More pictures from last Monday

10 01 2011

It was a cold day last Monday, which made for an interesting opportunity to get some shots of the hoar frost that settled on the grasses near Burnaby Lake.

Morning Frost – Such beautiful crystals

Morning Hoar Frost by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

After the sun (even the weak winter sun) falls on the frost, the crystals transform.

Morning Hoar Frost by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The mountains of Golden Ears Provincial park were set off nicely against the man-made "moutains" in the city:
City by the mountains by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

And Mrs Dragonspeed was caught lounging around on the dock 🙂Just lounging around

A lovely day for photography!

Burnaby Lake Birds

6 01 2011

Some Burnaby Lake Birds.  The ice around all the local lakes and even on Burnaby Lake forced the usually shy birds to come in much closer.  The mergansers have NEVER been so close.  Monday was a good day to shoot.  (It also was probably our last sunny day until late May Sad )

For those of you following along at home, if you know the ID of the two sparrows, please chime in.

1) Unknown Sparrow (Fox?) – These guys will pose for peanuts Wink

Sparrow (ID?) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2) Another Sparrow (?)

Sparrow (ID?) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3) I’m a crow – REALLY!

I’m a crow.  REALLY. by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4) Male Green-Winged Teal

Green-winged Teal by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5) Male Wood Duck

Male Wood Duck by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6) Dragon Boats

Dragon Boats by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7) Female Common Merganser

Steady on… by DragonSpeed, on Flickr


5 01 2011

These pretty little ducks are ever so elusive.  They generally seem to want nothing to do with people.  They have enough ocean that they don’t normally have to hang out with us.

Thankfully for me, their local haunts were pretty frozen the past few days.  This meant that they were nice and close at Burnaby Lake on the 3rd.

Some highlights of these fun little ducks:

Some Buffleheads from Burnaby Lake on Monday.  Since Reifel was all iced up and most of Burnaby Lake was too, that left only a small area where they could hang out.  GREAT for photo ops!

1) Buzzing the flight deck:

Buzz the flight deck! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2) Look out… I don’t know if I can get enough clearance!

Look out!!! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3) Too much Christmas dinner?

Bufflehead in Flight by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4) Getting up to speed

Bufflehead in Flight by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5) Whadda ya mean – FLY???

Too much Christmas Dinner? by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6) Cruisin’

Male Bufflehead by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7) Shy Mrs Bufflehead

Female Bufflehead – finally close enough by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

I hope you like ’em.  They were an interesting challenge to shoot!

Great New Year’s Outing to Reifel on January 2nd

3 01 2011

Started the New Year off on good note at Reifel on the 2nd.

Here are the New Year’s Birds:

1. Robin with a Berry
Robin with a berry by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. A first for me… Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
Ruby-Crowned Kinglet by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Harrier on the Hunt
Harrier on the Hunt by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4a. Coopers/Sharpie getting rousted
Coopers/Sharpshinned Hawk by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Coopers/Sharpshinned Hawk by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. The rouster – a Peregrine(?)

2010 in review

1 01 2011

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2010. That’s about 31 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 48 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 826 posts. There were 2 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 8mb.

The busiest day of the year was February 27th with 193 views. The most popular post that day was Some incredible Tsunami Photos.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were [some spam referral site],,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for tsunami, bog rosemary, judo, aldabra tortoise, and cube farm.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Some incredible Tsunami Photos December 2004


Vancouver in the Fog January 2009


World Police and Fire Games Judo was great! August 2009


Changu Island, Zanzibar, Tanzania July 2009


Paris at Night June 2008

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