Archive For The “Photoblog” Category
The December winter sun illuminates moss covered rocks at low tide on the morning of December 16, 2016, at MK Bay, Kitimat.
The December sun over Kitimat harbour and Douglas Channel, December 10, 2015. (Robin Rowland)
The view of Douglas Channel from a park near my house in Kitimat. A panorama created with Lightroom CS new merge and panoramic feature. The original would be 38 inches wide if printed at full size.
A new plaque at the Kitimat cenotaph commemorates service in Afghanistan, see on Remembrance Day, November 11, 2015. (Robin Rowland)
A member of the Royal Canadian Legion distributes poppies and programs before the Remembrance Day Service. (Robin Rowland)
Before the “Guardians of Remembrance” service, someone left three red roses on the cenotaph. (Robin Rowland)
A small boy wears an RCMP uniform at the service. (Robin Rowland)
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police lead the parade to the cenotaph. (Robin Rowland)
Army Cadets and Girl Guides were also part of the parade. (Robin Rowland)
Bugler Derrick Stoigny sounds the Last Post, as Marg Bogaert of the Legion salutes and Mayor Phil Germuth bows his head. (Robin Rowland)
Across the country on its one hundredth anniversary, John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields was recited or sung. In Kitimat it was the Sine Nomine choir. (Robin Rowland)
One of the singers from Sine Nomine. (Robin Rowland)
A former peacekeeper lays the wreath on behalf of the Canadian Forces. (Robin Rowland)
Mayor Phil Germuth prepares to lay a wreath on behalf of the District of Kitimat. (Robin Rowland)
The Winterhawks hockey team witnessed the 2015 Remembrance Day service. (Robin Rowland)
Marg Bogaert salutes during the playing of “God Save the Queen,” as the 2015 Remembrance Service comes to an end. (Robin Rowland)
I had great plans for shooting the super moon and the eclipse blood moon on Sunday night, September 27. Unfortunately the ideal shot of the moon rising over our iconic Mt. Elizabeth (which I have captured in the past) was impossible, there was a storm blowing in, and the overcast was so heavy that dark moon wasn’t even visible.
But today, I captured the related super tide –at low tide–which is the shot, I am sure, no one was looking for. To be honest, I was trying to shoot fall colours on a gloomy day where the Skeena lives up its original in name in the language of the Tsimshian First Nation, K-shian, “water that falls from the clouds,” also translated as “river of mists” and now is colloquially called “the Misty River.”
I was amazed at the Skeena was so flat, and so low at a time when it had been raining for the past couple of days and should have been much higher.
A few hours later when I was driving back from Prince Rupert, in a pounding rain and wind storm, the river was actually higher than I had ever seen it before.
I didn’t realize what I had until I was watching the weather segment on the CBC National, and the Weather Network presenter mentioned there was a super tide. Google checks confirmed that a super tide accompanies a super moon.
Telegraph Point, on the Skeena, taken at 1135 hrs on September 28.
Telegraph Point is about 44 kilometres (27 miles) inland from where the Skeena reaches the Pacific Ocean, and the tides do reach even further inland than that. Low tide at Prince Rupert was at 0811 on Monday. There aren’t tide tables this far inland (not needed for sailors)
As I arrived for an appointment in Prince Rupert, it started to rain. By the time I had completed my appointment and had had lunch, I drove back in a wind driver rain storm. I stopped briefly at Telegraph Point and grabbed some quick shots.
This shot, roughly the same angle as the first low tide shot, was taken at 1457, just after high tide at Prince Rupert at 1426. You can’t see it in a still image, but in the river the water was moving rapidly upstream.
This was taken at 1512 from the same spot as the first low tide shot.
Another angle from Telegraph Point taken during the storm at 1512.
(All images above taken with Sony Alpha 55)
This was one of my first shots of the day, taken about 25 kilometres further upstream at 1101. (taken with Sony Alpha 6000)
Tide tables for two closest points on the Skeena
Current tide for Kwinitsa Creek
Current tide for Khyex Point
Supermoon 2015 to cause highest ‘super tides’ for 19 years (Independent UK)
My beloved cat Euri, passed away in his sleep, Monday, September 14, 2015, aged 18 years and six months–which is 90 in human years.
Euri was doing fine for an older cat despite his years. On Saturday, as he often did, Euri leapt up beside me on the couch as I watched a movie on DVD. Sometime Sunday afternoon he let out a single loud (probably anguished) meow, but otherwise seemed fine. He curled up on the couch as he usually did Sunday night after I had watched TV (old cats sleep a lot). When I checked him on Monday morning he had passed away.
In April 1997, a colleague at CBC asked me if I wanted a kitten. I said yes and when the tiny ball of fluff arrived, he kept hiding behind one of my bookcases, beside a pile of paperback Greek plays. Because he was as white as a marble statue, I named him Euripedes, after the playwright and Euri for short.
Fall is coming early to Kitimat….or so it appears. We’ve just come through about three weeks of cold, wet and windy weather. Some trees are already turning to gold.
In the early afternoon sun along the Kitimat River Lower Dyke Road, the glorious green is still dominant.
Wind blown green leaves on a pond alongside the Lower Dyke Road. (Robin Rowland)
More windblown leaves float along a stream that will eventually reach the Kitimat River. (Robin Rowland)
An old log in the middle of a pond looks like an ancient sea monster. (Robin Rowland)
A view of MK Bay, Kitimat, August 7, 2015. (Robin Rowland)