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!
2013 has been a good year for photo opportunities, I got to do a number of hikes all over Vancouver Island, spend 3 weeks in Iceland and even a sailing trip up the Princess Louisa Inlet. All these amazing opportunities generated a number of photos that I enjoy. The following is a selection of a few of my favourites from the past year in no particular order. I am hoping that I will have more opportunities in the upcoming year as I did this year. Thanks to everyone out there who helped make these possible.
This past weekend I made my way over to Vancouver to check out the Snowy Owls that have been spending the winter in the area. It has always been a dream of mine to see snowy owls, but had been putting it off due to the large crowds that had been gathering but finally made the decision to brave them. Seeing the owls was amazing but the crowds where worse than I could have imagined. It was depressing to see people making their way past the signs that clearly said to not approach the owls in order to “get the shot”. Beside this I was glad to see the birds even if I didn’t get the photo I was hoping to get.
With the start of a new year it gives you a chance to look back on the year that just passed by. 2011 was a busy year for me and while I did get to take some amazing trips I didn’t get the chance to dedicate as much time to my photography as I had hopped. I am hopeful that in 2012 I will be able to have some more great opportunities like I did in 2011. Here are a few of my favourite shots from the past year.
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.
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.