The Wonders of Nature: In an Urban Setting

It’s interesting over time how body and mind begin to run on opposing tracks. The mind, invincible. The body, less than enthusiastic.

I love to get out with my camera especially to places that are off the grid such as my trip to Port Renfrew in September. Lots of hiking to remote beaches and forest setting was involved. I handled most of this well but when I landed upside down on slippery sharp rocks I knew it was time for a reset.

Obviously, safety is a concern as well as a desire not to spoil the trip for other participants. And there is a need to evaluate photography excursions on the basis of suitability for my fitness level. While trips like those I have made to Tofino and Port Renfrew are still on my radar  there are many places close to home or to places we have traveled to that exhibit great opportunities for photographing nature.

Here in Kelowna, B.C. I spend a lot of time at the Fascieux Creek Wetland. Other locations such as Munson Pond, the Mission Creek Greenway, Okanagan Lake and the Kettle Valley Railroad are places I have been able  to make interesting photographs of birds, small mammals and beautiful landscapes.

Whether we are visiting family in Michigan, Victoria and other places on Vancouver Island I have found locations that are  easy to get to and depending on the time of day, weather and light have allowed me to make some of my favourite images.

Locations that I visit regularly allow me to build the knowledge necessary to plan effective photo outings. These scouting trips help me determine the best time of day and best equipment for the situation.

Most images I am presenting with this article were made with an older Nikon 70-300mm lens. When I use my full frame camera the maximum focal length is 300mm but if I use my cropped sensor camera the focal length increase by half, effectively extending to 450mm, ideal for bird photography.

All of these images were made in an urban environment. Street noise, passing vehicles, close proximity to walkers and their pets are common features to these locations. It almost seems as though the critters are used to their urban surroundings and feel that they are relatively safe from potential dangers.

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  1. Sheryl Korsch January 20, 2019 at 4:56 pm #

    EnJOYed Reading Your Blog! 🙂 The Photos are Terrific!!! It is interesting that the ‘critters’ appear safe in the Urban Setting 🙂 Thank You for sharing your finds!

    • Stu Dale January 22, 2019 at 4:27 pm #

      Thanks Sheryl! The critters do seem comfortable with close contact but I know from experience that there is a limit.

  2. cathy crawford January 20, 2019 at 6:09 pm #

    Love our seal! But each photo has its allure and special feel!
    Beautiful work, Stu!

    • Stu Dale January 22, 2019 at 4:26 pm #

      Our seal is indeed a neat shot. A rarity now that feeding the seals is forbidden at Fishermans Wharf.

  3. Rob Howardson January 21, 2019 at 9:47 am #

    Like: a Bird in a Wire

    • Stu Dale January 22, 2019 at 4:24 pm #

      Thanks Rob, great to hear from you. The bird was photographed at my sisters home in the Highlands of Victoria,

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