Wow, that is a lot of Crows
Happy Birthday Theresa!
What kid doesn't love cake?
Theresa's birthday is right around Chinese New Years so it's nice
this year that her birthday and the new years party happen on
different weekends. Theresa's favorite cake is Chestnut cake
and the kids seem pretty happy eating it to.
An Afternoon Walk at VanDusen
Claira has an afternoon nap and sometimes so
does Helen so it's good to get Nara out of the house. We
sometimes do a split afternoon - I take Nara to Vandusen for a
walk around and then we go across the street to a large park to
ride bikes. I was surprised there were flowers at VanDusen
Funny enough, we ran into one of Nara's daycare buddies -
Elliot. It always amuses me how awkward kids are when they
meet their friends in unexpected circumstances.
I have been employed in Burnaby for most of
my working life. Most of the time has been close to the
roost of a thousands of crows that roam the city by day and
communally gather at night. On of my coworkers (Thanks Bob!)
organizes a photo club and before sunset gets too late we decided
to do a walk around and take photos of crows.
We got quite lucky with the night - lots
of tone in the clouds. We went out at 5pm and found very few
crows but their numbers grew and grew until they filled the
I learned a lot trying things out. Slow shutter
speeds really don't work for flying animals. I need to learn
how to use the focus points on my lens because it hunts around a
lot when trying to focus on birds in flight. I also need to
go to the gym because carrying a 12 pound camera for an hour and
half is really tiring. On the plus side, I really like my
new camera bag!
Walk In Southlands
Nara really likes a bike ride - we try to
go at least once every weekend. We often bike together on
the seawall close to Granville Island but when the wall is busy I
get all stressed thinking Nara is going to take a header to a 10
foot drop and then get dragged out to sea. I've been looking
to diversify where we ride so today I picked Southlands.
Truth be told, after my terrible performance earlier in the week
taking photos of crows, I need some more time trying to take bird
photos to convince myself I actually have some idea what I'm
doing. The results were not inspiring but I'm force myself
to publish so I hopefully have a before and after series or less
optimistically - before and still more before.
First, I should say that most good bird photos happen at the
confluence of preparation and a lucky landing of a bird. My
first job is to make sure I don't lose my child or that she ends
up at the bottom of a very deep ditch. We found a swampy
area that had lots of smaller birds and Nara put up with me
shooting for a while.
A few things I learned - 400mm enables a lot of photos you can't
take at 200mm, but it's isn't magic. Small birds far away
are just hard to take photos of. Second - the light really
matters - the angle between you, the bird and sun is often the
difference between interesting and weird.
I'm also noticing more about behavior. I spotted three
hummingbirds while on our walk - apparently they are already
nesting. I watching one bird perch and call - generally I
have only seen them waiting for a feeder so I'm happy to see
something a bit more natural.
Chinese New Years Parade
Nara has climbing class is pretty close to
Chinatown so after class we decided to just park the car near
class and walk in to see the parade! We were late - the
parade started before Nara's class finished but wWe found a spot
to stand (sadly, the curb spots were taken) near the end of the
parade route and waited for the parade!
The kids haven't been to a lot of parades so this was full of new
things. Our location wasn't excellent - the judging stage was
just down the road from us so there were considerable pauses as
sections of the parade performed in front of the judges - sometimes
we got lots of people in front of us, other times we watched the
The kids really liked
the dancing lions and the dragons.
Playground at Oak Meadow Park
Claira had her afternoon nap and we
decided to go out for a walk around with the rest of the beautiful
afternoon. We want to VanDusen but it closed at 4pm and we
arrived at 3:55 - no entrance. We went across the street to
Oak Meadow Park where there is a small playground.
Tags: flock in flight(2), costume(2), parade(2), lion dance(2), biking(1), dragon(1)
People: Nara(7), Claira(7)
From: John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2016 to 2005 > February 2015
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