Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Arab or A-rub? Both supply oil ...

With the price of oil getting to a ridiculous price most of us can't stop complaining about the price of gasoline.  There are those among us that have a steady oil supply all their own ...  They just have to be able to reach it as this critter displays all too well ...


Canon 5d mkIII 70-200 F4.0 L usm

Monday, January 28, 2013

Bright Lights of Nanaimo

On the west coast of Canada we are notorious for grey cloudy or rainy days for most of the winter.  Even on the worst days though I can still find at least one bright spot to capture my attention.  Today it was one of our resident Annas hummingbird that really caught my eye.  Damn it almost looked like an Xmas light in the afternoon gloom.  No wonder he can attract a female with a mantle like that....


Taken with a Canon 60D and a 100-400mm Canon lens. ISO 1600. F 7.1

Friday, January 25, 2013

You Otter See What I saw Today ....





Back to Nanaimo River flats today to see if I could get any better photos of the Short Eared Owl.  Took around 100 photos all of which went directly into the bit bucket but on the way home I came across this critter playing in the center of the river.  I haven't seen a sea otter this close up since I was steelhead fishing back in the early '70s.  Not a lot of fish in the river at this time of year so I wonder what brought him this far up river.  Like me .... curiosity?

Canon 5d mkIII with 100-400mm and 1.4 Tamron (crappy) tele-extender.  Oh well at least the lens will auto-focus with this extender.  I called a camera shop in Victoria to ask about Canons new 1.4 III version and was told that I would lose auto-focus if I used their version???

Thursday, January 24, 2013

This is Really For The Birds

 

Finally back posting simply because I bought a new camera and since there aren't any mushrooms out to collect/photograph in January I thought "what the hell" I would wander down to the Nanaimo River and see what was photogenic.  (Warning run-on sentence alert)  Both the photos are of the Short Eared Owl that spends a couple of months or so cleaning up most of the mice on the flats.  For the camera interested types they were taken with a 5d mk III with the Canon 100-400 f4 and 1.4 Tamron extender.




You'd almost think I had ruffled this guys feathers from the look of him ....