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.
Exploring the Squamish estuary I came across these poplar trees along the riverbank. I like the contrast between the poplar trees in Winter and the conifers in the background. Click on the image to see a larger version.
In Joffre Lakes Provincial Park strong winds on the summit of Mount Matier ( 2783 m ) created this snow plume. Below the mountain lies the Anniversary glacier which is popular with backcountry skiers. It was a beautiful cold morning with lots of fresh snow. Click on the photo to see a larger version.
During the winter Vancouver experiences a considerable amount of precipitation. Over the last few days it has fallen as snow. Some of the side streets are too steep and slippery for vehicles. This side street has been closed by the city and will probably remain that way until rain or warmer temperatures takes care of the snow. I like the footsteps in the snow at the bottom the photo. Click on the image to see a larger version.
The sunset didn’t look very promising as I was passing through Squamish late this afternoon. Things changed quickly and for a few minutes there was this beautiful light on the summit of Mount Garibaldi before the sun set behind another mountain. Mount Garibaldi was first climbed in 1907 and is one of the few Cascade volcanoes that is made exclusively of dacite. Click on the photo to see a larger version.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.