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Favourites of 2017

2017 was another year of adventures full of amazing locations, some new some old. Wether it was revisiting old favourites or exploring new areas there is never a bad day out in nature. Here are a few of my favourite images from 2017 in no particular order.

 

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Favourites of 2016

2016 had some lows and highs but it did offer a few good opportunities for photos, some of which I am still not done editing. Here are a few of my favourite images that I have been able to edit from 2016 in no particular order. I’m looking forward to see what new opportunities present themselves in the coming year.

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Favourites of 2015

Time to look back on another year, once again I spent most of this year exploring my backyard and still finding new places and experiences. This past year was odd weather wise with hardly any winter conditions and a dry hot summer. Looking forward to a new year worth of adventures in 2016!

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The setting sun illuminates grass and flowers at Neck Point in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.

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A black tailed deer fawn no more than a day or 2 old “hides”.

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Looking out the entrance of Dreamtime cave on northern Vancouver Island.

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A blanket of fog shrouds the slopes of Mt Becher on Vancouver Island.

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The setting sun illuminates mist from upper Englishmen River falls.

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Water flows between 2 trees in the Lantzville foothills.

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A fallen logs points up through a misty forest towards the top of Mt. Benson in Nanaimo.

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The sun sets through some summer clouds as seen from Neck Point in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.

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A pacific chorus frog (also commonly known as the Pacific tree frog).

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Favourites from 2014

Looking back on the previous year it has treated me pretty well. While I did not venture to far from home as I have in other years it did not mean I did not get to do my fair share of exploring. These trips just reminded me of the amazing place I get to call home. A big thanks to everyone who came a long on trips or helped out over the past year, here’s to hoping that 2015 will continue deliver these wonderful experiences. In no particular order a few of my favourite photos from 2014.

A "supermoon" rises over Pipers Lagoon

A “super moon” rises over Pipers Lagoon

A ice cave at Century Sam lake

A ice cave at Century Sam lake

Home under the stars in Marble Meadows, Strathcona Provincial park

Home under the stars in Marble Meadows, Strathcona Provincial park

The "heaven" tree in Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park

The “heaven” tree in Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park

Snow falls near the summit of Mt. Becher

Snow falls near the summit of Mt. Becher

A great blue heron waits in the snow

A great blue heron waits in the snow

A thick blanket of fog obscures the view from the Lantzville Foothills.

A thick blanket of fog obscures the view from the Lantzville Foothills.

Looking up through the fog and the tree canopy on Mt Benson.

Looking up through the fog and the tree canopy on Mt Benson.

A Rough-skinned newt near Nanoose

A Rough-skinned newt near Nanoose

Low tide in Lantzville

Low tide in Lantzville

 

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Century Sam Lake

Century Sam lake is a spectacular alpine lake located in the shadow of the Comox glacier. While the hike is steep at time it is relatively short. Unfortunately access to the trail head can be a pain. The first hurdle is that it is accessed via private logging roads controlled by TimberWest and generally the area is gated off. Access can be checked through their website, you want to check the status for “Comox main”. The last hurdle that is the last KM or so of road is in poor shape and has a number of large washouts which will require a decent 4×4 vehicle to get past. If you do not have a vehicle capable you can walk but this will extend your hike somewhat.

Assuming you can gain access to the trail head there is a lovely hike starting relatively flat following a creek through some mature forest and a few slide paths before getting into a step section of forest that you will make your way through until you reach the lake at the top. While the lake is stunning one of the other attractions is a snow cave which is often formed in the snowfield just beyond the lake.

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Crossing the steam near the trail head

The lake is filled from a snowfield and the Comox glacier (I assume) which sits above the lake which gives it that stunning “alpine” lake colour from the particles suspended in the water.

Looking down onto Century Sam lake

Looking down onto Century Sam lake

One of the big draws of this hike is the “snow cave” that is formed in the snowfield at the far end of the lake. While this is a stunningly beautiful feature use extreme caution if you decide to explore inside of it, there is no knowing when/if it will collapse.

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Water coming down the side of the surrounding mountains with the snow cave in the background

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Melt water pouring out of the cave entrance, notice the collapsed snow and ice

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A large ice arch formed in the remaining snow and ice

Inside the cave while eerie and ominous is a pretty amazing place once you get past the constant deluge of cold water falling from the ceiling.

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Looking out towards the entrance of the cave

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A fellow explorer standing in one of the cave entrances

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Melt water carves it’s way through the ice and rock towards the cave entrance

Century Sam is a trip well worth taking assuming you are able to gain access to the trail head. It is one of the more unique hikes I have done on Vancouver Island and given the relative ease of the hike given the nature of the scenery it is certainly very rewarding. The trail is usually in good condition as it is maintained by Comox District Mountaineering Club and is well marked for the most part.

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