The Summer Solstice has come and gone and along with it the longest day of 2012. The Summer has yet to really get started here on Salt Spring with cool, rainy weather being the norm for the past several weeks but a change is definitely in the air and I can feel the better weather just around the corner.
The garden is full of life, the birds are all still very active at Booth Bay and our local Saturday Market in the Park is full swing. Everything continues to change day to day as the various plants grow and grow with the rains and intermittent sun. The herons and eagles are growing as well and I see the juveniles becoming more active with each day. Time to get out and spend some quality time behind the lens!
I have been working on a series of cards lately trying out different combinations of images to see which ones work the best as a group. Most likely I’ll print 10 or so 4” x 6” images on folding card stock to be sold along with an envelope...something to supplement my collection of B&W postcards that I printed a few years ago. All of the photos will be from Salt Spring and will, hopefully, encompass much of what the island has to offer: a sort of mini version of what I aimed for when putting together my book.
A couple of days ago my good friend Rick brought me out to see the local Heron rookery: a collection of huge nests suspended in Alders & Maples in a small park behind the local swimming pool. The adults go fishing in Booth Bay and at Fernwood Dock and return to the nests with their fresh catch for the adolescents. The young ones are looking big enough to leave the nest soon so perhaps I’ll be lucky enough to see them on their first forays out into the World.
The nearby beach at Booth Bay always provides me with wonderful opportunities for gathering new images. Yesterday was no exception with a “minus” (very low) tide that revealed many rocks and formations that are usually submerged. The eagles and herons take advantage of the extended fishing grounds and there were at least 12-15 eagles as well as 5-6 herons in the bay...spectacular!
I’ve also been enjoying time in the garden watching the bees, dragonflies and butterflies return as the flowers all burst into life...magnificent!
On top of all of the great photo opportunities, my new book, SALT SPRING: PORTRAIT OF AN ISLAND
, was successfully launched on Saturday night to a very welcoming crowd of appreciative Salt Springers. It is now available online on my ITEMS FOR SALE
page where you can purchase a copy using Paypal.