Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada during the recent springtime ice storm. As tough as the weather conditions can be, I love the images available in adverse conditions. Here are a few from my recent road trip. Above is a fat bike rider braving the elements.
Ice covered tree branches during the height of the freezing rain.
Chain link fencing covered in ice.
Fergus enjoying a post storm hike after much of the ice had melted.
A macro of Pussy Willows with the Canon 5D Mark IV and 100L IS.
A final image of a slightly confused seagull in Dryden, Ontario wondering what happened to the springtime weather.
I really got lucky on this day photographing the Polar Bears swimming underwater at The Journey to Churchill. My wife and I have been members and visited them well over a dozen times and only seen this behaviour once.
These guys wandered into my landscape shot while I photographed the trestle bridge at Stewart Canyon, near Lake Minnewanka, Banff. Now it doesn’t look like they are very close, but I was using a 16-35mm lens on my full frame camera, so they are very close. One of those rare lucky moments took a pretty mundane image and made it much more memorable. A group of tourists along with my wife and two dogs retreated from the bridge allowing them to cross without much stress.
We returned the next day, hoping to get them front on as they crossed, but after a couple hours of patiently waiting had to move one due to time constraints and impatient dogs, I did manage a few other images on the return including the rocky island in Lake Minnewanka, below.
A yellow-bellied Sapsucker on a Maple. I’ve been a little busy with some spring renovation projects as of late, unfortunately my photography has suffered and haven’t been able to post any new images as of late. But here is a recent shot of a very cooperative woodpecker at 300MM on a full frame body with very little cropping required.
One of a pair of Snow Leopard cubs at the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg.
Steller’s Sea Eagle, captive, at Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg, Canada
Winnipeg is fortunate to have a large urban forest within the city, known as Assiniboine Forest along with a fairly large deer population. Unfortunately I see a lot of car/wildlife collisions of the deer as the city continues to expand around the forest. These deer are very used to people, this was shot at 200mm on full-frame, they moved off just before the third deer popped its head up, which was the shot I was really hoping for.
A nesting Canada Goose honking, at a family passing a little too close (out of frame). This goose was sitting on her eggs next to a fence line path, at FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg. Lets all be on the lookout and try not to stress our feathered friends, particularly at this time of year. Of course that goes for all animals, especially in our ever increasing urban areas.
Another captive Barn Owl portrait from Fort Whyte Centre in Winnipeg. I was hoping to get some catchlight in this guys eyes with this background, but he just wouldn’t cooperate. I did manage to get front lit shots with eye catchlight but with a boring blue sky background.
A captive Barn Owl, shot with a 100mm macro lens, at the Fort Whyte Centre for Environmental Education in Winnipeg on Earth Day.