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Kayakers in Fairy Light at Parkside, Vancouver Island (+6 insets!)

Kayakers in Fairy Light at Parkside, Vancouver Island (+6 insets!)
(+6 insets!) (Another picture that looks nice at full size!) (Please scroll down to "Today's Pictures" for details about the insets)

Frosty Mornings are so COLD!
Holy Frostbite, Batman, it's COLD OUT THERE!!! :D As I sit here at my computer, I have our the space heater in front of my seat, my sock-covered feeties tingling before it and trying to get warm again. It's not that horribly cold outside compared to many places but 28.5°F / -1.94°C is still WAY TOO COLD for my liking! You would think my tromping up and down my driveway would compensate, but it's just not enough. Even with the excellent, heat-generating slope all the way up from the main road to the base of our steep hillside. Add to that the fact that my washed hair makes my head and entire body struggle to get warm, even bundled up with a hat, scarf, gloves and heavy sweaters. But I'm slowly warming up and as always, the experience out there was easily worth what discomfort I might feel for a while after returning to the warmth of the house.

Sharing a Breathtaking Sunrise with Pumpkin
The beautiful day began the moment I got up. Together with Pumpkin, we peeked out the window after she climbed out of her fleecy-soft tent onto my finger and stretched her wingies, accenting each side with a satisfied "Urrrrrk." We admired the breathtaking pastel pinks, oranges and blues of the sunrise, contrails from the high-flying airplanes penciling soft white lines in the sky which slowly spread out into lovely, dissipating ripples. I couldn't help uttering my amazement of this view, complete with the beautiful Upper Table Rock stretching out in the distance before us. "Wowwwwwww, isn't that just gorgeous…" I considered running down to get my phone for a picture but decided against it. I didn't want to ruin this special moment with my little girl, nor did I want to wreck the serenity and peace that we were experiencing.

Morning Routines and a Food-Flinging Parrot!
Tiptoeing downstairs after a shower and getting dressed--I didn't want to disturb Steve, who was still sleeping at this early hour of just after 7am--Pumpkin and I shared the morning routine of preparing her food and getting my daily vitamins and pair of drinks together. Steve and I live a ketogenic lifestyle and part of this requires us to have extra potassium, salt and other electrolytes in our diet, which we get from an apple cider vinegar drink blend. It's so important, in fact, that if we don't have this drink every day, our bodies will respond eventually with fatigue and flu-like symptoms. The other drink was, of course, coffee, in the form of an Americano espresso (espresso and water). I save my cherished espresso and cream for a decadent afternoon treat. And yet, I totally enjoy my watered-down burst of caffeine I drink after downing my vitamins and cider brew. The crema and bouquet of espresso are so delicious!

By the time I finish, Pumpkin's decided that violently flinging the contents of her food cup are the order of the day. I cannot help but smirk as I watch in amusement while chunks of bread and various seeds and pepper flakes are scattered over her perch and bounce into the sink. She is delighted at the mess she's made and I snicker at the maniacal, satisfied expression on her lovely face. Red eyes surrounding black pupils in her glowing yellow and orange face could look demonic if she were a nasty bird but she's an absolute doll and her mood right now is feisty and hungry. She was ready for a proper breakfast and I wasn't moving fast enough--this show was letting me know how she felt!

"Well then!" Stepping boldly onto my offered finger, I continue, "Let's get you upstairs for your breakfast my dear!" Gripping my finger tightly with her large, scaly feet (we like to call them "her big, fat, chicken feet!"), we go upstairs together along with her prepared food bowl of veggies, fruit, and lots of other goodies. Pumpkin eagerly stepped onto her cage's upper perch while I put her breakfast in place. Before leaving, I turn on her music (80's and other fun songs that she loves) and tell her I love her with wishes for a happy breakfast before quietly closing the door.

When I step inside after my frigid walk, Steve is bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and coming downstairs for his breakfast after having a wonderful shower with Pumpkin too! :) Our day has begun and it will be a beauty! :)

Today's Pictures
I'm sharing another selection from our evening walk along the water at Surfside RV Resort! My main picture today shows a perfectly synchronous pair of ladies enjoying their kayaks on the bay. I took some liberties with some creative filters and the result turned this otherwise "meh!" picture into an image I really like!

Lots of insets today as well! There are three panoramas--a super wide one which made the view look like a bowl of land surrounded by water; a fading sunset view of a fingerling jetty which joined the place I stood at a 90 degree angle, and a wide view of the lovely, peaceful lagoon next to Surfside's resort.

Also included is an image of interesting kelp that washed up on the shore. I have never seen anything like it and thought the resulting picture showed the fascinating shapes quite well.

There are also two artistic renditions of an oystercatcher that I photographed. In the fading light, my camera's ISO shot up to a ridiculous number and the resulting grain rendered the pictures totally useless. Or so I thought. I'd never gotten a picture of this species before and I really wanted to do something with them if I could, grainy or not. Then I realized that I could break out my artistic filters and give that a try. How nice to have the excuse to play with my pictures in a purely artistic sense. I am delighted at the outcome, as these pictures were not savable otherwise. The results, in my opinion, are colorful and fun! :) I hope you like them too! (but I won't blame you if you hate them! :D)

Pam, I looked to see if you have any pictures of shore birds, but I didn't see any. While I worked on my two Oystercatcher pictures, I couldn't help but think of you. I deeply admire your skill and dedication to the countless artistic images and collages that you've created over the years. I don't usually go that route but with my travel photography I am presented with the opportunity much more often. It's pretty common to find pictures that aren't up to par in one way or another, but when I switch on my creative eye, it's usually very easy to see the potential of an otherwise "garbage" shot. It's fun. I don't spend hours on them as you have with your gazillions of layers, filters, additional elements and so forth but I do allow myself the freedom to have a good time. It's really nice to do this and makes me feel as if I'm stretching other artistic muscles. Great stuff! Anyway, I hope this is a nice day for you!! *BIG HUGS* from southern Oregon! :)

Explored on 2/13/20; highest placement #4.

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45 comments - The latest ones
cammino club
The edited picture of the two kayak riders is very well done. A proof that one should not immediately delete pictures that are not entirely successful. The different landscape shots are very impressive! The pictures of the oystercatcher show that photos that are not really usable because of bad shooting conditions can be "saved" by an artistic editing!
4 months ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Toujours aussi émerveillé par tes somptueuses captures aussi différentes les unes des autres ,mais qui sont attraits au mème sujet généralement très pertinent...!
Bonne et agréable soirée.
4 months ago.
LotharW club
Tolle Serie, Janet!!!
4 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Oh Janet those panoramic views are just fantastic. What an absolutely stunning place it is. I was rather taken with one of the other pictures and that was whatever the first of the bottom three is!!!! I have never seen anything like that before - It sounds as if you had a wonderful time with Pumpkin - she really amuses you with her antics. It's so lovely hearing how you spend your time.
4 months ago. Edited 4 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
Vancouver Rowing Club still alive ;-)))
beautiful set of pictures!
4 months ago.
Ecobird club
I love the way you edited the image of the kayakers Janet. The colours and light are quite magical and the image has a lovely feel of freedom. A great series of images included with the PiPs. The kelp is amazing - I have never seen anything like it before. I enjoyed your notes immensely - and laughed out loud at Pumpkin's antics! Enjoy the rest of your week.
4 months ago.
Jolies *********
4 months ago.
 Peggy C
Peggy C club
Memories of my 1st kayak venture .. with 3 gal pals -- all experienced, then there was me !
In a gray kayak compared to the colorful ones they had ---- we kidded as to 'who will be the first one to tip over' ..

They all had taken lessons -- where you HAD to turn the kayak over so you would know what to do -
I was winging it --- my trip into the inter-coastal waterway over to Caladessi Island - near Tarpon Springs FL.

Well, .looked like I was going into the water ! A large gray dolphin was headed toward me --- it just barely scraped the bottom of the kayak!
Like if was telling me .. have a good day !
4 months ago. Edited 4 months ago.
 José Manuel Polo
José Manuel Polo club
Bellas imágenes.
4 months ago.
sasithorn_s club
Superb series of wonderful images! I love to read your story about Pumpkin, She' so precious<3
Have a great rest of the week!
4 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Excellent series!

Admired in:
4 months ago.
uwschu club
schöne Serie
4 months ago.
Kawasirius club
J'adore ces panoramas sur ces merveilleux paysages ! De superbes prises de vue malgrès vos montées en ISO que vous avez si bien su maitriser en post traitement !
Bonne journée, Janet !
4 months ago.
neira-Dan club
belle lumière et composition !!
4 months ago.
Chrissy club
Als würden sie durch flüssiges Silber paddeln. Traumhaft schön!
4 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
The light, the colors, the composition: wonderful, Janet !
4 months ago.
 Christel Ehretsmann
Christel Ehretsmann club
like a painting;..tones on tones...
quite decorative
4 months ago.
 Lee & Luv
Lee & Luv club
The beauty of freedom and Light, ~ love it!
4 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Cool action shot; your fourth PiP is really breathtakingly beautiful !!
4 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club


4 months ago.
Annemarie club
beautiful coloration!
4 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
Such a serene place, Janet ******************* BEAUTIFUL series !!!!
4 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
I don't know what filters and suchlike you added to your main image............but it's turned out extraordinarily well. The light is heavenly and I love the blue-tinged milky water. The two kayaks are perfectly placed in the frame and the whole scene has a air of peace and tranquility about it.

Love the PiPs too.........the panos are superb. My fave is the third one, I love the semi-submerged tree trunk in the foreground and the blue tones of the sea and sky. I also love the close up shot of the seaweed..........especially the detail you captured and the vibrant green fronds.

You seem to have made a good of of recovering the two oyster-catcher shots..........the second one in particular has a very painterly look to it.

I loved your description of the sunrise.........such a pity you decided not to take a pic of it!

Reading your account of your early morning shenanigans with Pumpkin, left me grinning like a cheshire cat :-))

Take care Janet!
4 months ago. Edited 4 months ago.
 * ઇઉ *
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Pumpkin has you well under control. ;)))
A great series with outstanding artistic highlights!
4 months ago.
trester88 club
Wieder eine faszinierende Serie, Janet! Schöne Eindrücke dieser großartigen Natur!
4 months ago.
 Marije Aguillo
Marije Aguillo club
Bonita sinfonía en azul.
4 months ago.
Ruth club
This is a beautiful shot Janet. A very entertaining read as ever to accompany your photos.
4 months ago.
 Soeradjoen (very limited time)
Soeradjoen (very lim… club
Beautiful series Janet.
4 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Amazing light and lovely images in another superb set Janet and of course the terrific text as an accompaniment,
Interested in you oyster catcher images mainly because they vary from our species,
Sea Shore
4 months ago.
 Eva Lewitus
Eva Lewitus club
I especially love the kelp photo... Greetings from Lima!
4 months ago.
 Petar Bojić
Petar Bojić club
Wonderful capture!
4 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbe photo avec notes. Nicole.
4 months ago.
Betty【ツ】 club
Soooooooo quiet! ♥************
4 months ago.
Kenny club
Lovely series of shots
4 months ago.
RHH club
Would I ever love to be out in a kayak with those people! As usual, your lead photo inspires me to want to be where the photo was taken doing whatever can be done there. The light is indeed magical and the colors such a wonderful touch.

That photo of the kelp is even better! We've seen kelp before but I've never seen anything like it. What a great photo and it even trumps the kayakers. The panoramas are magnificent as well but I'm voting for kelp this morning.

Love the Oystercatcher. We've seen them many times along the shore and I have photos of them somewhere on my photostream. If I remember we saw some along the Oregon coast last fall, one that'd just caught an oyster.

Have I mentioned that we have our kayak along (and PFD's) and are hoping to kayak on the Rio Grande. Don't know how we'll manage photography but if need be we'll leave all that behind and just enjoy the scenery and the ride.

It's out last morning in San Antonio. We have breakfast here at the guesthouse and then head for Big Bend and hope to be there by supper time this evening. We have a backcountry campsite reserved (drive in) near Balanced Rock on the north end.

You were right about falling into bed exhausted last night. If I even remember we were in bed before 9:00. Feeling refreshed and ready to go again this morning, though. Pretty sore from all the biking yesterday, too. I'm not as young as you guys.

One older lady on the trail told Nancy when asked how she could still hike such strenuous trails, "Never stop." I guess that's our philosophy, too, just keep going until we drop. If we do stop we get stiff and lazy and don't want to do anything.

I have another long post to which I must reply but don't know if I'm going to get to it any time soon. I have to go look at Nancy's latest. I think she put up some photos of the missions we visited yesterday and if I don't comment I'm in trouble!!!!!
4 months ago.
RHH club
Going to comment on a few old photos.
4 months ago.
 Rainer Blankermann
Rainer Blankermann club
A beautiful series, Janet.
I like BC,
Have a nice weekend!
4 months ago.
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi Janet

I like the repeated shape here very much

Great extar pictures in the PiPs

Best Wishes, and a good weekend
4 months ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
Lovely picture, but I hate the cold.
4 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
4 months ago.
 Kama 56
Kama 56 club
Joli ce duo
4 months ago.
FarbFormFreude club
Wonderful creamy dreamy Colors ...
4 months ago.
ColRam club
Wonderful Janet
Have a good week
4 months ago.
 Amelia Heath
Amelia Heath club
4 months ago.
 Jadviga Grase
Jadviga Grase club
The colours and light are quite magical !!!! Fantastic photo!!!
4 months ago. Edited 4 months ago.

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