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.
In July I spent 23 days exploring Iceland with my camera and I experienced good weather and some spectacular sunsets. My trip ended with two nights in Reykjavik and a chance to see some museums. I will miss not being able to eat Skyr yogurt for breakfast and being able to get a sandwich at the Sandholt bakery. You can see images from my trip in my Iceland gallery.
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is one of my favourite places to camp. The kilometres of rugged shoreline, dramatic old-growth forest, tide pools and sprawling beaches make it an ideal place to explore with my camera. Although there was a wolf advisory in effect and I was sleeping in a tent, I didn’t see or hear any of these animals. After eating my fair share of salmon burgers and fish tacos I returned to the hectic pace and traffic noise of Vancouver. Even though I’ve only been home for a couple of days I already miss the relaxing sound of the surf…
Two resident killer whales or orcas on the move. These are the most commonly sighted of the three populations ( residents, transients and offshores ) in the coastal waters of British Columbia. They are the largest member of the dolphin family. Residents’ diets consist primarily of salmon, and have extremely tight family units called ‘matrilines’ and each matriline has its own distinct calls. You can see the saddle patch behind the dorsal fin which helps in killer whale identification. This was the pioneer work of the late Dr. Michael Bigg. Seeing orcas in the wild is a humbling experience. Click on the image to see a larger version.
I’ve been having fun taking images of the Facade 2015 event at the Vancouver Art Gallery. This projection mapping project transforms outdoor architecture. I tried to get a few different perspectives and in the process saw some rats scurrying away. My Nikon camera takes such beautiful images at night, with amazing detail and vivid colours. Click on an image to see a larger version.
This image was taken after sunset, when everyone had left the beach. There wasn’t any wind and all you could hear was the calming sound of the surf. I think the silhouette image conveys a peacefulness. The exposure was about thirty seconds long and I needed to use a tripod to keep my camera absolutely still. Click on the image to see a larger version.
The forest comes to life during sunrise as the sun breaks through the mist creating rays of light. Some minor adjustments were made in Adobe Lightroom. Click on the image to see a larger version.
I just spent the last two weeks exploring the West Coast of Canada with my camera. On Cormorant Island in the village of Alert Bay I was surprised to find a trio of double decker buses. They were originally used in London and then Victoria, B.C. For many years they stood with other double decker buses near Coombs, B.C. I bet when these double decker buses were manufactured in Bristol, England in the 1960’s no one could have imagined that 50 years later they would end up on a small island in the middle of Johnstone Strait.
This public artwork is in downtown Vancouver and its composed of five real scrap cars stacked upon an old growth cedar tree. The artist is Marcus Bowcott and it’s part of the Vancouver Biennale project.
I like the neon signs and symmetry of this newsstand. The photo could be improved if there were people streaming by, getting on and off skytrain. However, this could be tricky when using a tripod. Click on the image to see a larger version of the photo.