Bald Eagle, out looking for lunch East of Lethbridge
A busy week at the studio with two big shoots and some teaching. This is from last weekend. I just managed to get the files downloaded and edited. Had the opportunity to see two magnificent Bald Eagles out enjoying the nice day. Years ago seeing a eagle in the summer in southern Alberta was rare but in the winter was unheard of. Now they are staying in large numbers all year. I am thinking that the reason for this is that the geese are staying and with so many geese the number of sick and dying birds is enough to sustain the eagles. In the river bottom I can tell when a eagle is flying nearby as the geese take off in huge numbers. Then a few seconds later a bald eagle comes flying down the river.
I never had a chance to make it out a lot this past year on the kayak but with the warmer weather and the river breaking up it is SOOOOO tempting. I wonder if you can get a kayak with onboard heat?
So far I cannot complain about the winter as it has not been that cold, but the wind is keeping me in a lot more than I like. Today I went to the Lethbridge river bottom to see what birds and animals were around and not a lot of anything. When I saw how much of the river was open I was tempted to toss a kayak in and see how far I could get. I know I have to be patient but it looked so nice!
Watching this piece of ice make the run down the chute had me daydreaming of when the warmer weather hits and I can get out. I am not one for huge rapids but I do like some movement. One of my favorite half day trips is from the water treatment plant in Lethbridge to Pavan Park. Not a lot of excitement but it is a nice length that I can sneak away for it and not have to rush. There is also a fair amount of birds and wildlife that is in the river bottom so taking a camera allows me to get a few images at the same time.
So as 2018 comes to an end I am planning what goals I want for the next year. I have the same general items for each year that I am in business …
Improve my photography
Keep my website & blog up to date
Improve print quality and types of prints offered
Add more courses and workshops
But those are general and if I did not have them then there would be a big problem as everyone or every business should have something to work towards.
So what do I have to work toward? I have heard many experts say we should have three types of plans / goals in our lives. The first are the BIG ones, or the dreams. The second is the more achievable ones (medium goals) but still will require some work and the third is the easy ones. SO for the next year so far I have the following…..
Upgrade my 70D’s to the promised Canon 7D mark III
Add a vacuum press to the printing department
Head back to the coast for a whale watching trip
Head to Jasper to photograph Caribou
Add more premade frames to my selection
Update some of my display prints in the studio
Build a copy center for artwork and get polarizing filters for lights
Market more of my nature / wildlife work
Clean-up the backroom and the attic
Clean up my camera gear, and organize
Get out shooting more
Organize the shooting room more
Update my outside sign
Switch out my main hard drive in the office
Build more specialty frames
I know that these will change but I like having things to work towards. On last years list was a major rebuild of my website and I FINALLY got to it with two weeks remaining in the year, but it feels great to have that mostly done.