Thar She Blows

Not selected for Google Earth or Google Maps after a second review [?]

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Derek Holzapfel on July 18, 2011

The "resident" pods of Orca Whales pass by the island every few days in the summer time. Always a joy and thrill to see them!

Martin Bring on July 19, 2011

Great shooting Derek. I'll have to take the whale watching tour out of Bellingham to see the orcas now that the Victoria Star is no longer in business. + like

peargrin on July 19, 2011

Wow...can only imagine what it's like to see them in the wild...gorgeous! Cheers, pear

Derek Holzapfel on July 19, 2011

Thanks Marty & Pear. I am fortunate to be able to see them from the shore (where this was taken) and sometimes from the water. Hope you get out to see them Marty. Perhaps a trip to the San Juan Islands is in your future? take care, Derek

cjlin on July 21, 2011

Exciting to see them. Very nice, cheers, cjlin

WoW! I would NEVER get tired of seeing such incredible scenery! :D {L&F}

((Ospr3y)) on July 25, 2011

Wonderful capture! Very well done!


Warmest wishes, Liam

tmoj on July 25, 2011

WOW Derek,

you really are lucky to see these guys frequently!

I'm totally at loss with the GE acceptance policies. Really difficult to understand why this great shot hasn't been selected for GE. It surely illustrates a place, as these guys are frequent visitors and it is not even a close-up but most of the picture is showing the environment.

Best wishes, Timo

cindy555 on July 25, 2011

Great lovely to see..Marion


Derek Holzapfel on July 28, 2011

Thank you so much for your comments. Yes Renata, I never do get tired of the scenery here. So glad I left Toronto! :-). Hi Timo, this rejection puzzled me as well. C'est la vie. Best wishes to all, Derek

els f-two on July 29, 2011

you are a lucky man to see this .. like the mood on the water too.. was this in the morning, Derek? LIKE and *

Derek Holzapfel on July 29, 2011

Thanks Els; This was in the early afternoon with the sun lighting the whale blows from behind. I agree that I am lucky to see these wonderful creatures many times a year. cheers Derek

diego_cue on August 1, 2011

fantastic image Derek! Must be great to enjoy a moment like that!

Best regards from spain, saludos! diego

Derek Holzapfel on August 1, 2011

Thanks Jim and Diego. I hope you have a chance to visit British Columbia sometime for the same experience. cheers Derek

Neha Garg on August 2, 2011

like! like like!

someGuyinmasset on August 3, 2011

Coooool, but shoulda hopped in for an underwater shot of them!

Derek Holzapfel on August 3, 2011

That may still happen one day sGm. Do you know why Killer Whales don't eat divers?

Derek Holzapfel on August 3, 2011

Gives them gas...... :-)

kamalyn on August 3, 2011

Gorgeous shot Derek! And as Timo says, a complete mystery on what the reviewers were thinking. What is the point of GE if photos like this aren't considered representative of an area???

oliviero dallaglio on August 4, 2011

Bella foto e posto incantevole. Votata. Ciao Oliviero

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on July 18, 2011
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Derek Holzapfel
    • Camera: OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-510
    • Taken on 2008/08/02 18:19:52
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/1250)
    • Focal Length: 158.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/7.100
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash