December 2014

The final month of 2014 is around the corner!

free desktop calendar December 2014_1400x900

For the past few years, I’ve made photo calendars for gifts and for purchase. This December’s desktop calendar image (above) is the one I used for December in my printed 4″ x 6″ 2014 calendar.
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It took most of a previous winter to capture the shot I planned. I hung the oversized ornaments on a tree in near our home in early November and didn’t get the right combination of snow on the ground and large flakes in the air until March!

My 2015 calendars are ready for purchase. They retail for $10 and include a heavy a magnet clip. To have them shipped with the magnet clip would double the cost so I am offering to mail within Canada and the US without the magnet for $10 including postage. Payment would need to be made by e-transfer. Use the Contact Me link at the top of the page for more information.

November 2014

Sad to say but November tends to be a dreary month around our parts. All the beautiful fall colours have been blown away by October winds. Crisp frost and delicate snow have yet to return with bright freshness. In the meantime we watch the shades of grey dance on the water, in the sky and on the far shore.

free desktop calendar november 2014

Not your typical blue sky

October 2014

This fall we have been experiencing the most colourful and vivid fall shades we seen in a number of years. Having had two harsh frosts may have contributed to this unusual condition. Because of the lack of maples here, we typically see only the yellows of birch, poplar and tamarack mixed with the greens of pine, spruce and cedar. Any orange and red is usually proved by low berry bushes in the undergrowth. This season, the random maple is gloriously evident. Even a dreary day like the day these photos were taken, can be aglow.fall colours on lake shore

So for the October desktop calendar, I chose a back road scene with the full range of this season’s colour. Enjoy.free desktop calendar October 2014_1440x900

Fogbow?

The last two posts feature images of a misty morning shot from the shore of Agimak Lake. I was determined to shoot from the water at the next opportunity. Each night, I made sure my gear was ready for an early morning departure. A crisp morning not days later started off crystal clear but ground fog moved in thick and fast. Setting off from shore I headed straight out of our bay in the direction of ‘my’ island.

kayak in the mistIt wasn’t long before I was in a silent dome of fog, no shoreline in sight. It was only slightly unnerving. I knew I couldn’t get lost and that the mist would eventually burn off.  I kept the sun on my 8 o’clock which should take me on a direct line out form the shore and to the island. Directly on my 2 o’clock, a bright arch began to appear. You can see just a hint of it in the image above. My camera had a difficult time processing the arch alone but as the fog lifted, the arch remained and became more defined.

kayak to island with arch of fogI’ve never seen anything like this before. We’ve lived here almost 30 years. This summer has certainly provided some remarkable sights!

fog arch over island

 

 

Optical Prism?

While shooting the spectacular morning of previous post, I noticed a bright patch of light to the right side of the island.

island in the mist

At first I thought it was a beam of sunlight breaking through the mist but as the morning brightened and at closer look, a spectrum of colour was clear.

surface prism

The full range of colour became even clearer as it seemed to stretch and move closer to shore.

fog generated prism on lake

Physics was not a strong subject of mine in school and is still a challenge to process. Even searching on line to find what this is or how it is formed made my head hurt. The best (simplest) info I found was this Wikipedia article for ‘prism‘. What I do know is it was a treat to notice and capture it.

 

 

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!

 

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