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!
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.
It’s May on Salt Spring which means that, as usual, the Eagles are busy at Booth Bay teaching their young to fish, fly, survive and thrive in the World that awaits them as they approach adulthood. The juveniles begin to moult and lose their spotted camouflage to become true, majestic Bald Eagles with white tops & tails. I love to watch as they swoop and glide in the air above my head just out of arms’ reach sometimes but well within the range of my telephoto lens! The Great Blue Herons put on a pretty good show as well...
Updates to two of my galleries, EAGLES & HERONS
and B&W DIGITAL
include some more of my recent photographs of these incredible aeronauts.