September 2015

Why do summers seem to slip by past so fast?!

Much as I love fall when leaves change colour, the mornings are crisp and cool but the sun still embraces with comforting warmth, I hasten to rush away the too few warm days offered in our part of the world.

Time ticks on and seasons change. Happy Fall y’all!

This image is taken at Raleigh Falls which is just 15 km west of Ignace. There’s a beautiful picnic area just off the highway (a picnic table sits just to the left of the frame). There’s also a geocache nearby. It’s definitely worth a stop for a stretch and breather when passing by.

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For specific screen resolutions of the calendar click here or drop down the “Free Calendar’ tab in the menu above and select September 2015.

Hit and Miss

A couple of thunderstorm systems passed just south of us just after sunset last night. Lightning and thunder played tag in the air. Between 9 pm and 10 pm I shot 87 images in attempt to capture at least one with a streak of lightning

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The camera was set with my 17-50 mm at 17 mm, ISO 1600, f/2.8 and BULB so I control exposure length. I was using my Trippertrap remote shutter for the second time.

Triggertrap webpageIt works through the app on the smart phone. It has lots of great features but I really miss the feel of a button. The ‘trigger’ on the phone is a small dot at the bottom of the screen so it is difficult to find by touch. Perhaps there’s a setting for any part of the screen to set off the shutter – will have to look in to that.

Anyway, there was a lot of lightning but most was sheet lightning.  Even when I thought I was capturing a streak of lightning, the extreme brightness caused the lines blended into the overexposed sky. It was tricky to react like a trained game show contestant with a buzzer and at the same time calculate how long to leave the shutter open relative to how bright the flash of light was! But about the 65th try, I got one!

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1.0 sec, f/2.8, 17 mm, ISO 1600 with Canon EOS 7D

 

Blue July Moon

blue moon July 2015I love the moon. One of my favourite scenes is the reflection of the moon (in any phase) dancing on the water. I love to chase its cycles in anticipation of capturing a beautiful moon rise or set.

The date of the next full moon is always on my radar. When it is likely to be rising or setting around sunset or sunrise, respectively, I scout possible locations for an interesting capture. The Photographer’s Ephemeris is a great tool to virtually scout angles and times.

So the blue moon occurring July 31 looked like it could be worth trying to capture.

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The blue dot at the base of the pin is my location. The blue line running from me to the right is the direction to look for the rising moon. I geared up with raincoat, bug jacket, rubber boots and umbrella. All were essential for comfort and survival this particular evening! Here I am at the site.

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What the hundreds of mosquitos and I saw:

 Three Mile Lake rain

It poured! Then broke off and threatened more.  And I mean threatened; thunder and all.

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So I packed it in and headed home hopeful for a morning chance at the moonset over Agimak.

(Note the time at the top of the screen shot below. Yes, I got up just after 5 to get there and set up.) The dark blue line is the moonset direction from Agimak Beach. The moon should be setting directly between the two islands.

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When I got the beach the clouds were starting to move in. It was 14C and breezy.

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I’m pretty certain I had the line right. The moon would have dropped exactly where I expected. I just didn’t get the proof. You can bet I will be chasing the moon again when it rises tonight!

Since I didn’t get the shots I hoped for the August desktop calendar, I pulled a moon shot from my collection. This one is a moonrise I posted about in October 2012. Enjoy.

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Waters flow

With sorrow I share that last week we suddenly and tragically lost my husband’s nephew at the age of 26. Buddy spent time around the docks of our seaplane base off and on from the time he was a toddler. He started his flying career with us in 2004 and was back to work for us this summer. He was a gentle soul with a dimpled grin and quick wit, and he was an excellent pilot.
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My tears fall and mix with the summer rains.
Like the rain the sadness comes in varying volume, randomly; sometimes sudden, tumultuous; sometimes softly, gently.
Like the rain the sadness passes. The sun returns with warmth and light. I go on, stronger.

July 2015

Fireworks are part of of every Canada Day (July 1) celebration. I love that some flowers look like fireworks when in full bloom. Here are some to enjoy this month.

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These wildflowers are blue-bead lilies named for the blue fruit that remains on the stem after the blossoms have died off. They are not poisonous but also not very tasty.

My apologies to those of you who were looking for the calendar before it was up. I’ve been delightfully distracted by the first time gathering of all 6 of our grandkids. :)

happy growing family

Summer solitude

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There’s nothing quite like the quiet of a calm, isolated island or lake; so much more enjoyable on a warm summer day. We haven’t had many days of warmth here yet, but I’m certain we’ll get a few before fall…

Different screen resolutions are available on the June 2015 page of the Free Calendar drop down list. Happy summer!

Signs of Spring

Got a hot photo tip from a good friend of mine (thanks, Mel!) that at Sandbar Lake Provincial Park the marsh marigolds were out and the bugs were not! So I grabbed my gear and rubber boots to check it out.

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I was surprised to see how abundantly they grew in this swampy area just adjacent to the picnic pavilion. The sun was setting and I tried unsuccessfully to catch some of the yellow blooms in the glow of evening sun. The colours were actually captured more truly in the shaded areas. I played around a little with the polarizing filter which helped to reduce some of the glare of the wet forest floor and gloss of the leaves.

Comparison

The iPhone does a decent job of capturing them too (with a little filter touch from Instagram)marsh marigold field

Although I didn’t notice a particular fragrance to the area (apart from damp dirt) there were some distinctive sounds. While I stood to shoot, I could hear the drumming of grouse in courtship nearby. When I decided to move, the earth seemed determined to hold me fast. It took significant effort to release my boots from the suction of the muck.

Sights and sounds of spring!

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