Friday, April 11, 2014

Various signs of spring

Opening images are not exactly limited to spring but for some reason have that feel... or maybe it's just me. Anyway, the first shot took a lot of patience as it wasn't really easy to catch just the right moment. With quite a few of "almost" shots, finally got the right one when a butterfly landed on the flamingo's back under the right angle, opened her wings a tad to let through that iridescent blue, flamingo moved to chase her away... and shutter was clicked right then. Took about an hour of waiting and a bunch of unsuccessful attempts. I think it was worth it:

Meanwhile, there was also butterflies sitting pretty on pretty flowers, so I snapped some:

A photoblog post without a sunset, nah. Can't do that. Sunset on Sidney Fishing Pier, Mt. Baker in the background:

Absolutely hilarious interaction between a cormorant and seagulls:

Oops, I promised you spring! Here it is:

This couple, out for a walk, is it spring or what?

And finally, what's in the air during spring? Right, love. Mating rituals are in full force:

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Moon, birds and whatnot

It's been longer than usual for me to update this blog with new shots. Main reason for that was being a bit busy with designing new website presenting my images for sale as prints, canvas and downloads. As of this moment, the website is up and running with about 700 images; there are more to upload but you can view the results at Feel free to browse the galleries, leave feedback in Guestbook, ask any questions you may have, recommend it to those who may be interested and order whatever you think may look good on your walls.  Enjoy!

Now, back to recent imagery... since I skipped some time, I will start with last wintry photos, even though winter is not around (sorry East Coast!)

This desperate winter's attempt to stick around lasted about 1 day. Not enough to do any harm, but just enough to give some wonderful photo opportunities

OK, there were more but let's do away with snow. Just a day or two later, this scene was possible:

And very soon after that cherry blooms came:

Look ma, no snow!

Sidney waterfront... always there when you need a good scene for shutter therapy.

For a while there were a lot of birds posing for me everywhere so let's finish with this small bird collection. Meet Robert the Bald Eagle (he got the name from the residents of the area where his favorite tree is):

Nameless duck during takeoff process:

Spring duet.



Hmmm... turtles aren't birds I think... but let's break the monotony

"Under my wing"

Spring preening. Because it's spring.

"Where have you been from 8 to 11??"

Till next time, and don't forget to check for updates!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre

This is not the first time I post the photos from aquarium located in Sidney. The most notable was the one where I've got some rare shots of the Giant Pacific Octopus. My latest visit yielded a new crop of the shots with this fascinating creature, this one named Hermione (octopus lives in the SODC for about 6 months, then it's being released back in the wild and replaced). Let's start with some other shots though:

General view.

Beautiful Pacific sea nettle jellyfish

This couple seems to be in a Valentine mood. Or practicing underwater tango. 

Wolf Eel
 Underwater gossip

Wolf Eel full length portrait. 


One of the cutest fish in the room

OK... moving to the main dish now. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Hermione The Octopus. Giant, Pacific and all that. I normally am trying to limit myself to as few shots of a single subject as possible (not always successfully as you know from my Snow in Butchart series!), but this is special case. It's difficult to catch an octopus actively moving around, and it's not really an easy subject from the technical point of view. Low light, thick glass, reflections, people around... Every successful shot becomes precious, and it's hard to choose. So, how about this: I narrowed it down to 14, feel free to pick as many favorites as you please.