Category Archives: Travel

Summer Days

The Johnstone Strait area gets over 150 cm’s of annual rainfall. It creates a very lush and green environment. This photo was taken in the village of Alert Bay on Cormorant Island which is the home of the U’mista Cultural Centre and museum. It has an amazing collection of First Nations potlatch artifacts. 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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The Bond Between Mare and Foal

I spent some time revisiting my images from Iceland and I came across this photo of a mare with its foal. The foal was very shy, skitterish and suspicious of the human with a camera. The foal was always within close proximity of the mare. Originally the photo was larger and horizontal, I cropped it closer and I’m happier with the new composition. Click on the image to see a larger version. To purchase this fine art print see here.

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Happy Thanksgiving

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.

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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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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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Dodge Pickup

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.

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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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Saksun

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The village of Saksun in the Faroe Islands has a kind of fairy tale feel to it. Most people take a photo of the church and the seawater lagoon. I walked along the road and climbed down to get a different perspective. I think if I ever get a big dog I’ll call it ‘Saksun’. “Here Saksun, come here Saksun!”. It sounds good to me. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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