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I’ve spent an afternoon, an evening and now today with T073B – Male Transient Orca in Comox Harbour. The third time was definitely a charm! It has been an incredible experience sharing the waters with this magnificent creature, one I will never forget. 

I’ve explored all over Coastal British Columbia and I mean all over! I’ve never seen an Orca, ever! Not until July 24th and 25th and I didn’t have to go very far either! The name of the Orca is T073B – a lone and very large male transient Orca. Reports of his visit to the Comox Valley first started coming in around July 23rd. I loaded up my kayak on the cart… Read More

Thank you to local Comox Valley resident and my friend Tanja Kerr – flickr.com/photos/84125642@N07 Eagles tend to congregate from time to time in front of Tanja’s home and when they do, she lets me know! My very own “Eagle Hotline.” I got some good shots today and finally two or more in one frame while in flight, though they’re not as tack sharp as I would like. I’ll keep working on it. The… Read More

Bald Eagles are scavengers and will take advantage of carrion – dead and decaying flesh, giving it a poor image. As a result, some people even dislike Eagles. Other people do not care for powerful and aggressive birds; while some object merely on the grounds that it is a bird of prey which kills other animals for food. What do you think?

…My goal today was to photograph two or more mature Bald Eagles fighting, either on the ground, partially or in full flight. I didn’t quite get that but I still had fun!  

…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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

Yesterday was my first time visiting this park. I always tended to avoid it due to the fish ladder potentially disrupting image composition. I was pleasantly surprised by the location. This park protects 151 acres of second-growth forest located on the north side of the Puntledge River. The river is one of the main attractions of the park along with Nymph Falls. The river and falls rage over series of exposed bedrock… Read More

Today, we started production of “Lord of the Forest” – Searching for the truth about the Vancouver Island Mountain Lion- We got some great initial footage and were able to interview many local Comox Valley residents. We’re well on our way to being able to tell this story, a story that must be told. One of the highlights of our day occurred near the end. Paul and I had a phone conversation… Read More