Telescope Time

Last night the sky was clear and I was fortunate to spend some time looking through a large telescope. When viewing the moon I could clearly see craters caused by asteroids and meteorites colliding with the lunar surface. In one crater there were two mountains inside of it and sunlight was shining on its peaks. Later in the evening Jupiter rose and four of its moons were visible. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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Decompress and Unplug

Three beautiful days of sunshine in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. I really enjoyed hiking through the rainforest, walking on the beach and listening to the relaxing sound of the surf. Ate my fill of fish tacos and salmon burgers. To see the images click on the first image and then use the right and left keys to scroll through the gallery.

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The Mink

Early this morning I was exploring a wetlands area with my camera and I spotted a mink hiding in the grasses and rocks along the edge of the marsh. The mink ( Neovison vision ) has chocolate brown fur which is dense and lustrous and serves as insulation even in water. The mink doesn’t have webbed feet, but it swims and dives well. They eat small fish, crustaceans, amphibians and birds. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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Relax, This Isn’t The Mainland

The way of life on Vancouver Island is a little bit more laid-back then the hectic pace of the lower mainland. I just returned from a few days on the island and the weather in March is generally wet, overcast and cold, but I was fortunate to see some sunshine. It’s a beautiful place and you can purchase a home, with an ocean view for a reasonable price. In a few months campers and fisherman will be using the campgrounds and marinas, but right now this area is very quiet. In the city, when you sleep at night you often hear cars, taxis, trucks, people, dogs, helicopters and planes. There is also a considerable amount of light pollution from other buildings. When I went to sleep on Vancouver Island it was pitch-black and you couldn’t hear another sound. I’ve never slept so peacefully…

To see the photos click on the first image and then use the left and right arrow keys to scroll through the gallery. Prints are available on my website.

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Along the Riverbank

Exploring the Squamish estuary I came across these poplar trees along the riverbank. I like the contrast between the poplar trees in Winter and the conifers in the background. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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Snow Plume

In Joffre Lakes Provincial Park strong winds on the summit of Mount Matier ( 2783 m ) created this snow plume. Below the mountain lies the Anniversary glacier which is popular with backcountry skiers. It was a beautiful cold morning with lots of fresh snow. Click on the photo to see a larger version.

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Side Street

During the winter Vancouver experiences a considerable amount of precipitation. Over the last few days it has fallen as snow. Some of the side streets are too steep and slippery for vehicles. This side street has been closed by the city and will probably remain that way until rain or warmer temperatures takes care of the snow. I like the footsteps in the snow at the bottom the photo. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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Last Light On Mount Garibaldi

The sunset didn’t look very promising as I was passing through Squamish late this afternoon. Things changed quickly and for a few minutes there was this beautiful light on the summit of Mount Garibaldi before the sun set behind another mountain. Mount Garibaldi was first climbed in 1907 and is one of the few Cascade volcanoes that is made exclusively of dacite. Click on the photo to see a larger version.

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Forest Trees Drink From The Fog

I never get tired of photographing fog moving through the trees. The scene is constantly changing and requires patience on the part of the photographer. Recently, I was reading that the Earth’s tallest trees, the California redwoods, rely on characteristic coastal fog to reach their towering heights—and that fog may be diminishing, according to new research. Climatologists have found that coastal fog has decreased by 30% over the last six decades. The redwoods receive much needed moisture and nutrients from the coastal fog, particularly during the dry summer season. Click on the photos to see a larger version.

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Harrison Lake

Early this morning, for the first time, I tried taking some images with my new drone at Harrison Lake. The camera is only 12 MP and doesn’t have the dynamic range of my Nikon cameras. However, it allows me to take photos from a different perspective. I need to get better at flying the drone and spend more time experimenting with the camera settings to improve the quality of my images. Click on the photo to see a larger version.

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