September 2014

Cool, calm autumn mornings at the lake create spectacular scenes. The warmth of the rising sun chasing away mist over the water awakens colour in everything it touches.

free desktop calendar September 2014_1440x900Specific screen resolutions of the desktop image can be found under the Free Calendar tab above. Enjoy!

 

More Moose

We are fortunate to travel back roads frequently. I typically have my camera on my lap and set for the conditions ready for whatever we might encounter. It paid off this particular day.

We chanced upon this cow moose grazing in the creek we frequently pass while heading to our cabin in the woods. I was able to slip up and out of the passenger side window to shoot over the roof as she was on the opposite side.

Cow moose in creek

I snapped a few shots as she waded up and out of the water, her ears pivoted repeatedly to determine the extent of the threat we posed.

Cow moose in creek 2

As she moved into the brush, I noticed another pair of ears, a smaller, lighter set.

Cow moose leads calf to safety

The calf was likely napping nearby but quickly followed mom into deeper cover.

Up wind surprise

Yesterday we were able to get away to our private cottage (camp) for a night to decompress after some stressful work days. This morning Lindor & I headed down to the dock to enjoy the solitude and warmth of the rising sun. While sipping my coffee, I was startled to hear a rustle and splashing down the shore from me. I looked expectantly for a loon or other water bird but found to my surprise, a young bull moose wandering out from the brush and into the water for breakfast in the reeds. Realizing I had neglected to bring my DSLR down the 22 steps, I reached for my phone (always on me) to capture what I could before he noticed me or my dog. Both brown boys were oblivious to each other as the moose was up wind of me and Lindor was exploring the shoreline in the opposite direction!

Young bull moose grazing

iPhone capture

I finally gave in to the temptation to move and as quietly as I could, snuck up to the cabin to notify Brad, distract Lindor and grab the DSLR from inside the cabin. In my excitement, I let the screen door close not so quietly behind me which alerted the moose to our presence. I managed 1 quick shot before he took cover in the greenery. I don’t plan to leave my DSLR behind next peaceful dock time!!

Young bull moose in the move

Moose on the move

Young bull moose on the move close up

Moose on the move – cropped

 

August 2014 Calendar – Island in the storm

One of my favourite aspects of living lake-side is watching the rain move across the lake. Whether a light shower or raging storm, the sight, sound and smell is amazing. This past week we experienced several days of sudden and brief thunderstorms. I was able to capture the dramatic change in the colours of sky, shore and water before heading for cover!

island in the storm 1 island in the storm 2 island in the storm 3 island in the storm 4 island in the storm 5

I decided to lay the calendars on two images taken in the sequence but could not decide which I liked better. So, I’ve set them both up so you can choose. Different screen resolutions can be found here.

free desktop calendar august 2014_1440x900

Calm before the storm

Here it comes!

Here it comes!

 

July 2014

Hi. My name is Karen and I am a procrastinator.

If it wasn’t for the last minute, I might not get anything done! My problem is that the list of things I should be doing and want to be doing is unrealistically long and my decision-making skills are too weak to time manage effectively. Has anyone else out there borrowed time management help books from the library and returned them unread (and late) having not been able to make time to read them?!

Phew. I feel slightly better having expressed that; not sure it will help but it explains why the calendar is late and the photo quality less than usual. I took the photo this morning with my iPhone 5. My DSLR and gear got left behind at my daughter’s place during a recent visit and I won’t have it back until the week end. Of course I hadn’t scheduled time to capture a calendar worthy photo prior to being away at the end of the month nor had weather conditions been suitable until this picture perfect, calm lake, clear sky morning. It actually, finally feels like a summer day!

What does this scene invite you to do? Don’t you just want to run and jump off the end of this dock? Or dip your toes in the glassy water? Or set out in kayak or canoe to explore the distant shore? Where ever and however you choose to savour such days, enjoy!

free desktop calendar July 2014_1440x900

Sunset Country Sky Calendar

The area in which I live has been designated by our provincial tourism body as “Sunset Country”.  We regularly get spectacular vistas throughout the year. Of course, those over the water are most beautiful because of the duplication created in the reflection. Part of my daily routine includes checking the west sky for colour as the sun dips below the horizon. Last June we were treated to one of the most colourful skies I have seen. The processors in my camera had difficulty dealing with the vibrant hues.

So, here is a desktop calendar for you to download and enjoy. For different screen resolutions, drop down the Free Calendar menu for June 2014.

free desktop calendar june 2014_1440x900

Night lights

Didn’t see the expected meteor shower at 1:30 this morning but was treated to the beauty of a moonless night sky!

Night Sky

 

I found this article very helpful in getting my gear set properly the evening before so I wouldn’t have to do it ‘in the field’ in the dark. I used my widest, fastest lense a Tamron 17-50mm at f/2.8, 17 mm, ISO 3200 set the mode to BULB and used my wireless timer remote shutter. It was impossible for me to see well enough to fine tune the focus so I crossed my fingers. made sure it was on manual focus and dialed to infinity.

Because of the brightness of our yard light, I took several images with different exposure times. In Lightroom, I selected the image shot at 25 seconds for the horizon and sky (on the left below) and one with a 4 second exposure for the foreground.

exposure time comparison

 

The two images were then layered in PhotoShop. I added a layer mask to the darker shot then applied the gradient tool to reveal just the bottom of image for the foreground.

layered image

All definitely worth the effort, I’d say. :)

 

 

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