Something for Saturday

There’s this fellow named Chuck Miller who writes about stuff and posts photos, and every weekend he puts up a list of various blogs he follows. For some inexplicable reason my deteriorating blog is among those listed. As such I like to have something decent for that link to be to rather than my usual blurred images and drivel. After all I don’t want to be responsible for dragging down the quality of Chuck’s postings. This week my own have been a bit dreadful, so here some pictures somewhat more enjoyable (I think) to keep the standards up.

Peak-a-bear.
I see you there.

This was a particularly large bear who stopped by at the lake a while back. In general bears are not a problem, as long as you don’t threaten or challenge them (by their standards, not yours). I think this is the one who would not back down from my neighbour when they met up. Usually bears will run away from humans. Except grizzlies and polars, both of which are homicidal.

A bear

Black bear on the road to the cabin

This bear was browsing and not inclined to wander off. I inched the Nissan ever closer, taking photos along the way, until he decided the Xterra was bigger than him and galloped into the woods.

The amazing thing here is getting this post up at all, as the computer has been having fits of failure and I really can’t replace it. So I have been missing other people’s posts and comments and just ‘bearly’ managing to communicate with home as I continue working on the cabin.

Visitors

Friday was a really intense day of running around at the last minute trying to see to all details before heading out to the cabin to begin what appears to be an endless task of cleaning up after the packrat. It finished with a thunderstorm and the need to run the generator after arguing with the water pump for several hours (the usual refusing to hold its prime problem).

However I did get the SD card out of the wildlife camera and had a look at what it saw over last Winter. There wasn’t much this year: several of the shots were triggered by snowfall which no doubt kept a lot of animals away. Here’s some that came anyway:

Oct 21 2021 – before I’d left for the year. I have no idea who this is.
A moose in the night. There were a lot of moose shots, mostly nocturnal. This was the best of them.
A bear in the evening. 10 days before I came out this time. Must still be around.
Kayaker, taken Saturday the 21st. No idea who it is and the Nikon was not being very co-operative so this is the best out of seven, only 3 of which were even images.

So our Jane is coming up to take the travel trailer away. This will not only free up space in the yard, but will allow me to get at a couple of projects such as running the power line in from the generator shed and eventually putting the brick patio down. Stuff sitting all around here waiting to be used up; last year got interrupted by a detached retina and then running out of time. I barely finished the wood harvest.

Meanwhile, back to cleaning up. One of the projects is redoing the bathroom which not only suffered a lot of water damage way back when I was reroofing the place (Brenda fell and broke her wrist one day – it poured a month’s worth of rain when I took her to the hospital) but also has packrat nests above it which were not improved by the contractor’s failure to repair the ceiling properly. But hey, what’s more work for me right? Well it’s more work for me, right?

Sunshine is erratic so I will probably be using the generator more. That’s expensive electricity!

Square on

A few ‘incidental’ photos that came about while shooting with various cameras. The common denominator here is that they all looked better cropped square.

Bear out the window. (Nikon P610)
Young Pacific wren. Blurry because it was in the dark bush of the woods. (Nikon P610)
Yellow on yellow. Blurry because the Tamron lens isn’t that sharp. (Canon T100)
Dotted butterfly. (Pentax K100D)
Bee there in the square. (Olympus E-410)
Featuring yellow today I guess. (Olympus E-410)

The good news is we’ve had more rain and the fires are taking a beating from it, although it’s smoky today. Not long ’til September and the next thing you know …

Loose ends

Time to bring you up to date on what’s been going on around here.

First of all, the picture I forgot to include in the blog about the Olympus E-410:

640×480 crop of full image.

This shows that the camera used with a good lens doesn’t have problems. You see grain, not blur. That means the Olympus lenses are where the shortcomings are with that system. Goes with this pic, btw:

Lorne’s boat using the 50mm Takumar on the E-410. It’s fine.

Second, we had a visitor on Thursday:

Mr. Otis Bear

He spent most of the day crashing around in the foliage by the creek, just beside the cabin. He was stripping off berries to eat and driving the dogs crazy. I believe it’s one of the cubs that were coming ’round here with their mama this Spring. Seems to have gone now.

Third item is that the smoke has rolled in again as of Friday. Along with a high of 97F. Fires are still bad and people are being warned to stay away from certain areas, not just the evac alert/order zones. Honestly anyone vacationing in BC right now must be certifiably insane.

Beautiful view, wasn’t it?

Fortunately I was able to do some photo work before it got like this. Can’t even breath out there now. It’s looking a bit “life crisis” for me in fact. Bad enough I have to re-arrange my camera arsenal without having to re-arrange my entire way of living.

So I forgot about ‘back button’ focusing of the Pentax, and can’t tell if something is sharp or not anyway. This is a ‘salvaged shot’.

I’m actually working on a new “Master Plan” to go with my failed eyesight. The best camera I’ve got for working with my vision right now is the Canon PowerShot G11, which not only has a purely optical finder and limited zoom range (so basically anything I can see I can shoot), but also the nice colour tones of a CCD sensor. Beyond that … well I’ll explain the equipment shift at a later date. It’s still in flux anyway.

Butterfly, taken with the Canon T100.

More to come …

Bigger visitors

Mama black bear.
Baby black bears.

Taken through the window (because I’m not insane) with the Nikon P610.

Notice that they were eating the vegetation. Contrary to popular opinion, bears are not carnivores. They will attack and kill any animal they consider to be a threat, including humans. Also they will fish and scavenge.

Over Winter

I was surprised to find the game camera at the cabin stayed working over the Winter. It took some pictures of interesting visitors. The first one was the very next picture after I had left with my last load of wood (albeit in the next month).

Cougar

Some of the visitors were more “ordinary”.

Mule deer

Some were totally unwelcome!

Trespassers = cougar food.

Some came by night!

You can tell it’s a moose but …

I’ve been trying to get a good moose picture for years! Lots of them about, but they are elusive.

Baby bears aren’t uncommon either. Other shots showed he was traveling with a sibling – and mama!

Little black bear

I’m not exactly certain, but I think this is a wolverine! Never seen one here before. Possibly a fisher.

Wolverine? (Not the Marvel version.)

This morning I was visited by three otters, which also are not usual here.

River otter at the lake.

In fact even the birds have been unusual this year, with first the Barrow’s Goldeneye …

Barrow’s Goldeneye.

And then a pair of surf scoters:

Surf Scoters

Meanwhile work progresses. I won’t bother with any of those photos until I get to the point where it looks like something.

This year’s bear

This year’s bear

Every year a charity here sells two different editions of teddy bear. The practice is you buy one, and another gets donated to local hospitals to be given to any child who has the misfortune of being an inpatient around Christmas time. I’ve been buying them for years, with the ‘take home’ one being sent on to various grandchildren or others who might benefit from a bear in hand. Last year it went to my poor sister-in-law who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. She won’t remember it any more than she does me, but for a few minutes it brightened her life.

I have to admit not all the bears find new homes. There’s one living out at the cabin, and two more here at the house. Now this one has come to join them, at least for now. Because just for now I am the one who needs a bear.

Here in nowhere

Out at the cabin, presumably to stay for a few days. But the weather forecast changed instantly and is still inaccurate, plus so far things haven’t been going well.

So let’s ignore that and look at a couple of pictures I snapped through the (dirty) windshield with the Nikon on the way out.

sproing
SPROING!
grrbear
Why I like telephoto lenses

We’ll see what else turns up. Or down.

Kodak critters

Some pictures taken with my Kodak P850 when it was my only digital camera.

Banana_Bird_by_Kaleidopsyche
Western Tanager
Curiouser_by_Kaleidopsyche
Mule deer
little_black_bear_by_kaleidopsyche-d54yjoy
Black bear
most_people_just_have_a_rubber_duck_by_kaleidopsyche-d7tj4a2
Gronk the toad
On_The_Nest_by_Kaleidopsyche
Alder flycatcher
Shadows_and_Shapes_by_Kaleidopsyche
Lake loons
Arrr__Matey_by_Kaleidopsyche
Sandpiper on a buouy
The_Bush_King_by_Kaleidopsyche
Male Rufus hummingbird

Not bad for an old 5MP camera. Yes, the toad is in the tub. Yes, most people make due with a rubber duck.