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Hi my name is Nora and Welcome to my blog world. This is a nature and birding photo blog about Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada. I am trying to be a birder and I take photos of the birds and scenery I find. I hope you enjoy your time here and please come back again. PHOTOS WILL ENLARGE IF CLICKED. The photos are slide show enabled if you click on them. If you click on the top lighthouse photo it always takes you to the most recent summary list of my postings.

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Mountain Beach SkyWatch Sunset







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This post is for Sky Watch, please click to the Sky Watch new web page and see some amazing skies from all around the world, many Sky Watch sites look to be done by professional photo bloggers who take much better pictures than I do with some amazing equipment also. These pictures are taken on a nearby beach that I ran down to get the shot of the moon and sunset and then drove to a little mountain or hill to get some higher shots. Not all taken on the same evening though. I did enhance the colors somewhat but not a lot. I don't use a tripod and with low light it is hard to get the quality I want. Happy SkyWatch Friday everyone. (I have to post this early as many of the Sky Watchers are in an early time zone.)

Monday, February 25, 2008

Blog Academy Awards Results



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Not exactly the Academy Awards, sorry about that title, but these blogs get my award. Today I am doing something different to honor a few of my favorite blogs for our blog Academy Awards Day. These are some of my favorite and best blog links on the Internet. There are so many blogs now and I decided to start my own awards instead of waiting for Blogger to notice these blogs. I try to read these blogs every few days. I will put more links on in the future but I will start with these nature, birding and general blogs and put the rest in later, if your blog is not on here, send all your complaints in a comment and I will put you in the next group: These bloggers excite me and inspire me to continue to blog. Most of them have helped me in some way to learn how to blog, even if I just found ideas on their blogs which they have shared with me. These bloggers have been happy to link to my little blog effort and have commented on my blog, giving me encouragement and a feeling of readership and a feeling of being part of a group or community. I wish to thank them for their support. Each of the blogs named can grab this small Golden Eagle Academy Award (it is actually a golden eagle pic I took) and put it ( and I have the html now to make it a clickable picture link so please just ask for that) on your sidebar if you want, and if you don't want to, that is cool too. I just wanted you all to know that I appreciated how friendly you were to me and I am so happy that you actually commented or emailed me.The blogs are listed in alphabetical order today:


Please use the little button of the golden eagle above or the smaller one if you want it on your blog. I have the correct html to give you to make it a linking button and would appreciate it if you used that for me. If there are errors, linking problems please inform me and I can fix it. You can make it clickable back here by this method here.) (or just contact me and I will help make it clickable by sending the html). Gallicissa has posted a sample of the picture as a link. He is very clever with this stuff.


Ben Cruachan Blog- Australia Ben is actually Duncan in Gippsland, Australia (Ben Cruachan is the name of a mountain and you really have to see it on his blog) and he does great blogs on bugs, birds, flora and fauna of his area. He also has a new photo gallery. He is Australian and says "Beauty Mate"!!! Love the accent. His blog is always full of fun things. Travel to Australia with Duncan's blog.


Ecobirder has amazing photos on his site. He is in Minnesota, USA. He has the best bird photos and must have a great camera. If you are a birder, this is the site for you. You will drool at his shots. He has a very friendly site too.

Forest Walks , Mary will take you on relaxing and joyful walks with her two dogs. Her blog is a photo journal and she puts in romantic photos of the wild ponies in the mist of New Forest, UK. She is reliable and always has her blog done on time....not like me. Her photos are way better than mine.

Gallicissa is Amila in Sri Lanka and he has the best birding photos and some of his photos are so extraordinary you cannot believe the birds he gets...he got the secretive Bay Owl and was the first birder to visit the Sinharaja rain forest.... check him out for some wild bird pics. Don't we all want to go there. He is a super photographer.

Julie Zickerfoose is so well known ...what can I say. She is one of the top bird, nature blogs on the web, her blog is always informative, honest and funny. She pops in her bird photos and lots of unexpected delights, it is always an adventure to see what she has been photoing, flowers, her dog, a park, the family....whatever Julie wants to do is fine with me. I would say that whatever she touches turns to gold due to the Julie charm factor, she is the Oprah of the bloggers. Julie was really helpful to me. Thanks Julie.

Mary's View now Mary is the Erma Bombeck of our time. If you need to be uplifted and to smile or laugh till you fall out of the chair, this is the site for you. I have no idea why she is blogging when she could be writing scripts. We are so lucky to have her, she puts so much effort into her blog, it is a labor of love and it just has love and hugs all the way through it and her readers can feel it. She will always give you the funniest picture and then write something hilarious under it. (Mary does have a message, see if you can find it). 
Mo's Milestones Mo is in Scotland and she inspires everyone to try harder. She has achieved major success in her life through out this last year. Her and her husband, Alan, take beautiful shots of Scotland and of their travels far and wide..... she gets the friendly award from me as she was my first blogger I met. I treasure her.
Mostlymacro is from Yorkshire, U.K. , he does lots of birds, gardens, plants and I see scenery on there today with his birding list so he has a very versatile site not just macro. There are some frogs, flowers and beautiful ducks.....a lovely site and a pleasant visit.

Nature Remains Nina is in Ohio and her site is a lush and spiritual place full of thoughtful whispers and sensitive nature photos and writings. Her love of nature shines through each picture and story and makes you feel like you are there with her. So glad I found this blog. Peaceful, Blissfull....what more can I say.

Nature Tales and Camera Tails This site is from New Brunswick and will surprise you with wildlife, scenery, birds and a unique outlook on Canadian life from the intricate minute details of ice or lichens or nature to a large growling bear...what will wander into this site next...beautifully shot by someone who truly is "me and my camera." 
Sandpiper's PlaceSandpiper is an accomplished artist who is sharing her photos and art work with us. She goes on trips and shares all her artsy photos with us....or she will take you on a walk through a snowy wonderland. I am sorry Lin Sandpiper I don't know where you are, but you are in the USA right. Sandpiper has also started a Video site and she has an Art Site and more so check out her profile page and you will see how multi-talented she is. I shamefully try to copy everything she does and I think she knows it too. It always surprises me how talented some of the bloggers are.

Sycamore Canyon This site has beauty shots of birds and it is in the birding hotspot of Arizona where you can bird all the time. Kathie takes photos that we all dream to take and has birds all around her it seems....I am so jealous....today she has the GBBC Finale count. Check her out.

The Fenlandwalker is a site in the United Kingdom and shows great pictures of the Northern part of East Anglia...there are lots of colorful photos of birds, flowers, trees, scenery and my favorite are the photos of a working farm and cows. Roy takes you on an easy to read journey with his photos. It is always a happy blog to visit and relax with a cup of tea. Hi Roy.

thequacksofLifePete is in Essex, U.K. and he loves old churches but there is a twist to his site, he is a birder so he will tease you with all his great shots of each birding trip he goes on as well as sneak in many many historical and oh so beautiful churches. I am totally addicted to his site, try it once and you are hooked. Oh, Pete the writing is sooo good too and he is the most reliable blogger ever. When no one else is blogging, he will always have a gift for his readers. He is not allowed to take holidays.

Vulture Cafe is Dawn who is the vulture of the blogging world. (She likes vultures, so she won't yell at me). Well she can pick up something on the side of the road and take a picture of some ordinary thing and make it look so special. I think she takes the best birds in flight photos ever. I believe she is in the Pacific North West, USA. Where are you Dawn?? Sorry Dawn not sure where you are but I am a fan.

Wildlife Photographic Journals This is Richard's site and he is a fellow Canon user but puts all the other Canon users to shame....He has a 500mm lens, etc. etc. and so you know he is serious and he is in Wirral, U.K. Most of the photos are from Merseyside, the Wirral and North Wales. He has some lovely close ups of birds today. We can all dream and aspire to get photos like this.


There is one other site I want to link to but I cannot get the link to work, it is Monarch's Nature Blog with an @ in it and I have tried to get the link to work but I cannot.
Monarch's Nature Blog has a great site on wordpress....his pictures are the best and he has a picture of a long eared owl on there. He works with young naturalists also. I will attempt to put a link in here. I am still attempting to put the correct link in...Monarch instead of your link the email comes up....so sorry....I will keep trying.

There was a link error and a few problems but I hope I have fixed them all now.

If you have compliments you can send them in a comment, if you have complaints you can sent them to someone else, if you want me to remove your site or change your site info I am happy to do it. Please check it for typos. Most of these bloggers have more than one site and you can find their other sites on their profile pages or links.
EDIT: Added later: I have now been able to learn how to make the blog award a clickable hyperlink image and I have the html for this so really would appreciate it if any "winners" of the award would link back to me and I can give you the hyperlink information.
THE GOLDEN EAGLE BLOG AWARDS ARE GIVEN OUT BY ME AT VARIOUS TIMES DURING THE YEAR.

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