January’s Fortnight of Urban Views

Chris Wright Photo Trips

I spent the first two weeks of this year exploring urban areas of Metro Vancouver. The weather at this time of year can be a mixed bag so urban outings allow me to take advantage of the optimum weather windows.JOn one of the trips along River Road, I headed down a side road and spotted these Seaspan rail ferries on the Fraser River.

Harbourview Park in North Vancouver provides views of the nearly completed G3 Grain Terminal. I liked the strong side lighting, dark clouds, defined linear elements, and the reflections in Lynn Creek.

Here is the North Arm Skytrain bridge over the Fraser River, and south Vancouver on a blustery Sunday. I was pleased with the composition of strong linear and vertical elements.

As I neared the Vancouver end of the bridge, I noticed these strong shadows on the pedestrian pathway. I emphasized those with a low upward view and waited for the Canada Line train to be in position.

Alongside the Fraser River in Vancouver is East Kent Avenue with numerous electrical lines following the railway line. I used a low position to emphasize the utility poles and to show the deep blue and cloud sky.

I had never been to Deering Island, located along the Fraser River, so with a short window of good weather a friend and I started our outing here. The area has a unique history including the Musqueam and more recent usage as a dairy, a cannery site, and now a 37 housing development with moorage.

As I stood near the western tip of Deering Island composing this photograph, I had to lean into the heavy winds. I commented to my friend that I couldn’t recall the last time I had seen white caps on the Fraser River!

I am always impressed with the resilience of nature to grow in difficult conditions or disturbed sites. The area is low lying and relies on ditches to ensure drainage. Alongside one of them were ferns and deciduous trees.

As I was walking along the Arbutus Greenway, a repurposed rail line, a few older homes piqued my interest. Large homes seem to be in fashion so it is great to see older homes well kept and resisting this trend.

The view from Little Mountain at the Queen Elizabeth Park provides a great vantage point of the city and the North Shore mountains.

I headed out early in the morning to capture the fresh snowfall and was fortunate to have a pedestrian walk through the scene.

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  1. Quite the dramatic lighting on the N Arm Skytrain photo, Chris, & I like the blurring of pedestrian with umbrella. I note also how small details such as the waterlogged plants in the Seaspan photo & the reflection of the grasses in the puddle below the Kent Ave. electrical poles can make photos more substantial.

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