Starting off 2017 with a walk in the Wetlands

5 01 2017

After dropping Mrs Dragonspeed at the airport, I headed out to Westham Island for a nice walk around the Reifel Bird Sanctuary… in the COLD winter weather.  (Cold in Vancouver means a bit below 0C )  Some of the highlights are here

1. Juvenile Baldie – having lunch

Juvenile Bald Eagle – having lunch
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Golden-crowned Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Icy Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane on ice
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. The Grey Ghost – Male Northern Harrier

The Grey Ghost
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. Sunset Hunt….

The Grey Ghost
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

and because I always love it when these guys perch at a good angle with the sky to get good polarization…

7. Posing Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

The complete set of the day can be found at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskLehJnS

I hope you enjoyed the birds – it’s always a good day when you can get out and shoot!





Happy New Year 2017

1 01 2017

New Year’s eve ended up being super snowy here.  It seems that December 2016 was a SNOW MONTH, here in Burnaby BC. (We are technically a TEMPERATE RAINFOREST!!!)
I went out yesterday and shot some pictures of the lights around our neighborhood in the snow.
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New Year’s Eve – Snow and Lights
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

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New Year’s Eve – Snow and Lights
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

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New Year’s Eve – Snow and Lights
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

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New Year’s Eve – Snow and Lights
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

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New Year’s Eve – Snow and Lights
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

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New Year’s Eve – Snow and Lights
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

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New Year’s Eve – Snow and Lights
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

For the whole album of my evening wander in the neighborhood, head over to: https://flic.kr/s/aHskRCdhzw

Happy New Year 2017 to all of my blog readers (about a dozen or so, I think Winking smile )





Manning Park Birds

10 05 2016

I was up at Manning Park this past weekend with my Scouts. It was the warmest May weekend I’ve ever spent!  A few feathered friends made an appearance.

1. Female Brown-Headed Cowbird

Female Brown-headed cowbird (Molothrus ater)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Steller’s Jay (Our BC provincial bird!)

Steller’s jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Male Barrow’s Goldeneye

Male Barrow’s goldeneye (Bucephala islandica)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. The Ubiquitous Grey Jay or Whiskey Jack

Grey jay (Perisoreus canadensis)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. My personal favourite bird of the weekend – Audubon’s Warbler

Audubon’s warbler
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

There are also a bunch of landscape and a couple of starscape attempts in the album, if you’re interested: https://flic.kr/s/aHskwio3BV

Thanks for taking the time to enjoy!





Hummingbirds!

1 05 2016

I always love it when my hummingbirds come back. They first start appearing here around March, but in late April, early May, I have to add new food almost every few days.  They zip and zoom and argue about who’s “flower” it is. They are such fun to watch!  Today was the first day to get out and shoot the “dominant” male at my feeder.  He seems pretty relaxed around me, so I might get more good shots going forward.

Here are the first shots


Male Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr


Male Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr


Male Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr


Male Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr





Happy New Year

1 01 2016

We started the new year out with an inversion!  Yay!  Fogcouver again Smile

 

Inversion time again!  Yay!

Vancouver in the Fog
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr


Vancouver in the Fog
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr


Vancouver in the Fog
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

More at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/albums/72157662466737410/with/23999722382/

Happy New Year!





Pacific Jamboree – 2015

14 09 2015

The Pacific Jamboree – 2015 was held near Sooke BC, in July this year. Here are some shots from our fun filled week, hopefully showcasing the great time we had with 3000 of our closest friends! :)

1. Opening Ceremonies – crowd shot
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2015-PJ15-28thVancouverScouts
by 28th Vancouver Scout Group, on Flickr

2. The addictive fun of badge trading
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2015-PJ15-28thVancouverScouts
by 28th Vancouver Scout Group, on Flickr

3. Close Quarters
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2015-PJ15-28thVancouverScouts
by 28th Vancouver Scout Group, on Flickr

4. Unbelievably, they let ME throw a hatchet! :)
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2015-PJ15-28thVancouverScouts
by 28th Vancouver Scout Group, on Flickr

5. Learning Scuba
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2015-PJ15-28thVancouverScouts
by 28th Vancouver Scout Group, on Flickr

6. Pole Climbing
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2015-PJ15-28thVancouverScouts
by 28th Vancouver Scout Group, on Flickr

7. Rock Climbing
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2015-PJ15-28thVancouverScouts
by 28th Vancouver Scout Group, on Flickr

And so much more!!! The 7 day event was a blast, and you can see how much fun it was in the whole album:
https://flic.kr/s/aHskha4Pge

I hope you enjoy viewing as much as we enjoyed doing!





4 days at Cape Scott Provincial Park

14 09 2015

Mrs Dragonspeed and I went on a 4 day hiking trip with our Venturer Scouts to Cape Scott Provincial Park. For those that don’t know where it is, here is a map to give you an idea: Cape Scott Hiking Map

Here are a few photos from the beautiful wilderness of Northern Vancouver Island:
1. The lush rainforest
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Winding through the Rainforest
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Sunset on Nissen Bight
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Sunset on Nissen Bight
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Sunset on Guise Bay
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Sunset on Guise Bay
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. The old road
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Old Military Road to Lighthouse
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. White Sand Beach – All to yourself!
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White Sand Beach all to yourself
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

The whole photo album is here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/albums/72157657136513430

I hope you enjoy your short visit to our coastal rainforest :) Comments and Critique are always welcome!





A morning down at Burnaby Lake

28 04 2015

Went down to Burnaby Lake Sunday morning and just missed the pair of cinnamon teals that were there. I did, however get a few shots of the usual suspects ;)

1. Brown-headed Cowbird
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Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Cackling Goose
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Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Mr Wood Duck givin’ me some sass.
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Male Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Glaucous-winged Gull
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Glaucous-winged gull (Larus glaucescens) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The set from today: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspe … 2142465926

I hope you enjoy them!





Finally–the elusive Hooded Mergansers!

4 02 2014

Others too, but the Hoodie was my takeaway victory of the day.  These guys have always stayed at the OTHER end of ponds from where I am shooting until this most recent time.
Here are the shots from the day.

1. Mr. Hooded Merganser

Mr Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Mrs Hooded Merganser

Mrs Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Headless Heron

Headless Heron (Ardea herodias) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Black-Crowned Night Heron… AWAKE!

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Juvenile Bald Eagle

Juvenile Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. GBH in flight – evening light just starting to kick in.

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) in flight by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

I hope you enjoyed them.  Others at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157640478024716/





Another Foggy Morning in Vancouver

22 01 2014

More from this past Saturday.  Mrs Dragonspeed and I headed up to get to the Cypress Bowl Road lower gate for 07:00 when it opens.  There were probably 10-15 cars, all with the same idea, parked along the side – just itchin’ to get up the hill.  When we got there, our fog density fears were confirmed: Fog was a bit too high up.

On the PLUS side, the sunrise was spectacular:

1. Mount Baker

Sunrise over Foggy Vancouver by DragonSpeed, on Flickr
2. Metrotown

Sunrise over Foggy Vancouver by DragonSpeed, on Flickr
3. Ocean of Clouds

Sunrise over Foggy Vancouver by DragonSpeed, on Flickr
4. Amazing Colours

Sunrise over Foggy Vancouver by DragonSpeed, on Flickr
5. Shangri-La and Metrotown just poking through

Sunrise over Foggy Vancouver by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Others from the outing:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157640020852846/

Not a bad way to spend a an hour on a Saturday morning Smile





2013 In Photos

1 01 2014

I took a bit of time and made a "2013 in Review"

The Year 2013 in Photos by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

If you click the link, you can see the larger size.





A few Birds from Recent Outings

16 12 2013

We had a few nice cold clear days in the last couple of weeks, so I got out and had a go at it – I love getting out when it’s not raining around here.

1. Golden-Crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. A lifer for me – Wilson’s Snipe

Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. A beautiful Red-tailed Hawk

Possible Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Mr Ring-necked

Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. A lovely Red-shafted Northern Flicker

Red-shafted Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Sandhill crane – up close and personal

Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

I hope you enjoy them!





2013 Canada West Judo Tournament

16 12 2013

My Judo club hosted the 2013 Canada West Judo Tournament on Dec 7, 2013. The usual challenges of shooting in a gymnasium aside, there were some decent shots to be had.

1. Last minute coaching
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2013 Canada West Judo Tournament by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Serious hold down
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2013 Canada West Judo Tournament by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. The landing
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2013 Canada West Judo Tournament by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Reversal
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2013 Canada West Judo Tournament by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Big Uchimata!
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2013 Canada West Judo Tournament by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The whole set can be seen at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157638623787415/





Foggy Vancouver Mornings

25 10 2013

The past two weeks have had Vancouver, BC sitting in a temperature inversion.  Down in the city, the temperatures have been 6C in the morning while up higher in the mountains it was 13C.  Combined with moist air from the Pacific, that means low lying fog and some great photo ops!

My wife and I went up on Saturday and found that the fog ceiling was a bit too high:

Sunrise over Foggy Vancouver by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Not to be deterred by that, it was time to get a bit creative.  Mount Baker silhouetted against the sunrise:

Sunrise over Foggy Vancouver by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The sunrise, itself made for a nice opportunity too:

Sunrise over Foggy Vancouver by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

That Saturday’s set can be seen here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157636781062064/

On Wednesday, I dragged myself out of bed solo and headed up… got to the cypress viewpoint by 06:15…urgh, that’s early.  What a reward though!!!

The pre-dawn city in the Fog:

Foggy Morning in Vancouver by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The Lion’s Gate Bridge poking up over the fog:

Foggy Morning in Vancouver by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

When the sun started to come up the real fun began:

Foggy Morning in Vancouver by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The cloud city (Landau ain’t got nothing on us!):

Foggy Morning in Vancouver by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

One last one:

Foggy Morning in Vancouver by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Wednesday was just a day of "Wow" after "Wow" as the light changed and kept presenting interesting opportunities.  Wednesday’s set can be seen in entirety here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157636922974655/

Vancouver ROCKS – when it’s not raining!





Canadian National Judo Championships

8 07 2013

Canadian National Judo Championships from the Richmond Olympic Oval in Beautiful British Columbia – 4 days of Great Judo!

 

Full set of pics here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157634477242810/

 

1. Getting a bit woozy.

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CNJC – Day 1 U18 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

 

2. Uchimata!

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CNJC – Day 1 U18 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

 

3. Handstand.

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CNJC 2013 Day 2 – Senior Men and Women by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

 

4. A Huge Throw!

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CNJC 2013 Day 2 – Senior Men and Women by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

 

5. Champion!

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CNJC 2013 Day 2 – Senior Men and Women by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

 

6. Masters action.

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CNJC 2013 Day 3 – u15 and Masters by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

 

7. Every match has a winner and a loser…

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CNJC 2013 Day 3 – u15 and Masters by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

 

8. Going down?

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CNJC 2013 Day 4 – U21 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr





Reminiscing… The Aurora Borealis

7 04 2013

I was just revisiting some of our Aurora pictures… Funny, but this one keeps sticking with me. It looks like a cloudy night, but every bit of "texture" you see in the sky is created by the Aurora Borealis. The actual night sky is clear (as can be seen from the visible stars) It really felt like it was "storm clouds of Aurora" coming over from the North. You can’t really put it fully into words…


Aurora Borealis – The Northern Lights by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

God’s wonder never ceases to amaze!  I can see myself planning a trip again…





More Yukon Landscapes

4 04 2013

We took a trip down to Skagway from Whitehorse while visiting. The drive was nice, and the part through "White Pass" was appropriately named.. crazy! Here are some of the shots from the outing.

1. Along the shores of Tagish Lake
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Heading down to Skagway by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Lonely Border post
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Border Outpost by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. On the flats of Dyea, Alaska
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On the flats in Dyea, AK by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. The ice planet "Hoth"?
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Hoth? by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Spectacular sun on the mountains, near the border
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Sun on the mountains by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Welcome to the Yukon (with a little photoshop help)
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Welcome to the Yukon! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

I hope you enjoyed this little winter visit… more available at my flickr set:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157633081420715/with/8619057091/





Redpolls

4 04 2013

When up in Whitehorse, I had the chance to shoot a couple of Redpolls. It was my first time seeing this lovely little bird. I’m glad I could get a decent shot! Turns out that the first is a Common Redpoll, and the second a Hoary Redpoll! 

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Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Hoary Redpoll (Carduelis hornemanni) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr





Landscapes near Whitehorse

25 03 2013

My wife and I were up in Whitehorse to shoot the aurora two weeks ago  We spent some time driving around the area when the weather was nice… Here are some shots we took from a day outing around town:

1. Snowbound

Around Whitehorse by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Frozen

Around Whitehorse by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Signs of Spring

Around Whitehorse by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Frozen Beauty

Around Whitehorse by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Tagish Lake Pano

Panorama of a lake near Carcross, YT by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The day’s pictures can all be seen at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157633081420715/with/8587573995/

I hope you enjoy the cold from the warmth of your home Winking smile





Sunny but Cold Canmore…

14 01 2013

I spent three days visiting my cousin Sarah in Canmore.  The first two days were cloudy and socked in, with some snow falling. The third day, when the sun came out and the air was clear, the mountains were spectacular:

Some shots from a short visit to Canmore, Alberta last week:


Canadian Rocky Mountains by DragonSpeed, on Flickr


Canadian Rocky Mountains by DragonSpeed, on Flickr


Canadian Rocky Mountains by DragonSpeed, on Flickr


Canadian Rocky Mountains by DragonSpeed, on Flickr


Canadian Rocky Mountains by DragonSpeed, on Flickr


Canadian Rocky Mountains by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Stay warm!

The whole set of mountain shots can be found at:
 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…th/8379030762/








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