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Fog

This winter was a little strange, it was much drier than usual and strangely warm. What this did mean is it seemed like there was a number of days when everything was covered in a thick blanket of fog. This made for some unique opportunities to put a new spin on some locations I have visited in the past to get some new photos.

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Strathcona Hiking

A few weeks ago I spent 4 days hiking in the stunning mountains located in Strathcona Provincial park. We first hiked in to Baby Bedwell lake to setup base camp. From here we would explore some of the surrounding areas including Mt. Tom Taylor. While the weather was not ideal we made the most of it and on the plus side it never rained!

The hike up to Baby Bedwell while steep was a very good trail which was easy to follow and provided some nice views of some streams.

Our first views of Baby Bedwell lake where far from the stunning vistas of the surrounding mountains that people had been raving about…

It was far from summer at camp.

The following morning we started out on our attempt to summit Mt. Tom Taylor. The weather was much the same with limited visibility and we had some difficulty finding the trail but eventually we got going. While it was nearly August we still where dealing with winter conditions.

Once we got closer to the summit the clouds did break a few times to tease us with the views we missed on the way up.

The following day we had a bit of a break in the weather and decided to enjoy some of the views we missed the day before and explored Bedwell lake area.

Overall it was an amazing trip and I can not wait to get back into the mountains.

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Panama: Gamboa Part 1

At the start of June I found my self boarding a plane in Victoria BC with a final destination of Panama city (after a few stop overs). I spent 2 weeks exploring a number of different habitats with two friends and fellow photographers Seth Patterson and Gwyn Carmean.

After a full spent in various airports we finally made it to Panama city, as soon as the doors of the plane opened I knew I was in for a bit of a change from the temperate temperatures I am used to. After picking up our rental car we made our way through the city to the first stop of our journey, Gamboa.

Gamboa is a small town along the banks of the Panama canal and is a popular location for birding. The temperatures here where very warm and humid (mid to upper 30’s and mid to high 90’s humidity) which was a bit of an adjustment from back home. We spent much of our time looking for wildlife here which ranged from birds to mammals and everything in between.

We spent most of our first day trying to get our bearings and acclimatize, once that was done we set about trying to find some subjects for our cameras.

Geoffroy’s Tamarin

Hoffmann’s Two-toed Sloth

Sunset at the “ammo dump” ponds (explosives for use in the canal are stored near by)

An unknown frog that we found

A beautiful Cicada

I will add more photos from Gamboa tomorrow when I get around to sorting more of them out. I should be posting regular updates from my trip for the next week or so assuming I am not too busy.

 

 

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May wallpaper

This months wallpaper is from Pippers Lagoon in Nanaimo. Not been shooting as much as I would like due to being busy but hoping that will change soon!

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February Snow Storm

With spring nearly here I was very surprised when I woke up lake last week to discovered it had snowed and was still snowing. For the most part this winter had been another mild one which was not predicted, I guess we are just getting a late winter.

Looking out over Victoria from the top of Mt. Tolmie

Storm clouds gather over a snowy scene at UVic

A Rufous-sided towhee at Swan Lake

While it was nice to see a bit of snow I think I am ready for some nice sunny spring weather.  Can’t wait for this snow to melt and move on to some nice spring activities.

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