(Because they looked even funnier this way.)
(Because they looked even funnier this way.)
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:
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:
Second, we had a visitor on Thursday:
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.
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.
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.
More to come …
While taking photos of hummingbirds at the feeder I suddenly lost vision in my right eye. The symptoms are that of a detached retina. Today begins the hunt to see if anything can be done about it: the longer the wait the lower the chance for restoration.
My vision has been getting worse over the years. It was never all that good, but at least serviceable. It’s bad enough I’m going deaf, do I have to be blind as well?
This could be the event that forces major changes of life. I’m not looking forward to it. Even dealing with the logistics of getting examined is tricky. Writing this blog entry has been a struggle too; I never realized how much I depend on my right eye and the automatic depth perception it imparts.
A small assortment of accumulated bird pictures.
Incidentally WordPress no longer allows me to edit published posts in any way, so whatever typos I make are now permanent.
Work, work, work. Rain, rain, rain. Mosquitoes, mosquitoes, mosquitoes.
That about covers it.
Note the lack of “photographs, photographs, photographs”. It hasn’t been suitable in any way for that.
I am making progress on the cabin, but every step just reveals more that needs doing. It’s like painting a huge bridge – that just keeps getting longer the further you go. A Mobius project?
Once again there is further evidence I’m too old to be doing this, as I seem to be breaking out in spontaneous bruising. Unexplained subdermal haemotomas. It seems effort alone is enough to burst the blood vessels. That’s not good. Especially not when moving large amounts of heavy furniture around.
By the way, the last trip out here I managed the road at the breakneck speed of 34 KPH (21.5 MPH). Yeah, it just keeps getting better. Not. The additional rain we’ve had since then probably hasn’t done it any good either.
It seems I have a deadline of this weekend to make the place habitable as the Mrs. wants to come out and stay – for the first time since 2018. I can’t say I don’t blame her. Unfortunately she’ll bring our zoo with her, and that means certain projects have to be done ahead of then as the animals will get in the way. It also means the wildlife will vanish for the most part.
Unfortunately mosquitoes are not one of the creatures that will leave when the pets arrive. Oh well. Back to work.
This pretty bird apparently has nested near the cabin as I see it almost daily in the same bushes by the creek.
Photos taken with the venerable Nikon P610.
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.
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).
Some of the visitors were more “ordinary”.
Some were totally unwelcome!
Some came by night!
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!
I’m not exactly certain, but I think this is a wolverine! Never seen one here before. Possibly a fisher.
This morning I was visited by three otters, which also are not usual here.
In fact even the birds have been unusual this year, with first the Barrow’s Goldeneye …
And then a pair of 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.
Some miscellaneous bird pictures that have been piling up in the Nikon file.