Yesterday I spent the day photographing in Belcarra Regional Park, located on the east side of Burrard Inlet. This is a great place to photograph as it presents what I consider classic west coast features; coastal forest, rocky headlands, and beaches. My first stop was Woodhaven Swamp located inland and uphill from the coastal section of the park. When I arrived at first light with clouds and low mist, the forest around the wetland was dripping from the overnight rain. Like a living, breathing entity shaking off the rain, the forest just glistened and beckoned to be photographed.
Next up was the Admiralty Point Trail that heads south from the Belcarra Picnic area through coastal forests adjacent to Burrard Inlet. The trail offers several access points to the beaches and headlands and has nice views looking west towards the Iron Workers Memorial bridge. The low clouds did not provide much opportunity for landscape photos so I took advantage of the soft lighting and photographed intimate landscapes and macros instead. The cedar boughs and barnacled covered rocks shown here are a typical forest-meets-ocean scene and one I was pleased to capture. The other photo is of vine maples and I feel it captures what I have always liked about them; neon green leaves contrasting with the dark intertwined branches.
I finished up Admiralty Point Trail in the early afternoon and decided to conclude the day by photographing around Sasamat Lake. This lake is in the north eastern section of the park and I started at the south west corner near the floating concrete walking bridge. From here, and with careful use of appropriate shutter speed to prevent blurred shots as the bridge moves, there are great photo opportunities of the lake and surrounding forest. The lake was actually mirror flat when I arrived, so combined with the diffused lighting I captured some very good photos.
All in all, it was a very productive day with a good variety of captured photos. I look forward to another visit, particularly with less clouds for the marine views from Jug Island Beach and Maple Beach.