This Common Raven was hanging around in a parking lot looking for handouts, instead he had his picture taken. We’ve decided to continue the “Bird List” challenge for another year. So far Mark has about 15 more bird species than I have but have no fear I will slowly catch up to him. – Leslie
A number of weeks ago as we were driving home from the mountains I played around with creating some ICM images. Although the camera did not move very much, the vehicle was moving at a high rate of speed. Please only try this if someone else is doing the driving. Her are a few images that I was happy with. – Leslie
Last year Mark and I took up the challenge from a friend, to take part in the “150 Bird Challenge” to see how many bird species we could identify during Canada’s 150th birthday year. The goal was to try and count at least 150 bird species during the year within Canada. Mark ended up counting 148, while I was able to break the 150 mark with a total of 156. I was able to get out to more locations than Mark got to. We decided that we would try again this year and started the count again on January 1st. Mark is currently leading this year with 51 birds seen, whereas I am only at 29 species. Now that the weather is warming and the birds are beginning to return, my count should increase. Hopefully I can catch up quickly.
A couple of weeks ago during the Easter weekend we both added a few more species to this year’s list, amongst those were the Great Gray Owl and the Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, which was a new species that neither of us had seen before. – Leslie
This Weekend the Art Society of Strathcona Country presents the “Spring Fling 2018 Art Show and Sale” at the A.J. Ottewell Community Centre, 590 Broadmore Blvd., in Sherwood Park, Alberta. See art works by over 30 local artists. Show hours are Friday April 13 from 7pm to 9pm, Saturday Apr. 14 from 10am to 4pm and Sunday Apr. 15 from 11am to 4pm. I have 6 prints on display for the show and in the same building; upstairs in the Loft Gallery I have 7 prints on display. If you are in the Sherwood Park area and enjoy viewing art come out and have a look.
Here are a few of my pieces that will be on display. How many Sheep can you count in the last image? – Leslie
I am finally getting around to posting a few of my favorite images from the Winter Mountain Magic Photography Tour that ran this past January. For photographers that are interested in joining one of our photo tours we have two upcoming ones for later this year (Transition to Winter Photo Tour – November 14th to 18th, 2018) and early in 2019 (Winter Mountain Magic Photo Tour – January 9th to 13th, 2019). For both of these photo tours the group size is small so they could fill up early. To find out more information on these photo tours click on the tour names above. Hope to see you there! – Leslie
Winter can test our skill of visualizing, but Puiming (Ming) Webber pushed herself to observe her surroundings till she found subjects that were important to her. And usually it didn’t take her long to find something interesting to photograph. She has a great eye for simplicity, shape and form in the landscape and uses a medium format camera to capture incredible images. The following are a few of the images that Ming captured.
In my previous post I mentioned that there was a painter amongst us on the “photography” tour. Martha (Marty) Hill Schafer sketched and painted with watercolors to capture her experiences during the tour. Marty would join us initially at each location capturing to her memory something that she found meaningful and inspirational from there, and then she would head back to the vehicle to warm up and paint or sketch. At some locations we would be there for a couple hours or more and in the winter weather conditions that we experienced you can’t just sit outside and do your paintings.
Besides being an artist, Marty is also an author and formerly the Picture Editor at Audubon magazine. One of her books “The Art of Photographing Nature”, which features photographs by Art Wolfe, is in our personal collection of photography books. It is a wonderful read and contains great insight into visualizing and composing for both photographers and artists alike (unfortunately I forgot to bring our copy along so that I could get Marty to sign it – maybe next time). So far Marty has submitted one completed painting from the tour, hopefully we will see more of her work in the future. You can view and find out more about her work at aquafolio.com