Sunday, September 24, 2006

close encounters

Well it was another great weekend here on Vancouver Island. Saturday we had a football game in Victoria so I decided to go early to try and do some whale watching. Captain Ron was telling me that Friday was a fantastic day because they saw a Mink whale, mom and baby humpback, transient orcas and resident orcas. So the residents were around. We set out on a 3 hour cruise at 2pm. We decided to go find the residents as no one had seen the humpbacks that day. There were 2 pods in the same area. About 42 Orcas in all. They were pretty spread out and it was hard to see them all but then some came our way. We had one group head toward us and then dissapear. We could actualy see them going under our boat. I think they turn on their side so they can look up at the bout. Then one of them decided to pop up right in front of us. I had the long lense on the camera and zoomed back to 75 I was still way to close as you will see by the picture. Most of the other pictures are using the zoom to bring them closer. I did no cropping on any picture. That was the first hour then the rest of the time we spent chassing them as they were fishing so sig zagged alot and never came close after that. There were a few breaches but never caught it on the camera because one whale would breach way over to the left so you would watch there and then one would do it way over to the right. Alot of bouncing back and fourth. All in all it was a good day at sea.

Next up was the football game. The Raiders started off slow and will be punished in practise for alot of missed plays but after a 13 - 13 half time the Raiders came out in the second half guns a blazzing and won the game 37 - 16.

Today was a pretty good day as well. I went on a date with a woman I had met online. We had chatted a few times then we took up talking on the phone. She was calling me at lunch time while I was at work. We decided to go to the Dingy Dock for lunch today then took a walk around the island that the pub is located on. You have to take a small ferry to and from the island. I'm on 3 - 11 for now and she works straight days so it will be tough to meet untill next weekend. She asked me if I would have time to meet her for lunch one day this week. We are both into photography and Nature as well as the same fondness for dogs. We seem to have lots in common. Will let you know how its going on a need to know basis LOL.

I will try to use blogger to load pictures but if I can't I'll use flicr again.

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At Sunday, September 24, 2006 7:13:00 PM, Blogger Dennis said...

Very nice pic's Kev. Best of luck with your on-line adventure.

At Monday, September 25, 2006 3:24:00 AM, Blogger mgower said...

That's great Kev. Keep us informedd. Oh and great pics by the way.

At Monday, September 25, 2006 10:01:00 AM, Blogger Ive got nothing said...

So this girl is into nature an photography... say no more.

Good luck with that.

At Wednesday, September 27, 2006 5:25:00 AM, Anonymous trud said...

man those are some nice pics kev. ever think of selling some copies? i would think there'd be a market for them. hope all goes well with your date.
take care

At Wednesday, September 27, 2006 12:52:00 PM, Anonymous Kevin said...

Want to buy some Trudy ?? LOL


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