Cypress, Mackay, Mosquito

Chris Wright Photo Trips

After the deluge of rain on Friday, it was great to see the weather turn around on Saturday. A friend and I headed out for exercise, photography, and to get his monthly peak.

We started off with a hike to the south summit of Black Mountain at Cypress. It was overcast with strong winds, and even the occasional snow flake as the last of the storm cleared off. I took a few photos here of the mist and the frost on the trees.

On the way back to the parking lot, I photographed some of the small details along the trail.

This mountain hemlock seedling offers a nice bit of colour among the white snow.

The twist on this yellow cedar tree is repeated in the receding snow around its base.

Open creeks provide an interesting view into the layers of snow and the linear pattern on them.

With the peak out of the way, we headed to the lower slopes of Grouse Mountain just above the houses in North Vancouver. A short trail led us to the powerline which we followed a further short distance to Mackay Creek. This is the site of remedial work done in the mid 1980’s to protect the homes after a debris torrent caused flooding and damage. It is a reminder of the power of coastal water courses that are most times benign but can quickly become destructive.

We hiked through the coastal forest ascending the steep slopes following Mackay Creek. I have not photographed mountain streams in some time so it was a pleasure to create compositions of a favourite subject.

I think what attracted me to this composition was the small rocks and wood in the foreground with the swirling water behind.

Just above the creek was a log with polypores on it and I found their distinctive curves and tonal range very interesting.

You may recall that I have a preference for photographing rivers on overcast days. Well I must say that the sun actually made for interesting photos such as this one of a side channel of Mackay Creek.

We left the upward climb and Mackay Creek and headed east along the Baden Powell trail to Mosquito Creek. When we reached the creek, it was at a fairly wide location with braided channels. Near one side was a mature western red cedar with water running around it and I liked the anchoring aspect of it.

Further downstream, and with a more defined channel, Mosquito Creek was running with plenty of water.

It is often times though the small intimate water flows that attract me for making compositions.

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  1. How beautifully your photography shows the immense diversity of subject matter along the coast and around the city of Vancouver. We folks up on BC’s central plateau are often envious! Your compositions are outstanding making it a visual treat to follow you along the trail. Thank you for sharing your adventures, Chris. I look forward to them every month!

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