Friday, August 21, 2009

Watching The Sun Set at Lesser Slave Lake

Photo of me watching for the sun-set. Photo by Gerald Delorme, all rights reserved by photographer.

Hello, hello, its been a wonderful week. I have just returned from camping with good friends Cindy, George and Gerald at Slave Lake AB. Such a refreshing time filled with walking the shoreline, viewing eagles and osprey and an added bonus of a couple of encounters of the "bear" kind. There were many sows and cubs present in the area as the wild raspberries and the saskatoon berries were juicy ripe. I did not get shots of the bears as I figured it best to make space for them, especially with my gimp legs than to push my luck, after all sows can be very aggressive and dangerous when protecting cubs. There were many fantastic photo opportunities, some of which I missed and some I captured. I can hardly wait to get all my photos downloaded, about 3000, oh ya, hours of editing ahead of me.

Thank goodness we had good weather all week so that I could enjoy myself with out having to take too many painkillers. My disease seems to be aggravated more when the weather goes through too many dramatic changes, like today, its turned a little gray and feels like storms are imminent. As I cannot manage to do too much on my own I am grateful for great friends who help with my stability so that I can enjoy getting out in nature. Gerald was a great help in capturing eagle shots as he carried my camera, scouted out best location for shots and helped me change lenses as well as making sure I didn't fall in the soft sand as I traversed the beach, ahh yes, life is good when you have good friends to share adventures with. It was magical to spend time walking the beach during the days, viewing sunsets and watching the flames dance in the campfire at night. Hugs to all.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

road trippin

A goofy looking western tanger that was captured on an evening walk. 
Canada geese enjoying the rain and other strange ducks doing likewise. These were captured on a rainy-day road-trip a few months back.

I love road trips. Thank goodness my endlessly patient chauffeur who has to stop numerous times so that I can get out and stretch to prevent myself from getting into much pain is such a dear-heart that takes all in stride. I could not ask for a better roadie. 

Friday, August 7, 2009

One more for the upcoming exhibition at The Kings University College in Edmonton this Sept.

Well all birds cannot be pretty but all birds are pretty interesting. So here is my latest sweet lil'bird to awe and amuse. Its not a local Alberta bird but he captured my attention recently and being endeared I had to immortalize him with a portrait.This painting as yet needs a title, got any good ideas? 
I was out at a farm photographing goats when this fella set to screaming and running back an forth the breast of the field like a maniacal sentry warning every creature for miles that a stranger was about. This adorable fella is a Guinea Fowl which is native to Africa yet held in captivity in many countries. I believe farmers keep them as live warning sirens to scare off foxes and coyotes and I read that they love to eat ticks, now thats a bonus. May everyone have a great day and a wonderful weekend.