Web Masters


Yesterday morning I drove past this meadow in Beacon Hill Park.

It is completely owned by spiders.

I had to turn around and take some pictures with my phone, the only camera I had with me.

There are more than these three photos, as you will see in the coming days.

There were hundreds and hundreds of webs.

All of them soaked in the dew, and most of them with their maker dead centre, also soaked in dew.


My Shirt Pocket



This is as close as this blog will come to a shot of me on a beach.

You all should be glad of this discretion.

My most recent field work involved walking on Haida Gwaii beaches all day long.

Searching for archaeological sites in the form of stone tools, rock walls and clearings in the beach, wooden fish traps, etc.

This was one of the easier beaches, not too slippery and no boulder veneer.

Low tide work usually means early starts and low raking light just after sunrise.

My shirt pocket usually holds a phone in a waterproof case.

The case makes it useless as a phone as it is too hard to make myself heard.

That is OK, because field work is usually off grid, and my phone is really a field computer.

I have designed electronic forms to use on it for data entry with GPS referencing and in-built photo acquisition.

The forms upload automatically to a spreadsheet when I am near a wi-fi connection.

The camera is also used apart from the forms for visual documentation,

(especially panoramas which it does better than my other cameras).

The GPS unit combined with GeoTIFF map files are useful for tracking my location, pinning places of interest,

and leading me to predetermined sampling targets.

The coastal navigation software with charts and tide and current tables can save propellers and lives.

Pretty damned good for one button-down shirt pocket.


Wood and Metal


Mayne Shore Pine

Safety III

Scene on Mayne Beach


Last weekend I went to a wedding on Mayne Island.

I was not the photographer so I concentrated on taking shots of guests for a while before I put my camera away.

The wedding was on the beach, and the night before there was a mock wedding, in drag.

I did not make it to that event.

But the next day at the real wedding this guy was still dressed the part.

It was a very nice wedding.



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