Posts Tagged ‘PEI’

Finding My Expression

April 12, 2011

Lately I’ve been a little less than inspired by the landscapes here on the Island. Until things begin to grow again and the birds return to nest, I don’t go out and take as many photos. What I do do at this time of year is go through a lot of my old photos and “play” with them.

I’m trying to find my “style”. Letting myself go wild in Photoshop in hopes that I might find the secret recipe to make my photos uniquely mine.

This is my latest one. I had a photo of this young Common Yellow-throat that had a few too many branches for my liking but the bird itself seemed pretty good. What could I do with that? Well, I could soften the branches and lighten them up, add a slight texture and fade out to the edges creating a light vignette. What do you think?

Common Yellow-throat

And a few more…

Blackburnian Warbler

Red-winged Blackbird

Beach Dune


Seal In The Harbor

March 9, 2010

I was driving over the bridge at Covehead Harbor yesterday and spotted a little black blob in the water. At first I thought it was just a lost bouy but it disappeared for a few seconds and then re-appeared so I knew it must be a seal. I drove down to the harbor to have a look and noticed that it was eating a fish.

Interesting to watch how it maneuvered that flat fish around with it’s flippers while floating on it’s back.

Harbor Seal

The Grey Month

November 29, 2009

For me, nothing say’s grey like the month of November. I always thought that once retired I would take advantage of the month and try to shoot some moody images that capture that ashen darkness that only November can flaunt. I thought that if I searched around I would be sure to find a scene that embodies the cold grey of late fall on PEI.

It’s not happening.  I’ve traveled about the Island looking for it, but it’s not there. The only thing that is now confirmed is that this time of year does nothing to inspire me.


I forced myself to stop and shoot this house that I have often photographed before. It appears haunted to me.  Probably isn’t but if I were a ghost and I had to pick a house to haunt this would be it.

Dune Trees

October 31, 2009

It can’t be easy for a tree to live in a sand dune.  There’s not a lot of soil for the roots to hang on to and the sand is always shifting around. Relentless wind off the ocean mixed with a thick salt spray would annoy me terribly if I were a tree.  Add a harsh winter to that and one could be left wondering how in the world a tree ever survives in a dune here on PEI.  But they do.

Dune Tree

I suppose when conditions are less than ideal, one has to either, “Get busy living, or get busy dying”.  ~ Shawshank Redemption

Taken For Granted

October 28, 2009

Sometimes it’s easy for me to ignore what’s right in my own backyard.  I think because I see these things everyday, I tend to disregard them.  This morning I saw this gloomy looking dark sky across the field in front of my place.  It looked like it might be picture worthy but what would I shoot?  There’s nothing in my yard worthy of this gorgeous sky as a backdrop.  The poplars had already shed their leaves at the end of my driveway.  They looked pretty drab… until I saw them through the viewfinder.  They came to life with that dark sky behind them.  I think I may have a new appreciation for those old poplars now.

blog pending rain

Pending Rain

I guess we all take certain things for granted at times. Perhaps it just takes viewing it with a different backdrop to fully appreciate what we’ve been missing.


October 26, 2009

I think we have the prettiest wildflowers in all the world growing here on PEI.  Our ditches and meadows have such a rich variety of vegetation in them and they look great at any time of year, not just when the lupines are in bloom.  The goldenrod, wild roses, elders, asters, and fireweed make a wonderful display of dried flowers at this time of year.  It took me a while to find a shot that worked well for the camera but I think this field of regenerating growth works reasonably well.

Fall Wildflowers

Fall Wildflowers

I used a pastel filter on this shot to soften the colours just a tad, which also softened the textures a bit, but I don’t mind that. I think it works for this shot.  It was taken on one of those great semi-sunny days when the sky is just perfect for fall shots.

Pond Monsters

October 25, 2009

I was hoping to get out in my canoe a few more times before I put it away from the winter, but it looks like it won’t be today. Much too windy for my weak little arms to handle.  The fall is a great time to be out in a canoe.  There are lots of ducks and geese around and when you paddle close to shore you can hear critters rustling through the leaves on the woods floor. Forest critters always sound bigger in the fall when they move through the forest litter on a calm day. You think it must be a fox or a raccoon and out pops a chipmunk.

The Lure of The Monster

There are some large creatures, though, that you must be aware of. They usually take the form of an obstacle that needs to be paddled around. Quite harmless unless you get too close to their long arms that can reach out and grab an innocent paddler and pull them under.

Don't mess with this one.

They sometimes jump right out in front of you.  I call them pond monsters.

Taking Fall Photos

October 24, 2009

I find it difficult to find those really great fall shots. They seem to be all around me at this time of year but when I get them home I’m not happy with them.  Fall is a funny time. I get inspired seeing colours all around me and I see little bits and pieces of what I want in my photo but I can never seem to find that perfect composition that I’m looking for.

blogpond-pastel2This little pond in Donaldston, PEI offered me an opportunity to get a reasonably good composition and it also has some interesting colour. Although not as colourful as some of the hardwood displays in the fall, I really liked the pastelish colours presented here by the moss, the sky, and the water. It was a nice calm day and because it was on a rarely used, at this time of year, road I was able to spend some time moving small branches out of the way and fine tuning my camera setup.

First Word

October 23, 2009

It’s time for me to jump into the world of blogging and social networking. As much as I don’t really “get it”, I think I may benefit from at least giving this a try.  So in an attempt to get my photos more “out there” I will be publishing some of them on this blog and hopefully adding some interesting information about each photo for readers to, well, read.  I can’t say how active I will be with this blog, but time will tell.

Feel free to comment on anything you read or see.  And, of course, you can always participate in my polls.