Monthly Archives: October 2013

fisgard lighthouse

Fisgard Lighthouse

fisgard lighthouse is the canadian west coast’s first lighthouse and is still operational today! it was built by the british around 1860 before vancouver island was ever part of canada.

this particular day consisted of touring around the city of victoria and its outlying areas. i picked up a bite to eat in the late afternoon and headed to the waterfront. imagine my surprise when unexpectedly, this scene was staring at me!

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: skyscapes

 

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morant’s curve

Morant's Curve

unbeknownst to me at the time, this is a spot along the bow valley parkway in banff national park known as morant’s curve. so named after nicholas morant, a photographer for the canadian pacific railway; because it was one of his favourite areas to photograph.

Here it is without train on a gorgeous summer’s day.

this photograph can be found in the following galleries: skyscapes and waterscapes
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bay at sundown

Bay At Sundown

though trinidad is an island, surprisingly, easily accessible beaches are not plentiful! when one lives in the capital city of port of spain, a lovely drive along the north coast road will take you to a number of the north coast beaches, including maracas beach – the most popular beach on the island. if one wants to stay a tad closer to home however, there is macqueripe bay – it is a short drive from the city (providing the traffic is not too bad ;-)) and it is found at the extreme north west of the island.

the beach area has undergone recent renovations that include a zip-lining facility and nicely landscaped grounds.  because it is set in a cove, the water is usually quite calm. it is deceptively deep however…

the entire area used to be a well developed beach area complete with a beach club. if you did not know it, trinidad was a british colony until august 30, 1962. by arrangement with england, the area was turned into an american military base in the early 40’s during world war 2. american subs were stationed in macqueripe bay, presumably because the waters were so deep. the area reverted back to a beach area in the early 1970’s.

here you have a lovely sunset on a beautiful july evening at macqueripe bay.

this photograph can be found in the following galleries: skyscapes 2 and waterscapes
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castle mountain

Castle Mountain

seeming to stand out in the centre of the valley is a very remarkable mountain… which looks exactly like a giant castle.” – james hector

so-named in 1858 by one james hector for its castle-like appearance, castle mountain in banff national park was renamed mount eisenhower by prime minister mackenzie-king after world war 2 in honour of the american president’s impending canadian visit. In 1979, its original name was re-instated.

here it is photographed on a beautiful summer afternoon with wonderful floating clouds about as i stood at the edge of the bow river.

this photograph can be found in the following galleries: skyscapes and waterscapes
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shadows over the spray valley

Shadows Over The Spray Valley

the gondola ride to the top of sulphur mountain in banff national park is about as spectacular as it gets! once at the summit upper terminal you are about 7500 feet in the sky and there are no less than 6 mountain ranges visible from there.

this is a photograph from about the mid-point up the ride with beautiful clouds dancing as the late afternoon casts its long shadows over the spray valley below.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: landscapes and skyscapes
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peyto lake

Peyto Lake

travelling to photograph – that’s what i do and have always done.

exploring the canadian rockies was a dream-come-true! left home base in vancouver and headed to jasper, alberta via merritt, kamloops and valemount, bc. from there it was south to banff national park and the icefields parkway. then continued the circle back home via golden, revelstoke, vernon, kelowna, penticton and osoyoos, bc.

back in the rockies, this is the world-famous peyto lake photographed on a beautiful, cloud-filled summer morning. though this is rendered in black and white, the amazing turquoise water did not disappoint on this day (see colour photo below)!

Peyto Lake (Colour)

by the way, that colour happens when the suspended glacial sediment runoff in the water is reflected by the sun.

please note that most of my images are also available in either sepia or full colour… interested? just ask! thanks 😉

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: waterscapes
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road to bow summit

Road To Bow Summit

travelling to photograph – that’s what i do and have always done.

exploring the canadian rockies was a dream-come-true! left home base in vancouver and headed to jasper, alberta via merritt, kamloops and valemount, bc. from there it was south to banff national park and the icefields parkway. then continued the circle back home via golden, revelstoke, vernon, kelowna, penticton and osoyoos, bc.

back in the rockies is the world famous peyto lake with its turquoise water in the summertime… this is the road that takes you to bow summit where you can take in the view of that magnificent lake.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: roadscapes

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parched tree

Parched Tree

i have an affinity for trees – i am always searching for that lone tree out there, that stands out from the rest, wherever that might be… en route to the canadian rockies, this was photographed near merritt in the bc interior on a scorching hot summer’s day.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: flowers, plants & trees
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a balancing act

A Balancing Act

it was on a beautiful, crisp winter day at belcarra regional park in the vancouver suburb of port moody that i came across this wonderful tree. backlit by the setting sun, it provided a beautiful silhouette against the sky. i composed the shot and called it a day.

it was not until i started editing the image some time later that i ‘saw’ a person arching his/her back struggling or juggling or indeed balancing a heavy load of something or other… hence, the title.

this photograph has elicited many a comment: everything from ‘it’s a pregnant woman’ to, dare i say, ‘i see the male form!’.

what do you see? 😉

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: flowers, plants & trees
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mt. rainier in view

Mt. Rainier In View

while living on the west coast of canada, trips into seattle were a regular occurrence. on this particular day, the magnolia neighbourhood of seattle was explored, starting with discovery park. leaving, i continued on roads that would keep me along the shores of puget sound. i was rewarded with this great view of the sound and mount rainier beyond the madrona trees lining the street!

to give you a bit of perspective and scale, look at the fella jogging on the sidewalk… 😉

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: roadscapes
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