Category Archives: Mountains

Autumn Colours

A beautiful Fall day to witness the trees and shrubbery that are now turning brilliant shades of yellow, orange and red. The mountains had a light dusting of snow on their peaks. A couple of curious Grey Jays or Whiskey Jacks kept me company as I was taking images.

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The Rock Climber

This photo of a rock climber standing on a small ledge shows how insignificant a person can be when compared to nature. The Stawamus Chief is a giant granite monolith that is world famous for its climbing. Sometimes referred to as ‘Yosemite North’, it has immense vertical walls, long cool slabs and beautiful cracks that provides a variety of climbing. I was taking photos late in the day when the setting sun was casting a warm glow on the granite face. 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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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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Pump Peak ( First Peak of Mount Seymour )

This morning I snowshoed to the top of Pump Peak which is the first of three peaks on Mount Seymour. After the snowfall on New Year’s Eve there was lots of fresh snow on the trail. On the summit I was pummelled by high winds and blowing snow. As I headed up the trail, overhead flew the helicopter that rescued two skiers who went out of bounds on December 31st. They had contacted North Shore Rescue by phone and were told to stay put at a supply cache. After spending the night in ‘Suicide Gully’ they were picked up by the helicopter this morning. It must have been a cold night for the two skiers. Click on the photo to see a larger version.

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Hollyburn Mountain

A great day to snowshoe to the top of Hollyburn Mountain or Hollyburn Peak. It’s about 7 kilometres round trip and 450 metres of elevation gain. You get a nice view of The Lions which is a pair of pointed peaks along the North Shore mountains. I enjoyed snowshoeing early this morning through the beautiful snow ghosts. Click on a photo to see a larger version.

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Iceland – Arctic Terns Resting On An Iceberg

When I took this image at Jökulsárlón it was cold, windy, cloudy, overcast, dark and the light was very flat. When I looked at the image of the Arctic Terns resting on an iceberg I thought the photo might look better if I converted it from colour to black and white. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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Fresh Snow

The mountain in the foreground is Joffre Peak ( 8927 feet ) and Mount Matier ( 9131 feet ) is in the background. In the middle of Joffre Peak is the Aussie Couloir which people ski down when the conditions are right. To the left, below Mount Matier is the Anniversary glacier. If you look closely you can see four backcountry skiers making their way up the glacier. The fresh snow made the mountains look beautiful, but there was the real danger of avalanches. Click on the photo to see a larger and more impressive version.

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