Cottager Cover!

One of the things I love about taking photos is capturing something not many people get to see. The milky way shot I got last summer is one of my favourites of 2017. I submitted it to a few photo contests and was pleased to have it chosen ‘winner’ by The Cottager magazine.

The magazine editor (and contest judge) writes. “This photo might be chosen for best title as well, if that were part of the contest” Glad he liked it.

Here’s the description that accompanied the photo submission:
On Agimak Lake in Ignace we seldom have the combination of conditions required for an exceptional night sky shot: calm, clear and dark (no moon). The evening leading up to this shot presented all three. My neighbour granted permission to use her dock and chairs for a set up. My yard has a security light that would ‘pollute’ the scene. Just around midnight with only my mobile phone flashlight for light, I set up the scene and my camera. Using a Canon 7D mounted on a tripod with a 11-18mm lens open as wide as possible, I took a number of 30 second shots. Each time the shutter was open, I turned my cell phone flashlight on and quickly ‘painted’ the chairs with light. This one was my favourite.

This image is available for purchase on canvas or fine art paper for framing. I’d be happy to discuss options with anyone interested. Check out the Prints page for pricing and other images available.

Incoming

Occasionally, we hear a whole lot of caw-cawing out on the point. This typically means there is a treat to the crows, their young or their dinner. This time the threat was an eagle. Two crows took turns dive bombing the eagle.

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Here’s a sequence of shots as one crow goes vertical.

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what the dew can do

A cool damp morning as the mist is chased by the sun, tiny insect webs are revealed.

dew in a forest clearing

Web hammock

sunlit dewy webs in pine tree

Simplify

In an effort to simplify my life, I have decided to not provided desktop calendars for the coming year. Although I love to do digital art, the deadline of something every 30-ish days had, admittedly, become stressful. I plan to continue photographing the beautiful and unusual in ‘my backyard’ and will try to get some posted here for you.

It has been very rewarding to see my desktop calendars on the computer screens of friends and family and to know there are many others who have downloaded them. Thank you!

I plan to continue creating 4″ x 6″ fridge calendars.  Here is a slideshow of the images in the 2016 calendar. I still have copies available. They are $10 each and include a strong magnetic clip. Please contact me if you are interested.

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May your hearts be happy.

heart made from frozen water bubbles

November 2015 Calendar

We may not get much for glorious red maples in our part of the country in the fall but the under brush of the boreal forest still paints beautiful scenes with flaming yellows and oranges and reds.

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This was taken at the top of the Current River Cascades in Thunder Bay while hiking with my 10 & 7 year old grandsons in early October.

For different screen resolutions of the image, go here or drop down the Free Calendar tab at the top of the page and scroll to November.

Optical Prism?

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

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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.

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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.

 

 

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!

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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!!

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