Here and There in Metro Vancouver October 2019

Chris Wright Photo Trips

It has been a busy month photographing at various sites around Metro Vancouver. Beyond the two mountain and forest outings, my trips have often times been centred around working on my expressionism and abstract compositions. Of course, on those outings I have also been capturing some representational photos including fall colours so it seemed easier to share those in one catch all posting.

Saturday was a mixed bag from glimpses of sun to “frog drowning” downpours so I headed off to SFU’s Burnaby Mountain campus which has plenty of covered areas. During one of the dry spells, I spotted this green deciduous tree in front of the deep red fall coloured tree.

Port Royal located on Lulu Island just across from New Westminster continues to impress me with the photographic opportunities. I positioned the fall colour on the side and provided views upriver at New Westminster, Skybridge, and the Pattullo Bridge.

I really liked the mottled orange-red leaves on this short tree, though I am not sure the species.

Further along the path at Port Royal and beside the North Arm of the Fraser River was this round shaped grass with cottonwood trees behind. I liked the tonal and shape difference and thought it would make an interesting composition.

Near sunset, I captured this southeastward view of the North Arm of the Fraser River with Lulu Island on the right, Popular Island on the left, and the towers lining the ridge in Surrey.

Finishing up a photo shoot at Granville Island and Olympic Village and I couldn’t resist taking another photo of Science World, BC Place, and false creek just after sunset.

At Colony farms was this wall of fall colours, interspersed with green leaves and the dark toned limbs.

It always amazes the ability of water droplets to maintain their shape while defying gravity.

I liked the soft yellow and coarse twisted limbs in this composition.

While the native tree colours were a bit muted this year, this decorative tree had this intense red colour.

The big leaf maples had some colour though certainly a bit muted this year.

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  1. We noted how muted the fall colours were on our trip to the S Okanagan last weekend, Chris. We found some as you’ve found with these photos but mostly ‘stillborn’.
    Do you find your focus on expressionism/abstraction is enhancing your sensitivity to patterns & design in representational photos?

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      Hi Lynn. Yes I do find that my focus on expressionism/abstraction is enhancing my sensitivity to patterns and design in representational photos. Not sure how apparent that is when looking at photos from earlier in the year to now, but I do feel it has helped.

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