but that experience was the perfect inspiring ending.

beautiful morning on the Douglas Channel

beautiful morning on the Douglas Channel 2 beautiful morning on the Douglas Channel 3

denial

Since spring/summer weather was so late to arrive this year, I’m in denial that today is the first day of fall… so here are some pictures from the Summer Solstice at English Bay in Vancouver.  It was a beautiful evening and it felt like everyone in the city was out enjoying the warm summer night. I’m sure over the next few weeks, I will attempt to capture the beauty of fall, but my heart belongs to summer, and it was a memorable start this year.

Summer Solstice English Bay 1 summer solstice Engish Bay 2 Summer Solstice English Bay 3 - Inukshuk

Summer Solstice English Bay 4

Summer Solstice English Bay 5 summer solstice English Bay 6

 

Sunday Morning Miscellany

A lazy Sunday morning seems like a good time to post a few miscellaneous pictures. I’ll likely do another “Photography Lessons – Things I’ve Learned” post soon as I feel like I’ve learned a lot this summer, but this morning I just feel like posting a variety of pics I’ve taken in the last few weeks.

The half-time show at the Labour Day Classic between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers was parachutists from 15 Wing Moose Jaw competing to see who could land on target at mid-field.  I thought they looked liked little miniature army men falling from the sky

The half-time show at the Labour Day Classic between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers featured parachutists from 15 Wing Moose Jaw competing to see who could land on a target at mid-field. I thought they looked liked miniature army men toys falling from the sky.

miniature army man

Parachutist - Labour Day Classic 2

So far, this is the best "sunset geese" picture I've taken, I'm hoping t get more in the new few weeks.

So far, this is the best “sunset geese” picture I’ve taken, I’m hoping to get more in the next few weeks.

I've spotted a pelican a few times in Wascana Creek, but it remains elusive when I have my camera in my hands.  But, I'll settle for this nice golden duck hanging out underneath the Albert Street Bridge.

I’ve spotted a pelican a few times in Wascana Creek, but it remains elusive when I have my camera in my hands. But, I’ll settle for this nice golden duck hanging out underneath the Albert Street Bridge.

When in doubt of what to take a picture of, I will always find a flower!

When in doubt of what to take a picture of, I will always find a flower!

Photography Lessons – Patience and Persistence

I’ve learned a lot of photography lessons this summer.  The first two are patience and persistence.  These occurred many times on my trip to the Great Bear Rainforest in mid-June with Ocean Adventures. The most memorable one was when we were on the zodiac for six hours one afternoon. We had a very hearty lunch (I think Trish knew it could be a long afternoon on the zodiac) and started cruising around the inlet to see what we could see, hoping to spot a couple of grizzlies we’d photographed the previous day.

1pm - cruising around the inlet

1pm – cruising around the inlet

We continued on for about three and half hours, just enjoying the scenery, and every once in awhile we (there were seven of us on the zodiac that day) stopped the motor on the boat and just floated and listened to the birds. It was very peaceful.  Eventually we spotted one of the grizzlies!

Finally spotting a grizzly at 4:30pm.

Finally spotting a grizzly at 4:30pm.

Now, our Eric, our guide, was determined that we could find one (or maybe both) of the grizzlies again before going back to the boat for supper.  We continued our tour of the inlet, watching an eagle try to swoop down on a Merganser Duck chick (it was eventually successful), while being very quiet and moving very slowly so as not to disturb any bears that may be in the vicinity.  Eric’s persistence paid off, and at 6:30 we came upon the same grizzly…

grizzly checking us out

Patience and persistence pays off at 6:30pm.

We spent about half an hour watching the grizzly with Eric expertly maneuvering the zodiac so everyone could get the photograph they wanted.  Sometimes I would put my camera down and just watch the bear. grizzly looking at us

grizzly eating grizzly eating grass - bum shot grizzly in the grass At about 7pm we headed back to the boat for supper (and maybe more importantly, a much needed bathroom break!).

Pretty scene while heading back to the boat at 7pm.

Pretty scene while heading back to the boat at 7pm.

It was a memorable day and the lessons that patience and persistence pay off is one I remember now when I’m trying to get certain shots (I spent about an hour photographing the sunflowers in my previous post).

The Road Not Taken

I realized as I was going through my photo library today that I like to take pictures of roads. One of my favourite poems is The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. So, today’s post is a combination of two of my favourite things (and yes, the last picture is not of a road, but it was quite the journey to get to that view).

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Field near Lumsden, Saskatchewan, August 2013

Field near Lumsden, Saskatchewan, August 2013

Road to Hana, Maui, March 2011

Road to Hana, Maui, March 2011

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
Castle Butte, Southern Saskatchewan, August 2013

Castle Butte, Southern Saskatchewan, August 2013

Gravel road near Eastend, Saskatchewan, July 2013

Gravel road near Eastend, Saskatchewan, July 2013

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
View from Bald Butte, Cypress Hills, July 2013

View from Bald Butte, Cypress Hills, July 2013

Roada to Mount Edith Cavell, Jasper, Alberta, July 2012

Road to Mount Edith Cavell, Jasper, Alberta, July 2012

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
On a zodiac, somewhere off the coast of British Columbia, June 2013

On a zodiac, somewhere off the coast of British Columbia, June 2013

“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

golden