Saturday, December 11, 2010

Harrison River Eagles

Eagles squabble over salmon catch 11-Dec-2010
We did not see as many eagles as reported on the local news. I talked to a fisherman, a young family and a couple of photographers. One photographer reported seeing hundreds about 15 minutes before we got to Squawkum Park. The fisherman told us about these eagles at Harrison Bay. There were dozens scattered around but distant. These were the best photos I could capture with a 250mm lens. Watching the eagles with binoculars was worth it though. It is a beautiful drive a little over an hour from Vancouver, scenic snow capped mountains on a clear winter December. 

Chehalis-Harrison River estuary salmon

Did not see many eagles but seeing these salmon at the estuary was breathtaking. There were many seagulls paddling and cautiously taking opportunistic pecks at the salmon. There were also a few scattered bald eagles  and great blue herons high in the trees.

Wood Duck

Wood Duck at Burnaby Lake

Monday, December 6, 2010

Coyote Edge Dweller

This coyote appears to be separated from the pack. This is the second time I saw him, glad to know he has survived. Young, scared and learning to fend for himself. This coyote dwells on the edge of civilization at Burnaby Lake


The bufflehead nests in cavities in trees close to water. It breeds in forested areas from west-central Alaska through western Canada and the northwestern states.

Wood Duck

Three Gulls in flight

Crow watches gull over Burrard Inlet

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Experiments with Light

Experiments with light - morning, midday, evening and night time

Cold Evening Moon

Evening Moon 

Mountain Snow - November

It snowed last night, there is a chill in the air. Crisp, cold and clear today.
More snow to come tonight

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Mallard Reflections ****

Good stretch duck, after an afternoon snooze

Fall Leaf Colours

Golden Lake

Spectacular October evening as the golden sun reflects on the lake taking in the greenish-gold leaves.

Blue Morning at Horseshoe Bay

Blue, converging clouds and mountains - 7:00 am September morning 

Tofino Sunset - Late August

These amazing colours remind me of some of the paintings by Roy Henry Vickers. This was taken in Tofino a couple of years ago in August. Tofino is located on the westcoast of Vancouver Island where Roy Henry Vickers has an art gallery

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Stealth - Wolf in Snow Forest ***

 4 x 2 Acrylic on Canvas

This painting was inspired by Robert Bateman.

Robert Bateman is well known Canadian artist who traveled and painted some amazing wildlife in the Americas, Africa and Asia

Wolf Art

I was fascinated by wolves, I sketched a few and painted this one (2 by 2 foot) in acrylic. I studied their movement, bone structure and expressions. 

This is my initial sketch and painting.

Tribute to Emily Carr ***

This is an Emily Carr painting I imitated to better understand her perception of colour, movement and light. I also enjoyed Emily Carr’s journal “Hundreds of Thousands” . As she walked the forests of coastal British Columbia, one gets a sense of how she perceived the landscape. It’s a combination of light, the forest canopy, the sky, the colours and other attributes of nature she felt. Emily Carr was an extraordinary Canadian with a phenomenal visual vocabulary. She wrote:

“It is wonderful to feel the grandness of Canada in the raw, not because she is Canada but because she's something sublime that you were born into, some great rugged power that you are a part of”