Nature Notes

July 30, 2011

Blanding’s Turtle

Filed under: Animals,Long Point — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Blanding's Turtle, Emydoidea blandingii

Blanding’s Turtle, Emydoidea blandingii, is found throughout the Great Lakes region where it is endangered due to habitat loss. This image was taken at Long Point, Ontario

It has a high domed shell which often has spots on the top, and a deep yellow throat. It is said to live up to 80 years.


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July 29, 2011

Rocky Mountain Sunset

Filed under: British Columbia,HDR,Scenic — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

I recently spent 4 days in Pemberton, British Columbia, a half hour drive from Whistler. It is a small town in a valley surrounded by mountains. One of the evenings, dark storm clouds were brewing, resulting in these sunset images.


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July 28, 2011

Blacktail deer with two fawns

Filed under: Animals,British Columbia — Tags: , , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Blacktail deer, Odocoileus hemionus

Blacktail deer, Odocoileus hemionus

This Blacktail deer, Odocoileus hemionus, mother has brought her two fawns to the shore on Vancouver Island. I think this may be so they can get some salt.

This species often have two youngsters but it is common for only one to survive.


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July 23, 2011

Emily’s Covered Bridge, Vermont

Filed under: Covered Bridge,Vermont — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

Emily's Covered Bridge, Vermont

When Built: About 1844

Builders: John W. Smith

Description: Also known as Stowe Hollow or Gold Brook Bridge, it is off of Route 100 on Gold Brook Rd., just a few miles south of Stowe. There are various legends about this bridge, all involving the death of a girl named Emily. There are a number of accounts of Emily’s ghost haunting the structure.

Emily's Covered Bridge, Vermont

This is part of a series on Vermont’s Covered Bridges. You can find an index here.

 

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July 20, 2011

Spiderwort

Filed under: Flowers — Tags: — Harold Stiver @ 7:00 am
Spiderwort, Tradescantia virginiana

Spiderwort, Tradescantia virginiana

With a name like Spiderwort, you may not have a lot of expectations for the look of the flower but you would be in for a pleasant surprise. The Spiderwort, Tradescantia virginiana, is a gorgeous flower of vivid blue set off by long yellow stamens.

Like Day Lilys, each flowers last but a day.

Spiderwort, Tradescantia virginiana

Spiderwort, Tradescantia virginiana


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July 19, 2011

Cap Gris Nez, France

Filed under: France,Lighthouse — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Cap Gris Nez, France

Cap Gris Nez, France

In the north of France there are some beautiful headlands including Cap Gris Nez. It is the closest spot to Britain, and on the beautiful day we visited, we were able to see the White Cliffs of Dover across the Channel. There is a lighthouse located here as well.

Cap Gris Nez, France Cap Gris Nez, France

 


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July 18, 2011

Sandhill Cranes with young bird

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

Sandhill Crane juvenile, Grus canadensis

Their is a traditional breeding area for Sandhill Cranes a few kilometers from my home, and it is always fun this time of year to see the Adults with their young. They often feed in the fields around the marsh they nest in. This bird and its parents seemed to be feeding on snails.

Shortly after this picture, this young bird tried to climb through a wire fence, not barbed. It proceeded to get all tangled up, feet, wings and bill in all directions and took a good long time getting untangled. The two adults just looked on, I think a bit astonished by the whole thing.

Sandhill Crane, Grus canadensisSandhill Crane, Grus canadensisSandhill Crane juvenile, Grus canadensisSandhill Crane juvenile, Grus canadensis

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July 15, 2011

Hybrid Timelapse

Filed under: Timelapse,Video Editing — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 11:46 pm

I was thinking about making a video which involves parts of a timelapse and real time video in the same frame and did a test to see what the potential problems would be.

I picked the beach scene because it would show the nice fluffy clouds racing by and the people below moving at regular speed. The open horizon should allow for an easy place to transition the different video elements.

The editing procedure was as follows:

Using a tripod, Canon 5d2 in sRAW2, the smallest dimensions it shoots in, and an intervalometer, I took three hundred images of the beach scene, and then, being careful not to move the camera, a regular HD1080 video.

In Lightroom,  a couple of dustspots were removed and the resulting 2784 X 1856 px files were exported to a new directory as JPGs.

An action was created in Photoshop to change the image size to match the frame size of the regular video (1920 X 1080 px). This involved changing the width to 1920 and keeping the same proportions, resulting in an image of 1920 X 1220 px. I then changed the canvas size by -200 width which took a hundred pixels off the top as well as the bottom of the frame and gave me the 1920 X 1080 px dimensions I needed.

The images were brought into after effects as a sequence at 30 images a second, and the regular Hd video was brought in as a layer. A mask was created on the timelapse layer covering everything but the sky, using the pen tool, which allowed the beach and water of the regular video to show. The timelapse layer was adjusted so that the exposure matched and the video was rendered.

This was just a quick and easy test but I feel confident that a more ambitious and hopefully more interesting hybrid video is within my capabilities.


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