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!





Manning Park Beauty

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! Some spectacular scenery – as usual.

1. Morning Mist coming off the lake

Weekend at Manning Park
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Mount Frosty, near the American Border

Weekend at Manning Park
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Postcard moment

Weekend at Manning Park
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. A little Columbian Ground Squirrel

Columbian ground squirrel (Urocitellus columbianus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. Starscape with Jupiter and a Satellite

Starscape
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

There are also a bunch of bird photos in the complete album, if you’re interested: https://flic.kr/s/aHskwio3BV

Thanks for taking the time to enjoy!





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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by 28th Vancouver Scout Group, on Flickr

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

3. Close Quarters
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by 28th Vancouver Scout Group, on Flickr

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

5. Learning Scuba
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by 28th Vancouver Scout Group, on Flickr

6. Pole Climbing
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by 28th Vancouver Scout Group, on Flickr

7. Rock Climbing
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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!





Last day out shooting in 2014

7 01 2015

Last birds of 2014… I went out with a friend to shoot at Reifel and Boundary Bay.  Was not disappointed.  First time sightings of Bohemian Waxwings and a Golden Eagle!

1. Golden-Crowned Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Icy Pintail Drake

Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Bohemian Waxwing

Bohemian waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Sandill Cranes in Flight

Sandhill Cranes (Grus Canadensis) flying by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Cooper’s Hawk

Cooper’s hawk (Accipiter cooperii) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. Golden Eagle out duck hunting

Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The whole day’s photos can be found at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157647722360013/

I hope you enjoy these photos and that you have a good year shooting in 2015!





Pacific International Judo Tournament – 2014

19 02 2014

It was a two day event hosted by the Steveston Judo Club at the Richmond Olympic Oval. Competitors came from across Canada, USA, Czech Republic, Japan and even Brazil.

For those that are interested, results of the day: http://t.co/Un9Ol29W2W

The full set of photos from the weekend:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157641214433375/

Some of the highlights:

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Pacific International Judo Tournament 2014 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Pacific International Judo Tournament 2014 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Pacific International Judo Tournament 2014 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Pacific International Judo Tournament 2014 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

I hope you enjoyed 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!





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!





Elfin Lakes!

27 08 2013

We were up in the Diamond Head area of Garibaldi Provincial Park for 4 day/3 nights last week. The alpine scenery was amazing.  Here are some highlights of the hike.

1. Mount Atwell and the Gargoyles

Mt Atwell and the Gargoyles by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Wildflowers

Beautiful flowers by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Premium camping location!

Summer in the Alpine by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Full Moon Rising

Full Moon at Elfin Lakes by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Alpine reflection

Reflection of Mountain beauty by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Lit by the full moon

Elfin Lakes and surroundings by the full moon. by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. Moonset over the Tantalus Range

Moonset over the Tantalus range by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

8. Panoramic view from the Opal Cone (bigger on Flickr)

Panorama from the Opal Cone by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

I hope you enjoyed the virtual visit to the alpine!  More shots can be found at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157635241803555/

Comments and Critique welcome!





Anniversary Hike to Yellow Aster Butte

8 08 2013

My wife and I headed out last weekend for an overnight backpacking trip to Yellow Aster Butte meadows as our 13th anniversary of the trip we took for our honeymoon in 2000.  I trekked the 7D up with me using the Cotton carrier (which, I might add, was quite comfortable)

The whole set is at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157634968454038

Here are some samplings of the photographic fruits of our labour:

1. Some lovely little purple wildflowers

Anniversary Weekend at Mount Baker by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Some of the beautiful wildflowers in bloom with Shuksan in the background

Anniversary Weekend at Mount Baker by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. American and Canadian Border Peaks

Anniversary Weekend at Mount Baker by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Tarns of Yellow Aster Butte

Anniversary Weekend at Mount Baker by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Pristine Alpine Tarn

Anniversary Weekend at Mount Baker by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Our own patch of paradise

Anniversary Weekend at Mount Baker by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. Mount Baker in the distance

Anniversary Weekend at Mount Baker by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

8. Mount Baker, from Artist’s Point – end of Mount Baker Highway

Anniversary Weekend at Mount Baker by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

I hope you enjoyed your virtual alpine visit!  Comments welcome!





Some wetland birds from Sunday

25 03 2013

It was supposed to be sunny yesterday.. I hate the weatherman.

Here’s what I could get, given the lighting and conditions of the day:

1. Male Wood duck – always a fave of mine

Male Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. The ever present male Mallard

Male Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. The diminutive Green-Winged Teal

Male Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Male Common Goldeneye

Male Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Male Ring-necked duck.

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

6. Fox sparrow to round out the set.

Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

There are more at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157633085249094/with/8587395191/

Hope you enjoy them!





Boundary Bay Airshow – 2012

1 08 2012

This was my first time shooting an airshow, or for that matter any real plane "action"

The weather was nice, but the "Blue sky" we get on the Coast always has a lot of humidity in it, making it a bit hazy white…. Action shots all with 100-400, and some of the static display shots were with the 17-85. All with C-PL on.

1. Peter Herzig and his T-28

Peter Herzig in his T-28 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Unclear about the side of the plane that’s supposed to be "up"?

Peter Herzig in his T-28 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. John Mrazek in his Harvard Mark T, "Pussycat II"

Harvard Mark IV, "Pussycat II" by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Fred Kaiser flying the stylish Cessna CJ-2

Fred Kaiser flying the stylish Cessna CJ-2 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. A-1 Skyraider "The Proud American"

A-1 Skyraider “The Proud American” by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Vintage Fly-by

Harvard II and AQC-6 fly by by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. L-29’s Flying Formation

Richard and John Mrazek in their L-29’s by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

8. One of the Static Displays

Static Display at the Boundary Bay Airshow by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Hope you enjoyed the "show" The whole set from the day can be found at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…th/7695807828/





Judo – Vancouver Open 2012

10 02 2012
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Judo – Vancouver Open 2012, a set on Flickr.

It was a great day to be out shooting Judo! The Seikidokan Dojo hosted a fine tournament.





Rufous Hummingbird – A Study

13 06 2011

Yesterday afternoon was a great day for watching my backyard birds. I sat and watched the hummers zip in and out and the adult male chasing off pretenders to his throne… A few shots from the afternoon’s watching:

Comments and Critique welcome!

1. Female/Juvi close-up:

Study of Hummingbirds #6 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Female/Juvi at the feeder:

Study of Hummingbirds #5 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Male in flight:

Study of Hummingbirds #4 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Male in flight:

Study of Hummingbirds #3 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Male in flight:

Study of Hummingbirds #2 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Male in flight (giving me the business end!):

Study of Hummingbirds #1 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr





Steller’s Jay – A study

13 06 2011
3 hours of sitting still paid off. The Steller’s Jays are starting to almost come closer than MFD… Still working on feeding by hand… They aren’t THAT comfortable with me yet.

Comments and Critique welcome.

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Steller’s Jay by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Steller’s Jay by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Steller’s Jay by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Steller’s Jay by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Steller’s Jay by DragonSpeed, on Flickr





Three from the Backyard

13 06 2011
Three from sitting around on my balcony yesterday:

Comments welcome – Don’t be shy!

1. Pine Siskin

Pine Siskin by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Female Black Headed Grosbeak

Female Black Headed Grosbeak by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Mr Downy Woodpecker

Mr Downy Woodpecker by DragonSpeed, on Flickr





Puppy at the Beach

9 03 2011

While down at Boundary Bay, I came across a young pup playing…

Puppies and the Beach – what’s NOT to love?!? 

He’s not my pup, but he certainly seemed to be enjoying the mud and the water… Hope you like him!

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Playing at the Beach by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Playing at the Beach by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Playing at the Beach by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Playing at the Beach by DragonSpeed, on Flickr








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