Category: Canada

Newfoundland Reflections

That first image was taken in Hillgrade, Newfoundland, Canada. I have frequently visited this area and I have photographed this church several times. But, that day, it was just sheer perfection. Photography is the art of capturing light. You use your shutter speed and f-stop to manipulate the camera’s ability to capture the pixels of an image. When the conditions are ideal, you can capture reflections. Most of the times, these special moments occur when the water surface is smooth enough to act as a mirror. But it’s not necessary to get the perfect image. Sometimes the flaws add...

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Newfoundland – Signal Hill’s North Head Trail

Hiking in Newfoundland is always a fun time. You are subject to instant weather changes, gusty winds, and a barrage of black flies in the heavily wooded areas. But, if you take to the coastal trails, you are greeted with views surpassed by few. The majestic North Atlantic is always a treat to watch as you get lost in its beauty. The Ocean breezes can be a treat on the warm days or a reminder of where you are on the colder days. This day I was out taking photos in the lower battery area and “accidentally” found myself...

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Vancouver from above: rooftops and cityscapes

You know the drill. One of the ‘must dos’ in a city visit is to find the best viewpoint across the city skyline and photograph it – a day view and a night view if you can. The CN Tower in Toronto, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Empire State Building in New York, Skycity In Auckland, Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai etc Now Vancouver is a world-class city. One of the best. And its viewpoint is the Vancouver Lookout Tower. 360 degree views over the down town area, Stanley Park, the Waterfront, North Shore. Fantastic day or night....

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Totem Poles of Alert Bay and the U’mista Cultural Centre, Canada

The other blogs in this series from Vancouver Island have tended to concentrate on the landscape, wildlife or tourist activities of the island. Whilst these are, as they would say in Canada “awesome”, the thing that make the Canadian West Coast so special, to me at least, is that fact that there is a surviving, indeed thriving, indigenous culture. We all should understand a little more of these cultures and what happened to them in the early days of European settlement. The native people of the Western Canadian coast area are generally referred to as the Kwakwaka’wakw people but...

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The Wolf: A Brief Encounter, Vancouver Island

A regular daybreak walk turn into a full-on wildlife encounter. Then later it turned into a lesson in conservation management. The day before the encounter I’d been chatting to someone and I was told about how fabulous the Wild Pacific Trail near Ucluelet was. So rather than taking my day-break stroll along the beach near Tofino I decided to get up a little earlier and drive to Ucluelet and try out the famously scenic path that traces around the rugged coastline behind the town. I parked the car up just as the sun was rising over the hills to...

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Grizzly Bears of Knight Inlet, British Columbia

We’d been a bit worried that the whole adventure would be called-off as the weather forecast was not good. A gale was due to be blowing up to 35 knots up the Johnson Straight and Knights Inlet and if that happened the trip would have been cancelled and all would have been lost. So when my alarm went off at 5.45 we still weren’t sure we would be going. By 6.15 we were at the Telegraph Cove dock to be met, as planned, by Derek Kyostia. To our delight we were told the trip was on – but it...

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Atmosphere of Tofino, British Columbia

Tofino, British Columbia, Canada. Right on the extreme West Coast of Vancouver Island and it is all atmospheric rainforest, beaches, mist and fog, seascapes and wildlife.  After just a couple of days in some fantastic accommodation on Middle Beach I’m slowly relaxing into “Tofino Time”, the laid back, chill out, slow down kind of pace that this place insists you adopt.  Over the next period and posts we will be hoping for whales, bears, bald eagles, brilliant food and long walks along beaches that stretch for miles. For now though here’s my first impressions in photos. Wandering the local...

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Rafting on the Exploits River

The Exploits River is known for its world class Salmon fishing, but, it is also a great river to toss the kayaker around in its white water. The river has some wild rapids that range from class 1 to class 4+ depending on the water levels. I spend a lot of time on the banks of the Exploits and when I see the “big red bus” in the area, I know that Riverfront Chalets has its rafts on the river. Paul Rose is a friend of mine and to see his company take people down the river is always...

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