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Adventures of Ivan

Updated on February 22, 2013

The first adventure that started the ball rolling.

How About a Helping Hand!
How About a Helping Hand!

The Adventures of Ivan started during the late winter of 2012. The idea was to bring a little humor to my Facebook Friends. By combining birds, animals, insects and myself into a photo, a story was created to give my friends a little dose of the best medicine... laughter. Some were so popular that I made post cards. Here's a few samples that may inspire you to create your own ADVENTURE. To start, you'll need a program like Photoshop or Corel Photo Paint. Select the base image. Then photograph yourself with the correct action or expression. Use a white background so you can easily highlight yourself with the masking tool, copy and paste into your base photo. Next, size and position to suit. Combine All Objects and Save. Presto... you're done. Here are a few examples.

Ivan in a slippery situation.

I couldn't pass up this spring thaw and the potential if offered. Here's the result.

Help! Help!
Help! Help!

Flying With Honker

The first year Canada Geese took up residency in our area, the community was delighted until... well, you know what I mean. After debugging your lawn for an hour or two... you have to tip-toe and not through the tulips. They became so tame, I was able to capture a number of shots. Thus the bonding of Honker and I took place. Honker flies me around the bay and to special places like Peggy's Cove. Here's the landing after our first flight. I was convinced we were going to crash as we skimmed over a few rocks. This is my reaction when we successfully splashed down.

Yee! Haw! Safe landing Honker!
Yee! Haw! Safe landing Honker!

Flyby at Peggy's Cove Lighthouse

Honker is taking me for a flyby at Peggy's Cove Lighthouse during a November storm. We bounced around from the turbulence, but I was able to hang on. This is probably the favorite Adventure from those who see it, so I made postcards. I guess it's a toss up between this one and Sharpen my Big Claw.

Come Fly With Me.
Come Fly With Me.

Surfing at Peggy's Cove

Here I am surfing on a scollop shell during a storm at Peggy's Cove. When one lady saw this post card, she gasp, "Wow! That must be dangerous!"

I chuckled and said, "Not when you know what you're doing."

Scollop Surfing

How to Communicate with a Sandpiper.

There's nothing like communicating with nature. Birds are fascinating creatures. I remember the first time I picked up a seagull. I couldn't believe how light it was. Now for those of you who live near the ocean, Sandpipers may be your neighbors. They will drive you crazy with their constant squawking. Some of you will relate! Here's how you can communicate with a noisy Sandpiper and convince it that your baby can't sleep and if it doesn't stop yapping, you're going to disturb its nest. Good luck!

Sandpiper Talk

Lobster's Revenge

Now if there's one creature I wouldn't want to be, it's a lobster. Can you imagine being boiled alive? I shudder! Well, one day this giant lobster crawled out of the water beside Ryer's Lobster Pound in Indian Harbour. He called me over, "Can you get me a file?" asked Crusty.

"Sure," I replied, thinking he must need a barnacle or something like that removed. I was back in a jiffy and asked what he wanted me to do.

"Sharpen that big claw of mine, I'm going after the fishermen."

Sharpen my Big Claw

Broken Promise!

It's been said by my family and friends that I'm very gullible. I'm beginning to believe them. Let me take you back many moons ago when I was a student at Kingsway College in Oshawa. I worked at the print shop to help pay my tuition. Frank Buchanan was the press manager, and he persuaded me to try my hand at sales. I didn't have a clue about selling and not much more about the printing business since I barely had my feet wet. I fearfully ventured out.

One of my customer's was MacDonald Ford. Les, was the owner, and how much more Scotch is MacDonald? His logo was a Scottsman and to attract attention, had this giant blow up Scotty placed at the corner to bait customers.

The sales manager (Let's call him Joey) was a joker... like most salesman. Except me! I commented on Scotty. Joey must have been a reader of character because he rubbed his hands together and went to work by telling me about Scotti's amazing capabilities. My eyes widened when he said Scotty could even wave by voice activation. The ears of the sales people perked up. Joey had me sold in no time and convinced me to put Scotty into action by shouting "Hello Scotty." Those were the words that would activate him.

Well, I opened the door, all excited and yelled, "Hello Scotty." Daw! Nothing happened. I looked at Joey. "No! No!" he said. That' not loud enough for the sensor. Yell louder. My second attempt failed. "Come on Ivan, give it all you've got, he'll wave back." So I gave it all I had. I'm sure everyone back at Kingsway on the other side of town could have heard me, but Scotty didn't budge.

Let me put it this way, there were a lot of smiling faces in the showroom. Some turned their backs to me, but their jiggles blew the whistle.

Now what does that have to do with Adventures? Well, when you read the caption below, you'll get the message!

You promised if I kissed you, you'd turn into a beautiful princess!

Do I Look Like a Nut!

Squirrels are drawn to bird feeders like flies to cow patties. Ha! Ha! You thought I was going to say the "S" word didn't you. Naw... it stinks! You can see how easy it was for squirrels to empty this feeder in no time. Well, April was tired of them making a pig of themselves and bought a feeder that was supposed to be squirrel proof! Another ha ha! I had to add weights so the door closed the feeding window. It was amusing to watch the antidotes this squirrel performed trying to steel the food. I thought this picture would make a great ADVENTURE... it did. You wouldn't believe the comments from the caption. I asked for it didn't I.

Do I Look Like a Nut?

That's it Folks!

Well, that's it folks. Hope you've been inspired to create your own adventures. To see all of mine, you can become my friend on Facebook and go to my Albums. Click on Adventures of Ivan.

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