In October, drawn by natural forces, the salmon return to the rivers which gave them birth. They fight their way upstream against powerful currents, leap waterfalls and battle their way through rapids. They also face dangers from those who like the taste of salmon: bears, eagles, osprey and people.
Once the salmon reach their spawning grounds, they deposit thousands of fertilized eggs in the gravel. Each female digs a nest with a male in attendance beside her.
By using her tail, the female creates a depression in which she releases her eggs. At the same time, the male releases a cloud of milt. When the female starts to prepare her second nest, she covers the first nest with gravel which protects the eggs from predators. This process is repeated several times until the female has spawned all her eggs.
Their long journey over, the adult salmon die. Their carcasses provide nourishment and winter food for bears, otters, raccoons, mink and provide nutrients to the river for the new generation of salmon, much as dying leaves fertilize the earth. Click on the image to see a larger version.
Vancouver Island is a great place to visit and live. Island life is more laid-back when compared to the hectic pace of the Vancouver lower mainland. I was fortunate to experience some sunny weather when I was exploring with my camera. One of the things I noticed was at night when I was sleeping it was pitch dark and eerily quiet, you couldn’t hear another sound. In the lower mainland you experience noise and light pollution 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Some of the communities on Vancouver Island seem to be struggling like many small towns in Canada. Click on the image to see a larger version.
It was a beautiful cold clear day and the weather forecast called for early morning fog in low lying areas. I set up my camera and waited for the fog to slowly clear. I like this image of the trees in the foreground and the sun hitting the bridge at sunrise. Click on the image to see a larger version.
A tripod and the self timer function on my camera allowed me to take this image. A wonderful view of the Fraser River and clear blue sky complete the photo. Click on the image to see a larger version.
Lots of traffic heading in and out of the downtown on a Saturday evening. In this long exposure you can see all three colours of the traffic light. A car coming towards me used the left hand turning lane at just the right moment. It’s a busy image, but I like the perspective which allows you to see the headlights and taillights on the bridge. Click on the image to see a larger version.
The sun sets so far south this time of year. It creates beautiful warm light and long shadows at the end of the day. Click on the image to see a larger version.
This rusted Dodge pickup truck and the perspective of my photo reminds me of the 1971 movie Duel by Steven Spielberg. David Mann ( Dennis Weaver ), a mild mannered electronics salesman, is driving cross-country on a two-lane highway when he encounters an old oil tanker driven by an unseen driver who seems to enjoy annoying him with dangerous antics on the road. He is unable to escape the demonic big rig. After watching the movie, whenever you see an old rusted truck, you’ll see it in a different light. Click on the image to see a larger version.
Stanley Park is in downtown Vancouver and surrounded by the Pacific ocean. The land was originally used by aboriginal people for thousands of years. It was later turned into Vancouver’s first park when the city incorporated in 1886. The park was named after Lord Stanley, a British politician who had been appointed governor general. While I was exploring the park the clouds parted for a short period of time creating these heavenly beams of sunlight. It was wonderful to see, but difficult to capture the beauty with a digital camera.
Joseph O. Holmes is a New York street photographer who posts a new image every day on his website. His photos are mostly taken of people in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and occasionally elsewhere. The use of sunlight and shadows, balloons and steam are recurring themes in his work. His photos make me want to explore New York with my camera. Today I spent sometime taking images downtown.