Welcome to my blog.  I will be posting recent photos, links to articles on photography, and perhaps life in general, that inspire me or move me as interest arises and time permits.  I hope you will share articles or photos in which you find meaning or just plainly enjoy. I welcome any constructive feedback or comments you may have.

Trip to Ammonite Falls

May 15, 2019  •  1 Comment

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We are very fortunate on the Island being so close to wilderness.  On a clear Sunday morning I went for a 30 minute hike with photo buddy Brad Powell of www.bpfoto.ca to take some images of Ammonite Falls.  Brad knows a special route in - we met only 3 others on the trail. This is a magical valley surrounding Benson Creek as it flows from Mt. Benson towards the ocean.  We definitely plan to do a full day trip back into the area when the light is better and the fall rains begin to swell the creeks. Here are a couple of recent images from my first trip to the falls.

 

 


Mountain stream

April 20, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Mountain-streamMountain-streamSpring run-off flow in an unnamed stream down Mt. Benson in early spring.

There are signs of early spring run-off everyone.  A very good time to go out to the woods for some "forest cleansing" - enjoy the fresh air, clean out the winter cobwebs and watch the renewal of life all around us.


The quiet peace of a sunset

March 04, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Everyone everywhere loves a sunset.  People are drawn to a sunset no matter where they live.

Life seems to slow down, become calm. The birds settle in for the night. The sounds of the animals become quiet. The trees seem to stand still.  As this quiet calms settles over the surroundings, your mind relaxes.  You quietly contemplate the approaching darkness - the fear that seems to lurk at the edge of the darkness is slowly pushed back until everything is at peace.  You sleep awaiting the freshness of the next day.

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Emerald Moss and Water

February 06, 2019  •  1 Comment

The snow and cold temperature means I spend time on processing images from the past and not out there with my camera.  This is a scene from last fall while walking through a local favourite, Bowen Park in Nanaimo.  There used to be a beautiful tree arching out over the cascade as the river wound its way through the park to the ocean. Unfortunately the tree has been damaged by another larger tree falling down due to the collapsing bank.  While we all enjoy the park, the downside is all the foot traffic is damaging the river bank and root structures.

The lovely moss covering the sandstone that surrounds the river channel transports you to a fairy tale land - some place where creatures of our imaginary world might be found.

A short walk along the river takes you away from the worries of the world.  A photographer I respect and admire spoke of mindfulness in photography - about connecting with the surroundings and living in the moment.  Beauty and peace are always there - you just have to open your mind to see it.

 

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Island Paradise

January 30, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

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Vancouver Island is one large green park.  It amazes me that wherever you go, there is incredible unspoiled beauty and nature.  Walking out into the woods you are bathed by a calming green canopy. A true rainforest full of ferns, moss, incredible trees, and water all around.  Regardless of the conditions, a walk in this great park always energizes and refreshes.  Mind you, getting up at 5:30 you need some motivation.

On a recent trip with Brad Powell (www.bphoto.ca) we explored Koksilah River Provincial Park http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/koksilah_rv/ and then a stop at Goldstream Park http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/goldstream/ which is one of my favourites on the Malahat.

 

Hope you enjoy some of these recent images.

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