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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Spirit of Christmas

As I was walking by a church in Vancouver I noticed these small care packages had been left just outside the door for the homeless. Each package contained a few cookies, a package of hot chocolate and even a toothbrush. I thought it was a really kind gesture on the part of the church and reflects the true spirit of Christmas. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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Walker Evans: Depth of Field

I was fortunate to see an exhibition of the American photographer Walker Evans at the Vancouver Art Gallery. He was a photojournalist best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) documenting the effects of the Great Depression. Much of Evans’s work from the FSA period uses the large format, 8 x 10 inch camera. Many of his works are in the permanent collections of museums. I really enjoyed looking at some of his cameras and street photography which included photos of store signs. I would recommend seeing this exhibition which ends on January 22nd.

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Silent and White

I woke up this morning to find Vancouver covered in a rare blanket of snow. The perfect opportunity to explore the downtown area with my camera. I ran into some workers shovelling snow at Canada Place who referred to me as another ‘brave soul’. I returned home after several hours of trudging through the snow feeling cold and happy. Click on an image to see a larger version of the photo.

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Happy Holidays!

The 18th edition of the CP Holiday Train which helps to support communities and raise awareness of hunger-related issues. Every pound of food and dollar raised at each stop stays with the local food bank to help feed those in need in that community. We even had some snow on the ground this year. Click on each photo to see a larger version.

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The Ferris Wheel

This evening there was a break in the rain, which provided the opportunity to get out with my camera and take a few images. I tried taking some long exposures of the Ferris wheel when it was spinning which created a blur effect, but I think I like this photo better when the Ferris wheel was stopped to unload and load passengers. Click on the photo to see a larger version.

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Sign Stencil

You never know what you’ll come across when you’re out exploring with your camera. I like this slow sign stencil that I found hanging on the side of a maintenance building. You can even see the texture of the yellow paint on the stencil. Click on the photo to see a larger version.

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