It was time. After some ten years without according ourselves a vacation, this year was the exception. Or call it an overflow of everything. A recharge was required. So we put our heads together and decided where to go. From a few friends in my photo group, we had heard a lot of good about Nova Scotia.

Three master the Silva

In fact, I had heard it coming up a lot in the last few months and even long before that.

Tempus Fugit. Like a real fugitive. The last time in New York City is already five years ago. As if it were yesterday. Back in 2011, I was invited to give a seminar about the programming of a shopping cart in a popular CMS.

Queensboro Bridge

It meant to me that I had to go to New York City. I know that millions of people live there and have no issues with it, for me, coming from a small town in Europe, this was a big undertaking. Mostly about deciding what kind of socks I should take.

It seems like the holy grail of bird shots is to get them in flight. In flight shows them off in all their glory and grace in the air. Right? Well, getting them in flight is more work than it seems. Lately, a person close to me went out for the first time with a camera. Having seen me with my camera getting all kinds of shots, it seemed only logical that she would also get the shots.

Rough-Legged Hawk

So she went on vacation and shot away. She came back with hundreds of pictures, with most of them either blurry, very blurry or with missed focus. I have to admit that this was a point and shoot that had worked for me plenty of years and was never a disappointment.

It has taken some time to start, but now it’s in full swing. No, I’m not talking about tax season, that one comes always too soon. I’m talking about the wild bird migration back into Canada. Many birds have been waiting out the long cold winter in a warmer area. But deep in their hearts, they prefer Canada. So whenever the temperatures go back to something normal, they fly home. Because after all, Canada is always home.

Herring Gull

So when they arrive here, either to linger around or just overnighting to go further up north, photographers everywhere unite (so to speak) to shoot them all. None of the birds is safe.

For a while now I have been struggling to post here on my blog. Yes, it is my own blog and I can do what I want. Yet at the same time I have my doubts about what to post. I have a handful of prepared posts on my computer, but none of them inspire me to post them. Is it the subject matter? Is it a lack of message? I don’t know. It made me think about my reason behind doing a blog.

Hydropark, Kiev, Ukraine

The internet is full of blogs, good ones, bad ones, funny ones, serious ones, you name it. On Facebook I often come across ads that tell me that blogs need to bring in money to be successful.