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Sunday, November 29, 2015

November Photo Scavenger Hunt

It's easy to pick a post title when only posting once a month!! ;)

Thanks to Made with Love once again for hosting this month's challenge.  There is a camera icon at the bottom of my post that also links to her scavenger hunt site.


 1.  Stranger
When I took my camera out for a stroll to 'where the river meets the sea', I came across a stranger (with a hat) who appeared to be one serious photographer bedecked in his camo gear.


I hope he was able to take some great shots of the salmon run, eagles, sea lions, etc.  He was aiming in this general direction:

2. Looking down
On our way out and about, I noticed a field of sheep as I looked down from the roadway.


3.  Pop culture
This isn't exactly what I had in mind, but when I saw all of these pop bottles in someone's recycling bin, I thought they were obviously people who were into 'pop culture'.  If they had taken the bottles into the bottle depot, they would have been able to exchange them for some coin.


4. Weather
We have had some weather!  A mixture of rain, bright sunshine and freezing temperatures, the odd blustery day ~ the first snowfall on the mountain... and today, when moving the deck furniture into storage, a cover on one of the lounges was full of water which had frozen into this beautiful ice sculpture ~ 


5. Big
The main venture this month turned into a bit of an expedition.  Ended up travelling the Pacific Marine Circle Route ~ another link ~ leaving home about noon and not getting home until 10 p.m.!  During that time and enroute, I stopped to see my brother who offered to give my vehicle an oil change ~ couldn't turn that down.  The 'big' category gets aptly filled by the Harris Creek Sitka Spruce. 

I also tried to compile a vertical panorama from a few shots to try to capture how tall it was ~ much more impressive to see it live, of course.


6.  Sign
and then...



8.  A glimpse of the gorget of a hummingbird at the bottle feeder...that looks nearly ready for a fill-up.


8. Out and about
As mentioned earlier, the drive along the Pacific Marine Circuit Route took some time.  Fortunately we made it through the remotest section in  daylight, arriving at Port Renfrew about 5 o'clock, when the cafes close on a Sunday ;)  Oh oh...  We eventually found supper around 7 p.m. at Sabhai Thai Restaurant in Langford, and very good it was too.   A lovely sunset was enjoyed from the Botantical Beach viewpoint.  The rest of the journey, of course, was driven in the dark, although seeing the moon shining on the ocean was memorable.  I have taken this trip once before since the logging road has been paved, but next time I will choose a time of year when the sun doesn't set at 5 p.m.!


9.  Hat
Since there was a hat in the first picture with the stranger, I chose a photo of a feathery plumed 'hat' perched on a tree ~ looking as if it is imitating the branches ~


10.  Hole
If you look very closely at the oyster in the Black Oystercatcher's bill, you may see a tiny hole.


Was the Black Oystercatcher successful in opening this oyster catch?

 Yes.

In fact, he was so pleased with his success,  he jumped up and down with exuberance. 
(Did you notice four oystercatchers in the photo above?)

Afterwards, he stood proudly ~ satiated and happy :)


11.  One
The Roman Numeral I is located on the clock face of the telescoping card I made for my son this month, as we geared up for his birthday...




If you'd like to see the card in action, here's a short video I took ~

12.  Whatever

Back to the beginning of this post where the stranger was focussed on the ocean and its wildlife ~ I managed to take this photo...  If I had been set up with a tripod and a huge lens, too, it could have been much clearer and closer...however, I caught a catch!


That's it for this month ~ and the list has already been posted for December ~

December's List

Joy
Together
Tree
Ornament 
Light
Christmas
Sparkle
Giving
Food
Red
Kitchen
Whatever you want

32 comments:

  1. What amazing photos! You really caught some good action on the birds, and the sheep and sunset are both such lovely pictures. The card is brilliant - you're very talented!

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind comment, Val ~ so glad you liked my photos and card.

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  2. I very much enjoyed this post and I thought you illustrated the words with excellently shots. I also liked your sense of humour coming through this post. Great video, loved the clock and music. That was certainly one serious birder/ photographer. Both 'sign' shots were very cool and the sunset shot is gorgeous. Hope you will pop in and look at my images and story.

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    1. Thanks Margaret :) I always enjoy going through my monthly photos and hope I have taken enough to fill the categories! I'm pleased you enjoyed my post ~

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  3. Great pics.I love that you have black oyster catchers.Ours in uk are black and white and also known as Sea pies.Nice ice sculpture too :)

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    1. Thanks Shazza ~ Interesting to learn about your oystercatchers, too! I'll have to google them and check them out ;) Yes, such a surprising ice sculpture! Glad you liked it.

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  4. I love your creative thinking here. LOVE the card you made for your son! Very cool. And I'm so jealous of your oyster catcher shots! I have never seen one except in photos.

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comment EG CameraGirl ~ pleased you appreciated the card I made, and hope you get to see an oystercatcher in the flesh one day!!

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  5. Pop (bottle) culture was a piece of inspired lateral thinking.
    How nice to be able to make you own ice sculptures ;)
    You definitely got into gear making that card.
    Well done with the compiled Sitka Spruce.

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    1. Thanks John ~ glad you liked my photos ~~ I don't think I could have designed such a lovely ice sculpture...but there it was settled right into the lounge chair .. The gear card is a bit like a 'round tuit' and let me tell you, it took some time to figure it out! I'm glad the Sitka Spruce photos combined so well... I just about bent my neck back as far as it would go in order to see the top from the same position.

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  6. Another brilliant collection! I like the ice sculpture and the big tree. Good finds for sign too!

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    1. Thanks Louise. Having the list of Scavenger Hunt categories really adds another dimension to being out and about with my camera. The lounge has been put away for the season now, so the only other ice sculpture I can think of will be the shape of the birdbath when the ice freezes... Glad you liked the sign photos...fun to find!

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  7. Love your interpretations this month :) Pop culture was very clever, loved sign and the big tree reminded me of being in Kings Canyon to see the giant redwoods. How funny that we both had flying birds for Whatever! x

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    1. Thanks Julie ~ happy to know you enjoyed my photos. Sometimes I have to really think about these categories to come up with something that will fit the bill! Yes, we shared 'whatever' flying birds :)

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  8. Hello Glo
    Can always tell when a new month is starting - up pops a post from Glo. It is 7.15 a.m. and still black as pitch outside so seeing all your interesting photos brings a little light into this dark world. That last photo was an amazing capture, for you and the eagle. The salmon was in a bit of a state - something else must have been having a go at it before it was spotted by the eagle. Sounds like you have had a busy month gallivanting all over the place. Always lovely to hear from you. Enjoy December.

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    1. Thanks Elaine ~ what a lovely comment! I am pleased you enjoyed my photos. I was happy to get the eagle photo with its salmon bits ~ there are sea lions in the water, so perhaps they may do some sous chef work that alerts the eagle :) Busy time, for sure... wishing you and your family a delightful Christmas!!

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  9. Thanks for joining in on this months scavenger hunt, sorry I haven't been around but I have not been well lately. another great group of photos, I really like weather, whatever you want and out and about. Greenthumb.

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    1. Thanks Greenthumb ~ I am so sorry you have not been well, and hope you are feeling so much better now. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas.

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  10. A lovely, and varied, selection of pictures. I found number 11 really fascinating and have looked at your short video a couple of times. Flighty xx

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    1. Thanks Flighty ~ I enjoyed making the card from my son, and glad you enjoyed the video and my photos :) A Merry Christmas to you!

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  11. Another set of fascinating pics, as always you're wildlife has me glued to the screen! That oyster catcher is a handsome fellow!
    Your expedition sounds like fun, albeit a long drive, I'm glad to hear you finally got your supper and had a oil change.That tree looks like it's about to walk off!
    I loved the ice sculpture and was in awe of the card you made your son....you are a genius!!!!xxx

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    1. Thanks so much Snowbird! I haven't been that close to oyster catchers before so it was a rare treat for me to see such antics. They didn't seem to be bothered by my presence at all. Yes, that was a great expedition and can't wait until spring to try it again. It is an amazing old Spruce ~ and you're right it does look like its legs could move it right along. Haven't had such cold weather as when the ice formed before, so glad I saw the sculpture when I did. Glad you liked my son's card :) Merry Christmas!!

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  12. Wonderful selections this month. Oh that tree - magnificent. I'd love to see an oyster catcher - guess I have to go where there are some oysters - maybe down Chuckanut Drive some time. Great card - you are amazing.

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    1. Thanks JoAnn ~ Hope you catch an oyster catcher on camera...That's a bit of a tongue twister! Glad you enjoyed my photos, and card... Have a very Merry Christmas!!

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  13. Love the mossy tree photo. Some wonderful birds especially the gorgeous little Humming Bird & that Clock Card you made is incredibly unique.

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    1. Thanks so much Tony! Much appreciate your comment and glad to have you aboard the Scavenger Hunt!

      Merry Christmas!!

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  14. Wonderful photos, especially of all the birds. I love the humming bird and the oystercatcher with its oyster and jumping for joy at its catch:)

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    1. Thanks Rosie ~ I do love to find birds doing what they do best :) So glad you enjoyed my photos. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

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  15. What an awesome collection, Glo! Really outstanding. And that card! I hope that your son enjoyed his birthday and this wonderfully original card. Happy holidays!

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    1. Thanks for your kind comment Fundy Blue! Happy to say he did enjoy the card, and we had a great supper out. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

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  16. Some fine and fun photos here, Glo. I did see four birds in that one pic.. but only after you pointed it out. ;)

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    1. Thanks Hilary! With your eagle eye, I knew you'd find four birds :) Hope your sons are home for Christmas!! All the best :)

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