Aurora over the Kootenays

My “quick step outside to check the sky” turned into a four hour meander through the mountains in search of aurora. I missed the big show on the 17th due to poor weather.

Worth it, though I have a lot to learn about night photography and how to capture aurora well.

These were barely visible to the naked eye. A 30 second exposure washed it right out… took a while to find settings that were close.

Aurora - March 18 2015

Aurora – March 18 2015

Aurora - March 18 2015

Aurora – March 18 2015

Aurora - March 18 2015

Aurora – March 18 2015

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Got gout? Edit photos.

Yeah… gout. Sounds gross but really is just painful swelling (and I hope it stays that way until the meds kick in and gets rid of it) of my big toe. I can now add it to the list of things of things I wouldn’t wish on an enemy, along with back pain.

Anyway, it didn’t feel any different down or up so I sat and re-edited five photos I plan to enter into the West Kootenay Camera Club’s annual show. It took my mind off it for a couple of hours.

Anyway, the screenshot below shows the five pics. Now I need to get them printed and mount them on foam boards.

* I noticed the flat colour of the bear photo after the screenshot — it has been fixed.

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More Murphy Creek

I probably shouldn’t drop the same photos onto multiple social media platforms (I realize some of you follow all of them and apologize for the bombardment) but I do like how these turned out and wanted to share.

Perhaps when spring arrives full-time I’ll have the legs to go farther upstream at Murphy Creek; right now, it’s a 1.5 hour sweat-fest just to get these.

_MG_1108 WEB _MG_1136 WEB

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Finally seeing some colour

We need a few days of a cleansing rain to wash the dust away but it’s hard to argue with sunshine and the return of some spring-like colour. It has been warm in southwest B.C of late and as much as I try to enjoy it, I always hear voices of scientists in my head — loudly stating to any news organization that will listen how the planet is warming, glaciers and ice caps are shrinking, sea levels are rising and extreme weather will become our new normal in the coming years.

I listened to a captivating episode of Quirks and Quarks (CBC) today… it was all about predicting what our blue dot will look like in the future. The only thing remotely comforting is somehow humans keep cranking out more smart humans. Their ability to invent and/or improve technologies may one day help us better manage our dwindling resources.

The things humans can do is staggering already (and, yes, I know I view most things through a distorted lens of good days/bad days due to depression and some health concerns) but I think what’s needed is for humans to start questioning those things and being brave enough to do what’s right in the long-term.

Here’s the link to the episode of Quirks and Quarks if you’re interested.

And here’s a bit of the colour I spoke of…

Colour Along the Columbia

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Fallstreak Hole

That lower “cloud” is actually a partially filled-in hole. Imagine the larger cloud as a ceiling…
It’s the first one I’ve seen. The front was really high and probably very cold. The sun kept creating a spectrum around its edge.

Fallstreak Hole

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Rail Trail – Arrow Lake

I’ve never seen Arrow Lake this low. Kind of a neat walk along the abandoned railway line. There are bats in the tunnel… but they don’t bother you.

These are all iPhone shots.

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Diving Orca

At least, that's what I see.

At least, that’s what I see.

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