Living Colour - Salmon Run by Scott Stevenson

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Each year salmon return to the rivers, lakes and stream to spawn. Every fourth year is classified as a big year. 2018 was a big year for most runs including Goldstream River on Vancouver Island.

In Goldstream, salmon appear about mid-October, and may be seen for about nine weeks, the dates varying from year to year. Of the five kinds of North American Pacific salmon it is the Chum salmon that is most abundant in this river, though you may also see some Coho and Chinook salmon, as well as the Steelhead and the Cutthroat trout.

This yawning fish is just one of hundreds that I saw and photographed as they traveled up river to their final destination.

Thanks for reading and remember to respect the fish if you are visiting Goldstream.

Scott

Endangered but not yet Extinct by Scott Stevenson

Something totally special. It isn’t very often I get a chance to see and photography a critically endangered species but on my last trip to the interior I did. What a wonderful moment!

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Badgers are carnivorous mammals that live in the grasslands and dry forests of the interior of British Columbia. Even though we live with badgers, not many people are fortunate enough to see one because badgers generally move around at night and are secretive by nature.

Unfortunately, badgers are endangered in British Columbia. Although they were likely widespread up to the late 1800’s, it is believed that probably less than 350 badgers live here now. The grasslands and dry forests of the Thompson, Okanagan, Boundary, Nicola, Cariboo, and East Kootenay regions are home to most of the remaining badgers in BC.

Habitat loss, through housing developments and intensive agriculture, and deaths caused by highways, shooting, and poisoning, are contributors to the decline of badger populations in BC.

In fading light, my buddy I was on the trip with spotted this little creature as we were diving along the highway. Total blind, dumb luck.

The light was fading so we pulled over, jumped out of the truck and climbed under a fence into the field. This little guy stuck with us for about five minutes before the light got really low and he disappeared back underground.

Such a perfect end to our amazing trip!

Be animal wise everyone, take care of you and take care of them. We can’t let these or any other animals disappear from our planet.

Thanks for reading.

Scott

Gear Test - Lensball by Scott Stevenson

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I’d been seeing this thing all over my Instagram feed over the last little while and decided to take the bait and get one.

Lensballs are a crystal orb used to create unique looking photography. They are available in 60mm and 80mm sizes. I was sent the larger 80mm size.

The ball is so perfectly clear that you can shoot pictures through the ball with any camera or any smartphone to create interesting images.

To use it, you just hold up the ball in front of your subject and then shoot through the ball with your camera.

The result is a perfectly clear 180° degree view of the subject. Yes, it’s upside down but that part of the appeal.

Unless you set the Lensball on a surface that prevents it from rolling away, you’ll need to hold the ball in one hand while holding a camera in your other hand which can feel a little awkward.

Lastly, you should also be careful not to leave the Lensball unattended outdoors on a bright sunny day. It can act like a magnifying glass and in the right environment, it’s possible that it could accidentally start a fire if the sun shines through it on to dry flammable material or burn your hand like my buddy found out.

Lets be honest its a little bit gimmicky but fun to find new ways to get creative!

Thanks for reading.

Scott