From the Bar to the Hache

Chris Wright Photo Trips

Over the second weekend in September, I took a short trip into the Cariboo and photographed various areas from Big Bar Lake north to Lac la Hache. The weather was challenging with mostly rain, but it did present an opportunity to find interesting compositions and to use the weather conditions to my favour.

Big Bar Lake is a beautiful lake located in the southern edge of the Fraser Plateau. After waiting some 40 minutes for the rain squall to clear, I headed out onto the eskers and surrounding forest to photograph.

Descending from one of the eskers, I spotted several Douglas-fir on the back side draped in lichen and softly illuminated in the overcast conditions. The Douglas-fir are particularly beautiful in this area.

I spotted this lone aspen tree and liked the overall tone presented in the scene with the three colours; light green/yellow aspen, deep green in the Douglas-fir, and the orange brown grass.

The snag in the lake along with the still waters made an interesting centre point in this composition.

Soopolallie and juniper.

I drove over to the northwest side of the lake for the first time and found this interesting perspective. Some of the eskers are visible along with the flat plateau extending beyond.

This weather worn and heavily used barn door was at a ranch east of Lac la Hache.

A new area was Snag Lake, to the west of Lac la Hache. Fortunately the rain stopped shortly before I arrived so I was able to photograph here. The various ages of Douglas-fir creates an interesting foreshore all of which is reflected in the lake.

I took two compositions of these reeds, one with the sky and one without. I actually liked the juxtaposition of the strong green toned reeds against the dark green forest and grey sky.

I noticed another section of reeds where a few of them formed a diamond shape.

Driving southwards towards 105 Mile House, I spotted these fireweeds in amongst the burned pine trees from the 2017 Gustafson wildfire.

This area of that fire was further south and I realized that I had photographed here in early fall 2017. It was neat to see the grass and smaller plants colonizing the area compared to the charred landscape in 2017.

One of the areas logged to salvage the burned trees. I used the line of mature remaining trees to lead your eye towards Tad Lake.

Update – September 22, 2019: An earlier version of this post stated that Snag Lake is located to the east of Lac la Hache, when it is actually to the west. CK Wright

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  1. A beautiful collection of Cariboo tones, often seen at this time of the year; also a reminder of the beauty we so easily become accustomed to when living here. Thanks for sharing Chris.

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