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Monday, October 23, 2017

The Week in Photos October

Some photos from the last few weeks.

These were from yesterday at Hatley Castle. The weather has been a challenge for photos.

As you can see we have had too much rain. Below is from the truck window at Goldstream Park where the salmon have started to come in so soon the eagles will gather there.

One of my favorite trees stumps at Goldstream.

Downtown in the rain.

Storms out at the beaches in Oak Bay at Turkey Head.

Then a break in the rain and I ran through the leaves at Mount Doug Park.

Out in Sidney at the farms all the children are getting their pumpkins .

We have not been able to do much birding this month due to the rain but we did see a Lapland Longspur at Cattle point.

I did see some Yellow Rumped Warblers at the park.

I seldom can focus on a flying bird but this heron was flying slowly and I got a shot of him at Panama Flats. The small Panasonic Camera I use, GH4, has an electronic shutter that is much slower than the usual mechanical shutter I was used to on the Canon cameras. I have never been able to get a good flying shot since I switched to the small camera.

This is a Marbled Godwit that we saw at Esquimalt Lagoon.

After all the rain I think it is the end of the butterfly season here, we did find some Sulphurs out in the farm fields just around two weeks ago.

Well that is a wrap up of the last few weeks, just a lot of rain and cloudy weather, not looking forward to this winter. I guess I will do a lot of interior shots.
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Our World Tuesday  Thank you to the Our World Team, Lady Fi
Wild Bird Wednesday Thank you to Stewart
ABC Wednesday   Thank you to Melody at the letter "P" for Photos



  1. That's a lovely selection of shots especially the heron.

  2. beautiful series of images. i like those tree roots.

  3. Beautiful photos!

  4. EXCELLENT!!! Beautiful images Nora. I really enjoyed it all.

    Thank you so much for joining us this week at I'd Rather B Birdin'

  5. Hatley is lovely in the fall. Wonderful bird captures! Visiting from Our World Tuesday.

  6. Fabulous photos!

  7. Wonderful shots - especially the birds. The castle looks really great against the dark skies.

  8. A wonderful series of diverse photographs Nora. I love the castle and all the glorious colour of the fallen autumn leaves adn fabuous lot of pumpkins in the fields. The eagle videos are excellent and great to see how they have grown up. Thanks for this post and hope you are keeping well.

  9. Hello, I love the castle. The fall leaves, pumpkins and birds are all wonderful photos. Great post. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

  10. I've never even heard of a marbled godwit, and you saw one in Esquimalt? I lived on the 'the wet coast' for years, but maybe they're only on the island? Going to look it up, but back to your other photos first. I'm back -- I love your tree stump, and your autumn leaves. Interesting about your cameras. I only have my cell phone now, and I miss my Canon.
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  11. Awesome photos, Nora. I like taking photos in the rain. My problem is the rain falling on my lenses. :-)

  12. The weather has been wet, but you got out and some great shots Nora... Michelle

  13. A lot of different subjects, and a lot of beautiful photos!
    That castle looks very interesting. I'm going to Google it right now.

  14. the warbler is so cute!

  15. A beautiful collection of images... that house, I would love to live in it... I need to win a very large sum of money first ;-)

    Have a splendid, ♥-warming ABC-WEDNES-day / – week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

  16. Great set of pictures - for all that people complain about the rain, it can bring out the colour - especially in autumn.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  17. thanks so much for these kind and thoughtful comments.

  18. Beautiful collection of photos.

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