Walking along the beach in Ships Point, Fanny Bay B.C. (in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island) … I came across this boat, and photographed it at … exactly the right angle 🙂

Ship on shore in Ships Point Fanny Bay in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island

 

Fanny Bay Photographer : Copyright © Brenda Johima

Say NOtoCoal on Vancouver Island

On January 23, 2012, in Comox Valley, NOtoCoal, Vancouver Island, by brendajohima

I live in the beautiful Comox Valley, in Fanny Bay, on Vancouver Island and rarely take a stance on political issues on my blog … I prefer to keep the focus on my art and photography … however, as this proposed Coal Mine will be minutes from my door, I do want to say that I am 100% opposed to a coal mine on Vancouver Island. There are newer, greener technologies available at this time and there is no need for a coal mine now, or anytime in our future on this planet.

The damage to our health, our drinking water, the very air we breathe is at risk … as well as our ocean, the sensitive ecosystem, the fish, the wild salmon, the birds, the wildlife … as is the very beauty that inspires artists and photographers to create their works on this paradise we live in, called Vancouver Island.

Say NO to Coal

FREEBIE !! … I feel so strongly about NO Coal Mine in the Comox Valley and on Vancouver Island, I created this. Say “NOtoCoal

Please share it, use it, put it on your Facebook profile or business page, share via other social networks and/or your website/blog … please spread it and help STOP this proposed Coal Mine. In addition to the damage it will do to our environment and the beauty that surrounds us on Vancouver Island, coal is a known carcinogen.

More info. here : CoalWatch.ca and here : Solidarity not Compliance

** P.S. If you want to download (and please do), the LARGE full resolution image file, over 2+ MB, I want to provide the highest quality possible. ** … you can download here at any of these places  :

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(the above image is an almost full resolution image from my iPhone … created entirely using an iPhone 4s) … please use the high resolution images from the links above if you can … and if you are able to please credit “Brenda Johima” that would be lovely but not crucial … I just want the word out …

Thank you for your support on this issue that will affect not only those living in Fanny Bay, and in the Comox Valley, but it will affect every one of us on Vancouver Island, including tourists in future.

Although I’m a few days behind in my posts, for my 50th birthday iPhone Art and Photography project, I’ve taken way more than 50 photos since beginning on April 13th, 2011.

The challenge of the iPhone 3G camera, the challenge of finding something new each day to photograph that excites me or calms me, and the challenge in choosing daily, what might have meaning for you, has been an incredibly joyful process.

The image below comes from my forest walk this morning, and it is almost better than what I saw in the forest, yet at the same time, when I look at it, it’s almost as if it takes me back there again in a flash … but it also takes me to a new place that I’ve never been before. Fascinating. What do you see?

So, here is Number 23 of my 50 Photos 50 Years iPhone image project and lucky me, I live within minutes of this forest walk, and no matter how many times I walk it, it changes every day. When in the forest, what I see, what I feel, what I find and how I view it, changes daily. That’s what I love about nature. It’s just never the same.

Going to the same place, never reveals the same image, if you just look, and SEE.

~ Brenda Johima ~

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

I LOVE the sea lions that show up every year in Fanny Bay, on Vancouver Island, where I live. Each year I take time to photograph them, and the images of course, are never the same.

This year I have been concerned, as I have seen far fewer numbers of sea lions than any previous year, and they have been much quieter. Usually they bark 24/7 and although it drives many of the neighbours crazy, and people complain about the noise and how much fish they consume, my thought is, that they were here first, before humans moved in, and I simply feel fortunate to witness wildlife so close to home, on a daily basis.

Today, I am thrilled that there seem to be more and more sea lions arriving each day (as well as more people driving to view them). This means to me (I hope), that the herring run may be arriving any day soon. I’m seeing more and more eagles, great blue heron, and yes, sea lions. They all seem to show up first, before the fish, before the herring run, which is one of my most exciting days of the year, as a photographer.

Our bald eagles in the Comox Valley (according to news reports) are starving to death, and I do believe this to be true. I hope that the herring show up soon, so that all the birds, eagles, sea lions and wildlife can have full bellies, so that all of the species survive and thrive.

So next time you hear someone complain about the noise from the sea lions, and how much fish they eat, please don’t blame the sea lions. It’s not their fault they have no food, it’s humans who have done the damage. (Bald eagles and sea lions and seals are supposed to eat fish.) We are so fortunate that they choose Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands as home, at least part-time.

So, here’s a few photos I captured today on my way home. These sea lions are just minutes from my home. Lucky me!

~ Brenda Johima ~

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sea lions fanny bay vancouver island

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

sea lions fanny bay vancouver island

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

sea lions fanny bay vancouver island

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

sea lions fanny bay vancouver island

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

sea lions fanny bay vancouver island

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

sea lions fanny bay vancouver island

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

Today I went out looking for simplicity and beauty in the ordinary, and to take the opportunity to practice a few skills using Shutter Priority. And here we have it.

What could be more simple and beautiful in spring, than dandelions, and skunk cabbage?

These are two things that most of us do not usually use the word “beauty” on. However, once you zoom in with the camera, focus on green as the color field as the experience for the skunk cabbage, and on minimalism and simplicity for the fluffy dandelion midst a sea of yellow … you see, we do have beauty in the ordinary.

~ Brenda Johima ~

Copyright 2010 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

Copyright 2010 Brenda Johima

Copyright 2010 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

Copyright 2010 Brenda Johima

Copyright 2010 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

Every year, it’s an exciting day on Vancouver Island, in Baynes Sound, with great viewpoints from between Denman Island and Hornby Island, from Fanny Bay to Bowser to Qualicum Bay … when fisheries allow gillnets and seine to fish herring.

Sea lions, seals, bald eagles, loads of herring, tons of fishing boats of all sizes, and hundreds of seagulls can be found, during a hub of activity. A photographers delight.

Every year I’m out with my camera, capturing the action, and last year, my photographs were in the newspaper.

This year, however, I missed it … I think I was in Mexico when it happened. Hmmmm. Mexico, sun tan, swimming in warm tropical waters, or herring? Well … I chose Mexico this year.

Anyway, although I missed the main herring run, the sea lions and seagulls were still feasting a couple of days ago, and I got a small glimpse of a remnant of that beautiful milky turquoise herring enriched waters on Vancouver Island. The color, simply is amazing, and I was happy just to see a small bit even, this year.

Enjoy.

– Brenda Johima –

Copyright 2010 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

Copyright 2010 Brenda Johima

Copyright 2010 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

Copyright 2010 Brenda Johima

Copyright 2010 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

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