Monthly Archives: December 2010

Happy New Year!

Finally the skies cleared and we were left with a sunny, but cold winter day. The snow conditions in the Coast mountains right now are some of the best we’ve had in years. This makes the skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing fantastic. Cypress Mountain has great cross country skiing and I thought this would be a nice way to spend the last day of 2010 and what a year it has been, with the Winter Olympics being held in the Vancouver/Whistler area.

In the middle of the Nordic ski area there is the Hollyburn Lodge which was built in 1926. It is a wonderful place to visit because it has such character and charm. I like everything about it from the uneven floor to the soups and vegetarian chili. When you enter the lodge there is a sign over the door that reads:

1926 Hollyburn Ski Camp

Be of good cheer, you’re quite welcome here

If sad and alone, let this be your home

Here you will find a welcome most kind

©Jens Preshaw

By the end of January 1925, Rudolph Verne and friends had set up a rental shop, lodge and ski school in an abandoned mill. Over night accommodation, ski rentals, meals and entertainment were offered at a charge. This was before there was any road into the area and people had to hike up from the ferry dock in West Vancouver which took two to three hours. They would then spend the weekend skiing and staying at the Hollyburn Ski Camp.

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A Beginning

©Jens Preshaw

Welcome to my blog about photography, life and learning in the Pacific Northwest. If possible, I try to take most of my outdoor images during a time of the day that photographers often refer to as ‘sweet light’. This is a beautiful form of light that occurs near sunrise and sunset. Perhaps, the famous outdoor photographer Galen Rowell summed it up best, when he said:

“Twice each day the cool, blue light of night interacts with the warm tones of daylight. Luckily for color photographers, these events, though predictable, are not consistent. For a full hour at either end of the day colors of light mix together in endless combinations, as if someone in the sky were shaking a kaleidoscope.”

I hope to share with you some of the ‘sweet light’ and beautiful places to photograph in this part of the world.

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