Waterfalls and Forest, Lower Mount Seymour

Chris Wright Photo Trips 10 Comments

A recent outing on the lower slopes of Mount Seymour, walking the BP, Old Buck, and Three Chop trails, gave a good opportunity to photograph the forest and waterfalls.

The forest welcomed us as we entered the trail and started climbing gradually through coastal forest that was dripping from the morning rain.

Bracken fern, as were other ferns, were very present as we hiked the hillside.

Along the Old Buck Trail was this unnamed creek that had a series of small cascades and then just upstream, a short fan shaped waterfall. The following three photos are of that creek.

I have written before about the importance of woody debris in creeks and this is another good example. The western red cedar log is holding the creek gravel in place and creating oxygenated water from the drop.

The waterfall itself was very nice and thankfully the clouds were present creating soft lighting conditions.

False Lily-of-the-valley were is full bloom along the trail. They are a beautiful flower with very distinct leaves.

At the top end of our hiking loop, we took a short detour to an old lookout that is pretty well overgrown. However, we had the opportunity to look at Allan Creek and to capture two of the short waterfalls.

Lower down on Allan Creek is another waterfall, fan shaped at this location.

Another view of that waterfall, though taken with the lower and shorter section in the foreground.

Three Chop trail descends steeply along Frances Creek. At this location there is an opening in the forest which the ferns and plants have taken advantage of the extra light.

Part way down the trail is an access point to Frances Creek, where I spotted this slender boulder standing on its narrow edge.

As we crossed over Frances Creek to return to the trailhead, I captured this sword fern growing on a rounded moss covered boulder.

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  1. You’re getting to so many places around Vancouver, Chris, and each one so well photographed. Maybe you will think about creating a guide for local photographers! I’m often asked where to go for photography.

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