A New Beginning: Covid in the Rear View Mirror

A New Beginning: Covid in the Rear View Mirror

Over the last two plus ‘COVID Years’ my camera gear has spent more time on the shelf  than out with me exploring and making new images. I think there are many who could make that claim. 

Tucker, my almost 2 year old puppy has taken much my time that normally would have been devoted to my creative pursuits. It has, however, been time well spent, as he has become my very social, friendly and well-behaved sidekick who loves traveling about town with me.

Working with images already stored on my hard drive became a regular pursuit. That work led me to develop a set of greeting cards that will soon appear on my website and  a coffee table book called the Fascieux Creek Wetland: Seasons of Beauty. My Instagram project continued through this time.  I will write about in a future blog article. 

My coffee table book about the Fascieux Creek Wetland is a pictorial study of the critters that reside there. At this time I haven’t made it available for purchase but I hope to do so in the not too distant future. 

Recently, I have enjoyed getting out with my camera and seriously making images again.   I’ve made several trips to the Fascieux Creek Wetland and to Kalamoir Park in West Kelowna.

 

Since I last spent time at Fascieux Creek some trees on its western side have fallen while others appear to be lifeless and ready to fall. The bed of dead reeds that cover the marshy eastern side indicates that last year’s crop was very dense. This and the  fallen trees have given the wetland’s critters more cover under which they can hide from ever present predators. 

There are still many  Mallards and at least 4 pair of Wood Ducks that reside in the wetland. Two small dams and piles of wood chips indicate that the beaver is still present. A Great Blue Heron makes a daily appearance to graze and rest. I’m hoping this year to be lucky enough to photograph the every present California Quail. They are so fast and elusive that I have yet to record it with my camera. 

The images included with this article were made this year. While Mallards are always at Fascieux Creek, the Wood Duck from my observations is a relatively new resident. I think the Great Blue Heron is young and new to the wetland. Previously, the  heron that visited was accustomed to the regular passage of people on the wetland’s bordering paths. The current heron in quick to take flight when approached too closely. 

A Great Blue Heron takes off from a log at the Fascieux Creek Wetland

I will have to become reacquainted with this beautiful little wetland to update my knowledge of its rhythms of life. As always it will provide me with hours of enjoyment. 

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. I always enjoy your images of herons, such regal creatures.

    1. Thanks Corol! Hope to see you when we are in Victoria towards the end of June.

  2. As mentioned before, the Fascieux Creek wetland was my former walking area, so would definitely look forward to your coffee table book upcoming.. Sounds as though you used that 2 year space wisely, widening your talents in photography.–all appreciated by those who do not get out to view for themselves. Presenty, I enjoy views and the birds you speak of at Munson Pond, just off KLO Road, which you have probably drawn from on occasion. Good work!

  3. Thanks you for commenting. As always very much appreciated. Yes, I have been to Munson Pond. It too offers a unique window into our area’s natural world.

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