Saturday, October 24, 2015

Weaver Creek Spawning Channel





British Columbia's spectacular natural beauty, a celebration when the salmon come back home to spawn and start a new generation. Amazing colours and a spectacle of the natural cycle of life.  In the spirit of the First Nations of Canada in the preservation of everything that is nature. I was fortunate to bear witness to arrival of the salmon today, October 24, 2015. 
The Weaver Creek Spawning Channel. Recent returns to the system range from 1,000 to 100,000 adults. The channel is located between Mission and Agassiz, 12 kilometres north of the Lougheed Highway on Morris Valley Road.


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Forest Fireflies - A digital art experiment



Digital art showing a fantasy forest using vivid water colours. The lights look like fireflies changing from white to bright yellow and a few random RGB colours in between. The digital simulation of the interacting fireflies was done using a programming language called processing.

Credits:
Art and programming by Sadiq Somjee
Base code via processing.org example code, mutated by Sadiq Somjee
Soundtrack Forest Rhythm  by Audionautix via YouTube

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Coyote

Natural predator, positioned to blend with the forest and light behind. He was absolutely still. 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

After the Storm


This photo shows the damage after the wind storm. It was taken on a forest trail I frequent. The wind storm in British Columbia resulted in over 400,000 homes without power on August 29th, 2015. My area was without power for 3 days. This has been a crazy summer, first the heat and watering restrictions, next the wild fires and closing the summer season with a windstorm. 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Capybara

Sitting back on a secured and shaded corner of a hill, semi-wakeful snooze.

Mara

Mara (Rodent). This pair selected high ground. A mound to get a wide view of the land. 

Crown Bird

Grey Crowned Crane - Likes the security of distance and will speed away if approached in a running, semi lift off while flapping.

Eagle

Turned around to catch the sound and make note of the distance. 

Tiger

Look at those focused eyes on the meat, yet claws are retracted. Perhaps a feeling of compassion for the feeder. Most cats are given meat an the end of a long bone. This tiger has a relationship with the zookeeper. The cat's facial expression are telling. We have evolved to sense danger from our caveman days, we can read and sense feelings and intent, yet we spend too much time processing with our rational mind. 

Lioness

Lioness

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Lucky Bamboo

Pen and ink with water colour

Yellow Sun Emerges

The yellow sun returns with the clearing of the smoke from the BC fires
Clear Skies Return 
Deep Woods at Burke Mountain. Here is great YouTube video on British Columbia's rainforests

Monday, July 6, 2015

Forest fire creates a spectacular crimson sun

A red sun I would rather not see. Fires rage over Southwest British Columbia. This smokey haze was seen from Burke Mountain in Coquitlam. Fires from Pemberton, Port Hardy and Kelowna rage on. Myself and  my neighbours could smell the smoke and felt our lungs heavy.  How we take our clean air for granted.

This last week a heat wave swept through Northwestern US (Oregon and Washington State) and the Southwest of British Columbia, Canada.  See the CBC news web site for more  pictures on the fire.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Ducks and Chicks at Bear Park

Morning Siesta at Bear park on Burke mountain. This family took up residency at the small pond, they started with 8 chicks, one was sick and died. Some may fall victim to predators like eagles and coyotes. 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Lion King Sunrise Pacific Northwest



5 AM this morning, Nanaimo Harbour

Totem pole returned to mother



The Tsimshain totem pole was returned to the earth at Horseshoe Bay in 2014. As per tradition it was laid to decompose naturally.

Good Karma Cafe

Great cafe on the edge of the pacific ocean

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Sometimes all it takes is a wine glass to make everything clear


Reflections of nature or maybe time. Summer evening on our deck as we say our goodbyes to this old and blessed home. Warm summer evening with iced mint and cucumber water to cool off. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Cherry Blossoms

Early spring in Vancouver, Canada. Blue skies and warm today.






Monday, February 16, 2015

Smoke on the Water

Smoke on the Water 
Coquitlam apartment fire at Glen & Pacific today
As seen from Lafage Lake

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Circle, Triangle and Square

Three simple geometric forms. Look don't think. The work referred to as Circle, Triangle, and Square - Zen master Sengai 1750 - 1837



Its amazing that this was done between 1750 and 1837, the principles of graphic design contrasting and juxtaposing shapes in varied tones with these three simple shapes.

These three shapes touch and intertwine, they have varied tones and relationships. We can say that. Historians have discussed his work endlessly and in great detail left by Zen Master Sengai.