Anita North Does It Again: The Warmest Day of Twelve in Northern Manitoba, Canada Was -35 Degrees Fahrenheit! « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Anita North Does It Again: The Warmest Day of Twelve in Northern Manitoba, Canada Was -35 Degrees Fahrenheit!

What’s Up?

Sigmon and Sadako Whitener drove in the dark from Sarasota to ILE on Friday morning to partake of the baby cranes. They were glad that they did. “The pleasure was ours! It was great fun.” We did well with the two rapidly growing colts and great with the smaller chicks. They also enjoyed photographing the tame adult cranes. As both were fairly experienced photographers who traveled a lot we worked a lot on changing perspective to improve the background. Sadako was also glad that I helped her with holding her Nikon 80-400VR. As many do, she had developed the bad habit of placing her left hand too close to the camera. Now she is holding it halfway out on the lens barrel for far greater stability. Sig and Sadako are from Los Osos, CA. Yikes. I almost forgot, both had their eyes open as I pounded on sun angle, sun angle, sun angle all morning long. They got it!

After a week of swimming a mile each day I took a rest on Friday by cutting back to 44 lengths, a half mile. Today I will be doing the long swim again and am planning on at least 88 lengths every day from now until I leave for TX. On that note, I was glad to learn the IPT veteran Warren Robb and his non-photographer spouse Kathy will be joining me at Roma. I still have room for one or two more photographers. See the previous blog post for details.

IPT Updates

I was glad to learn recently that Dan Tishman will be joining six others on the DeSoto IPT — that leaves one slot open. And #3 just signed up for the UK trip; that leaves only two openings on what will be an amazing trip, and will likely be my last trip and likely the last Dunbar gannet boats trips — Gordon is getting old. 🙂

Despite lots of recent interest I still need three folks for the Galapagos trip. Please shoot me an e-mail to learn about the huge late registration discount on the Galapagos trip.

  • The 2019 Fort DeSoto Spring IPT/THURS 18 APRIL through the morning session on SUNDAY APRIL 21, 2019: 3 1/2 DAYS: $1549. Limit 8/Openings: 1. Meet and greet at 7PM on the evening of WED 17 APRIL. Free morning session on WED 17 APRIL.
  • The New, Expanded 2019 UK Puffins, Gannets, & Red Kites IPT. Thursday June 27 (from EDI) through Tuesday, July 9, 2019 (on the ground; fly home on Wednesday July 10.): $9,999. Limit 5 photographers/Openings: 2. This trip is a definite go.
  • The GALAPAGOS Photo Cruise of a Lifetime IPT/The Complete Galapagos Photographic Experience. July 23 to August 6, 2019 on the boat. 13 FULL and two half-days of photography: $14,499. Limit: 13 photographers/Openings: 3. Please e-mail to learn about the huge late registration discount for this trip.

Selling Your Used Photo Gear Through BIRDS AS ART

Selling your used (or like-new) photo gear through the BAA Blog is a great idea. We charge only a 5% commission. One of the more popular used gear for sale sites charged a minimum of 20%. Plus assorted fees! Yikes. They went out of business. And e-Bay fees are now up to 13%. The minimum item price here is $500 (or less for a $25 fee). If you are interested please scroll down here or shoot us an e-mail with the words Items for Sale Info Request cut and pasted into the Subject line :). Stuff that is priced fairly — I offer pricing advice to those who agree to the terms — usually sells in no time flat. Over the past year, we have sold many dozens of items. Do know that prices on some items like the EOS-1D Mark IV, the old Canon 100-400, the old 500mm, the EOS-7D and 7D Mark II and the original 400mm DO lens have been dropping steadily. Most recently the price of used Canon 600mm f/L IS II lenses have been dropping like a rock with the introduction of the 600 III. You can always see the current listings by clicking here or on the Used Photo Gear tab on the orange-yellow menu bar near the top of each blog post page.

I was glad to learn recently of the following Used Gear sales:

Multiple IPT veteran Morris Herstein sold a Canon 600mm f/4 L IS II USM lens in like-new condition for the incredible BAA record-low price of $6,999.00 (was $7,999.00) in mid-March.
Todd Koudelka sold a Canon EF 500 mm f/4L IS II USM lens in excellent to near-mint condition for the BIRDS AS ART record-low price of $6299.00 (was $6499.00) in late March.
Bob Beal sold his rarely used, eight month old Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR lens in like-new condition for the BAA record-low price of $10,500.00 (It was originally listed at $10,796.96.)

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Lens

Gary Meyer is offering a used Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Lens in mint condition for the BAA record-low price of $909.00. The lens is a year old and the glass is perfect. The sale includes the original box, the lens hood, the soft case that came with the lens, the front cover, the rear lens cap, and insured shipping via Fed Ex Ground. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Gary via e-mail of by cell phone or text at 1-612-221-0150 (Central time zone).

This is the lens that hooked me on Nikon and its great AF system. It is sharp and versatile and though AF is a bit sluggish away from the center AF point with a teleconverter, I made some great images with it and the TC-E14. This lens sells new right now for $1,396.95. artie


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Gear Questions and Advice

Too many folks attending BAA IPTs and dozens of photographers whom I see in the field and on BPN, are–out of ignorance–using the wrong gear especially when it comes to tripods and more especially, tripod heads… Please know that I am always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail. Those questions might deal with systems, camera bodies, accessories, and/or lens choices and decisions.

This image was created in Northern Manitoba Canada by multiple IPT veteran Anita North. She used the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR AF lens and the mega mega-pixel Nikon D850 DSLR.. The additional EXIF data is unavailable.

Image #1: Polar Bear Cubs nursing

Anita North Does It Again

Many multiple IPT veteran Anita North visited northern Manitoba, Canada a month ago to sit or stand in the snow for ten hours a day waiting for baby polar bears to emerge from their dens with their moms. When she returned, she told me that she was disappointed and felt that she had not created any outstanding images … Then she sent me an e-mail with seven images. Six of them are presented here today.

This image was created in Northern Manitoba Canada by multiple IPT veteran Anita North. She used the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR AF lens and the mega mega-pixel Nikon D850 DSLR.. The additional EXIF data is unavailable.

Image #2: Arctic Hare

The Warmest Day of Twelve in Northern Manitoba, Canada Was -35 Degrees Fahrenheit!

The above statement is not a typo. The warmest day while she was there was -35 degrees Fahrenheit. Most days the low was -50 degrees Fahrenheit! One day the wind was so strong that the tripod next to her was blown over. It struck her tripod and her lens also hit the frozen snow. I cannot even imagine photographing in such temperatures. I have twice tried to photograph in -5 degrees Fahrenheit. On both occasions my fingertips seemingly became hard as ice. When I went back to the car and turned the heater on the pain was so great that I cried as they thawed out …

This image was created in Northern Manitoba Canada by multiple IPT veteran Anita North. She used the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR AF lens and the mega mega-pixel Nikon D850 DSLR.. The additional EXIF data is unavailable.

Image #3: Polar Bear Family: a tender moment

Choice of Perspective

Anita did an excellent job of choosing her perspective to create Image #3. Why would the image have been slightly better had she moved six to 12 inches to her left (even though that would have left her fractionally more off sun angle?

This image was created in Northern Manitoba Canada by multiple IPT veteran Anita North. She used the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR AF lens and the mega mega-pixel Nikon D850 DSLR.. The additional EXIF data is unavailable.

Image #4: Polar Bear cubs squabbling

Polar Bear Cub Flying

Have you ever before seen a photograph of a Polar Bear with all four paws off the ground?

This image was created in Northern Manitoba Canada by multiple IPT veteran Anita North. She used Induro GIT 304L-mounted Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens and the mega mega-pixel Nikon D850 DSLR.. The additional EXIF data is unavailable.

Image #5: Northern Lights

Northern Lights

I saw the Northern Lights once in Denali. I had no clue as to how to photograph and I was too cold to have tried even if I did. Nothing has changed. I used NeatImage to clean up the noise in the jpeg that Anita sent.

This image was created in Northern Manitoba Canada by multiple IPT veteran Anita North. She used the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR AF lens and the mega mega-pixel Nikon D850 DSLR.. The additional EXIF data is unavailable.

Image #6: Polar Bear family portrait

All in All

All in all, how do you think Anita did? Which is your favorite image. I have a very clear favorite …

Images and card design copyright: Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART. All of the images on this card were created on the 2018 UK Puffins and Gannets IPT

The New, Expanded 2019 UK Puffins and Gannets IPT. Seahouses, Bempton Cliffs, and the Dunbar, Scotland Gannet boat to Bass Rock! Thursday June 27 (from EDI) through Tuesday, July 9, 2019 (on the ground; fly home on Wednesday July 10.): $9,999. Limit 5 photographers/openings 2.

Join me in the UK in late June and early July 2019 to photograph Atlantic Puffin, Common Murre, Razorbill, Shag, and Northern Gannet, Red Kite, and more both in flight and at close range. We will also have great chances with Arctic and Sandwich Terns, both with chicks of all sizes; Black-headed, Lesser-Black-backed, and Herring Gulls, many of those chasing puffins with fish; Black-legged Kittiwake with chicks; plus Grey Seal. There will be tons of great flight photography. As on all IPTs, if you pay attention, you will learn a ton, especially about sky conditions and the relationship between light angle and wind direction and their effects on flight photography.

Why go all the way to Machias Seal Island off the coast of Maine, endure a two-hour boat ride, and have to photograph Atlantic Puffins from a cramped blind usually in bright sun (and well off sun angle) when you can hop a red-eye flight from Newark, NJ and be in Edinburgh, Scotland early the next morning. First we drive down to Bridlington for easy access to Bempton Cliffs where our primary targets will be Northern Gannet in flight. We will also get to photograph Razorbill, Northern Fulmar, Herring Gull, and Black-legged Kittiwake. While in Bridlington we will spend one afternoon visiting a Red Kite feeding station that should provide lots of flight photography action.

While in Bridlington we will staying at the Lobster Pot by Marston’s Inn, just fifteen minutes from Bempton Cliffs. After 3 1/2 days of photography at there, we drive down to Seahouses in Northumberland to the two lodges that will be our home base for a week. After a short boat ride each day we will have hundreds of puffins posing at close range all day, every day — usually in ideal cloudy-bright conditions. While we are in Seahouses we will do six puffin/seabird trips, all weather permitting of course; last year we did not miss a single landing. In five years we have averaged losing less than one half day per year to bad weather. We land at Staple Island in the mornings and then sail over to Inner Farnes for our afternoon sessions. In addition, we may enjoy a session or two photographing nesting Black-legged Kittiwakes at eye level from a rocky beach in Seahouses.

In Seahouses, we stay 7 nights in gorgeous, modern, upscale lodges with Wi-fi. They are beyond lovely with large living areas and lots of open space for the informal image sharing and Photoshop sessions. The bedrooms are decent-sized. Each lodge has one double bedroom and two twin bedrooms. (See the single supplement info below.) At the lodges we cook our own breakfasts each morning and prepare our own lunches to be brought on the six puffin boat trips. For dinners we will alternate cooking in the lodges with fine dining at several excellent local restaurants. We stay two nights at the Marston’s Inn in Dunbar. We will enjoy a fine-dining Thank You dinner at the Dunbar Hotel on the Tuesday evening before we fly home.

On the morning of Monday, July 8, 2019, the plan is to sleep late, pack, and head up to Dunbar Harbor, Scotland for lunch and an afternoon gannet boat chumming trip: flight photography until you cannot lift your camera. The next morning, Tuesday July 9, we will enjoy our second gannet boat chumming trip (both weather permitting). On both trips we will enjoy great views of the huge gannetry at Bass Rock. Included will be two nights lodging at the Pine Martin by Marston’s Inn in Dunbar. Very early on the morning of Wednesday, July 10, we will drive up to Edinburgh Airport so that everyone can make their flights home. No moaning please. You will need a flight that leaves at 8:30am or later. Not too much later is generally best. Note: this trip needs a minimum of four photographers to run.

Images and card design copyright: Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART. All images were created on the 2017 UK Puffins and Gannets IPT

The Details

This IPT is all-inclusive except for your airfare and alcoholic beverages. All ground transportation, lodging costs, meals, your National Trust membership, and all boat, entry, and landing fees are included. Weather permitting, we will enjoy three and one-half days (at least six sessions in all) at Bempton Cliffs, an afternoon with the Red Kites, six full days on the puffin boats, one amazing afternoon gannet chumming trip, and one spectacular morning gannet chumming trip. The trip cannot be finalized until I have at least six deposits as we will be renting a lovely 15-passenger bus with our private professional driver who happens to be my web-master, Peter Kes, who is also a skilled photographer and my co-leader 🙂

IPT Details

If you are good to go sharing a room–couples of course are more than welcome, heck, we actually need two couples — please send your non-refundable $2,000/person deposit check now to save a spot. Please be sure to check your schedule carefully before committing to the trip and see the travel insurance info below. Your balance will be due on February 28, 2019. Please make your check out to “Arthur Morris” and send it to Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART, PO Box 7245, Indian Lake Estates, FL, 33855.

Please shoot me an e-mail if you are good to go or if you have any questions.

Single Supplement Info

Single supplement rooms in Bridlington and Dunbar are available for those who register early. The cost of the single supplement for those six nights is $600.00. Single supplement rooms at the lodge may be available on a limited basis but only if the trip does not fill with ten photographers. The single supplement fee for those seven nights is $700. If you would like your own room in Bridlington and Dunbar, please request it when making your deposit and include payment in full for the single supplement with your deposit: $2,600.00. The single supplement deposits are non-refundable as I will need to make the reservations well in advance.

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25 comments to Anita North Does It Again: The Warmest Day of Twelve in Northern Manitoba, Canada Was -35 Degrees Fahrenheit!

  • avatar Ingrid Liem

    Hi Artie, Hi Anita, I love all 6 images, but my fave is #6, just lovely ! Anita, looking at your #1 image, if I’m not mistaken I recognize the spot where I was in March 2018, but on that day mom and her two cubs were mostly sleeping, you were lucky you got a shot of the cubs playing. Sorry for the tardy comments, still catching up with my emails.

  • avatar Anita North

    I would like to thank all of you for your very encouraging means a great deal to me as I have been reluctant to post my images. A special thankyou to Arthur Morris for all that I have learned from him and helping me to graduate from only using my shots as screen savers and posting them on BAA. I have loved and spent time with nature since early childhood and when I bought my first camera in 2016 I felt like a whole new world had opened up to me and now I am challenged to try and capture the essence and communicate the intimate and emotional connection I feel when I am blessed by spending time with wildlife. Thankyou again Anita

  • avatar Glen

    I wholeheartedly share in Anita’s disappointment with the images shown here! In fact I would have just reformatted the card and been done with it on this April 1st 😉

    p.s. I like 2 the best, simple and clean!

  • I like all images. Nothing to be disappointed about.

    I like image 2 most.

  • These are all excellent images. I’d be thrilled with them if I were her. #6 is my favourite. Love the snowshoe hare and #3 also. Kudos to Anita for her perseverance. Standing around for that long in the bitter cold ain’t easy… or fun.

  • avatar Warren H

    Yes, I do believe a few branches have disappeared in image 6. What a great image. I liked the branches in #3, but the were too close on the left. I think I would have preferred moving the branches rather than deleting.

    But the look of the left cub in #6 is great!

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      You guys have good eyes. I though that #3 and #6 were two different situations … If Anita ever shows up we can ask her. If she did remove the branches she did a great job.

      with love and see you in Roma, TX soon!


  • I’m sure Anita could teach me a thing or two. The pictures you’ve posted of hers are great. I like 1,3,5,6 the most and the twigs don’t bother me but moving to her left a little bit would have moved the twig on the left side further away from mom’s head. I do like the cub shot with all 4 paws airborne, makes it fun and playful. Great stuff… Thanks for sharing.

  • avatar Mike Cristina

    Hey, wait a minute Anita. Is Image 3 the same setting as Image 6 but in 6 you took the brush out? 🙂

  • avatar Ted Willcox

    Image #6 is my Favourite, and #3 a close second!

  • Arthur, I swim for health also. Just 4 days a week. 2400 yards the first day, 1800 yards each day the next three days. 889 laps is a lot of laps, I think you should cut that down some, like maybe 88. Then you will have time for photography.

    I would be very happy if I took Anita’s photographs Image #4.


    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks for catching my typo. It has been fixed. Enjoy your swims. I am getting in the pool in five minutes 🙂

      with love, artie

  • WAY TO GO ANITA AND ARTIE!!!! Those are AMAZING PHOTOS!!! Can’t wait to see both of you at the Fort DeSoto IPT…

    Take care…

  • avatar Guido Bee

    I think I like the simplicity of the hare, then #6. The expression of Mom on #3 is best, but closeness of the branches on the left of the image detract just a bit (move the camera 12″ to the left??) for my tastes, but otherwise a fine image. #4 with 4 feet off the ground is really nice, as well. I would be happy to claim any of them as mine. Anita’s standards must be off the charts if these in any way disappoint her. I think they are great, and given the conditions you make them under, I’d say fully successful. Bravo.

  • avatar David Policansky

    Hi, Artie and Anita. Those are 6 outstanding images. If Anita is disappointed–a friend of mine always says disappointment is a choice!–I’d love to see the images she was imagining. These are great. I think my favorite is Image #1. In answer to your question about image 3, if Anita had moved slightly to her left, the polar bears would have been better framed by the vegetation (Between Two Ferns). I also love the aurora image. You need to use a wide-angle lens, as Anita did.

  • Hi Artie,

    is the problem with the sharpness of
    600 mm solved now?
    Great pictures !

    Kind regards

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      I have no idea. It is impossible to communicate with Nikon Repair as far as I know. The 600 VR is showing as fixed and shipped. Time will tell …

      with love, artie

  • avatar Kerry Morris

    Beautiful photos Anita! Hard to decide on a favorite: in image #1 I like the mother bear looking straight into the camera; I like the hare photo too; image #3 is dynamic, tender and playful; image #4 – no Artie, i’ve never seen a photo of a polar bear cub with all four paws off the ground – this must be quite a unique capture!; Northern Lights photo – love the design and colors.
    In the end, I choose image #3 over image #6. Why? Because the mother bear is more engaged with the cubs in a playful way in image #3. In image #6 she doesn’t look playful to me – just tolerant!
    Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing.

  • avatar Mike Cristina

    #2, Arctic Hare, should be a fine art print hanging on a wall.
    #3 is my favorite if the branch near mom’s head could be moved to the left 8 inches in photoshop. Not removed, just moved left a little.

  • Hi Artie and Anita, my very clear favourite is image #3. I love the positions of the bears and the twigs on either side, as well as the colour separation between the bears and the slightly blue sky. In response to your question, the image would have been marginally better had Anita moved 12 inches to her left because the bears would have been more evenly framed by the twigs on either side i.e. exactly in the centre of the gap.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Hi Jake, Thanks for commenting. I do agree with one thing that you said 🙂

      with love, artie

  • avatar frank sheets

    Tell Anita “great stuff here!” If I had to choose however, I go for #6. The interaction among the family is really nice, and the high-key hare is really nice as well. I think her patience paid off.

  • In order :
    1. Image #6 my favorite
    2. Image #3
    3. Image #1
    4. Image #5
    5. Image #4
    6. Image #2

    Overall, I can understand her disappointment in regards of some other photos from that site but they are still very good and exclusive.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks for leaving a comment. I cannot understand her disappointment at all as to my eye, these are pretty much as good as anything I have seen from up there … Just my two cents.

      with love, artie

      ps: not sure what you mean by exclusive?

  • avatar Maggi Fuller

    Image 6 for me….