Birds of Canada: More About the Sandhill Crane

Sandills at the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

This image is © Copyright Malu Couttolenc Photography – All Rights Reserved.

I wrote about these beautiful birds before. I like them so much that I made a new post for them.
There are two resident sandhill cranes at the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Canada; but many others fly in between late summer and the beginning of winter.
Sandhill  cranes are up to 1.5m high with a 2m wingspan. The patch on their forehead is what makes them apart from other similar birds.
In this image you can take a glance of the chick behind. Colts or chicks stay with their parents until they are about 10 months old when they fly to join other cranes.

  • Camera: NIKON D300s
  • Lens: 70-300 mm   f/4.0-5.6
  • Shutter Speed:  1/800
  • F-Stop: f/7.1
  • Focal Length: 300 mm
  • Exposure program: Manual

Text, and photographs are © Copyright Malu Couttolenc and  are not in the public domain. They may not be used on websites, blogs, or in other media without advance permission from Malu Couttolenc.

Following Our Path in Life

Following our path in life“The Path” was taken at Kanaka Creek, Maple Ridge, BC, Canada.  ©Copyright Malu Couttolenc – All Rights Reserved.

These last two years have been difficult because my health and life were at risk. On April 2013, I was diagnosed with three aneurysms and went through two complicated surgeries. This year I’ve been hospitalized as well due to some complications from last year’s issues.

After all this, I realize how fragile our life is and we should never waste a single minute to meditate about our spiritual existence and do our best to become a better person every day while we are here. We should always follow our path in life whatever our goals are, we should never give up, we must be positive and happy. We don’t know how much time we have left.

Let your loved ones know how much you care for them, send them a note or give them a call, always keep in touch.
Also never procrastinate and don’t leave things for the future. You never know if there will be a tomorrow. We have to live each day appreciating every single detail around us.

Photo above: Kanaka Creek is one of my favorite places to visit. It is nice to go for a walk by ourselves for it allows us to think, relax and focus on things we would like to do.

Italian Balconies

“Italian Balconies” was taken in the city of Bra, Cuneo, in Italy.  © Copyright Malu Couttolenc – All Rights Reserved.

When traveling around Italy and old European cities, I am always captivated by the beauty of their buildings.

Colorful walls and flowers are an important part of the decoration.

Balconies and doors are one of my favorite subjects. The ones on this image are an example of the architectural style in the City of Bra, located by the Langhe Hills in the region of Piedmont.

If you would like to learn more about this beautiful Italian region, I invite you to read My Journey to the Piedmont, Italy. An article I wrote on Squidoo.

Camera Settings:

  • Camera: Nikon D300s
  • Lens: 18-135 mm   f/4.0-5.6
  • Shutter Speed:  1/200 sec
  • F-Stop: f/13
  • Focal Length: 105.0 mm
  • Exposure program: Manual

Text, and photographs are © Copyright Malu Couttolenc and  are not in the public domain. They may not be used on websites, blogs, or in other media without advance permission from Malu Couttolenc.