Category Archives: Spring

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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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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The Race Horse

At the Hastings Park Race Track the horses are exercised early in the morning. I spent some time using a slow shutter speed, panning the camera with the action and snapping the shutter. I like this photo because the jockey is stationary and for the most part in focus. The background and legs of the galloping horse are blurred which conveys a sense of motion and speed. I also like the flying tail of this beautiful animal. Click on the photo to see a larger version.

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Spuzzum

In the Fraser Canyon is the Alexandra bridge which was built in 1926 for the Cariboo highway. The last time automobile traffic was allowed across the bridge was in 1964. The Niaka’pamux and Sto:lo First Nations have lived in the area for over 9000 years. Because the canyon becomes narrow at this point it was an important fishing site. The first European people to visit the area were Simon Fraser and his crew during their expedition down the Fraser Canyon in 1808. I had the bridge all to myself and enjoyed exploring this vanishing part of British Columbia. Click on an image to see a larger version.

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Gino Odjick

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As I was driving across traditional First Nations land I came across this house with a sign showing support for Gino Odjick. He was born just outside of Maniwaki, Quebec on the Algonquin Native Reserve and played for eight seasons with the Vancouver Canucks. Number 29 was a very popular hockey player with fans and in First Nations communities across Canada. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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Garibaldi Lake – Battleship Islands

Today I hiked up to Garibaldi Lake which in hiking circles is considered a classic. The distance was 19 km with 810 metres of elevation gain. At the end of the hike is a large turquoise lake, which was still covered in slushy ice, surrounded by mountains and glaciers. This photo shows the Battleship Islands and Mount Price in the distance reflected in the waters of Garibaldi Lake. The lake had deep snow all around it and me in my hiking shorts. Click on the picture to see a larger version.

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Something Forgotten

I found this old fishing boat overgrown with bramble bushes and thorns. If this boat could talk the stories it would tell. I also like the collection of outboard motors that are proudly displayed. The old metal rowboat being used as an awning is a nice touch.

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Slacklining

This individual was slacklining over the Brandywine Falls which are 70 metres or 230 feet high. I took lots of horizontal and vertical images, but I think I like this composition the best. I can only imagine what it was like to be walking across this slackline and seeing the water falling some 75 metres below. What a rush.

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West Coast Sunset

Without their leaves the trees create an interesting silhouette. At the end of the day there was a beautiful west coast sunset.

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Ansco Shur Shot 20

I found this little treasure, an Ansco Shur Shot 20 box camera, in an antiques store. It’s in excellent condition and even had the original box. The camera was made around 1948 in Binghamton, New York. It has two brilliant viewfinders, which allows for horizontal or vertical composition. There is a fixed aperture of f/13 and it uses 120 film to take 6 x 9 cm images. What I really like is the Art Deco design of the metal faceplate.

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