Ice & Snow & Hummingbirds

Now that winter is finally here with a vengeance, the landscape has begun to change somewhat: ice and snow in areas that are usually brilliant greens at this time of year. I love to explore while the temperature is below freezing to see just how different our island looks with hints of blue-tinted ice and bright white snow!

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Our local Anna’s Hummingbirds have been quite a bit more active lately seemingly preparing for mating season! It’s always a pleasure to venture outside to spend time watching them flit about the garden in pursuit of sustenance and each other!

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Musgrave Road Spring Falls

a seriously perfect day for getting out to shoot some local waterfalls: the light was diffused, temperature not to hot or cold and the streams running not too high and not too low. I managed to work my way along Musgrave Road to two sets of falls that occur along the same stream: the first was cluttered with lots of debris from the recent wind storms that we’ve had but there were still many compositions to be found in the smaller pools below the falls, the second set of falls was the opposite with lots of clutter below the falls and the headwaters clean & clear.

Slogging through the streams in gumboots is the only way to get the shots that I’m after: low-angle compositions mid-way into the flowing waters to give the viewer the sense of being in the midst of the rushing water and chaotic sounds that accompany even the smallest set of rapids. There is a feeling of life flowing along the streams, over the stones and through the roots of the trees & ferns along the banks. Spending time around fast flowing water and waterfalls always gives me a bit of an energy boost: I feed off of the same life force that keeps the forests alive.