On Saturday it was a beautiful sunny day with a blue sky. I hiked to the top of the third summit or peak of the Stawamus Chief. It’s a steep climb, with an elevation gain of 627 metres. The Stawamus Chief is the second largest granite monolith in the world. At the top, I enjoyed the breeze, my lunch and the company of a few chipmunks. There is wonderful views of Howe Sound, the Squamish estuary, Mount Garibaldi and Sky Pilot mountain, which many hikers mistakenly refer to as ‘one of the Lions’. It was getting late, so I started my descent. After hiking down and stepping from rock to rock and over roots for two hours my legs are still sore.
When I first started to take pictures of wildlife I used my telephoto lens to create a closeup image of an animal. Lately, I’ve been learning to take photos of animals that shows them in their natural environment, which is often referred to as an animalscape. These images are more challenging, the composition requires more thought and work on the part of the photographer. The image below shows a juvenile bald eagle in its natural habitat which includes the wetlands, ocean and mountains.
Over the next couple of weeks the trees turn various shades of red, yellow and orange. Today was a beautiful day for viewing the changing colours of Fall foliage. Early in the morning it was chilly, but the afternoon was crisp and sunny. With Autumn colours in full swing and the leaves changing more each day it won’t be long before they are all on the ground. Click on any of the photos to see a larger version.
The photo depicts just how small humans are in comparison to the nature that surrounds us. The climber was balancing precariously on the granite wall, stopping occasionally to put more chalk on their hands and add more climbing protection. Click on the image to see a larger version. Remember to always take the road less traveled…
A rainy day is a great time to look at images I’ve taken a few years ago. Recently, I came across this image I took early one morning at Moraine Lake. On my computer I spent some time post processing the image. Perhaps, some clouds in the sky would have created a stronger image, but still a nice photo of an iconic mountain location.
Mount Baker has the second most thermally active crater in the Cascade Range after Mount Saint Helens. After Mount Rainier, Mount Baker is the most heavily glaciated of the Cascade Range volcanoes. It is one of the snowiest places in the world and in 1999 it set the world record for recorded snowfall in a single season with 2,900 centimetre’s. This image shows the 3,286 metre mountain covered in fresh snow. Click on the photo to see a larger version.
I’m always trying to learn new things. When I’ve been out taking images with my camera I’ve also brought along my drone. This is my first attempt at creating a video and adding music. In the lower right hand corner you can click on the button ‘Enter full screen’. You can also select the video quality at 1080p resolution so it’s nice and clear. No wildlife was harassed in the making of this video.
I came across this herd of Roosevelt elk grazing in a meadow. With the setting sun and frosted trees in the background it created a beautiful winter scene. Roosevelt elk have a golden brown coat during the summer and a longer, grayish brown coat during the winter. Their legs, head and neck remain dark brown year round. Have a wonderful Christmas and happy new year. Click on the photo to see a larger version.
A beautiful Fall day to witness the trees and shrubbery that are now turning brilliant shades of yellow, orange and red. The mountains had a light dusting of snow on their peaks. A couple of curious Grey Jays or Whiskey Jacks kept me company as I was taking images.
This photo of a rock climber standing on a small ledge shows how insignificant a person can be when compared to nature. The Stawamus Chief is a giant granite monolith that is world famous for its climbing. Sometimes referred to as ‘Yosemite North’, it has immense vertical walls, long cool slabs and beautiful cracks that provides a variety of climbing. I was taking photos late in the day when the setting sun was casting a warm glow on the granite face. Click on the image to see a larger version.