Destinations

Union Bay Coal Hills

June 26th, 2015  |  By  |  Published in Beaches, Central Vancouver Island, Destinations, Geology, Landscapes

I’ve lived in the Comox Valley for some time now but have never walked out into the coal waste hills at Union Bay. This is the place where coal from the mines in Cumberland was “washed” using water from Hart (or Washer) Creek. The waste material was simply left in a big pile near the […]

Awe Inspring Avatar Grove

April 13th, 2015  |  By  |  Published in Destinations, Forests, Hiking, Landscapes, Nature Photography, Nature Viewing, Pacific Rim

Avatar Grove is an awe inspiring grove of old growth western redcedar and huge Douglas-fir trees. It’s hard to describe the feeling in this quiet forest near Port Renfrew. The trees are immense, towering over a forest floor covered with a chaotic jumble of fallen moss-covered wood, deer fern, salad, and red huckleberry. Tiny western […]

Rossiter Lake Ramble

April 8th, 2015  |  By  |  Published in BC Parks, Destinations, Hiking

I’ve been meaning to hike down to Rossiter and Divers Lake for some time but they’re a bit off the beaten track and access is essentially in and back. Both of these gorgeous lakes were added to Strathcona Provincial Park back in 2003. Access to Rossiter Lake (the first lake in the chain) is via […]

Return to Rosewall Creek

December 7th, 2014  |  By  |  Published in BC Parks, Destinations, Landscapes, Nature Photography, Nature Viewing, Waterfalls

I like the hike up Rosewall Creek—it’s fairly easy going and the walk doesn’t take much more than 45 minutes to get to the first view point of the main falls. At this time of year, the water levels are high and accessing good view points for photography is challenging. Today I had the creek […]

Radar Hill Beach

September 5th, 2014  |  By  |  Published in Beaches, Destinations, Landscapes, Pacific Rim, Parks Canada

It’s definitely off the beaten track in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and takes a little effort to get to but the Radar Hill Beaches are spectacular. The trail down to the beach is not maintained by Parks Canada and the going is fairly rough—there are lots of roots, steep sections, mud, and logs to […]

Serene Schooner Cove Sunset

July 20th, 2014  |  By  |  Published in Beaches, Destinations, Landscapes, Nature Photography, Pacific Rim, Parks Canada

Schooner Cove in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is one of my favourite places on the west coast of Vancouver Island to visit. It takes a little longer to get to (about 30 to 45 minutes depending on which parking area you choose and how fast you’re walking), and for that reason it’s less crowded […]

Point Holmes Moonrise

June 2nd, 2014  |  By  |  Published in Beaches, Destinations, Landscapes, Nature Photography, North Vancouver Island

The beach at Point Holmes is fabulous to photograph and particularly good on a falling tide since the dropping water reveals a set of very interesting boulders. Over the last month I’ve been down to Point Holmes during the full moon to photograph moon rise. The beach is east/south facing, so at sunset you get a beautiful palette […]

Spectacular Sidney Pier

May 27th, 2014  |  By  |  Published in Destinations, South Vancouver Island

If you happen to be visiting Victoria, British Columbia, consider a stop in Sidney. At sunset or sunrise the long pier at the end of Beacon Avenue is exceptional to photograph, and at low tide it’s possible to include some really dramatic rocks in the foreground. Sunrise The pier is east facing, and while you […]

Campbell River’s Canyon View Trail

April 18th, 2014  |  By  |  Published in Destinations, Hiking, Nature Photography, Nature Viewing, North Vancouver Island

Campbell River’s Canyon View Trail (accessed via parking areas at the old BC Hydro powerhouse and at the logging bridge at Woodburn Road) is a moderate 6 km loop that is excellent for wildflowers in the early spring. The rich soil of the Campbell River flood plain is perfect for both white and pink fawn lilies (Erythronium […]

Finding the Source of Nile Creek

February 15th, 2014  |  By  |  Published in Central Vancouver Island, Destinations, Geology, Hiking, Landscapes, Nature Photography, Rivers and Streams, Waterfalls

One often hears off-hand mentions of interesting locations that other photographers have been to: the name of a small creek, a description of an out of the way waterfall, vague directions to the location. These places are usually a little off the beaten path, but still relatively accessible and well used by locals.  Such is the […]

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    Towards the Storm

    There seemed to be pockets of calm in today’s storm and late this afternoon after work I found one down at Florencia Bay. I liked the way that the clouds were shaping up over the bay and the size of the waves - a group of four surfers tried to tackle the water but it looked too rough for them and they came back in quickly. I included them with their boards in some of my first images but wasn’t quite happy with what I was getting. It was when they ran back to the water without their boards that I got the image that I was looking for.

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    Molten

    Had some options last night but decided that since I was already at Wickaninnish Beach I would shoot there. I initially thought of shooting the sand flats, but the tide was on its way in and the clouds were looking more promising out towards Lismer Beach. I started on the rocky island with the trees on it (left side of the image) but the angle wasn’t quite right so I moved over to a low rocky outcrop that was starting to flood with the incoming tide. That’s when the colour started to hit going from a grey and orange to a brilliant purple, blue and mauve. Got my feet a little wet, well worth it.

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    Wickaninnish Beach Sunrise

    I had a couple of good options for August 27 - I shot Wick Beach at sunrise before going to work and then in the evening headed to Cox Bay for sunset. I like my morning image a bit better, it’s more subdued and I think it speaks to the feeling of being the first one out on the beach (a lone surfer showed up at around 6:30). I didn’t get a big blast of colour, but a combination of calm blues and salmons. Love shooting this beach at a lowish tide, lots of reflections to work with.

    I’m still working on the Cox Bay images - the colour is so surreal that it’s hard to process the images without making them look over cooked. Once those are done, I’ll see about doing a comparison post of the two shoots.

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