The Betta Fish

I got a little more than I bargained for when I got, “Alpha” the calming fish. Turns out he lives up to the Betta’s reputation of dominating the tank. He is with out any doubt, the Alpha fish here, as he bosses the three poor neon’s I have in there too. This Betta take no crap from no one.

Fish are fun to watch –  period. They captivate me. and they don’t care if you forget to water them, those they their fish food and stare at you when you grab the bottle of their food, like they know.  OR they are well trained to follow the food.

The fish are calming to watch. and they take away stress. I have a small 10 L tank. or 2.2gal US. Just right for One Betta, three neons, and an albino cat fish.

I named the Betta, “Alpha,” or “Alpha bet,” for his roll in the tank. He has his own food, an generally leaves, the other fish’s food alone so every one is fed well. I added Moss Balls plants to help with keeping the tank’s water cleaner. I might get some real plants for the tank, to help even more with the water. the Moss Balls really cleaned up the water. Hey I like  fish, what can I say.

Canada Day Parade in Kitimat, BC

Yes, I am a little late, on posting this. This is all because the add-on I use for posting images in broken, and the author had not fixed it, I finally got around to fixing their code, which is broke only becuase they want you to buy their Pro package for $300.00, which is not going to happen. So, I hacked it to shreds, and got it work half ass like. So here is a slide show of 40 or so images from that day, back in July 1, 2019. 

Sadly the gallery is broken too, so there is no use pinking it to that page. Perhaps some day it will get fixed, but I highly doubt it, that will be soon. Enjoy.

Happy Canada Day! 2019

We spent it out in Kitimat, BC. As they host the Canada Day Parade here in the North West. It was not bad, the parade. Every one seemed happy. Lots of red and white, and good weather too. I actually got a little bit of a Suntan having to get my old baseball cap because I was getting a headache from the heat.  It might have been hazy, but the high clouds kept the heat in, making it deceptively warm out.

The important thing that the kids had their fun. Though there could have been more squirt guns, from the parade floats. Only the mayor of Kitimat, had a high volatility squirt gun. I guess he did not want to squirt people with cameras, thinking that he would damaged them, well, mine is water proof, so a good soaking would have been nice. 

To the commentator who said life on my weblog is boring. I say to him, “then you need to get a life too buddy!” If you have nothing nice to say, then #$%$ off. and look at some other web site, like USA Today, or something.

But anyway, Happy Canada Day Everyone! Enjoy the holiday.

Sorry, the Photo Album is broken. Yup, NETGEN Photos is screwed up, they want us to buy their pro version.

We Made it: Summertime Season Has Started 2019!

It was a long six months of cold, and rain, plus the snow, but we have come full circle in time to reach this day, and the Skeena Valley is exploding with festivities and summer time life as the longest day of the year is upon us. The city of Terrace had a free breakfast/lunch, which was free. and today, we are heading out to the theatre for a free movie, also sponsored by the city of Terrace, BC. We are probably going to see (Men In Black 2019) as we are Si-Fi fans, instead of (Toy Story 4). So Happy Solstice, and all the goodness that goes with it.  The only down side to today is, that after today, the days get shorter again.

UPDATE:

This image, to me signify the start to the summer season, in Mm Humble Opinion, as this one, I took today at the Lake, just moments after a good down Pour of Rain, from a fast moving storm that reached the Lake and lasted only a few hours. This is Suz, conducting the clouds to move away from the lake and head over to Prince Rupert, and rain their. It worked, as she worked her magic, and conjured up the powers of nature and other mystical forces. You can see the clouds scattering away on the horizon in this shot over to Prince Rupert, BC.

OK, we were having some fun taking cool photos, but The day turned out awesome.

Yay, it is summer now, and let the party rip away for the next four months! We saw Men IN Black 2019, for free at the Tillicum Twin Theartre. It was awesome, and a bit of the Farmer’s Market before it closed for the day. Then we drove out to Shames Mountain, the Ski Hill, and took a bunch of photos. Then off to Kitimat, BC to see the Ocean. It was a packed day. We drove all over the place. We even went to the Art Galley in the Terrace Library, and seen some really awesome paintings. I have taken so many shots but have so little time to post.

The Face of the Copper Mountain

When I was in grade six, my teacher told the class that the Copper Mountain got its rocky steep cliff from the glaciers about 10,000 years ago. As the ice moved down the Skeena Valley, it carved the steep cliff we see today, Well he was wrong according to the latest research that I have seen. In fact, the face of the Copper Mountain is the result of fault lines that run along each side of the valley. Picture the valley floor being pushed down and the mountains being pushed upwards. (Geo Tour 2007-10, 4) Yes I source my Blog Posts. SO, what we are seeing, is the Fault that exposes the mountain, and the valley floor, from when the ICE age took place. Not like the story I heard from the local Theologian, who said “Copper Mountain is the result of when God sneezed and blew a Loogie (sic) in the North Coast, that became the Copper Mountain. Not quite. But in all honestly, this mountain always gives a sense of awe a little imagination is needed when  looking at the rock formations while in Upper Thornhill, BC. by the Golf Course.

Yes, today is the long weekend, May, 20, 2019. The unofficial start to summer, and it is like summer indeed outside as the forest fire rating is set to moderate, between the Low, and High range.

OK, back to Copper Mountain. Looking at the cliffs, you see many rock formations, and the way the granite rock fractures when it was trusted upwards. See my images.

 

The granite Volcanic rock is between 200 and 60 million years old (GeoTour 2007-10, 9). and was sea floor, which explains why you can find sea-fossils in the rocks at the North end of the Mountain. When I get a access to a truck, I may drive out to the fossil beds and photograph a 60 million year old sea shells.

Another tid-bit of information about the Skeena Valley. And I found these as kid in my back yard at my parents house, are limestone fossils. Somewhere I have a chunk of limestone with sea shells in it. According to this paper, the paper these are fossils over 270 million years old (Geo-tour 2007-10, 7). These are some of the oldest fossils in the world, and they predate the time of the dinosaurs. What is even more weird, is that they formed while this part of the content was down around the Mexico area!

OK, here is the link to the paper I read.  I got the link working, it was a Word Press issue with the Php and my host.

Bilbo

 
http://cmscontent.nrs.gov.bc.ca/geoscience/PublicationCatalogue/GeoFile/BCGS_GF2007-10.pdf

Row Row Row Your Boat…

Need I say more, on Rowing. ME and Suz., took a trip out to Kalum Lake, to visit the gravel pit across from the Red Sands Lake Park and camp grounds  this might be the spot? While we were there looking around we say some Kayakers on the River, it was an awesome day out, no rain, very warm for North Coast standards. SO I got the photos.

You see what I mean. an almost perfect day for everyone, who dare. This summer I want to do this, head out on to the lake, and Kayak. This looks like so much fun. The water here is perfect for this.

And if you hate paddling then there is always this way, with a power boat. knowone could catch you with a paddle and boat.

These guy seen on shore, so they waved, we waved back, after all we are all friends here, right! Well, It was nice out for a walk along alone the shore, in the white (or Red Sand) sand.it wasso just nice.

The sights along the valley were incredible to see. We could see this mountain from the river. an awesome sight indeed.

Not long afterwords we have the river to ourselves. back to peace and quiet. then we home after we explored some more. sadly the weekend was over. back to the grind, and workweek.

The Vacation to PG and Back Home in Four Days

We Went on a four day drive to Prince George, BC, to do some shopping that you cannot do here, and to get a change of scenery too. It was awesome. The weather was great, though a little cool a nights in PG, but the days were warm and sunny. We did good as far as the weather goes. It was worth the trip.

The PG man at the Junction of the HWY 16 and 97 where the Fraser and the Nechakco Rivers meet. It was weird to find out the PG man was made of steel instead of wood, but if your want it last, you build it out of steel.

We took these images around 7:30PM Last Tuesday. You can see how great a day it was there.

We seen a moose on the loose, near  the Hart Hwy North of the PG, and some deer heading back to the Skeena Valley,

These deer were near Toply, BC. munching away on the roadside grass.

Oh yah, while we were in PG, we went to the Museum and saw dinosaur bones on display. It was pretty cool to see that. The place w as loaded with kids, as the tour was kid friendly, very noisy. But a cool place to see, I highly recommend  it.

What was weird about this dinosaurs on display was how small his head was compared to the rest of him. I think these guys lived in the water, and ate grass. He was from Alberta, and stood nearly 10 meters tall! A pain in the neck would be an under statement.

On the way back, seeing the downward side of Hungary Hill.

A long hill indeed.

What is noticeable are how few mountains there are in Price George, BC and back along the way to Terrace, BC. You don not really see them until you enter the Bulky Valley (Smithers, BC).

Seeing Hutsunbay Mountain near Smithers, BC is the first real mountain you see before would hit the Coastal Mountains. You see more or less rolling hills for the longest of time, thinking that you are in the flat lands. it makes the roads more manageable.

Good bye PG, it was awesome bring their for all the shopping the nice Hotel we staid at and the wonderful restaurants we ate at too. It was all good. Back home the rain has come back, so it is grey and wet outside. We need this weather badly, as the river is low and the forest are dry. I give this vacation a B+.

Our first Spring hike Along the sand bard North of the Skeena Bridge

Just letting everyone know that I am still dealing with some bugs on the blog. I’m not sure what is going on, but I will never use MS products again, as I believe that is the root of my issues. Importing photos is still a challenge. So I’m going to give it a shot today, and see how this will work out. Not sure where the bottle neck is occurring. But I got it to work yesterday. Need more time with it. So here it goes….

Yeah, it worked! The above shot was from me and Suzette did our first hike of spring, Along the Skeena River, just on the North side of the Bridge on the sand bar. There are no alcoholic beverages at this bar I’m afraid. Only sand, at least 2 hectares of it. Ice still floats on the river at the ice break-up still had not finished. But the day was awesome. About 12C, and clear skies. A wonderful spring day indeed. We saw a couple of people out fishing with small rods, did not see them catch anything. but they seemed like they were having fun.

To our amazement, we found the Spiral Rock sculpture that some made from last year. It is still in its same condition from when we first seen it last year at that spot. I thought last year’s flood wiped it out, but the the water never made it over that part of the sand bar. surprise.

 Suzette says we walked 5100 steps on our hike. When I looked at Google Maps, I think we might have walked over 5 KM, sill  quite a  hike so soon after , so we got our exercise after six months during winter. My legs are still feeling it. OH yeah, finding a place to walk over the little creek without getting wet stumped us for a while. We laughed when we saw bear foot prints in the sand, as someone took off their boots and waked through the creek. Cold, is all I can say, and the value of water proof shoes is worth it weight in gold in these parts. still cool out. Seeing the bear foot prints was funny to see. It is still cool out, and there is ice and snow on grown in some places.

 

The clouds seemed to be moving away, out from our area, up the valley. so the day was getting more sunnyer (if that is a word). It was good to get out in the fresh air.

Ice on Williams Creek and Lakelse Lake

Second day using the new telephoto lens, we headed out to the lake. An extremely sunny day, yet cool…, minus ten Celsius cool, with some wind, making me wish I had long underwear on. With all kinds of light, I was finding the lens not bad, as I was getting some really great photos with it. We followed Williams Creek down to the Lake today, a nice little hike.

One thing with this 800 to 1300mm lens, there was no need to walk in the water to get these shots. I stood on the shore, and aimed the camera, five minutes to focus up the lens, and shoot. I have to shoot in Manual Mode with this lens. And I had to use my bare-fingers, as working with gloves was cumbersome.

The little ice pillars look neat. Williams Creek did completely froze over this year. I guess it flows fast enough, that even in minus 15C weather, the water stays liquid.

This is the area where the creek empties into Lakelse Lake. This is where the newer ice sheet collides with the larger lake ice sheet, making this neat effect with the ice.

And lastly, a neat shot of some small chunks of ice scattered on the snow and ice on Lakelse Lake.

The lens was a little bit better to work with, as it seems to like lots of light, but the focusing was problematic, as it took several turns to reach the right focal plain, then another five minutes to fine-tune it to get the focusing sharp. This is not a sports lens, by any means. The cold seems to an issue with the lens when focusing. I will show more images in my next Post of people and things I photographed on the Lake.

New Camera Lens: 420 to 800mm Telephoto.

New toy: a 420 to 800mm telephoto lens, for my Sony A77 Camera. And when you factor in the crop-sensor size, the lens becomes a 630 to 1200mm lens, just like that. It was bitterly cold, yet clear out, and as soon as I got the lens home from the Post Office, I just had to try it out. Our first stop was just down the Kalum highway, North of Terrace, where we pulled over to an open field, and I snapped a few shots of the surrounding mountains, while there was enough light. I took about ten shots before I got the focusing figured out on the lens, but once I got it, the results were unexpectedly great.

The very first thing I realized about using this lens is, you have to be very still with it. You need lots of light to shoot with it, as a handheld lens, or everything becomes blurry. The second issue was the focusing ring, it is very tight. You giggle around a lot while turning the ring, and loose the shot. Lastly, the locking ring had too many turns before it would lock the lens, and you needed that locking ring tight, or focusing was next to impossible. The camera has to be put into full Manual Mode, as the lens has no automatic features what so ever, meaning you have no auto anti-shake from the camera’s electronics. So, you are back to old school shooting with it.

A must, with this size lens, is a tripod. Once the light levels drop off, you need a tripod for clean, no shake, shots. This lens, you are between F8.3 to F16, at the fully extended rang. So your shutter speed become longer during darker times of the day. And as I found out, with lots of wind, you really need to weigh the tripod down to avoid camera shake, as this lens is super sensitive to movement. I tried taking some Moon shots out at the airport, and the wind was pushing the lens, so slightly, but it was enough to blur the shot becuase I was at less than 1/4 shutter speed. So, needless to say, I have no good Moon shots for this post. Perhaps tomorrow?

The lens did do very well at the minus nine Celsius mark, as it did not fog up. I could only shoot for five minutes in this weather, but the camera and lens held up the whole time I was outside, except for me–I was freezing.