Maple Ridge, Beyond Suburbia

CK Wright Photo Trips

Encompassing the northeast corner of Metro Vancouver is the City of Maple Ridge. Beyond the suburbs that are in slow transition to increased densification, are two large scenic areas; Golden Ears Provincial Park and UBC’s Malcolm Knapp Research Forest.

The first stop this morning was the Mike Lake area in Golden Ears Provincial Park. With overcast skies and cool temperatures, we started off at the dock at Mike Lake.

The surface was very reflective with no wind to stir the water. This curving shoreline with the warm toned grass contrasts well with the green forest.

The lake loop trail heads off to the south east though with minimal access to the actual shoreline. At this location, I spotted a few logs and one larger one that offered a somewhat precarious perch. The sun emerged from the clouds in almost perfect timing and illuminated the shoreline in warm morning lighting.

Further along the trail, I spotted the burnt remains of a western red cedar tree. I thought the leaning bulk contrasted to the slender vertical trees would make an interesting composition.

Some areas of the trail are in fairly wet soils and this long stretch of boardwalk keeps the trail from turning into a mud pit.

Speaking of precarious perches, I followed a side trail leading out towards the lake that led into wetter and wetter conditions. The “price” for capturing this next composition was a wet foot as I punched through the waterlogged soil! For myself and my adventures, this is par for the course.

The next stop of the day was the North Alouette River in the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest. This 5,157 hectare working forest is used as a teaching and research area for UBC. The overcast conditions continued so we elected to explore the nearby North Alouette River. I’m sure most of you know how much I love to photograph rivers and rocky canyons! Here are some of my favorite compositions from there.

From the A Road bridge, we had our first view of the river. I was certainly stoked and eager to explore and photograph!

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