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.
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.
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.
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.
In October, drawn by natural forces, the salmon return to the rivers which gave them birth. They fight their way upstream against powerful currents, leap waterfalls and battle their way through rapids. They also face dangers from those who like the taste of salmon: bears, eagles, osprey and people.
Once the salmon reach their spawning grounds, they deposit thousands of fertilized eggs in the gravel. Each female digs a nest with a male in attendance beside her.
By using her tail, the female creates a depression in which she releases her eggs. At the same time, the male releases a cloud of milt. When the female starts to prepare her second nest, she covers the first nest with gravel which protects the eggs from predators. This process is repeated several times until the female has spawned all her eggs.
Their long journey over, the adult salmon die. Their carcasses provide nourishment and winter food for bears, otters, raccoons, mink and provide nutrients to the river for the new generation of salmon, much as dying leaves fertilize the earth. Click on the image to see a larger version.
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.
The Facade Festival is an immersive and dynamic projection mapping experience which transforms the Robson Street facade of the Vancouver Art Gallery with the work of five Vancouver based contemporary artists. Click on a photo to see a larger version.
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.
I’ve always been visually drawn to the overhead trolleybus wires at intersections in the downtown area. Some are quite simple and others are very complex, especially if there is a lot of buses coming from a variety of different directions and if they have to turn at the intersection. I was looking for an intersection where I could get a photo of the wires without any buildings or trees in the background, which can be kind of tricky. This is my first attempt, but I know I can do better in the future.