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Winter Camping

When you tell someone you are going to go winter camping you tend to get a bit of a strange look in return. Winter camping while sounding daunting can make for a some stunning scenes if you are prepared for the conditions. A few weeks ago I headed up Mt. Becher in Strathcona Provincial park by first hiking past the old Wood Mountain Ski resort which is always a bit of a strange experience. This is a trip I have done before but this year mother nature really wanted to supply the real winter experience. The first 2 days consisted of heavy snow but we did get a very brief break in the weather which teased the views you can get.

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On the day we left we where rewarded with some better weather that allowed for some spectacular views of the Comox valley and the snow covered trees from the previous few days of snow.

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Sleeping accommodations can vary, while the most obvious solution would be a tent with snow you can use it to make a shelter, in this case a snow cave which are surprisingly warm.

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The view from my tent was hard to complain about…

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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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Back from Rossland

The past week I was up in Rossland relaxing, doing a bit of skiing and enjoying myself. I was hoping to get lots of snow photos but it was very warm the whole time and the lack of snow did not motivate me at all. This is one of the few shots I did get, the view from my friends deck.

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Rockies Road Trip: Day 9

After a cold and very windy night it was time to pack up my tent for the last time and make my way to Rossland to spend the night there. The night had dumped patches of fresh powder around but most of it was blowing around and drifting in patches along the way.

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Sunrise

After being on the road for 2 out of the 8 hours for the day I decided to stop to get some photos down near a river. Bad idea. As I was walking down the river bank while carrying my camera I managed to fall down the bank first breaking my fall with my camera and then my head. Camera and lens held up very well and seem fine. My head on the other hand did not come out so well. I managed to get a good 3inch gash in my head which seemed to bleed a lot. This is why it is always good to carry a first ad kit! After patching my self up I got the shots I wanted and it was time to get back on the road.

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After my incident was not feeling up to taking to many more photos so I drove to Rossland and spent the rest of the day hanging out in the hostel and recuperating. Next is the last leg to Vancouver, which was mostly driving.

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Winter Camping

I have not been updating nearly as often as I would like to be, been busy shooting and working on some projects. I went camping last month to French beach. Although it was cold and wet it was quite nice to get out.

The day I arrived the weather was quite pleasant for a change although that changed as the day progressed.

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I was hoping for a nice colourful sunset but it was not exactly what I hoped for but I still managed to get some decent shots.

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The following morning I was greeted with heavy rain and wind with some snow mixed in for good measure. On my way home the sun did manage to come out for a minute or two though.

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