It was a sunny, hot, blue-sky morning for a nature tour of Fraser Foreshore Park in Burnaby. Thanks to Pamela Zevit of the South Coast Conservation Program who led the informative tour, and who brought along a show-and-tell kit of cool animal stuff!
After our Deer Lake canoe shakedown cruise two days ago, we were going to canoe Burnaby Lake, but discovered there was a regatta in progress. So it was back to Deer Lake where we saw the otter again, and what appeared to be a juvenile bald eagle.
Hide and seek among the lily pads
This kingfisher was too far away for a good shot with my teeny pocket Canon PowerShot 520HS, so rather grainy in this blowup.
I am loath to take my DSLRs and big lenses canoeing!
We dusted off the canoe and went for our first spin this year. Just been too busy to get out with Yumi both working full time and taking classes.
It was a lovely morning for a shakedown cruise, and we paddled leisurely around the lake a few times.
Yumi is always in the bow, seeing as I outweigh her by about 100 pounds : -)
Lots of Canada Geese on the beach and lake
This furry water beastie approached us, coming quite near before turning away
Some years ago Burnaby designated the west end of the lake as a no-go wildlife area. People, please respect this haven.
A cormorant and three herons
You can clearly see the importance of this small area of urban biodiversity
A visit from a damselfly
Yumi doing her best to keep invasive Himalayan blackberries in check : -)
Gliding toward Arthur Erickson’s Baldwin House
Back ashore at the east beach
I watched this heron in Burnaby‘s Fraser Foreshore Park for about an hour today. It was patiently fishing, and got a little fish or two, when it suddenly stabbed at something on the shore and came up with a small mammal.
It swallowed the beast whole, and you can see the heron’s distended neck in the third photo.
Not sure what the prey is, a large vole?
Distended neck as the prey slides down…
I took a one-hour loop in Byrne Creek Ravine Park this afternoon in SE Burnaby, BC. I was happy to see lots of salmon fry, and possibly trout fry. I took water temperatures at three points in the lower ravine, and they ranged from 14.5 – 15 C, so not too bad for fish. Other volunteers with the Byrne Creek Streamkeepers had recorded temps as high as 17 further downstream.
Aside from lots of fry, I also saw thirsty wasps and bees. Some wasps were rolling and collecting mud.
Lots of fry in the pool upstream of the wooden footbridge
Wasp rolling mud on the bank of the creek
One of several bees seeking hydration
I like how the sun and moving water created this dappled appearance
I walked over to the Canada Day festivities at the Edmonds Community Centre. It was a gorgeous, sunny day, with hundreds of happy people enjoying the event.
I’ve put 110 photos into a Flickr album here.
I have a fairly robust backup system for my office computers, and in particular my extensive archive of photographs.
I have two NAS (network attached storage) devices on my local network, one with dual 3 TB drives in it, the other with dual 1.5 TB drives.
I also have a couple of USB 3.0 “toasters,” or HD docks that enable hot-swapping of HDs, so that I can have several in rotation, with one always kept in a safety deposit box at my bank.
But I had no “permanent” backups, or in other words, ones that could not be accidentally overwritten. So even with backups on several HDs, the data on those HDs is always potentially in flux.
The solution many professional photographers and videographers seem to use is Blu-Ray backup, specifically to archival-grade M-discs. Once burned, these cannot be overwritten, and supposedly have archival lives reaching into many decades, if not the claimed centuries.
Each Blu-Ray M-disc can store 25 GB of data. I have read about photography backup systems in which flash cards are immediately copied to Blu-Ray for archiving.
As of this writing, I have 1.54 TB of photos and videos. So I plan to slowly burn them to Blu-Ray over the summer, a disc or three or five a day. And of course I’ll be burning all new photo/video files from now on as they are ingested into the computer.
How much is all this costing? Well, the writer was about C$100 with taxes. The M-Discs were just over C$450 for 100, or about 2.5 TB of storage.
Cheap for the security.