Rock Solid Squamish

Chris Wright Photo Trips

We started off the visit to Squamish with a stop at Murrin Provincial Park, located just south of Squamish. Rock was certainly an ever present element throughout the day and one I was pleased to work with.

We climbed up the steep trail that ascends a rocky bluff in dusk light hoping to capture some early morning lighting in the clouds. Once on top the views south west down Howe Sound were impressive, though there was not much colour in the clouds. We were fairly sheltered from the northern wind in this location, though you can see the wind patterns on the water surface.

I used the split in the rock to lead the eye to the forked pine and the distant views of Howe Sound.

We descended back down the trail, taking the time now to capture the forest and the rock bluff that we had ascended.

A remaining fall coloured bush set against the rock wall. I love the texture of the rock, the straight and curved cracks, and the striations.

As my friend pointed out, there appears to be a face in the rock wall.

I like the sense of scale and mass with the mature forest growing adjacent to the rock wall.

Our next stop was in Squamish at an area known as the Smoke Bluffs which is used for rock climbing (as is Murrin). We walked around a bit exploring the forest and getting some cardo from the steep climbs before finding the view points. Overlooking Squamish and the start of Howe Sound.

From that above view point was this pine tree growing in the only section of soil. I noticed the white toned section of the rock encircling the soil section and thought it and the tree would make for a good composition.

As we descending from the view point area, the sun was now high enough to cast strong side light. We were both enthralled with the photographic possibilities from the shadows and the blue sky. I have selected two of my favourite compositions.

Near the trail head the alder forest was in shadow and I liked the mixture of strong slender trees set against the rock mass. The anchoring moss and ferns framed the composition well.

We headed over to the Mamquam River and walked the trails where fall colours were still present.

Looking skywards with blue sky and big leaf maple in a deep orange/yellow colour state.

Looking westward across the Mamquam River. I placed the western red cedar and western hemlock trees in the centre as a division point with the two mountains in the background.

The last stop of the day was at the Spit, which extends nearly a kilometre into Howe Sound. We walked around in heavy wind exploring and capturing the impressive views from here. As the late day light reached it’s optimal warm tone, I capture this view looking towards Squamish.

And I also captured this scene of the Stawamus Chief (Siám’ Smánit), an amazing rock bluff that is a climbers mecca. I really like the composition with the dried grass, rock mass, deep green forest, and the two central clouds.

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  1. Thanks for taking the viewer along on the trip with you. All that was missing were the smells of pine, decaying leaves and fresh air!

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  2. A pleasure to view, Chris. I especially like the ones with a wide range of tones.
    Windy you say? All I see is serenity.

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