Thursday, December 26, 2013

King Fisher

December 26th King Fisher over the mudflats in Western Canada as the sun goes down

Winter Light

4pm December 26th - Sun going down 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Pileated Woodpecker

December 21st 2013, after a snow day this Pileated Woodpecker came to join the bird party in my back yard. This woodpecker is an unusual visitor.  The typical birds are chickadees, Steller's Jays, Robins and Northern Flickers. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Feeding Hummingbird

Westcoast Hummingbird - comes in the spring to feed in my backyard. They come in pairs and are seen into early November.  This is a pen and ink sketch. 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

North American Robin Basks

Basking in the early September evening sun, between feeds on the red fruit berries. A bountiful harvest before winter sets in.

North American Robin

North American Robin - Early September as leaves turn to yellows and orange


Bug Visitor - Westcoast North America


Visitor to my backyard - bug species unknown (Vancouver Area.)
Credit for identifying  goes to Ummat Somjee who studies insects for the Smithsonian  - He identified it as a Western Conifer seed bug..http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_conifer_seed_bug


Early September Arrival, beautiful bug with interesting patterns and body armour.
 


Sunday, September 1, 2013

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Emily Carr, A Poetic Tribute



Emily Carr 

1871 - 1945


Ketchikan Totem Poles

 Three indigenous Pacific Northwest peoples are the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian, lived, traveled and traded extensively throughout Northern British Columbia and Southeast Alaska.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Calving Symphony

It starts with a thunderous cracking echoing though the bay, ends with a crash, and splash, and completes the show with a large wave causing the floating ice to dance before your eyes. This is how it was, a  symphony.  

Alaska Landscape

Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

Glacier

Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska (August 2013)

Landscape at Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

Friday, August 23, 2013

Alaska Impression Collage

These pictures are from coastal British Columbia and Alaska via the inside passage and into Glacier Bay national park. Alaska is breathtaking with a rugged coastline and varied weather.

Even in the summer the weather can rapidly change from warm sun to icy winds and from clear skies to overcast and fog. Each has its beauty and when the sun breaks that’s when the scenery is at its best. 

This picture collage is my impression (from many hundreds of photos) of Alaska. Click the photo to enlarge. Besides the rugged landscape, sounds of the ocean, winds and birds remain. If I were to pick two highlights they would include the scenic White Pass train ride up the 1897 gold rush route and the Glacier Bay National Park.

Fishing Boat

Alaska

Glacier Bay National Park



Sunset

Inside Passage, British Columbia

Alaska Glacier


White Pass train

White Pass train Skagway, Alaska - August 2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Pileated Woodpecker


I took this photo on March 24, 2013. The woodpecker is chipping away at this wood tier by a pond searching for insects, ants and larvae. It frequents dead trees by coastal mudflats of Burrard Inlet in Vancouver, Canada.  In the Pacific Northwest it makes its home in forests by creeks, rivers and coastal forests.  Learn more about it  at the Wikipedia site