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 […]

Lions in the Dunes at Goose Spit

June 12th, 2015  |  By  |  Published in Dunes, Invertebrates, Landscapes

The sand dunes at Goose Spit are a small and remarkable place to visit in the Comox Valley. It is easy to miss this unique dune ecosystem located about mid-way from the last parking area at the gates of HMCS Quadra and the end of the spit. The dunes are narrow and follow the line of 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 […]

Bravery Needed at Bonnell Creek

April 6th, 2015  |  By  |  Published in Landscapes, Rivers and Streams, Waterfalls

Some waterfalls are challenging to get to—Ammonite Falls and the Trent River Falls are two good examples. Both of these require a rope assisted descent down a fairly steep slope. I’m not fond of heights and have visited both of these locations several times without problem. Bonnell Creek Falls are just a little more technical. Accessing […]

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 […]

A Helleva lot of Velella

August 10th, 2014  |  By  |  Published in Jellyfish, Sea Shore

It’s like some ill-conceived, poorly planned invasion on the shores of the west coast of Vancouver Island. In the last week, small blue jellyfish-like creatures have been landing on the beaches of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve in the millions—large swaths of them line the strand line at Wickaninnish Beach. More continue to come in daily. […]

Cassin’s Casualties

July 22nd, 2014  |  By  |  Published in Alcids, Birds

I usually find interesting things washed up at the high tide line along Wickaninnish Beach in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve—fresh bull kelp is common, as are various types of shellfish and moulted dungeous crab shells. Sometimes the odd sand lance silvers in the sand, and once I found a dead seal. Birds are much […]

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 […]

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    Tonight’s photo from a back alley in downtown Courtenay - some very cool shadows at night. My first photograph of this building didn’t include the pole but then I thought it needed to be included to balance the scene and provide some depth. Ordinary place, less ordinary at night.

    Fuji X100S, converted to black and white with Silver Efex Pro 2


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    Yellow Boat

    Had a bit of time yesterday evening to check out the Comox Marina - there are always new scenes to find and old subjects to revisit and try to find a new angle or perspective. I really like parts of things and I’d rather photograph part of a larger object and let the viewer figure out the rest of it, fill in the missing information. Reducing an object to simple form, line, and shape reveals a truer sense of the thing that photographing all of it. Well, maybe that’s over thinking it … it is just a yellow boat after all.

    Fuji X100S, VSCO Kodak Portra 160


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    Playing around with intentional lens flare last couple nights out, lots of different possibilities with artificial light at night. I like the shapes, line and textures in this image, but in retrospect I think it should have made this a “selfie” and stepped into the scene where the flares converge. It’s got good mood as it is, a dark figure in the centre would have been perfect.

    Fuji X100S, Silver Efex Pro 2


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