One of the best angles to photograph Steveston Harbour (in Richmond, BC) is from Garry Point Park, west of the Fisherman’s Memorial (the Net Needle Statue), with Mount Baker as background in the far distance, at sunset time in a sunny afternoon. Below is a picture I took from that angle at about 4pm today.
I skipped a month; no post was made in November. No excuse, just got a bit lazy.
Now the fall season has gone, and my friends are talking about a winter trip to Banff. I don’t feel right if some of my photos of the last season are still not posted here.
So, belatedly, here are some photos of fall colors, mostly taken in an afternoon in and near Stanley Park, Vancouver.
Last weekend I accompanied some friends to some cars dealerships here in Richmond, BC. My friends were contemplating buying a new SUV. They checked out Lexus, Mercedes Benz, Land Rover and BMW. Well, those cars are very nice, but they are expensive and beyond my reach. What really caught my attention at the end of the day were the ginkgo trees in front of the BMW dealership. Despite the hazy, dull grey sky, the leaves on the trees were brightly yellow and in perfect shape, each and every one of them. So while my friends were looking at the cars inside the dealership, I was taking photos of the trees outside. I also picked up one of the fallen leaves and used it as a prop for some photos of the cars.
The following photos were taken while hiking the Maple Pass Loop in the North Cascades in the first week of October. The larch trees had yet to turn fully golden, but the first snow of the year had already come. The snow was knee high on higher elevation and hiking without snowshoes, as I did, was very difficult. Thanks to Antonio De Lima Fernandes, Lynnwood, WA, who I met near the top of the trail and who kept my company for the rest of the hike, eliminating my fear of dealing with the deep snow alone.
The last photo, taken on tripod before I met Antonio, shows me hiking among the larch trees on a relatively easy section of the trail.
I rushed to a dark spot near Pitt Meadows right after I learned that a coronal mass ejection (CME) on the sun was hitting the Earth during the night hours of October 8, 2013. After a couple of hours waiting in the car at the parking lot, at about mid-night, I got out my car, found a spot at the bank of a creek that had an open space towards the north and set up my gears. Very soon I noticed a green arch over the northern horizon and began to take serial shots that would be used to create a time-lapse video or a composite photograph. The lights got stronger after 1 am. Unfortunately, heavy fog or mist also began to arise from the creek and the fields around me. My camera and lens became foggy and damp very soon. The northern lights also became weaker after 1:30 am. By 1:40 am, the lens was totally foggy, and the sky was also in fog. I should have rushed to a higher ground, such as Mt. Baker’s Artist Point (which however is nearly three hours drive from home).
Here is an animated Gif file that combines 7 pictures (you may have to click it to see the animated effect):
Gif file is low resolution. Let me post a couple of higher resolution pictures as well:
The image quality of the last picture suffers as result of the foggy lens, but still reveals the strength of the northern lights at that time.
Thanks for watching.
I just came back from a long driving trip up to the north of British Columbia and the Canadian Rockies. With my brother, who is visiting me from Hong Kong. Our first stop was Hyder, Alaska, a place I visited just last year (see my posts: A Trip to Northern BC Coast). It was perhaps a bit late for bear watching season, as the bear viewing facilities were already closed (but one could still get in, at one’s own risk). The weather was bad, too, with annoying drizzles and fog. We didn’t see any bear in the evening we arrived, and saw only one the next morning. This time, I took more videos than photos (I bought a Canon EOS M campact camera for video). Here are a few of the photos I took.
My hike started from Cheakamus Lake trailhead near Whistler, through Helm Creek Campground, then off-trail towards Empetrum Peak and ended at mid-level of the peak. The purpose was to explore a better angle to photograph Black Tusk, a landmark peak of Garibaldi Provincial Park. Black Tusk is most often approached from Garibaldi Lake trail in the south and photographed therefrom. I think it looks much more magnificent from the north or northeast. I hoped I did not have to hike alone, but once again no one wanted to join my mountain scrambling. To reduce the distance of the hike, I stopped at a point where I believed my purpose was achieved. That’s why I did not summit Empetrum Peak, which is relatively easy once Helm Creek is crossed.
A few photos taken on the hike (and under bright daylight):
This post shows some of the photos of an overnight backpack hike that I took with my friends to Elfin Lake in Garibaldi Provincial Park, BC, Canada last Sunday (July 21-22). I have been there before but this is the first time I took photos with tripod (meaning: seriously). The 22km-return trail is in good condition, but very buggy. A well-equipped shelter at the destination is the best thing on this trail. The lakes (there are two) are just small tarns at an elevation of about 1400m below two prominent 2600+m peaks. They were discovered in the 1940s by some Norwegian immigrants to be an ideal location for a winter sport lodge. Now the lakes are part of a provincial park and are probably the most popular hiking destination near Vancouver. A new campground was recently built by the lakes, which (as shown below) offers a stunning mountain view to campers.
The aurora in the following pictures, taken early this morning (July 15), are the effects of a minor coronal mass ejection that swept pass Earth in the last two days. My friend and I found a new location to photograph the aurora in Pitt Meadows, an outlaying town of Vancouver. In the pictures, Peaks of Golden Ears, Edge and Blanshard could be seen on the right, and Coquitlam Mountain and Mount Burke are on the left. We arrived at the location too late for the best show, which occurred shortly after 1 am.
Thanks to Sun Spot No. 1785 (or was it another one, No. 1787?), the night sky over the northern horizon in the Mount Baker area was lit up with gorgeous northern light last night from 11:30pm onwards. What a show was it! And it lasted over two hours. My friends and I picked a really good day to camp under the moonless sky at Artist Point. We knew about the magnitude of the sun spots but did not know when they would make an impact on Earth. For three days, we had been monitoring their activities. We kept our fingers crossed as we drove up Artist Point late afternoon yesterday. We could hardly believe our eyes when an arch of aurora appeared on the northern horizon, until our cameras confirmed it.
Wow! I hardly need to say any more. Just let me share with you a couple of pictures I took (the guy in the second picture is me):
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