On Saturday we headed out at first light, snowshoeing in the Mount Seymour Provincial Park. There was plenty of snow on the ground, though very little snow on the trees as there had been the previous weekend on Cypress. The trail rises steeply as it ascends towards Pump Peak, though the views at the top are certainly worth the effort.
Rising up through the trees and then emerging, we were greeted with
spectacular views of Vancouver and English Bay, with no clouds or fog obstructing the views.
Just below Pump Peak was an interesting side bench with unobstructed views of Burrard Inlet and ships at anchor. I like how the previous photo and this photo are almost identical in the direction, yet the latter photo was taken at a higher elevation.
There were several compositions I liked here including this cornice leading the eye towards the eastern snow covered mountains.
I liked this view towards Pump Peak with the three different sloped planes, the deep blue sky, and the way the ski and snowshoe tracks lead the eye towards Pump Peak.
We ascended the final climb to Pump Peak and enjoyed the views of the surround mountains. Here is a view looking northwestward.
After some food and a view of the mountains, we decided to explore the areas to the east of the peak. There were lots of areas with untrampled snow and we were eager to explore and photograph. Here are some of my favourite photos from here.
After a few hours of exploring and photographing, the clouds moved in to the point where the good lighting was gone. As we descended back towards the parking lot, the cloud coverage was less and I spotted these two interesting compositions. I always like simple compositions with just two or three strong elements.
We decided to stop off at Dinky Peak, located just above the parking lot with views southward. The parking lot and ski area is visible in the lower right, Burrard Inlet and Port Moody in the middle left, the Port Mann Bridge and the Fraser River in the middle centre, and snow squalls in the mountains to the far south.
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