Burrard Inlet Views from Burncouver

CK Wright Photo Trips 4 Comments

On Saturday I walked from Confederation Park in Burnaby to New Brighton Park in Vancouver along the Trans Canada Trail. The trail offers views of the industry along this part of Burrard Inlet and the North Shore.

Here is a bulk carrier at Chemtrade Chemical’s facility with the Seymour Valley (right) and Lynn Valley (left) visible below the clouds. Lynn Peak, located between the two valleys is partly obscured in the clouds.

This was my first time along this trail and it was very interesting to see the different perspective on the two second narrows crossings; CN Rail’s Second Narrows bridge completed in 1968 and the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows bridge completed in 1960.

Continuing westward is the massive Cascadia Grain Terminal owned by Viterra.

I spotted this staircase ascending the full height of the silos and was very taken with the compositional potentials.

Further west near the end of the grain terminal I noted this dust collection system and thought the strong blue and silver would make an interesting composition.

Arriving at New Brighton Park, Lynn Peak and the Seymour and Lynn Valleys are visible across Burrard Inlet. A bulk carrier at Cascadia Terminal is preparing to load grain.

I like this close up of the ship and the various industrial elements juxtaposed against the whirling seagulls.

The new G3 Grain Terminal facility has been under construction in North Vancouver since 2017 with completion scheduled later this year. The ski runs of Grouse Mountain are visible above the terminal.

On the return walk to Confederation Park, I was taken with the lighting on Lynn Peak, the clouds, and the massing of the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Bridge. I had in my mind that a black and white photo would show those elements well.

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  1. I wouldn’t be surprised if the following are questions you consider, Chris:
    Where to crop images where patterns in man-made structures are major elements of content? How important are features of nature to the significance of man-made design?

    The tree branches in the 1st photo of the Narrows bridges ‘work’ there but seem intrusive in the other bridge photos as well as in the staircase-on-silos photo.

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      Thanks Lynn for the comments! You have provided some good thought thinking items. I would say that the inclusion or exclusion of natural features depends on the importance to the storey telling or theme I’m creating. In some cases, such as the branches encroaching on the top portion of the two bridges image, there are physical or equipment limitation. I was up in a tree fort and only had a narrow field of view. I’ll have some more thinking on this, it is one of the reasons I really like receiving critiques and feedback! It makes me think critically and hopefully be a better artist.

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