Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday May 25th 2021 -#Profiles – Nature at its best – Cindy Knoke, Wayne Barnes Torfino Photography,

Even when the world is in turmoil, nature still finds a way to thrive and to amaze, and we are lucky that there are some amazing photographers who capture all that is best.

Here are two of the best.. Cindy Knoke and Wayne Barnes of Tofino Photography. I have enjoyed their wonderful images for many years and if you have not visited their blogs before you will be be captivated.

About Cindy’s blog

My closest neighbors are coyotes (packs and packs of them and they are HUNGRY), rattlers (lots and lots of them and they are MEAN), and free range cows/bulls (the bulls aren’t too friendly either).

Forget cell phones. They don’t work out here. Forget GPS, it misdirects.
It’s best not to wander too much out here, the people (and their dogs) are kinda twitchy.

To reach The Holler turn right at the reeking chicken farm, proceed down a bunch of pot-holed semi-streets/dirt roads, past the abandoned refrigerators and occupied old RV’s and then things get kinda dicey.

My friends usual reaction to the trip to The Holler is, “You’ve got to be kidding!” Or, “Next time let’s meet half way.”

This is our little bit of heavenly Appalachia right here in rural California.

I like to write and if something strikes my fancy, usually something odd or unusual, you will learn about it here. And thankfully, at The Holler, almost everyday is odd and unusual. So “Holler Happenings” including photos of flowers, birds, and wild animal interactions, are included.

I travel three-four months a year so you will find my photos of locales from all over the world. The good, bad, and the better.

So put your feet up and let’s devote our attention to the best things in life, the things we want to do.

Image ©Cindy Knoke

This is Cindy’s latest post and please head over to enjoy all the amazing photographs of this lovely bird and browse her archives: Orioles Closer – Cindy Knoke

The second extraordinary wildlife photographer is Wayne Barnes of Tofino Photography who was one of my earliest interviewees on this blog in 2014.

Wayne has stunning photographs of all the resident wildlife including bears, whales, eagles, sea otters, sea lions, wolves and many other local residents.

Image ©Tofino Photography

About Wayne Barnes – Photographer

I fell in love with photography in 1973 and studied photography after high school in my home town of Peterborough, Ontario. Cameras and technology have changed since the 70s refining the colour and detail of photographs: Those technical advances have only added to my joy of lining up the shot and capturing a moment in time. As a professional photographer, I have been constant in my goal of exploring nature through photography – and each time I go out I learn something new.

In 1990 my travels lead me to British Columbia where I found my new home in Tofino. The natural beauty is a photographer’s dream. I have focused my eye on the magnificent wildlife that lives in and travels through Clayoquot Sound and the majestic scenery of the beaches and ocean of Tofino. My relationship with wildlife and nature has been rewarding for my photography – and for my growth as a naturalist and human being.

I hope someday you get to visit Tofino and let the Canadian West Coast feed your soul. If you do, please get in touch!

Origins of the Tofino, BC, Canada Settlement – Find out more: About Tofino

Initially the European settlement was centered on Clayoquot Island, just off the shore of present-day Tofino village. Soon, the residents moved across the water to the peninsula where there was more land. By 1913 Tofino was an established settlement for Europeans who joined the First Nations peoples looking to living in this beautiful environment. In 2014 people from all over the world come to Tofino to live, vacation and experience the super natural world of rainforests, ocean and wildlife.

Image ©Tofino Photography

My personal favourites are the eagles and here are The Daredevil and Delilah:Eagles Screaming In..Tofino Photography


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy these amazing photographers and their work.