Smorgasbord 2017 Review – The most viewed individual post of the year – Together for Life – Image Tofino Photography #Haiku Sally Cronin


This week I shall be busy writing my latest book and planning new author promotions for 2018 which I will share shortly.

As I plan for the next year I am also going to be sharing the top posts in various categories from 2017. This will include the top post for my regular contributors and within the general and Christmas archive posts.  There are top health, humour and interviews as well as most popular new book on the shelves.

I hope that if you have missed the posts first time around you will enjoy. But I have to say a huge thank you to those who did see them and shared so that they reached a much wider audience.

The archive posts were dipped into the most times during the year and I am very pleased to say so was “About Sally Cronin”.

Here is the most viewed individual post of 2017

Weekly Image and Haiku – Together for life – Image Tofino Photography – Haiku by Sally Cronin

My thanks to Wayne Barnes of Tofino Photography for allowing me to use one of his photographs of this amazing pair of Eagles.. Romeo and Juliette – together for life.

I would love to think that my Haiku was responsible for all the views.. but it has to be the magnificent capturing of these two wild creatures.. devoted for life by Wayne that the credit must go to.  It received nearly 700 views.

together-for-lifeMy thanks to Wayne Barnes of Tofino Photography for allowing me to use one of his photographs of this amazing pair of Eagles.. Romeo and Juliette – together for life.

About Wayne and Tofino Photography.

Tofino Photography captures the life in the small west coast village of Tofino, British Columbia, Canada through wildlife, landscape and seascape photos.
– I am interested in the surrounding local flora/fauna and try to get out in my boat as often as I can. I started my photography after taking a one year course in my home town in 1973. I use my Darkroom to do my own films and prints and shoot digitally as well.
I like to stay in the background and let my pictures speak for me. They do a much better job !

If you do not already follow Tofino Photography then head over and be amazed.

This is just the directory for the Tofino Eagles… there are also bears, seals and othe wildlife, as well as stunning shots of the breathtaking scenery.

https://tofinophotography.wordpress.com/category/tofino-eagles/

My thanks to Wayne Barnes and to you for sharing this post far and wide. Sally

Weekly Image and Haiku – Together for life.


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My thanks to Wayne Barnes of Tofino Photography for allowing me to use one of his photographs of this amazing pair of Eagles.. Romeo and Juliette – together for life.

About Wayne and Tofino Photography.

Tofino Photography captures the life in the small west coast village of Tofino, British Columbia, Canada through wildlife, landscape and seascape photos.
– I am interested in the surrounding local flora/fauna and try to get out in my boat as often as I can. I started my photography after taking a one year course in my home town in 1973. I use my Darkroom to do my own films and prints and shoot digitally as well.
I like to stay in the background and let my pictures speak for me. They do a much better job !

If you do not already follow Tofino Photography then head over and be amazed.

This is just the directory for the Tofino Eagles… there are also bears, seals and othe wildlife, as well as stunning shots of the breathtaking scenery.

https://tofinophotography.wordpress.com/category/tofino-eagles/

Thank you for dropping by today.. your feedback is always welcome. Sally

The Fourth Day of Christmas, Carrots, Champagne, Ginger Beer and Hot Guests.


So here we are all again and it is now day four of the party. I have been looking back over photographs of Christmas past and I came across a gathering we hosted in Tring in 1984 just before David and I left for Houston for two years. It had all happened very quickly. We had moved into our little house in the May when David moved from Liverpool with his job to a new cable television division that had been set up. Unfortunately we had only been there six months when the powers that be shut down the division and made David redundant. A bit of a shock to say the least.

While we were in the process of making plans for the future his previous boss rang and offered David a very different prospect. Two years in Texas responsible for sales for the United States. It was really a no brainer, there were only two of us, the money was great and all we had to do was sell our house which we did quickly thank goodness.

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We were leaving early January and wanted to see as much of the family as possible. Despite heavy snow falls our visitors arrived on the 24th of December. David’s parents came from Ireland, my parents and brother from Portsmouth, David’s uncle from London – with only three bedrooms it meant that David and I camped out on mattresses in the dining room and my brother had the conservatory. Money was a bit tight but David brewed up a keg of beer – twice – because the first one was sampled a couple of weeks before by friends who came over to play darts!!

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Nine of us crammed around the dining room table and we had a wonderful day with charades in the afternoon which disintegrated into a hilarious debacle. Everybody stayed on until the 27th and then we put all our belongings into storage, except for two suitcases of clothes, and flew off knowing we would probably not see them again for at least two years. Two replete diners my father-in-law and his brother David who thought the home brew was spectacular!

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A great Christmas and when I look at the photos I realise how easy it is to let those memories fade when actually being together and the laughter was more important than fancy food and presents.

TRADITIONALLY.

Day four is officially 28th December: The Feast of the Holy Innocents – when prayers are said for the innocent baby boys that Herod allegedly had killed in his efforts to overturn the prophesy that had been passed on by the Magi. They terrified Herod with the thought that the King of the Jews, the baby Jesus would take his throne. There has been much research into this massacre and theologians and historians are fairly sure that it did not take place. It may well be that around that time there could have been an epidemic that took the lives of many infants and someone put two and two together and got five. Herod’s marketing department may have taken advantage of a natural event to instil fear and loathing into the king’s subjects and it seemed to have been effective.

Anyway, perhaps it is a time to remember all young innocents who are taken before their time, as just the loss of one young life is always a tragedy.

FOURTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS

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There is much debate about the origins of ‘Four Calling Birds’ but in fact the original was ‘Four Colly Birds’ and this meant that they were grimy and sooty and actually referred to Blackbirds.. Even more confusing was that they were not really Blackbirds but Thrushes…I suggest that you go directly to the drink section and partake of a very pleasant glass of champagne and forget the four birds of whatever origin all together….

FOOD

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The humble carrot is a vegetable most of us take for granted. Carrots have an ancient history originating in Afghanistan. The Greeks and the Romans ate carrots and in fact, the Greeks called the carrot ‘Philtron’ and used it as an aphrodisiac. Don’t all rush to the supermarket! In Asia, the carrot was an established root crop and was then introduced to Europe in the 13th century. It was the Middle Ages before the carrot became better known and doctors of the time prescribed carrots for numerous ills including snakebite! In those days, the carrot was available in far more radiant colours including red, purple, black, yellow and white. They were cultivated together and over time, it resulted in the orange vegetable we know today.

Carrots eaten as a fresh, raw and unprocessed food is full of nutrients including Vitamin A (retinol), beta-carotene (turned into Vitamin A in the body), other carotenoids, B Vitamins, Vitamin C and minerals calcium and potassium. Of all of the nutrients, Beta-Carotene and latterly Alpha Carotene are seen as the most important properties of the carrot. As far as the eyes are concerned it is the Vitamin A and the Beta-carotene which are the most important nutrients. Vitamin A, helps your eyes adjust to light changes when you come in from outside and helps keep your eyes, skin and mucous membranes moist. Follow the link to the full version.  There is a recipe for glazed carrots later in the post.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/food-pharmacy-carrots-winning-racehorses-are-fed-them-and-you-can-even-decorate-your-hat-for-ascot/

DRINK

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We all love some sparkling wine at Christmas and if really pushing the boat out then buying the finest Champagne can not only add some luxury sparkle to your celebrations but also add quite a bit to the housekeeping bill….

Some supermarkets now bottle their own Champagne and the budget stores of Aldi and Lidl have had some really good press in recent years.

http://www.supermarketwine.com/aldi/?c=11-sparkling

http://www.lifehacker.co.uk/2014/11/04/best-champagne-christmas-2014-waitrose-wins-11-99-lidl-fizz-top-bargain-buy

Here in Spain we tend to drink really good Cava rather than Champagne and even some of the best brands are less than 15Euro. Cordornìu Cava and Freixenet are great buys at the high end but we also have some smaller vineyards that produce very enjoyable Brut Cava for around 5Euro.

When we lived in the States we got the taste for Korbel Champagne and can highly recommend

http://www.brown-forman.com/news/releases/release.aspx?rid=1194

To be honest I am very partial to a drop of ginger beer at Christmas (as you will have gathered from the earlier comments we enjoy beer at Christmas) but I am delighted to have found that our local supermarket stocks Crabbies …

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It is now time to meet some more party guests – both of whom have exceptional blogs as well as creative talent.  One a writer and the other a superb wildlife photographer from Tofino, Vancouver Island.

Matt Kruze

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My first party guest today is a crime thriller author who has just embarked on The Storm Trilogy with the first book The Coming of the Storm published earlier this year. He is also a blogger and you will find some fascinating interviews on his site with some of the most successful people in the news such as Olympic Gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave, MBE and artists of the stage, screen and music industry.

http://www.thesecretsoftheirsuccess.com/steve-redgrave/#comment-65

When I asked Matt for his music choice he replied with this note that I thought was worth sharing as it mirrors my own views.

‘I’m a fan of Christmas songs in general but I guess I have to go with Do
They Know it’s Christmas by Band Aid 30. They’ve come under fire a bit
recently because their lyrics are supposedly corny and I understand one of
the front-liners in the fight against Ebola called it cringe-worthy. But
really – it’s a pop song, it has to sell. That’s the point of it. And the
writers are experts at selling music so who are we to criticize? The more
sales, the more money goes to charity. And it all goes to charity, not
just a percentage. Of course the participants will get some publicity from
it – but great: I mean don’t we all want a bit of legacy to our names? To
be able to say, ‘I participated in Band Aid’ shows you did something good.
The problem is that people jump on the media bandwagon without really
knowing why. It’s like getting on a bus just because it’s going somewhere.
It’s the same over immigration, the economy, and yes: charitable causes.
So use your own minds I say! Buy the song, save some lives.’

You can find out more about Matt and his work at

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2014/10/12/the-sunday-show-matt-kruze-author-and-host-of-the-secrets-to-their-success/

LINKS
http://www.thesecretsoftheirsuccess.com/
https://twitter.com/MattKruze
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Matt-Kruze

RECIPE FOR GLAZED CARROTS.

glazed carrots

Ingredients
I large carrot per person – Peeled and sliced lengthwise into 2 inch sticks.
4oz of unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1 teaspoon sugar
Salt to taste.

Directions
1 Place the carrots in a large broad based pan. Dot with the cubes of butter and sprinkle with the sugar and a little salt – you can always add a little more later to taste. Gently pour in sufficient cold water to come to about 3/4 up the carrot sticks.
2 Simmer, partially covered, until the carrots are tender and the liquid has reduced to a glaze, about 20 minutes. Keep an eye on it as you don’t want them to burn.
3 Alternatively you can roast the carrots in the oven having parboiled for about 7 minutes and then added the glaze with a brush – take about 20 minutes and can be put in while your Turkey is resting.

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My second guest today is Wayne Barnes of Tofino Photography who spends all his time behind the lens of his camera than in front so in lieu of a profile picture I am using one that he sent me recently of a Wild Christmas tree mysteriously decorated by someone who will be nameless!  He also has sent me the link to a tongue in cheek version of The Twelve Days of Christmas – Canuck Style.

You will find some wonderful images on the two Sunday Shows that Wayne starred in earlier this year and also a link to his site with thousands of images of the beautiful wildlife and scenery of Tofino.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/the-sunday-show-w-c-barnes-wildlife-and-landscape-photographer-vancouver-island-part-two/

LINKS to more Tofino Photography
http://tofinophotography.wordpress.com
http://www.gotofino.com/

And finally at the end of the meal it is time to pull the crackers and to find which horrible joke you have been graced with….

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What do you get if you eat Christmas decorations?
Tinsilitis!

 

Tomorrow we are at the Five Gold Rings stage of the party with more guests and music…. I hope you will drop by.

The Previous Days of Christmas can be found here…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/the-twelve-days-of-christmas/

This post qualifies for the Free Book promotion.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/one-of-my-books-free-for-christmas-just-comment-and-your-name-is-in-the-hat/

I would love to give you a copy of one of my E-books of which there is seven available. I am giving one a day away until Christmas Eve.

Please remember before you comment to check out which book you would like to receive if your name is drawn out of the hat and mention in your comment….

  1. Visit my books link

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/my-books/

  1. Choose the book you would like to receive and in Mobi or EPub or tell me your reader.
  2. Comment on the day’s posts that are my own – not reblogs – with the title of the book. I will put a note on those that are relevant.
  3. I will let you know if you are the recipient the next day.

The Sunday Show – W.C.Barnes – Wildlife and Landscape Photographer – Vancouver Island Part Two


Last week we met the Eagles that live around Tofino on Vancouver Island and who have formed a bond with Wayne Barnes as he spends his days and some nights photographing the stunning scenery and wildlife of the area.

Tofino is definitely on my ‘must see’ list and apart from the incredible scenery there is also a botanical gardens that must be a riot of colour in the spring and summer months.

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This week a slightly longer interview but I wanted you to not just see the images but the story behind them.  I suggest that you do not try photographing bears but Wayne’s account of his technique will give you a feel for how much time and effort is involved in achieving just one shot.  Also, how long would you be prepared to wait to get that perfect shot?  16 years?  Perhaps not but that is how long it took for one of the most amazing seascape images to be taken…

So settle back with plenty of rations and be prepared to be amazed by the story and photographs of live in Tofino.

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THE BEARS.

We all love to see images, film and cartoons of bears but not many of us would be comfortable being within striking distance. You are obviously well able to take care of yourself in the natural environment but have you ever had a close call that caused you concern?

I get asked many times……”How close were you”?

Yes, I can be uncomfortably close sometimes. I am not an expert by any means of bears but I do know a few things.

I always like to describe things in perspective for people so they can relate and understand.

We all grew up with dogs. Even if we didn’t have one in our family, we knew someone who had one.

Because each of us has spent many hours with our canine friends, we have become sub-consciously familiar with their body language. So, if we go to another city we’ve never been to before & see a strange dog, we can tell instantly if that animal is receptive to our approach! We have subconsciously become familiar with dogs body language, which is universal. Dogs cannot talk like you or I, but they do communicate nonverbally. All animals communicate nonverbally. You just have to hang out with them long enough to recognize patterns. Which is usually measured in years.

If you’re going to get close to a wild animal, you must become conscious of its body language! First thing to look for are the ears. The ears will always flip backwards when the animal see’s that you’re within its flight zone. The flight zone is the imaginary circle around an animal that it feels safe in. Step inside that zone and the animal will flee.

Do not make eye contact (directly) and do not move when it’s looking at you and those ears will almost always stand back up. That means the animal has said “I see you, I see you’re within my flight zone and believe that you are not a threat to me”.

If the ears stay folded back & the animal continues to stare at you, it feels uncomfortable. It’s saying “I see you & you’re making me uncomfortable. If you don’t go away now, I will”. That’s about when I use my paddle to push myself further away.

Each bear, eagle, Orca etc. is unique. Like each puppy in a litter (a runt, a brave one, a fearful one, etc.) So it holds that with bears you’re going to come across bears that are fearful of you & others who could care less! I take pictures of the ones who are not fearful and thus am able to get close!

It took me two years to figure out something very important about bears! Bears have been evolving for many thousands of years. They all have one thing in common…….not one bear has ever been attacked by anything from the water! So they have a most un-natural regard of the water.

I found I could get very close to almost any bears with my boat but if I tried to step out of the boat onto land, they almost always got scared and ran off!

When I see a bear, it’s either going from left to right, or right to left along the shore line. I have developed a technique I call “Boat Curling”. Basically I look at the wind direction and plot a path so that I touch shore ahead of the bear. I come in a slowly and when I get close, I shut the motor off and pull it up (so as not to hit bottom). It’s very important not to move while the bear is looking at me (unless I already know the bear and more importantly, it knows me). Movement scares them off! Bears do have poor eyesight for seeing but excellent eyesight for movement!

If I’ve done everything right, the bear will walk right by the front of my boat. Once the bear has passed, I than begin to leap frog. I start up the engine and make a large arc around the bear to intercept it once again.

That’s basically how to get close to a bear. Also, if you go to where the salmon spawn each year, the bears will come to you. Stay where the food is and they will come for a visit. They also have very full bellies! Just like you have after a big Turkey dinner and we all know how we feel after that.

A bear with cubs offers a wonderful window into their lives. Which bear photograph would you choose?

I name my bears so that people can not only become familiar with them but also so they can remember them.

“Tammy” has known me for 2 years or so I guess. She had three cubs back in 2012. I called them “The Three Stooges”!

I was travelling along in my boat and saw them eating grass along the shore. I turned the boat and began to come in slowly. I got within 100 feet or so and shut the engine off. I then drifted slowly in towards them. I’m sure Tammy had already seen me a ways off, recognized me, and knew I wasn’t a threat but the cubs didn’t know me. I was drifting in rather quickly because of the wind and didn’t want to put my camera down to stop from bumping into the shore rocks. Rocks by the ocean have creatures growing on them called “Barnacles”. They live in little white shells. Well, my boats bow smacked the rocks/barnacles and made a bit of a loud crunching noise. It startled Tammy a bit and made her grunt. The cubs were very aware of me by this time and thought their Mum was telling them to run away?

If a Sow feels threatened she will give a series of quick guttural grunts to her cubs! Which means, there is danger around, run away, climb a tree and I will follow.

Because I startled Tammy, she did do one of those grunts, but kept eating! Which made all the cubs rush together wondering what the problem was? They looked at Mum and then at me wondering what the problem was? Mum was still eating away contently and not alarmed! They couldn’t figure out what had happened and that gave me few precious seconds to capture them all together!

If Tammy had told her cubs to gather around and pose for that nice handsome photographer, it couldn’t have worked out better!

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SEASCAPES.

Unlike the land, the sea is far more dynamic and changes with season and weather. It is teeming with life including seals, whales and seabirds. Are there specific times of the year when you focus on capturing images in this environment more so than on land or do you carry your cameras everywhere and simply look for any opportunity to present itself?

I am basically an opportunistic photographer. So yes I try to carry my camera with me in case something happens. I describe the way I travel around in my boat like a trapper traveling his trap line. I go from point AB, C, all the while looking along the shoreline for movement.

I always say that I can never go take pictures when I want……….only when Mother Nature phones and invites me out! Meaning, the weather has to be just so. Overcast or windy days are verboten! An overcast sky means I have no light and with no light that means no point. A windy day is just plain dangerous and sloppy in a small boat!

So the winter time has poorer weather than the summer and fewer opportunities to get out. If I have the light but it’s windy, I than go to Plan B, which is out to the beach. So I do more beach shots in the winter than summer.

The Sea Lions only come into the inlet in winter. They come in for protection from the storms. They go down Tofino Inlet to a spot called Cannery bay. It’s where Kennedy Lake drains into the ocean. It’s the boys club down there too BTW. Meaning only the males go down there. (All ages) All the females are smarter & go south where it’s warmer!

Both Californian & Steller’s. Cali’s are dark brown & weigh in at 1/2 ton. Steller’s weigh twice that & have a blonde colour (when dry).

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I particularly like the images of the planes landing on the water at sunrise and sunset. Is there a seascape that is your particular favourite?

Yes, I have a favourite seascape I like to photograph. It’s Lennard Island Lighthouse. I have taken more shots of that than any other place! If you were to look at every single one of them they all would look different even though it’s the same subject!

If I have time at the end of an evening shoot, I like to head out to the Lighthouse for sunset shots. On this particular evening there were scattered rain clouds travelling through. The sun shined through at sunset and created fantastic colours!

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There are so many images on your site in the archives that I would like to encourage everyone to go over and browse for themselves but perhaps a few more questions about the different species that you have catalogued. Is there a bird or animal that has so far eluded your camera lens?

Yes, I’m rather embarrassed to say, but I not only do not have a picture of a cougar but have never seen one! Vancouver Island has the highest populations of cougars in the world…………and no I don’t mean on Friday nights!

They are an ambush predator, so will remain hidden until it attacks. They very rarely attack large adults. A young male is pushed out by its mother when she feels it’s time. Each cougar patrols its territory constantly. If it smells another cougar, it will track it and push it out of its territory. A young Tom will continue to be pushed around because it lacks the size and experience to fight back. This is when they become desperate and have been known to attack full grown men! I always carry a straight bladed knife on my hip just in case one takes a shine to me!

Aside from that………..I’d love to get a shot of a Sasquatch. I’d love to think they actually do exist, but suspect that if they did, they don’t anymore? I have a friend who believes in them and love listening to his adventures!

Judging by the changing seasons and times of day you must spend hours each day either in your boat or hiking around in the fresh air. Whilst there is an element of luck and opportunity with some shots, there must also be some that require many hours of waiting patiently for just that right moment. What is the longest time you have spent before getting a chance to capture an image?

16 years! That number isn’t a fair answer actually. I’ve taken thousands of shots of this place but on this one day all the planets lined up!

I’ve been going to a place I call the “Blow Hole”.

Trying to figure this monster out has been very hard! It’s so dangerous being close to it that one could be injured or killed. Two people have died there and I got hit once! I was six stories above the ocean on a rocky plateau and thought out of reach of those monstrous waves! Turns out I wasn’t and got hit good! Almost lost all my gear into the surge channel! I did lose my hat however.

The Blow Hole goes off only a handful of times each year! (It may go off more times but if it’s happening during a storm when it’s overcast and in poor light, there’s no point in going.) I need it to be going off while the sun is shining!

I need a big wind storm to hit & last longer than 24 hours. Then I need the storm to pass, so I can have clear skies. The ocean is now in motion! The biggest explosions happen at low tide. Took me five years to figure that one out. I’ve seen them over 100 feet easy! Many logs are floating around out there too and sooner or later one of them gets shot out like 500 lb. matchsticks! I’ve got shots showing these logs being hurled a hundred feet!

It’s the only place that still scares me each time I go. Unfortunately my shots have made this spot very popular with the locals. I use to be able to go there and see nobody all day!

I went on this one day when a wind storm had passed and the waves were BIG! It was in my film days. I had taken 5 roles with me. After several hours of shooting I realized that I was not only on my last role but only had three shots left! A dark cloud had moved in and obscured the sun. It also seemed to be staying put. I decided to wait it out. It was very windy, so I put my hood back on & went into the forest. Getting out of the wind keeps one much warmer!

It’s the only thing I’ve ever shot that I can hear, feel and see at the same time! The power of the concussion travels through the rock and goes right through my body! The sound travels right through me like one of those old fashion canons going off! After what seemed like hours, that dark cloud moved along enough to allow the light to come back! I went back out onto the plateau and saw a large swell moving in quickly! I watched this huge wave roll in like a steam train and hit with a very thunderous crash! It went straight up and had to at least 8 stories high! The water came crashing down and pushed the air out violently! It was if a helicopter’s down wash was hitting me hard. Before it hit, I tucked my camera in my jacket, turned and held on for the concussion to pass.

I not only got the shot but still had two shots left over!

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CONSERVATION AND WILDLIFE

I know from my trips to Canada that there is a huge respect for the wilderness and the wildlife that it sustains. I know that there is a local project called the Raincoast Education Society – could you tell us something about their mission and their activities?

Yes, they do excellent work! But I believe they can better describe what they do than I. So I have copied this from their site.

“The Raincoast Education Society (RES) is an independent non-profit society and registered Canadian charity. The RES was established in August 2000 with a mission to help shape an environmentally sustainable future for the Clayoquot and Barkley Sound region through education and community stewardship. Our aim is to enable citizens within and beyond the Clayoquot and Barkley Sound region to participate knowledgeably, effectively and responsibly in the work of shaping this future for our region and for our planet.

We seek to accomplish our mission by delivering a broad range of high-quality educational and interpretive programs, such as guided walks, seminar series, summer camps, school programs, and slideshows focused on the natural environment, cultures, and communities of the Clayoquot and Barkley Sound region. We also bring outside educators and experts to our region for programs and presentations.

We work with a broad range of public, private and community institutions and agencies, both within and beyond the region, in order to establish and maintain a high-calibre education and interpretive network and to reflect a wide range of perspectives in all educational and interpretive activities.”

Could you sum up in a few sentences what living in Tofino means to you personally as well as professionally?

I think this is the hardest question for me to answer. It would take me years to try and describe what Tofino means to me. It’s such an abstract feeling that I don’t think I could do it justice.

Simply put…………”magical”!

I know that this is putting you on the spot but do you have one final image to share with us that for you is the one that made you thankful for becoming a photographer and being in the right place at the right time?

I do not know exactly how many pictures I’ve taken over the past 41 years? Over 500,000 … less than a million?

There is one however that does stand out for me! It was more a complete adventure, rather than a single shot. I always tell people that I’d like to see it hanging in every house in Tofino!

It’s a sunrise shot of Tofino’s harbour in the dead of winter with snow all around.

I had my bike stolen once (I do not own a car, Tofino is too small to have a car) so I’m always watchful my bike doesn’t go missing again.

I woke up one winter morning (3am or so) and looked outside to make sure it was still there. It was and so was 3 inches of snow! It had fallen during the night and what was even better was that the sky was clear! I knew instantly that the sunrise was going to be interesting? If there are clouds to the east for sunrise, it’ll block and snuff the light.

I was very excited! I made myself a good breakfast and got my gear ready. I knew exactly where to go too! Up to the water tower on Barr Mountain. It has an excellent view of Tofino’s harbour area and surrounding mountains.

I remember riding my bike through town in complete darkness with a billion stars shining all around me! There was no power btw. I guess the snow was heavy with moisture and had made a tree limb fall and cut the power off. So everything was in complete darkness making the air even more mysterious!

There were no tire marks on the road. I rode as far as I could and pushed my bike up hill. I left it at the bottom of the access road and walked the rest of the way up. You must understand that this area is supposed to be off limits. So the ladder going up to the top of the tower had barb wire all around it. The ladder is one of those types that has metal rings encircling it, so as to halt someone’s fall. So I couldn’t climb up there with my bag on my back. I had been up there many times before and had already overcome this stumbling block by securing a rope at the top. I tied my camera bag to the rope and bypassed the wire without tearing anything.

I pulled my gear up & waited for the show to start!

When the sun came up it was an amazing sight! The soft pinks were breath taking! The clouds were moving slowly. It was if Mother Nature was doing a beautiful slow dance just for me alone! I took pictures (film days) for over an hour!

This panoramic shot (composed of 5 slide shots) showcases Tofino & shows its true beauty I believe. It’s nothing short of magical!

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I’d like to send out a thank you to Sally for inviting me and giving me this opportunity to talk about my passion! Every person should have a passion!

Maybe my words will inspire someone to go out there and get that defining shot themselves!

Thank you. W.C. Barnes. Tofino Photography, Tofino B.C.

LINKS to more Tofino Photography
http://tofinophotography.wordpress.com
http://www.gotofino.com/

Here is the link to last week’s Sunday Show where you can meet the Eagles in person and view more of the stunning scenery around Tofino.
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2014/10/26/the-sunday-show-w-c-barnes-wildlife-and-landscape-photographer-tofino-canada/

All photographs ©TofinoPhotography

This week I had a note in from Wayne and I thought I would share with you and as you will see there are now a great many more photographs for you to enjoy on his blog.

Hi Sally I crossed 8300 shots last night on my blog! 3500 are of my eagle friends!
This chubby little guy was curious as to what I was up to?
have fun

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