Capilano River

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Bordering between the District of North Vancouver and West Vancouver is the Capilano River. While the river has been dammed, the lower canyon section remains with its light to medium tone rock walls and inky green water. I have not photographed the Capilano in over 10 years so today I decided to spend the morning there. I parked at the hatchery at the end of Capilano Park road. It was a cool morning with a few clouds and a quickly rising sun. I wanted to photograph the canyon before the strong sunlight washed out the canyon. When I arrived, the forest on the western side, far above the canyon was illuminated but the canyon itself was still in shade. I really enjoyed the slightly brooding colour of the river which ranges from inky dark green to light green. As the sun rose, the water surface began reflecting a warm orange and yellow tone making for some very interesting compositions. I was also able to capture some ferns and skunk cabbage along the canyon trails.
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The Road to Likely

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Located to the northeast of Williams Lake and southeast of Quesnel is the town of Likely, population 350. This town is part of the Cariboo gold rush trail and numerous old buildings dot the landscape along the paved road which starts in 150 Mile House and winds it way northeast to the town.  This was my first visit to the area and there are some interesting sights along the way.  Shortly after 150 Mile House the road rises up and views of the Cariboo Mountains appear through the trees.  Further on, the road goes past farms and old Cariboo buildings. Along the way I spotted a few eagles, deer, and a moose. At the Big Lake resort, where I stopped to take some photographs of the adjacent lake, there was a stick loving dog that decided I should be his pitcher. So yes, I threw the stick numerous times until I had to leave…poor dog! Just past Likely is the small Cedar Point Provincial Park located along Quesnel Lake. At the town itself, the Quesnel Lake empties into the Quesnel River which has a very impressive flow of water.

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Westwood Plateau and Seymour River

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One of my favourite areas to photograph on the south coast, in terms of mountain streams, is the Westwood Plateau area of Coquitlam. There are numerous small creeks that flow between the neighbourhoods in small green belts. While I didn’t have long to photograph there (Saturday), I was able to obtain some good photos and videos of Scott Creek and Noons Creek. Later on Saturday I headed over to the North Shore and walked along the Seymour River from the end of Riverside Drive. The trail is closed just past Mystery Creek owing to the 2013 canyon slide and subsequent flooding. I managed to get to an interesting view point where you could see the new “lake” that has formed and the numerous flooded trees. The photo of the creek with vine maple is from Scott Creek and the forest photo is from the Seymour River.

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Return to Green Lake

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I have had some time to visit the Cariboo since my last visit in the fall.  I really like the Green Lake area as it seems to be one of the first areas to awaken from the winter. There is one spot in particular that is very exposed to the early year sun and has flowers already.  The aspen has not leafed out yet, but it should be happening very soon.  I was very happy to find some lichen located higher up on a branch which afforded good photos. Most of the lichen I have found has been closer to the ground or higher up with very busy backgrounds.  In this case, the distance from the lichen to the ground was enough to offer clear uncluttered backgrounds. The photo here is taken at the west end of lake looking east. I find that the aspen taken before leaf out really shows the form and structure of them and the white bark contrasts well with the surrounding landscape.

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Retrospective: Family Photo Scanning

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I have been busy scanning the family photos which span about 100 years.  While it is a lengthy process, it is important to preserve the photos, some of which are starting to fade. It is interesting to see that the number of photos per person or group diminishes the farther back in time.  Interesting because it mostly indicates how photographs and access to cameras has greatly increased over the last 75 plus years.  As I opened photo albums and boxes I would find surprises such as a photo of my father as a baby, or photos of relatives I have never seen. I am using an Epson flatbed scanner and it is remarkable how much detail it is able to obtain from the slides and prints. Here is an interesting photo of myself helming our sail boat in the Gulf Islands.

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Skating Cows

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Yesterday I headed out to Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park for an afternoon photo shoot. On the western side of the park is an area I have only been through once, interesting given the number of trips I have made in the central and eastern sections of the park. I decided to access the park from the Gleneagles community of Cochrane to shorten the travel distance. It was a nice day, almost spring like with sun and cloud and even some slippery sections of clay. Anyway, down in one of the coulees was this herd of cows and interestingly a few of them decided to cross a stretch of the flooded and frozen creek. One cow in particular was having a hard time keeping all four legs aligned on the slick surface. You could see the cow trying to get to the edge without falling over…and yes the cows made it across okay. In terms of the photos, there were some interesting compositions of aspens and distance hills. The terrain in this part of the park consists of numerous coulees and draws, hummocky hills, and exposed boulders. In the spring when the snow is completely gone and the aspen trees have leafed out, this should be a good location for landscapes.

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Gallery and Site Updates

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As you have probably noticed, there have been several changes to the site in the last week. I decided to organize my galleries into four themes; Closeup & Macro, Landscape & Intimate Landscape, Industrial, and Spotlight. The first three are obvious as to their content, while the Spotlight gallery contains the most recent trip photos. The gallery re-organization will ensure that the photos that define my photographic style are easily accessible.  I will be updating all four galleries as new material becomes available. Another note on the galleries is that I am now using a different gallery management plugin and with that change it allows the photos to be displayed with both thumbnails and slideshow views. I have also added a Video page to show videos/multimedia shows, hosted on my YouTube site “Off of the Trail”.

Johnston Canyon Winter Outing

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I really like visiting Johnston Canyon (Banff National Park) in the winter as it offers great winter photographic opportunities. Today I headed off to Johnston Canyon early and spent the day taking some really good photos. The lower and upper waterfalls were nicely covered in ice and the adjacent forest was snow covered. The day started off cloudy and about -14, and ended with snow falling. I do find that the flat lighting from the cloud coverage is ideal given how reflective the snow and ice are.

At the upper waterfall, there was a large group of ice climbers scaling the ice wall adjacent the waterfall and even one climber on the waterfall. At one location I had to contend with a crow the size of a turkey that seemed to have a real interest in my pack…actually, more like interested in the food inside the bag! If you do visit in the winter I would certainly recommend wearing boot traction such as the MICROspikes I have. The trail is hard packed snow and ice and slips and falls are likely without good traction. Here is the lower waterfall and trees along the canyon.

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South Coast: Brothers Creek and New Brighton Park

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Happy New Year, hard to believe another year has come and gone.

A few days back (Dec 31), I visited Brothers Creek in West Vancouver. This is another location that I have not visited in a long time and in fact, the last visit was to the section of creek further upstream. This section was just above Millstream road and has some very interesting sections of creek. Lots of boulders and deep canyons along with snow and ice. I photographed the section just above Millstream road and then a bit further upstream where the powerline crosses the creek. At that point, there is an ice covered staircase down to a sagging and snow covered bridge. The lighting was very good in the early morning and then a bit bright in the afternoon. This is definitely an area to return to, given how beautiful the creek and adjacent forests are. I know there is also Lawson Creek nearby that has some historical features and I presume a nice creek.

In the late afternoon, I headed over to Vancouver’s New Brighton Park to capture some photos looking across Burrard Inlet at the North Shore mountains.  There were some nice photos of the ships at Lynnterm (North Van) and at the facility adjacent to the park. As the sun was setting, the lighting on the North Shore mountains was very nice. Ranging from warm orange to soft pink. I also found some of the best hoar covered leaves, laying in a shaded location.

South Coast: North Shore Night Photography

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Yesterday night I headed out to take some night photographs on the North Shore. It was a very cool evening and the ocean breeze did not help. Mental note, don’t wear jeans…way too cold! Anyway, through the cold I managed to shoot some nice scenes of Vancouver from the pier just to the east of Lonsdale Quay and the Lions Gate bridge from Ambleside Park. The photo opportunities from Lonsdale Quay are really impressive. You have a clear view of the illuminated downtown across Burrard Inlet, the colourful lights at the quay, and Cypress mountain ski run lights. The Lions Gate bridge is well lit up, with the downtown behind it and the dark forest of Stanley Park adjacent to it.