A True Canadian

Any Canadian that has spent any amount of time outside during the winter has experienced the fingernail wrenching pain of frozen fingers, when the circulation slowly creeps back into the frozen digits and tears well up in your eyes, capturing this image was no exception.
I have this 50-foot willow tree growing near my Okanagan home that I have been promising myself for years to photograph, I was waiting for the perfect day, a day like this one. I was looking for the right amount of snow to block out the surrounding hill sides but not block out the tree itself. I swallowed the last of my morning coffee and with a gentle nudge from my wife Tracy I headed out into the cold.
Upon arrival to the old willow, the snow was coming down fast and heavy most of my time was spent wiping my lens from snow, setting up composition, wiping and resetting, over the next hour of shooting the cold started creeping into my hands making my fingers numb as I clumsily made adjustments to refine exposure and pressing the shutter was becoming a daunting task due to not having any feeling in the tips of my fingers, engaged in all of this process in hopes of waiting for the right moment when the snow would let up just enough in the foreground to see the tree but just enough snow to keep the backdrop masked in white.
Finally, the moment came the weather gave me the chance that I needed, I left knowing that I had an image that captures a moment in time that I have been waiting for many years to take. In a bitter-sweet moment it was all over, all but the searing finger pain that I knew I was in-store for when my hands slowly would come back to life.
The name of this image is “Joan” after Canadian artist/singer songwriter Joni Mitchell.

Busy Bee

A warm spring day offered this photo opportunity as this flowering bush came alive with bees.

Using a 2.8 50-135mm zoom lens allowed for a fast shutter of 1/1600 sec to stop the action with out having to push up the ISO, helping keep the digital noise minimized.  The combination of the zoom lens set on continual focus allowed me to get better focus while I chased the bees around.

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Columbia River

Columbia River

The Interior of British Columbia Canada offers some of the most beautiful, bio-diverse and most delicate biology in Canada.

This photograph of the Columbia River system one of those places. It is also one of the largest river tributaries in North America as well as having a large number of Hydro-Electric dams along its course, this adds to the importance and sensitivity of this fresh water source.

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Adams River Salmon Run

Adams River Salmon Run

The Adams River Salmon Run is an amazing nature event that makes me very contemplative about all the facets of nature and how amazing something like the instinct and DNA make up of can be so ingrained in all loving things.  There are 3 phases of life in this photo the spawned fish (the Dead),  the eggs (new life) and the still living fish yet to complete the task.  All in all a great day.