“Pokemon for Adults” or “Why I got into Birding!” – a brief confession

Black Swan in New Zealand – Nikon D7000, 300mm f2.8, TC-20eIII, f5.6 – 1/1250 – ISO 250

So in addition to chasing planes and trains, I also run around shooting birds and keeping a list of the ones I’ve seen.

At first glance, I’m sure many of you are rolling your eyes and clicking away in boredom, but if you give me a moment you might understand why a lot of very bright and very cool people love Birding! (in addition to a lot of bird-nerds) 😉Continue Reading

Flying around-the-world – Part 2

Is there anything more iconic than a Qantas 747 lifting off for an exotic destination?

In 2014 I had plans to visit family in New Zealand and meet my little nephew for the first time. I decided that since I was going all that way from Toronto, I might as well make it another around-the-world flight, just for bragging rights 😉

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Flying around-the-world – Part 1

 Frankfurt is amazing for plane-spotting and photography from inside and outside the terminals. That's my 787 right there!
Look at those tails! Frankfurt is amazing for plane-spotting and photography, both inside and outside the terminals. That’s my 787!

I was always fascinated with flight, ever since growing up in Edmonton, Alberta when my Dad, on Saturday mornings, would occasionally take me to either the Municipal or International airport. I would watch the runways and get to play this really cool coin-operated game with a working toy helicopter in a great big plastic dome. And once in a while I would get to fly with Canadian or CP (in their orange paint jobs!). We even took a month-long trip to Europe in 1984 which had at least one 747, a change of airports in Montreal, and classic airlines such as Finnair and Swissair. It felt so special to be a passenger in one of those birds and I still get that feeling today!Continue Reading