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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    Amphitrite Point

    I’ve been focused on getting good clouds and colour at sunset lately but sometimes getting both is a matter of luck. Tonight I decided to give Amphitrite Point another try. I had been there earlier in the week but really struggled - the tide plays a huge role in defining the shape of elements in the composition since water level can cover up or reveal rocks. This evening, the water was on the way in and close to high which I think made the compositions simpler. Clouds cooperated in the early part of the sunset but then they cleared off.This photograph was made while the sun was still above the horizon, later the sky lost most of its complexity.

    I usually will go with a long exposure (30+ seconds) in a situation like this, but that was smearing everything together too much because of the amount of bubbles and foam in the water. Shortening the time down to about 3 seconds gave me some streaking on the water surface which I think conveys the movement of the water nicely.

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    Kennedy Lake

    Was hoping for more clouds in the sky over Kennedy Lake last night and initially it looked promising. When things started to clear I decided to explore a bit and made my way over the rocky headland at the west end of “swim beach” around into a beautiful mudflat bay. Water levels are very low and this wetland would likely usually be flooded - now there’s a wide stretch of mud between the hardhack that lines the forest edge and the lake shore. That did make it challenging to find something that would work well as a foreground object. Aside from a family of spotted sandpipers and some dowitchers working the mudflats I had the place to myself. Very peaceful in the setting sun.

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    BCϟDC

    BCϟDC at Ukee Days on Saturday night - this ACϟDC cover band blew the doors off of Ukee, crowd just loved them. Post processed with Analog Efex Pro 2 with a grungy wet plate emulation that definitely suited the music and the performance. Awesome!

    Fuji X100S, post processed with Lightroom and Analog Efex Pro 2

    07/27/15

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