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A tangible sky

It took it’s sweet time, but it appears as if spring has finally arrived. While I could show you pictures of the melting snow, the singing robins, or the kids on bikes, what really stood out for me today was the colour of the sky after the sun went down. It had this incredible quality to it – something tangible, something that gave pause to the busyness of the day. In shades of mint and teal, indigo and turquoise, the sunny spring day turned to night, and there was hope that winter was putting herself to rest.

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Spring sun

The days are getting longer, the sun is getting warmer, and this week I, too, have found myself sitting in a sunbeam with my eyes half-closed, enjoying the tiniest hints of spring.

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Mourning dove on an oak branch at sunset.

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On Fire

The setting sun set fire to the marsh, engulfing the cattails in flames.

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Inspiration: ILEP photography

So. I have these friends. And they’re biologists, as well as nature photographers. (Those two careers seem to go hand-in-hand a lot, y’know?). Anyway, they are gooooood. Their portfolio includes gorgeous scenery, wildlife portraits, and travel chronicles. Starry nights, majestic mountains, northern lights, misty mornings, wintry fields, fall splendour; moose, owls, bears, wolves, fox;  Nepal, Italy, Thailand… I am awed by their landscapes, impressed by their wildlife captures, and inspired by their travel experiences.

I think what impresses me the most is the commitment it takes to take these kinds of pictures. It’s one thing to take photos of an alpine wildflower meadow; it’s an entirely different thing to take photos of a bear in that meadow. Or to be up with the northern lights on a ridge top in the middle of the night. Or to capture a lightning strike in the prairies. All of this takes patience, as well as fortitude – get up when you’d rather be sleeping, get cold and wet when you’d rather be warm and dry, be eaten alive by mosquitoes when you’re waiting by the stream for a perfect shot of that moose. Kudos, gentlemen, kudos – keep up the good work!

ILEP is currently having a sale, with 30% off their images until the end of the month. So if you’re looking for some incredible nature images, as a fine art print, or some photo merchandise (mouse pads, tshirts, magnets, etc), look no further – ilep has you covered.

http://ilep.smugmug.com/

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Ice Storm 7

Considering the damage the ice storm left behind, it’s nice to have spent the week admiring the beauty in it’s embrace. Now I’m off to have a bath – after 2 wipeouts on the ice today, my right butt cheek needs to embrace some hot water and epsom salts.

To finish off my Ice Storm series, here is an ice-covered tree, gilded by the light from a fading sunset.

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Seduction

Had a date with the ocean last week. My husband of 10 years (the real reason for the trip) didn’t mind that I was two-timing him, he understands the seduction that was involved.
More to come…

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Consolation

We went out at dusk looking for short-eared owls, but all we caught was the sunset. Not such a bad consolation prize.
I thought the colours were quite fitting considering the date. Happy Halloween everyone!

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Inspiration: GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013

Both hugely humbling and mightily motivating: astoundingly beautiful pictures from a European wildlife photography contest.

Check them out here.

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Alignment

A glance at the sky, a fleeting glimpse where all seems in alignment.

An omen? Or maybe just a beautiful moment.

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