I am honored and very excited!
My dear friends Eric Boyum and Trish Boyum from Ocean Adventures have invited me to work with them on their vessel, The Great Bear II in mid May as they take guests on an 8 day tour called “Inlets of the Grizzly / Great Bear Rainforest.”
In 2011 I first met Eric and Trish and traveled to “The GBR” as their guest. It was an incredible experience and many great friendships were formed including the one that I now share with both of them.
Round #2 will offer a completely different perspective. I will be busy working but I should be able to get a chance to create some incredible images and I expect this experience will surpass my first visit in 2011.
See Ocean Adventures website here: oceanadventures.bc.ca
On the evening of March 3rd and in the early morning hours of the 4th, three Cougars were killed after attacking livestock near Courtenay. I could literally walk from where I live to where this took place. We must find a non lethal way to coexist with these incredible animals instead of destroying them. This is absolutely horrendous.
Here’s the report by CTV Vancouver Island: vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/three-cougars-killed-after-attacking-livestock-near-courtenay-1.3830099
We had another successful shoot today up by Comox Lake. Some more, preliminary footage for “Lord of the Forest” is coming together nicely.
…the recent footage surrounding “Vancouver Island Hunter stalked by Cougar” has raised a lot of questions and in some cases controversy. Rightfully so! As many of you know, I am fascinated by this animal, hence the documentary film that I am currently working on. Credible sources however suggest that the individual that captured this footage baited and taunted the animal and then disguised the footage for dramatic purposes. This is not something that I support. I do support any resulting public outcry and I do support a more stringent vetting process by our media outlets and their sources.
See the video here: comoxvalleyrecord.com/…/video-vancouver-island-hunter-stalked-by-a-cougar
…a throwback to 2011 when I first visited “The Great Bear Rainforest.” My love and support always to “The Gitga’at Nation” and any efforts that help to protect your territory. We beat Enbridge and Northern Gateway and we will protect the rest of the coast too!
There’s a current opportunity to provide feedback regarding British Columbia’s spill regulations. The government is soliciting public input as it relates to this overall process in regards to B.C.’s coastal environment. I encourage all of my followers that have values similar to mine to take the time to complete the survey and provide comments. It didn’t take me any longer than 10 minutes to complete. I also encourage all of you to reach out to others that you feel have these same values in mind and ask them to also complete the survey: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/spillsregulation/
The California Sea Lions are starting to congregate en masse on the barge at the end of the Government Wharf in Fanny Bay. They’re preparing for “the feast” as the Pacific Herring being to run. This is the 3rd or 4th time I’ve been to visit. It’s difficult to compose a “natural” image given the barge and such so these couple of images are lent to some significant cropping.
Recently I spent the early part of an afternoon at a friends, photographing their Horse. This particular Horse can be rather rambunctious at times. The request was to get some “action shots.” I used my Nikon D810 and 70-200mm F2.8 lens at 1/1000th of a second and at only 100 ISO. What’s really impressive is that even the hairs that fell off the Horse as it was jumping are captured as a part of the action.
In the early 20th century the logging industry was booming around Comox Harbour on Vancouver Island, as it was in many frontier towns of the Pacific Northwest. But a logging boom can quickly go bust if you can’t turn your timber into lumber quickly and cheaply. At the time, getting logs to the mill faced a lot of challenges in British Columbia, including unpredictable weather and rough waters, which took a toll on ships and their crews alike.
Over the course of a few decades, ships which no longer served their sea-faring purpose were towed out into Comox Harbour, drilled full of holes, and strategically sunk. In total there were three windjammers, three frigates, two destroyers, three steam tugs, one harpoon boat, and two barques.
I spent the morning of February 26th near the shipwrecks. It was sunny and warm without any wind. There were many ducks and the shoreline was alive. Two paddle boarders also navigated their way through the wrecks which made for some great photo opportunities.
I’m convinced that my friend, colleague and co-producer Paul Novy held back an expletive or two but we finally settled on the poster for our film. This is 95% Paul’s design and I think it’s exceptional! Thank you to those I reached out to for your thoughts as well.