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 […]

Sand-verbena Moth Surprise

June 19th, 2014  |  By  |  Published in Invertebrates, Moths

It has been too long since I’ve checked out the plants in the spectacular dunes at Goose Spit. A number of specialized plants grow in these dunes—yellow sand verbena (Abronia latifolia) and black knotweed (Polygonum paronychia) are prolific. With a little effort, other interesting plants can be found as well. My intention was to photograph […]

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 […]

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    I don’t currently have a long telephoto lens so it was good to try out some during the LondonDrugs​ and Fujifilm Cameras​ photo walk in Victoria, British Columbia today. I took this image with the XF 55-200mm and the XF 18-135mm WR lens. Both were sharp, but this photograph with the 55-200 seemed a tad sharper (maybe because this field of view is in the middle of the zoom’s range at about 120mm). I also had an opportunity to use the XF 50-140mm WR lens earlier in the walk and it was very sharp (but also a lot heavier).

    Fuji X-T1, XF 55-200mm lens, post processed in Lightroom with VSCO Kodak Porta 160 film profile.

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    Expectation

    Must be the warmer weather or perhaps a late spring migration - there seems to be more feral carts on the move turning up in interesting locations. I spotted this one on  an evening scooter ride with my kids and thought that the juxtaposition of the loading bay doors and the single cart was nicely balanced. We kept our distance from this unpredictable little fellow - it seemed to be waiting wistfully for the loading bay doors to open.

    Fuji X100S, post processed with Silver Efex Pro 2.

    05/24/15

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    Sunset photographs from the mouth of the Trent River in Royston, Vancouver Island, BC last night. Gorgeous light, dramatic clouds.

    Photographed with a Fuji X-T1, XF 10-24mm lens.

    05/23/15

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