20170216,17 A couple days of sunshine chasing sparkles in the snow

Bright sunshine got me to try to get some more sparkles in my photos, with varying results.  Sometimes it is necessary to click on the photo to see that sort of texture:

Hartley Road Shack with the Voigtlander, 10.5 mm f/0.95 manual focus and exposure:

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Voigtlander’s sunburst is very nice …

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Leica does a good job too, on the FZ1000:

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Twin Rivers is always changing this winter:

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Dappled snow:

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Grazing light seems to be most effective …

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From a further distance I thought the above was an elk!   Eyes and brush pull tricks on ones visual cortex with its great ability to recognize patterns.

 

I just happened to like the composition of this one … so now you’re stuck with looking at it!

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Across the road from the Dream Inn on Hwy 69:

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Interesting reflects off of the snow on the left.  On the way to Bayfield Inlet…

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We are heading for a warm spell so I’ll be riding the ditches to find some flowing water.  Always fun.

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20170206-14 Grosbeaks, bright skies and snowfalls

Very variable February weather  …

We had a few soft snowfalls, like this one near the Henvey Inlet road construction:

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A couple attempts to capture some of the many examples snow textures that seem to change daily, in some cases hourly;

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Light snow at Grundy Lake creek from Hwy 522:

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Does this pull you  in?

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Early morning scene at Annie’s:

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A flock of these birdies were found eating the seeds in the samaras of the ash trees along Riverside Drive.

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This thin cloud produced this mild corona around the sun:

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The purplish spot above the sun is a lens flare.  This oft-photographed stream flows along the Shebeshekong Road, just south of the Skerryvore Community Road.

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Delicate snow …

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Remnants of a freezing rain episode reflecting light from the “sunburst” — which is caused by light diffracting from the 5 bladed iris controlling the aperture in the Voigtlander manual lens.  If the number is blades is odd, the number of spikes  is twice the number  of blades.  If even, the number of spikes is equal to the number of blades. See diffraction spikes.

Some photographers can insert sunbursts using software.  I don’t know how to do that.

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Yes, there is some iridescence behind that pine tree:

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Snowstorm along Hwy 529, just south of the road to Byng Inlet.

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Very small over-exposure of the obscured sun.  I guess around 2/3 stop.

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The sky is bonus but it’s the tracks here!

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See the sun?

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Heavy textured snow, helped by glancing light…

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From Boucher’s Concession Road, across the highway from my place.  I often check out that location, always to see something different.

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A good example …

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It looks like we are going to have a sunny day.  I think that I  might exercise the Voigtlander again.  I need practice using a fully manual lens with no autofocus and no autoexposure.  Good way to learn how a camera really works!

 

20170201-05 Early February snow

On February 1st I walked back to where Brandy was killed by the freight train.  A week had passed by.  Now, Feb 15th, I am feeling up to finding another live-in companion and am putting the word out for a big doggie, older, who has no major behavioural or health issues.  Luther and Brandy were my first Shepherds.  Both were outstanding companions for stubborn me.  But I would be happy to adopt another doggie that needs a home.

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I did some experimentation with the Voigtlander lens … which renders colours quite spectacularly.

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And here is a shot with the FZ1000 where I am, again, trying to capture sparkles in the snow … which are quite visible if you click on the image to get a full size — in both of these images.

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A truckload of maples to be used as firewood….

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North side of Hartley Bay Road …

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Evening light across the road from my place …

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Snowstorm at Dave and Maureen’s …

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Across the road, again.  I find that there is always something different to see in this location:

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Fluffy snow texture around the prickly Juniper …

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Vestiges of a Fall Aster:

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Many textures of lichen adorn the local granites …

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Old Still River Road corner post:

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Stream coming out of Grundy Lake PP from Hwy 522.

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The winter is becoming more typical with the occasional cold snap in between snowy, squally and wet days.  We are already well into February so Spring is soon here.

I recently got an email from Mary Holland describing “Snow Scorpions”: https://naturallycuriouswithmaryholland.wordpress.com/2017/02/15/snow-scorpionflies-active/

Local folks call them “Snow fleas”.   We usually see them in March when they appear on top of the melting snow in great numbers.   Have you figured out why that is?

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20170129-30 End of January Sunshine

We enjoyed some cold weather with bright sunshine at the end of January.  These are some of the sights seen …

The Inlet from Riverside Drive:

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Crisp snow:

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Little White Spruce near Steve and Barb’s:

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At Jeremy’s:

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Bedraggled Juniper …

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Also across the road …

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Warm wet air escaping from the crack in early morning causes these water crystals …

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Some artwork …

 

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Wolves exploring???

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Some bright sun is very nice during the winter!

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20170118-28 January Thaw

We had a long thaw in January 2017, encouraging birdies to forage, exposing ground and causing waterways to flow.  Some examples:

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Ground is showing on Hwy 554 near Dillon …

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Pine Siskins foraging for grit …

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Oil storage tanks come down at the CPR Britt fuel facility….

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Water on the thin (10cm) ice at St Amants dockage ….

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Roaring Magnetawan River at Ahmic Lake outflow …

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Classic silo near Town of Magnetawan …

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Late afternoon on Hwy 159 …

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What can follow a thaw?  Yes, some cold sunshiny days, which ended our month of January.

20170125 R.I.P. Brandy, The Princess

Last Wednesday (January 25th) Brandy, the Princess, was killed on the railway tracks behind my house.  Fortunately she died instantly when hit by a fast moving freight train.

Here are some photos of happier times:

Posing for a portrait, August 2013 …

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Playing with waves out on Bathtub Island, July 2012 …

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Sneaking up on a water lily, Black Bay, August 2012 …

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Maintaining her watch from the co-pilot’s seat, March 2015 …

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Relaxing on Floatboat II, on the occasion of  Paul’s visit July 2016 …

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She has joined her friend, Buddy, who predeceased her February 2016, in Doggie Heaven.

She gave back today:

This morning, on her behalf, I donated two large unopened bags of her special (and expensive)  dog food to her Veterinarian, to be given to a pet owner who found it difficult to buy such needed dog food.    Later I had  lunch with two friends and told them about the circumstances of Brandy’s  passing and about her donation.  At the end of the meal, our server said that the folks who had lunch at the next table had paid my bill to help celebrate Brandy’s life.  Wow!   What a great reminder of the essential goodness in all of us … in spite of current tensions in some parts of the world.   Sometimes it takes a doggie to help us recognize the goodness in all of our hearts.

So, thank you, anonymous friends and thank you, Brandy.

My pace of photo-making has slowed but I have a few that I’ll share in a few days, when I am feeling a bit better.

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20170115-16 Local, Parry Sound and Pine Grosbeaks

Bright sunshine, enabling more practice with the Nokton:

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Friend Andrew knows how to lighten snow while preserving sparkles.  Here is another one for him to try….

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The end of the road at Trapper’s Lane, looking towards Byng Inlet …

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These Pine Grosbeaks are the first I’ve seen this winter…

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Foot of James Street in Parry Sound:

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On the way back, Skerryvore Community Road ….

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Negligee of Tamaracks along Shebeshekong Road …

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Here’s an interesting fact about our American Goldfinches …

https://naturallycuriouswithmaryholland.wordpress.com/2017/01/17/american-goldfinchs-storage-solution/

Nature always is a great source for learning new stuff.

I suspect that learning new stuff helps to keep our happiness quartet flowing —-  a good antidote for the current incessant political “news” programs.