Category Archives: Summer

Thank You Iceland

In July I spent 23 days exploring Iceland with my camera and I experienced good weather and some spectacular sunsets. My trip ended with two nights in Reykjavik and a chance to see some museums. I will miss not being able to eat Skyr yogurt for breakfast and being able to get a sandwich at the Sandholt bakery. You can see images from my trip in my Iceland gallery.

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Thank You Tofino

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is one of my favourite places to camp. The kilometres of rugged shoreline, dramatic old-growth forest, tide pools and sprawling beaches make it an ideal place to explore with my camera. Although there was a wolf advisory in effect and I was sleeping in a tent, I didn’t see or hear any of these animals. After eating my fair share of salmon burgers and fish tacos I returned to the hectic pace and traffic noise of Vancouver. Even though I’ve only been home for a couple of days I already miss the relaxing sound of the surf…

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Surfacing

Two resident killer whales or orcas on the move. These are the most commonly sighted of the three populations ( residents, transients and offshores ) in the coastal waters of British Columbia. They are the largest member of the dolphin family. Residents’ diets consist primarily of salmon, and have extremely tight family units called ‘matrilines’ and each matriline has its own distinct calls. You can see the saddle patch behind the dorsal fin which helps in killer whale identification. This was the pioneer work of the late Dr. Michael Bigg. Seeing orcas in the wild is a humbling experience. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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Placed Upon The Horizon

I’ve been having fun taking images of the Facade 2015 event at the Vancouver Art Gallery. This projection mapping project transforms outdoor architecture. I tried to get a few different perspectives and in the process saw some rats scurrying away. My Nikon camera takes such beautiful images at night, with amazing detail and vivid colours. Click on an image to see a larger version.

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Peaceful

This image was taken after sunset, when everyone had left the beach. There wasn’t any wind and all you could hear was the calming sound of the surf. I think the silhouette image conveys a peacefulness. The exposure was about thirty seconds long and I needed to use a tripod to keep my camera absolutely still. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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Forest Sunbeams

The forest comes to life during sunrise as the sun breaks through the mist creating rays of light. Some minor adjustments were made in Adobe Lightroom. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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Bristol Double Decker Buses

I just spent the last two weeks exploring the West Coast of Canada with my camera. On Cormorant Island in the village of Alert Bay I was surprised to find a trio of double decker buses. They were originally used in London and then Victoria, B.C. For many years they stood with other double decker buses near Coombs, B.C. I bet when these double decker buses were manufactured in Bristol, England in the 1960’s no one could have imagined that 50 years later they would end up on a small island in the middle of Johnstone Strait.

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Trans Am Totem

This public artwork is in downtown Vancouver and its composed of five real scrap cars stacked upon an old growth cedar tree. The artist is Marcus Bowcott and it’s part of the Vancouver Biennale project.

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The Newsstand

I like the neon signs and symmetry of this newsstand. The photo could be improved if there were people streaming by, getting on and off skytrain. However, this could be tricky when using a tripod. Click on the image to see a larger version of the photo.

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The Abbotsford Airshow

I attended the twilight show of the Abbotsford Airshow and had fun taking images of the Snowbirds, Breitling Jet Team and the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor. The Snowbirds precision flying is always impressive even though they’re performing in Canadair CT-114 Tutor’s which the Canadian Forces started using in 1961. It was a warm evening, there was a beautiful sunset and you could see Mount Baker in the distance. During the airshow two commercial Westjet flights landed at the airport, one taxied past the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor as it was preparing to take off. I bet that’s something the Westjet pilots don’t see every day. Click on an image and then use the left and right keys on your keyboard.

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