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A Quick Eclipse

October 23, 2014

Today in Ontario we had a partial solar eclipse.   In fact, it covered most of North America.

Nothing spectacular where I was   Just a tiny wedge of the sun disappeared.

And of course it just happened at sunset so I literally only had maybe 15-20 minutes to see the whole thing before it disappeared.

But I wanted to catch the event on camera.   But I don’t have welders glasses, or a tripod, or fancy camera filters.

So I just used some binoculars and safely projected the image of the sun on a piece of paper taped to my car window.

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This is the low budget approach.

And it takes a LOT of patience to hold the camera with one hand, the binocs with the other, and line everything up.   The image of the sun from the two eyepieces jiggles all over the place.  (Like I said,  I dont’ have a tripod).

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But if you take a few dozen pictures,  a few will turn out okay.

Here you can see the progression of the eclipse.   The black dot in the middle is a large sunspot named “Active Region 2192“.

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The lines on the top of these last two photos aren’t smudges or mistakes.   Those are the branches of the trees, as the sun was just dipping below the horizon.

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Best Fall Colors of 2014

October 15, 2014

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Getting Up Close and Personal

January 14, 2014

Sometimes I like to play with the macro lens on my camera and take close-up shots of my garden.

There’s no magic here.  I don’t use a tripod or anything.

I just bring the lens up close and point and click.   Technology does the rest.

Here’s a zinnia.

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A sunflower.

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I had to go out on the lake to get this lily pad.

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This was a hard photo to take.  It was  a real bitch trying to position the canoe with one hand on the the paddle, while trying to keep the camera inches away with the other.

The great thing about digital photos, is that with Photoshop you can zoom in and enlarge the picture even more.

Here are some forget-me-nots, which are only a few millimeters in diameter.

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Here are some individual lilac blossoms. IMG_2233 Close Up   Close up IMG_2292a

Dandelions are especially amazing.  They are now one of my favorite flowers. 

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If you zoom in, you see all kinds of curley-cues, which I never even knew existed until this year.

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To give you an idea of how small these are, here’s an ant crawling through them.

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You can see the individual grains of pollen on his back.

(Not bad for a hand-held camera).

I think this is a wild strawberry blossom.   I took this one in June near Wawa, Ontario.

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Here are some pink wild flowers.  No idea what they are.

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Zoomed up, it looks like some tiny yellow bears poking their head out of a cave.

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Here’s a daisy from my back yard.

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Zooming in shows a hexagonal matrix of pods (or whatever you call them) arranged in spiral patterns.

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It’s all very mathematical.   Flowers like to follow Fibonacci sequence.

I once wrote a blog post about it here.

And of course, I had berries.

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It was a good crop this year.  For a few weeks,  I’d get a bowl like this every 2 days.

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Once in a while, I also managed to get some insects.

If they’re occuppied with the flower,  I could get quite close without disturbing them.

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This bee could care less if I was there…she just wanted the pollen.

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I found this fly in October while hiking in Algonquin Park.

The weather was cold, so he has kind of dopey and slow.    Which is probalby the reason I was able to bring the camera so close.

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(Shudder!)  

Kind of creepy.

If my Grandma was alive and she saw this, she’d have a freaking heart attack.

Anyway, I’m just glad I’m hundreds of times larger than he is.

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Comparing Seasons: The Same, but Different

April 19, 2013

I have a favorite country drive in the Madawaska Highlands that I like to do at least once a year, especially during the fall.

I’ve blogged about it before, and I always take lots of photos,  many of which end up as watercolor paintings.

This year was a bit different.

Due to a ski injury, I was out for the rest of the season, which gave me the opportunity to see my favorite sights during the winter, for a change.

I find it kinda neat to compare the seasons….

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My Best Photos Of The Month For 2012

January 12, 2013

January (Ottawa River, Eastern Ontario)

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February (Silverstar, B.C.)

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March (Revelstoke, B.C.)

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April (Algonquin Park)

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May (Happy Duck-Toller)

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June (Junior Bear, Lake Winnipeg)

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July (Lake Superior, Neys Provincial Park)

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August (Sec Lake, Algonquin Park)

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September (Eastern Ontario)

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November (near Wakefield, Quebec)

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December (Christmas Polar Bear, my front yard)

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Fall 2012: One Last Fling

October 9, 2012

I thought I was done with the fall colors.     Half the leaves have fallen…the remaining hues are fading into a washed-out yellow or a dull, rusty brown.

But this weekend, I found there were still some pockets of color here and there.

After this post, though, I think I might be done the fall photos for the year.

These next four photos are from Letterkenny road, near Quadeville, Ontario.    Rumor has it, Al Capone hid out here in the 1930’s.   It’s still an out-of-the-way place, even today.

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How would you like to cycle up that hill? (I reluctantly admit, I know people who do). 

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This whole ares is part of the Madawaska highlands.    It’s mostly forested hills, with the occasioanal farm cut into a hilly ridge. 

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I like this one with the cows, and the bright red maple sitting in the field all by itself.

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This area still had most of its leaves, and was very YELLOW.
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With this one, I deliberately cut off the top of the tree to hide the sky, to allow the bright red to contrast with the green:

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And here’s red against the azure blue sky.    An artist would never paint such colors on their canvas.    It clashes, to the point of almost being obnoxious.  (….Almost!)

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This was from a Monday hike, on the forest floor:

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A few more around some farmland…

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Finally, here’s a comparison of how quickly things change.  This first photo is from September 28th:

And here it the same scene later, on October 7th (a mere nine days later).

Hard to believe it can all be snow covered in 8 weeks.

Still Chasing the Colors.

October 6, 2012

I’ve been going a bit bat-shit crazy with my camera all week, because the fall colors have been insane.

It’s been an exceptional year.  In recent memory, there are only two years that have been as good as this:  2003 and 2008.

In 2003,  I had a roll of film with some fantastic shots on it, and it got lost in my car got totalled.

In 2008,  I had tons of great photos, lots of brilliant red.  But my hard-drive crashed and I didn’t have a proper back-up, and lost pretty much everything.

So this year, I’m taking full advantage of the colors  (AND backing everything up!)

I’m making hay while the sun shines…there isn’t too much time left.

The fall foliage is already over the hump.   It’s been windy and lots of leaves are already blown down.

A week from now, it will all be finished.

(Though I think I might squeeze in another day or two of photos).

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And of course, I had to have at least ONE photo with the Bear!

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