On August 16, 1947 the first de Havilland beaver took to the air off a paved strip in Downsview, Ontario.
Celebrating this remarkable feet of Canadian engineering is special to me. Beaver C-GZBR, which we currently operate, was a part of my life before I can remember. I recently wrote about it on our business blog. Special thanks to my niece, Rebecca of Hello Harmony Studio for her commemorative design featured in that post as well as on t-shirts available for purchase in our office.
It only seems fitting that I select one of my favourite images of this aircraft (being flown by my favourite pilot) for our calendar this month.
Typically ice leaves the lake in front of our place some time between late April and early May. We eagerly await this change.
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In celebration of Canada Day and family vacation…
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The ice left our lake April 24th which is just a bit early in the range of normal.
It was unspectacular.
Some years, we are treated to delicate ice crystals dancing up on our shore line, some years winds push chunks of ice up as if there was a bulldozer on the other side of the lake. No matter how long it takes or how it looks and sounds in the process, the end result – beautiful blue – is one of my favourite views.
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Looking forward to seeing the blue of fresh not frozen water!
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Not every freeze up or ice out is interesting but some times we get spectacular scenes. This fall freeze up provided fascinating ice formations. We had several very windy days as the temperatures dropped and ice began to build up along the shore.
It was as if the bubbles themselves became solid. There were thick layers of ice on every branch, twig and leaf.
The next morning, the wind and water were silent and still.
And we were treated to a beautifully decorated Christmas tree!
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I 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.
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.
What the hundreds of mosquitos and I saw:
It poured! Then broke off and threatened more. And I mean threatened; thunder and all.
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.
When I got the beach the clouds were starting to move in. It was 14C and breezy.
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.