November Sights along Highway 7

Chris Wright Photo Trips

Last Saturday we went exploring some areas along Highway 7, including the sunrise at the Alouette River, Fraser Valley views from Mount Woodside, blueberry fields near Dewdney, and the Westminster Abbey.

Sun rising over the Alouette River in rural Maple Ridge.

After the sunrise, we walked a short distance down river. I noticed two deciduous trees framing the silo on this farm and I thought it and the reflection in the river would make an interesting composition.

Near the summit of Mount Woodside is the launching site for paragliders and hang gliders. There was some haze that limited the view, but it was still an impressive view of the Harrison River (right) meeting the Fraser River (left). The small hills located near the centre is Harrison Knob (front, lower) and behind is Harrison Hill.

Detailed view of the Harrison River flowing under the Highway 7 bridge and past the farming community of Harrison Mills.

Adjacent the Fraser River in Dewdney was a blueberry farm with long rows leading to the farmhouse.

Nearby is the Westminster Abbey, located on Heritage Mountain in Mission. I framed the church tower under the branches as I liked the juxtaposition of the slender branches versus the mass of the tower and buildings.

The abbey sits on an extensive property with walking paths and views of the Fraser River and valley. Along one of the paths was this gate, roughly built but obviously standing the test of time.

With the sun nearing setting and the visitor hours ending, I captured this view of the grounds and buildings with some fall colours remaining.

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  1. I like especially the Sunrise on Alouette photo & the blueberry farm photo, Chris. Sunrise pics are about colour but your photo has detail – the shiny river shoreline, the distant lights, the encroaching shadow of the riverside shrub – that raise the photo above conventional & affirm the scene is real.
    The blueberry farm scene, also about colour, is isolated nicely in the valley with the hazy background.

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      Thanks Lynn, that is an interesting comment on the sunrise. I hadn’t thought about the detail in a specific way but now that you noted it, I’d agree that it does add to the composition.

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