QR Code Business Card

Fog Ice & Water

Here’s another short video clip that I took dur­ing this recent period of extremely cold weather. Walk­ing over the foot­bridge between Strath­cona Sci­ence Park and Run­dle Park, I was mes­mer­ized by the com­bined, over­lap­ping move­ment of the fog ris­ing from the river, the ice flow­ing down­stream, and the rip­ples in the water. The light breeze was mov­ing the mist around and the low sun was glint­ing off the thin ice­bergs, cre­at­ing a beau­ti­ful, swirling, shin­ing scene.

Goldeneye flock flying over river

This past year I upgraded my cam­era to the Canon 5DmkII, it’s a ter­rific cam­era that I’m very happy with, and one of the neat tricks it does is shoot high def­i­n­i­tion video. I don’t shoot too much video — I’m a stills pho­tog­ra­pher at heart, regard­less of what the cam­era can do — but it is fun to try once in a while.

I took this short video this past week dur­ing the cold snap — it shows a small flock of Com­mon Gold­en­eye (Bucephala clan­gula) ducks swim­ming in the river then tak­ing off and fly­ing, land­ing again a ways upriver. The ducks dive briefly under the water sur­face a cou­ple of times before fly­ing — my best guess is that they’re “de-icing” their wings (it was about –35° C that morning).

You can push the fullscreen but­ton (four out­ward arrows at the bottom-right of the video) to view it larger, or fol­low the link to watch a high-definition ver­sion at vimeo.com.