Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Posts tagged “magpie

Hitching A Ride

Big Horn & Friend

The Big Horn Sheep exhibit in the Canadian Wilds area of the Calgary Zoo had an extra visitor inside the enclosure. A magpie had landed on the head of the sheep and seemed to be cleaning at the base of it’s horn.

This was just a fun kind of image that I thought I’d include for your enjoyment.

Nikon D300s, Nikkor 70-200mm @200mm, f/2.8, 1/250 sec, ISO 500, hand held

In the best light…




Definition of INERTIA \i-ˈnər-shə, -shē-ə\

  1. a : a property of matter by which it remains at rest or in uniform motion in the same straight line unless acted upon by some external force
    b : an analogous property of other physical quantities (as electricity)
  2. : indisposition to motion, exertion, or change

Sometimes we get stuck. After telling Darwin Wiggett in December that I wouldn’t be able to go with him to Iceland in June, I stopped going out and taking pictures. The run up to Christmas was chaotic, my day job was more stressful, my wife had some health problems; maybe I was in a bit of a funk, they were all excuses. Well, no more excuses. This past Sunday we went on a short drive out to Canmore to get into the mountains with our DSLRs. Just as the bird in the above image is taking off, I feel like I’m lifting off again. By getting out and moving around, it changes your mindset and removes your butt from the sofa.

The bird is a Magpie (pica pica) and it’s taking off from a fence post near Morley, Alberta

Nikon D300s, Nikkor 70-200mm @200, f/2.8, 1/1600 sec, ISO 200