Category Archives: West Coast

The Grand Old Lady of Granville

Today I spent some time exploring the Orpheum theatre with my camera. It was built from 1926 to 1927 and is a National Historic Site. At the time of construction storefront property on Granville street was expensive. Joseph Langer found a way around this by purchasing a small piece of property for the entrance and then built the theatre itself on the next street over, Seymour street, where land was more affordable.

The Orpheum Theatre was designed by the Scottish architect B. Marcus Priteca, who designed nearly two hundred theatres from San Diego to Alaska. Priteca was a master at economically creating the illusion of opulence with plasterwork on reinforced concrete. 

The design contains a number of different architectural influences – the vaulted ceilings of the main concourse and foyer and the terra cotta undersides of the marquees and the travertine walls and pillars are Italian influenced, there are exotic ceiling motifs, crests of British heraldry, chandeliers of Czechoslovakian crystal, Moorish-inspired organ screens, and Baroque ceiling and dome covers. 

When I walk around the Orpheum, the combination of the red carpet and the eerie light cast from the chandeliers, reminds me of Stanley Kubrick’s movie The Shining. To scroll through the gallery of images click on the first image and then use the left and right keys on your keyboard.

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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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The Mink

Early this morning I was exploring a wetlands area with my camera and I spotted a mink hiding in the grasses and rocks along the edge of the marsh. The mink ( Neovison vision ) has chocolate brown fur which is dense and lustrous and serves as insulation even in water. The mink doesn’t have webbed feet, but it swims and dives well. They eat small fish, crustaceans, amphibians and birds. 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…

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Along the Riverbank

Exploring the Squamish estuary I came across these poplar trees along the riverbank. I like the contrast between the poplar trees in Winter and the conifers in the background. 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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Side Street

During the winter Vancouver experiences a considerable amount of precipitation. Over the last few days it has fallen as snow. Some of the side streets are too steep and slippery for vehicles. This side street has been closed by the city and will probably remain that way until rain or warmer temperatures takes care of the snow. I like the footsteps in the snow at the bottom the photo. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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Last Light On Mount Garibaldi

The sunset didn’t look very promising as I was passing through Squamish late this afternoon. Things changed quickly and for a few minutes there was this beautiful light on the summit of Mount Garibaldi before the sun set behind another mountain. Mount Garibaldi was first climbed in 1907 and is one of the few Cascade volcanoes that is made exclusively of dacite. 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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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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