I just returned from a twelve day trip to northern Vancouver Island. The nickname ‘Fogust’ is appropriate because there was a lot of fog each morning, which would usually burn off by the middle of the day. There was an abundance of wildlife and I spent time observing and photographing Killer Whales, Humpback Whales, a Minke Whale, Dall’s Porpoises, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Steller Sea Lions, Harbour Seals, Sea Otters, Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, Pelagic Cormorants, Black Turnstones, Red-necked Phalaropes, Bonaparte’s Gulls, Marbled Murrelets, Pigeon Guillemots, Black Oystercatchers, Common Murres, Rhinoceros Auklets, Surf Scoters, Lion’s Mane Jellyfish, and of course, the bird in the picture below, which is a male Belted Kingfisher ( click on the image to see a larger version ). This area is the traditional lands of the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw, Kwakiutl, and Tlatlasikwala First Nations. To see some of my photos from my trip you can click on the ‘News‘ tab or the ‘Galleries’ tab and then the gallery titled ‘The Great Bear Sea‘.
In 2021, the pandemic has dominated our lives. It has been an unusual and difficult year. I would like to wish you a happy new year and I hope 2022 is a much more positive experience for everyone. Take care. Be safe.
I came across this herd of Roosevelt elk grazing in a meadow. With the setting sun and frosted trees in the background it created a beautiful winter scene. Roosevelt elk have a golden brown coat during the summer and a longer, grayish brown coat during the winter. Their legs, head and neck remain dark brown year round. Have a wonderful Christmas and happy new year. Click on the photo to see a larger version.
As I was walking by a church in Vancouver I noticed these small care packages had been left just outside the door for the homeless. Each package contained a few cookies, a package of hot chocolate and even a toothbrush. I thought it was a really kind gesture on the part of the church and reflects the true spirit of Christmas. Click on the image to see a larger version.
I woke up this morning to find Vancouver covered in a rare blanket of snow. The perfect opportunity to explore the downtown area with my camera. I ran into some workers shovelling snow at Canada Place who referred to me as another ‘brave soul’. I returned home after several hours of trudging through the snow feeling cold and happy. Click on an image to see a larger version of the photo.
The 18th edition of the CP Holiday Train which helps to support communities and raise awareness of hunger-related issues. Every pound of food and dollar raised at each stop stays with the local food bank to help feed those in need in that community. We even had some snow on the ground this year. Click on each photo to see a larger version.
This evening there was a break in the rain, which provided the opportunity to get out with my camera and take a few images. I tried taking some long exposures of the Ferris wheel when it was spinning which created a blur effect, but I think I like this photo better when the Ferris wheel was stopped to unload and load passengers. Click on the photo to see a larger version.
Vancouver Island is a great place to visit and live. Island life is more laid-back when compared to the hectic pace of the Vancouver lower mainland. I was fortunate to experience some sunny weather when I was exploring with my camera. One of the things I noticed was at night when I was sleeping it was pitch dark and eerily quiet, you couldn’t hear another sound. In the lower mainland you experience noise and light pollution 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Some of the communities on Vancouver Island seem to be struggling like many small towns in Canada. Click on the image to see a larger version.
In July I spent 23 days exploring Iceland with my camera and I experienced good weather and some spectacular sunsets. My trip ended with two nights in Reykjavik and a chance to see some museums. I will miss not being able to eat Skyr yogurt for breakfast and being able to get a sandwich at the Sandholtbakery. You can see images from my trip in my Iceland gallery.
On the last day of 2015 I did some snowshoeing in the Coast Mountains. I witnessed a beautiful sunrise behind Mount Baker. Down in the valley there was some morning fog. I’d like to wish everyone a happy new year and all the best in 2016. Click on an image to see a larger version.