Category Archives: Animal

10 Years

This is the first image that I ever posted on the internet (with a 2017 re-edit). Ten years ago today I thought I would try posting a photo every day on the internet. I thought I would see if I could do it for a year, 365 days. It would be a way to improve my photography and keep me motivated to continue creating images. That year long project kept going and ten years later with a photo every day I have posted over 3650 photos to the internet. I am not sure what I will do now. I probably will continue although I have lots of photos that I would like to sort and present into galleries. I bit of a project that I have always wanted to do but also find almost overwhelming.

I am not sure what I will do now. I probably will continue a photo a day although I have lots of photos that I would like to sort and present in a more accessible format like web galleries or maybe something else. A bit of a project that I have always wanted to do but also find almost overwhelming.

I still carry a camera with me every day but I don’t always make an image every day and that’s okay. Sometimes life gets in the way. When I do take the time, slow down and really see what is around me, what I can create with this camera, I enjoy myself. That is why I started creating images and that is why I will still continue to create images.

Raft staff and the ducks

We watched as the rafts floated down the river. The pulled into a small lagoon at the end of the trip. The “raft staff” came to help them bring the boats to the shore. As the staff moved through the water a small group of ducklings followed. It was quite fun to watch and they were quite good at getting out of the way as the boats came in. It almost appeared as if they thought they were helping.

Nuthatch

I believe this is the female Nuthatch, the mate of the Nuthatch in the image I posted last week. She is smaller in size but large in spirit. Working just as hard if not harder to create a nest in the trunk of the old crabapple tree.

Red Breasted Nuthatch

I was at my brothers place on Sunday afternoon. The snow had melted by then and the sun was out. Up in an old Crabapple tree a pair of Red Breasted Nuthatches were busy burrowing into the tree to make a nest. They would take turns going into the tree, you could hear the tapping of their beaks and then they would pop out of the hole with a beak full of wood shavings and drop them to the ground. I enjoyed listening to them chirping away as they worked.

Grizzly

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One more image from the Calgary Zoo. It was a rainy wet day in August and the animals were active because it wasn’t too hot for them. The food had just been put out and the grizzlies where eating away. I made a few images of them eating and of the crows stealing the bears food. I also made some more abstract detail images like this. The wet grizzly fur on the other side of the wet fence. There is something I like about this image.

Spotted

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Sometimes I think I have the perfect candid moment … the they see me. This Mountain Goat was at the Calgary Zoo. Yes I could drive an hour west and find them in the wild but at the zoo I have a better chance of finding them (and they know how to pose for a photo at the zoo).

Water Dog

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Bring together a dog and some water and you have a happy dog. If the dog has a stick and a person to throw it then it is the happiest day for the dog.

This is an area that fills with rain water on the top of Nose Hill Park. It is a great place to watch dogs. Even though it is in the middle of an old gravel pit there is a park bench for people to sit and and watch the dogs play. It brings a smile to everyone who walks by.

Focus

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The Calgary Zoo has many species of animals. The tiger has to be one of the most intriguing. They move so effortlessly and they are always aware. This tiger would stop and stare at something in the distance. It would stay like this for what seemed like minutes. The focus that is critical in the wild for a hunter, a survivor.