Lunar Eclipse 2019

On January 20th, 2019, we enjoyed a total lunar eclipse during a so-called supermoon, meaning the Moon was closer to the Earth and therefor spent more time in the shadow.

At the distance from the Earth to the Moon, the Earth’s shadow is approximately 2.6 lunar diameters, or around 9,000 km wide. The photo above has three images taken about an hour apart.


Reviewing my photos of the eclipse, I realized I had captured  double eclipse. Technically called an occultation of a star, the Moon passes in front of a magnitude 8.5 star called SAO 97665, just before the deepest part of the eclipse. You can see it in the lower left. One photo every 20 seconds. Best viewed full size.

Eclipsed Moon Eclipsing a Star

Moon during the deepest part of the eclipse:


I like this photo as it shows the Moon just coming out of totality with the bottom right still a deep red, but the upper left being lit with some of the blue light scatter coming through our atmosphere and a thin sliver of direct sunlight on the edge.


In 2017 I was approached by TCG Toys about using one of my images of Peggy’s Cove in a puzzle, and last week I received my samples! The first image they have used is one I took a few years ago of a small fishing boat in the harbour, with rope and seaweed around it. This puzzle is part of their Coast to Coast series of 500 piece Sure Lox puzzles that are being sold exclusively at Michaels arts and craft stores in Canada. We found four of the series at a Michaels store near us. (Visit my profile at TCG Toys)

This is an HDR image – multiple images of different exposures stacked to get the full view of the scene. A regular photo would miss either the details in the sky or in the water, but with HDR, you can see both.

This past weekend was Canadian Thanksgiving, so we took the new puzzle along for everyone to work on. We can certify that, despite being a 500 piece puzzle, it is very challenging! Thankfully, there is a rope in the image that goes from the white boat in the foreground all the way to the right side of the image. Otherwise, that is a lot of water. The sky portions were quite challenging too!

Please stop by a Canadian Michaels store and pick up my puzzle!




Prints for sale

I have a number of prints currently not on display that are for sale.


“East Coast” & “West Coast”

Two matching panoramic prints featuring the lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia and the lighthouse at Lighthouse Park, north of Vancouver, British Columbia. Each is a 10×30 canvas gallery wrap print.


Peggy’s Cove


A beautiful summer day at the Peggy’s Cove fishing harbour in Nova Scotia. This 20×40 canvas gallery wrap print is ready to hang in your house or business. This image has won the People’s Choice Award at two mixed art shows.


“Glimpses of Peggy’s Cove”


A set of three 12×12 image block prints I took in Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia.
Old fishing boat, the lighthouse, rustic buoys on side of building.

“Special Deluxe”

This is a 20×30 gallery wrap. The metallic print brings out the chrome in this photograph. This is a 1940’s Chrysler Special Deluxe I found abandoned and growing grass.


“Three Flowers”

A set of three 10×10 canvas gallery wrap prints of macro photos of flowers. Evidence that I buy flowers for my wife.

“Slow Water”


This is a 30×14 canvas gallery wrap print of one small part of Inglis Falls in Ontario. This falls is along the Niagara Escarpment near Owen Sound.

“Old Barn”

An old barn near collapse. Tantramar Marsh, Sackville, New Brunswick
A 20×40 gallery wrap print on canvas, ready to hang on the wall.

“Wake up Sleepy Heads”

An early morning sunrise over ripening grain. Carstairs, Alberta
14×30 canvas gallery wrap print


“Lone Tree”

A 14×30 canvas gallery wrap print taken in southern England with a field of rapeseed.


“Subtle Silhouettes”

Sun setting behind the foothills and mountains in the Crowsnest Pass area of Alberta. 14×30 canvas gallery wrap print.



Night Sky Photography – ISS Flyover

Not my usual kind of nature photography, but I do enjoy studying the night sky. On a whim I recently decided to see if I could catch the International Space Station passing between the Moon and us, and sure enough, less than a week later it was predicted to transit the Moon, and I could see it from my own back yard! So, on September 27th, I set up my small telescope and camera to try and photograph the ISS flyby.

This is a composite image of 12 frames I captured of the ISS transiting the Moon.

This enlargement of one image shows the ISS passing between the Moon and us. My kids said it looks like a TIE Fighter from Star Wars.


Peggy’s Cove Nova Scotia

A few years ago we were on a family trip to the Maritimes and wanted to spend some time along the coast. We spent some time in Halifax and headed down to Peggy’s Cove. This is one of the most photographed locations on the East Coast, and we were travelling with family, so I didn’t initially want to take a lot of time to photograph the area. While my extended family and my kids were exploring around the Lighthouse, my wife suggested I head down to the harbour and town to get some pictures. I said there wasn’t really any point, as it has been photographed so much, but she replied “But no one has done it in your way”. Perhaps so, and I walked down from the lighthouse, and captured some of the best images of my career.

The sky was amazing that day. Peggy’s Cove is near the flight path to Halifax’s International Airport, and the contrails made great patterns in the sky.



Eclipse Progression 3-2

A total eclipse probably shouldn’t happen. I say “probably” because the probability is too small. After all, we are the only known planet that has a moon just the right size and distance to provide a perfect total solar eclipse where the moon just barely covers the sun, allowing the viewer to see the corona and prominences. It also happens to be the only place where there is someone to see it.

The moon’s diameter is 400 times smaller than the sun, but it is also 400 times closer, making them roughly the same apparent size in our sky, depending on eccentricities of the orbits. This has allowed us to discover so much about the sun, moon, our own planet and the universe long before we had the technology of modern telescopes and spacecraft. If the size of the sun or moon, or the distance to the moon and sun were off even a bit, a perfect total eclipse would not be possible. Yet, perfect total solar eclipses happen because of this perfect combination. This alone should give us pause as we watch in wonder. But not only are they astounding and awe-inspiring for this fact alone, total eclipses are strange and beautiful and they are wonderful to experience!