Exhibit Reception a Great Success!

My first Exhibition entitled “Spirits in Nature” closed on August 2nd. Anja and I had a wonderful response to our work. Exhibit Newspaper Article IMG_7092 IMG_7094

There was an excellent turn-out of old and new friends and family for both Anja and me at the opening reception. I was overwhelmed to see so many people and many drove 3 or 4 hours to attend. Seeing everyone, hearing their positive comments and having an opportunity to share 30 framed and canvas-wrapped photos rather than digital images beautifully hung at the Scugog Council for the Arts gallery was very exciting. Anja’s unique sculptures were absolutely loved by those visiting the gallery in Port Perry.

In case you were unable to attend, I will share some of the photos taken at the reception of the display and me with friends and family.  To see larger versions, just click on any one of the photos and arrow along. That should do it!

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“Spirits in Nature” an Exhibition of My Framed Nature Photographs

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  On Saturday, July 5th. , I will be having a reception from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. to celebrate the opening of an exhibit entitled “SPIRITS in NATURE”.  This exhibition of 25 of my framed photographs and vibrant photos on canvas, will be … Continue reading

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Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens: Peonies in Bloom

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A week ago, I made a visit to the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens a few days before the Peony Festival.  It is so much easier to photograph those beautiful blooms without the crowds milling about and tripping over my tripod! … Continue reading

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Oshawa Camera Club Annual Salon

Later this week on May 8th and 9th there is an event held each year by the Oshawa Camera Club. We call it “The Salon” and for the small sum of $7.00 per person, you can view fantastic printed photographs and watch great slide shows of the digital entries submitted by club members throughout the past year. Here is the link for information regarding the exact times and location:

Many of our club’s members have 35 years experience and others only a few years like I do. What we all have in common is our love of photography and an interest in improving our skills through ongoing presentations and workshops by some of the area’s best.  Four times each year, our members have the option of submitting photos  in various categories for judging by 3 accredited judges. Then, in April, up to 18  photos can be judged in our Annual Competition which has 9 categories.  Entries are scored and comments made to provide feedback to those who submitted some of their favourites. The Salon will showcase many of the winning entries and team photo essays for the enjoyment of members, their friends and families as well as the public.  If you live in or near Oshawa, please consider coming out for this  2 hour event.

Here is a gallery of my photos which I submitted for judging in our annual competition. You may have seen some of them on earlier posts. I’m looking forward to finding out if any of these entries were winners or if they received honourable mention. This gallery of my pictures actually showcases some pictures other than flowers and birds! I tried to enter most of the Annual categories this Thursday or Friday.

If you click on any one of my photos below, you will see an enlargement and can arrow across for a large view of each. Hope you like them!

 

 

 

 

 

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How “Casper the Cat” Spent the Winter of 2013/2014

Casper on the prowl last fallMeet Casper. He is the oldest of my 2 cats. At 14, he is still surprisingly active and seems to have all of his abilities. He is very small for a male but has always been a little guy. I found him as a tiny kitten “living in the streets” of Stouffville. He was pretty lucky to find me and I have to say his gentle nature has brought me a lot of happiness. When we moved to the farm 10 years ago, Casper adjusted quite well to country living. He has always loved the outdoors, however, this past winter was just way too cold and snowy for him to venture out very often. The photos above and below are of Casper last fall.Casper last fall. Happy outdoors.

Winter came early this year limiting the time spent outdoors for both humans and pets.  One snowy winter evening, while Joe and I were watching a P.B.S. show on the intelligence of ravens, we noticed that Casper was responding to the sound of the birds. He was also watching intently and began to approach the television for a closer look. I will attach the photos I took of his increasing interest and curiosity. This old cat obviously doesn’t have any sight or hearing problems. He may, however, believe that the people and wildlife which he sees on the screen live somewhere behind or inside it!

We can't distract Casper Now, is this for my benefit? Very interesting Watching the ravens If I were just a little taller...

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Bird’s Eye Views at Lynde Shores …… End of Winter 2013/2014

With the snowbanks from the coldest, snowiest winter that I remember almost gone, I want to share the last winter photographs that I took with my telephoto lens at Lynde Shore birds.   I’m hoping that my next short excursion to the trails in this protected area will be of  migrating warblers and nesting songbirds! Here is the gallery of photos taken in March. I hope you enjoy them!

NOTE: If you missed the photos that were inadvertently missed on the recent post entitled “Ducks in Dire Straights”,  please revisit it. This has been corrected.

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June 4th Brookside Cottage Garden & Artisan Tour

Covered Bridge

Covered Bridge

My friend and colleague Corinne Van de Grootevheen  owns a most amazing and extraordinary rural property in Tyrone, Ontario where she has planted over 60 different species of trees. It has gardens, a covered bridge, a brook and inspiring outdoor art.  Every year for the past 20 years she has shared this space with other artists for a free open house.   Each artist as a booth to display and sell their artistic works.   It is a beautiful setting and makes a lovely day out to meet artists and enjoy their work.  I will be there with my keepsake photo cards, trays and framed pictures!  Join me in Corinne’s Annual  Brookside Cottage Garden & Artisan Tour DATE:  June 4th, 2014 TIME: 10:00AM – 4:00PM  COST: Free  Bring a bag lunch or enjoy the meal provided at Hayden School House (fees) Jane

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Ducks in Dire Straits

Every once and a while I get lucky and capture a beautiful image of some form of wildlife.  Today, I had the fortune of taking the attached photo. It is a male red-breasted merganser, one of my favourite diving ducks. Note the “punk rocker” hairdo….!
Male Red-Breasted Merganser

Male Red-Breasted Merganser

I went back to Bond Head today, drawn by my curiosity about the many ducks that are facing hardship and dying due to the cold. All around the Great Lakes, even down in the U.S., many water birds are unable to survive this bitterly cold winter. Over the last few years, our mild winters have encouraged the ducks to stay here in the north rather than migrating south.  This year has been a disaster for a lot of them.
The channel at the Newcastle Marina keeps freezing over and with the ice, the source of food for both the dabbling ducks and the diving ducks, is inaccessible a lot of the time.  There are some aerators near the few boats that people live in year round so some little areas of open water about the size of large puddles provide a haven for some of the ducks. This channel and docking area also has a large population of zebra mussels which, although undesirable, are providing a source of food for the diving ducks. I am unsure of what the dabbling ducks like the mallards are eating unless it is some of the corn brought by concerned residents to feed the swans and geese.  I counted 11 swans there on Sunday.
Somehow this post was published before I completed it. Not sure if this newer version, with photos attached, will reach my readers.  So sorry for this technical glitch!
More photos below….I hope!
Bufflehead Landing

Bufflehead Landing

White-Winged Scoter Swallowing a Large Zebra Mussel

White-Winged Scoter Swallowing a Large Zebra Mussel

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White -Winged Scoter
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Scaups having a discussion

Scaups having a discussion

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Scaup with Zebra Mussel

Scaup with Zebra Mussel

Female Greater Scaup

Female Greater Scaup

Female Goldeneye and Male Greater Scaup

Female Goldeneye and Male Greater Scaup

Channel Entrance to Newcastle Marina

Channel Entrance to Newcastle Marina

Male Greater Scaup

Male Greater Scaup

Female Scaup

Female Scaup

Golden Eye and Scaups

Golden Eye and Scaups

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Great Gray Owl Up Close ……. Another First for Me

The same week that I photographed the Snowy Owl on the shore of Lake Ontario at the Newcastle Marina, I also saw my first Great Gray Owl. It was north of Whitby and many birders and photographers had reported sightings on a country road. On 2 previous occasions the very cold temperatures and windy conditions had sent me the 40 miles back home without seeing the G.G.O. This time I was prepared with warmer clothing and a longer timeline.

Others saw the Great Gray before I did. He or she was way off in the distance along the treeline but eventually came up to the side of the road and landed in a tree. My telephoto lens wasn’t long enough for the distance shots and was too long for the owl in flight shots (also I was not quick enough!) On the positive side, the late afternoon sun was behind me and provided interesting lighting for my “perched” shots.

Great Gray Perched

Great Gray Perched

Great Gray Eyeing the Photographers

Great Gray Eyeing the Photographers

Great Gray with Setting Sunlight

Great Gray with Setting Sunlight

Look me ion the Eye(s)

Look me in the Eye(s)

Not my best flight shot but the only one

Not my best flight shot but the only one

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Bond Head Revisited …….. Another Amazing Sight!

Last Sunday, I made an another amazing discovery when I took a short drive down to the shore of Lake Ontario. Normally I’m on the east side of the “channel” but that day I was on the west side where the sandy beach is covered with icy “dunes” created by the waves during this year’s very cold and windy winter.

I was actually looking for ducks to photograph or even the mink from the previous blog. There were many beautiful ducks in the channel including white-winged scoters, blue bills and golden eyes as well as the “usual suspects”. Then, as I glance down the beach, something caught my eye. To my naked eye, I saw something that at first appeared to be a piece of ice in some short frozen grass. But, when I looked through my telephoto lens, I couldn’t believe what was sitting on the icy beach!  It was a snowy owl!

I had not seen one since I was 5 years old, living in Thunder Bay. I have been watching and hoping for years to see one of these magnificent creatures and looked enviously at photos taken by others.

I was able to circle around and approach the snowy from the west and actually moved in fairly close to take some photos before she flew away and landed on the ice beside the lighthouse. I was unaware, until she took flight, that she had her prey hidden underneath her. I’m so excited to be able to share a few of the photographs of what I believe is a female or perhaps a juvenile snowy owl.First Sighting of the Snowy Snowy Owl Peeking Over Drift Snowy Owl in Profile Snowy Owl Looking at Me Snowy Owl Taking Flight Snowy Owl Heading for the Lighthouse Snowy by the Lighthouse

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