Archive for October, 2008

Vancouver

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

During a short trip to Vancouver last week, I was able to get some new pictures that I would like to share with you in this post.¬† It’s always a bit of a shock for me going to the Lower Mainland since I am used to a somewhat more quiet and more remote environment. ūüôā However, there are lots of interesting subjects to focus on as well. I have always enjoyed city skylines at nighttime, especially with its reflection in a body of water close by.

Vancouver skyline from Stanley Park.

Vancouver skyline from Stanley Park.

Stanley Park provided me with a few images, both at night and during the day.

A gentle curve.

A gentle curving walkway.

I felt a black and white image would best bring out these shapes and shadows.

I felt a black and white image would best bring out these shapes and shadows.

Lions Gate Bridge from Stanley Park.

Lions Gate Bridge from Stanley Park.

Playing around with my flashlight and tripod, I was able to get the following image.

I like the way the sign pops out of the dark.

I like the way the sign pops out of the dark.

The fall colours also proved to be worth looking at.

Fall Colours in Sanley Park.

Fall colours in Stanley Park.

While driving down a side road, I noticed a semi which carried a load of construction material.  Who knew that sheetrock could be so interesting?

A load of sheetrock on a semi trailer.

A load of sheetrock on a semi trailer.

One of my stops included the Ethical Kitchen restaurant, where I have some of my framed images on display. The restaurant, which is located on 1600 McKay Road in North Vancouver, serves excellent organic food from local producers and is a great place to stop at for a healthy meal.

Ethical Kitchen in North Vancouver.

Ethical Kitchen in North Vancouver.

I hope you enjoyed this post.  Enjoy your fall season.  Until the next time.  Florian

Bowron Lakes

Monday, October 13th, 2008

 

I liked the contrast between the yellow paddle and the blue water.

I liked the contrast between the yellow paddle and the blue water.

 

 

 

I recently completed my first trip around the world famous Bowron Lakes canoe circuit close to Wells in central British Columbia.  What a fabulous trip!  The entire circuit consists of roughly 116 km of lakes, rivers, marshland and portage trails and takes you through a variety of ecosystems and diverse landscapes. After getting a little wet during the first two days, the sky opened right up and nothing but sunshine was the recipe for the rest of the 8 day journey.      

 

 

First afternoon at Kibbee Lake.

First afternoon at Kibbee Lake.

 

 

The only bear encountered was a grizzly right at the lodge before the trip had even begun. A few moose also appeared like ghostly shadows through the early morning fog.  Besides a good number of mice at some of the old trapper cabins, other wildlife included beavers, otters, herons, bald eagles, kingfishers, squirrels and a large variety of waterfowl among others.  We also had the joy of listening to some wolves howling at Sandy Lake.

 

A heron giving me a weird look.

A heron giving me a weird look.

 

 

Those people we did encounter on the circuit were all easy going, fun and enjoyable to be around.  On more than one occasion did we meet up again to share some good laughs and stories around the campfire. The Chute, a narrowing waterway as Isaac Lake empties into the Isaac River, also added some excitement and offered me the chance to take some pictures of the others paddlers.  None of us followed the unlucky fate of other canoeists who capsized along the Isaac and Cariboo River portions, judging by numerous pieces of torn canoe wrecks.

 

 

Preparing dinner over the campfire.

Preparing dinner over the campfire.

 

 

 

Canoeists tackling some rough water.

Canoeists tackling some rough water.

 

 

Old stump in morning fog at Isaac Lake.

Old stump in morning fog at Isaac Lake.

 

 

Canoe at dusk at Lanezi Lake.

Canoe at dusk at Lanezi Lake.

 

 

Each lake, river and stream offers something remarkable in its own way, making it very difficult to name only one favorite spot. ¬†Whether it was the glaciers towering above Isaac and Lanezi Lake or the calm waters of Babcock Lake, each was sure to give you a feeling of awe and appreciation for this wonderful wilderness area. ¬†As soon as you leave the lodges behind to start your journey, you begin to feel the stress of our busy lifestyles disappear and instead look forward to what lies ahead…

 

Isaac Lake

Isaac Lake

 

 

 

 

Morning mist over Babcock Lake.

Morning mist over Babcock Lake.

 

 

 

Bowron River marsh in the early morning hours.

Bowron River marsh in the early morning hours.

 

 

If you like the outdoors, don’t mind to feel your muscles work a little and are up to an adventure, I highly recommend that you paddle the Bowron Lakes at least once in your lifetime. ¬†It is a trip you will never forget. ¬†I know I’ll be back….

Florian