Exploring Photography

My latest photography adventure was practically in my back yard. I thought I’d explore one of the vast areas of wilderness that is only a short drive from my place and, while it has many interesting trails, I have only explored a few of them so far. From doing some online research and living nearby, I had a good idea of the general type of scenery I’d find, but I was hoping there might be something a little different than what I’d found on other nearby trails. I figured it would make for a good YouTube video, so I took all my gear for that as well as for still photography.

Beautiful scenery along the trail

As I walk to my planned destination I record footage of me travelling along the route, explaining a bit about where I am and what my goal is for the day. I had been doing that and was going along a route which would probably be easy to identify to anyone familiar with the general area, which ordinarily is not a major concern, as most places I go are well known (at least to locals and online). More on this later.

It was still early enough in the day that the light frost we had overnight had not melted fully from shaded areas. While going up a steep, but small, hill, to set up video to record my approach, I managed to slip on the frost, but didn’t land too hard. Of course I wear a small backpack for my photography gear, with my tripod strapped to the back and when I hit the ground, the tripod head hit the back of my head. Ouch! No damage done, other than having annoyed myself greatly at being careless. At least I was up and back on the main trail a few seconds before some hikers came in to view.

I continued my journey and found the side trail I was looking for, so I took that and continued to film and talk about where I was headed. Then came a steep drop where the trail went down to the creek that I was hoping to find. I debated if I should go down such a steep embankment, but though I’d cautiously try and if it seemed too risky, I’d reverse course. Half a dozen steps down and the earth beneath my feet gave way, sending me onto my backside for a short slide. After that, the rest of the way down didn’t look as bad and I figured I might as well see if I could at least come away with some decent photos, since I was almost at the bottom. When I got to the creekside, I caught a glimpse of what I thought might be a waterfall in the distance, so I made my way across the water to the opposite bank where there was a trail I could follow. One more slip, as the ground gave out on the opposite bank, but this time I didn’t fall, I only slid a couple feet. Then I was rewarded with a good view of the waterfall.

I have no idea the name of this waterfall… I didn’t even know it was there

Having ‘discovered’ a waterfall that was previously unknown to me, and was something I had not found in any research, I wasn’t sure if I should use it in my video, because I was worried about it becoming popular and damage happening to the trail and local area, as I had seen happen at many other places. Then, as I got closer to the falls, I saw something else which I knew, if I did post it in the video, with all the information and clues as to it’s location that I had already recorded on my journey there, it was likely to result in a negative impact upon the area.

A moss covered Vauxhaul

There a short distance from the base of the waterfall was an old Vauxhall. While I have no idea what model or year it is, it’s safe to say it’s been there for a few decades. I decided I might do a video on the falls and car without any details that may give away the location, and while doing some filming, my audio recorder fell out of my pocket and into the water. After draining it and removing the batteries, I have left it to dry out and once it has had plenty of time, I will see if it still has life. At least I ended up with an adventure and some interesting photos on my day of exploring!

Beautiful colours on the old Vauxhall

My next post will be my annual Top Ten (favourite) Photos of 2019.

Ice Shots on the Beach

It was about a degree below freezing with just enough of a breeze to make it seem much cooler down at Sandcut Beach, but the sun was out and it was a beautiful day for photography. Look out from the beach and on most days you can see the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. I have heard there and many excellent photographic opportunities there and hope to check it out myself some time in the future.

Log on beach overlooking rock and Olympic Peninsula

Looking across the water at our American neighbours 

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Top Ten (Favourite) Images of 2015

Top Ten (Favourite) Images of 2015

After seeing some fantastic photos from other photographers this past year, my attention was brought to JMG Galleries “Blog Project: Your Best Photos From 2015” and I was inspired to go through my images from 2015 and put together my own top ten list.  The ten photos I chose for this are some of my favourites and cover a variety of styles.  I hope to take some even more creative and interesting photos over the course of 2016 and have an improved batch of top ten photos for next year.  

One thing going through my photos from 2015 has done, is given me the opportunity to see the progress I have made and realize that what I once thought was really good, now I see there is room for improvement in.  It should be a fun year.  I hope you will have a chance to enjoy my posts.

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Sunbeams Illuminate the Path on the Wild Pacific Trail, Ucluelet, BC

Early in the year, I took a trip to Tofino and slipped down to Ucluelet for the day, were I enjoyed a hike around the Wild Pacific Trail.  I always find this part of Vancouver Island to be a very special place.

Egg
Empty Shell

On a hike in East Sooke Regional Park at low tide, I climbed up a small rocky island and found this egg shell.  At first I wondered if a little bird had hatched, but I noticed it wasn’t in a nest and there seemed to be some dried yolk on the rock just in front of the egg shell, so I was left believing another creature had lunch.

two ducks flying low over the water
Caught in Flight

Sometimes I like to go down to the waterfront in Sooke and just watch what is going on.  This time there were quite a few birds around, including these ducks, skimming over the water on a quiet morning.

rubber chicken face down on a bottle in a stream
A New Low

Once upon a time… one of my favourite photography sites, Oopoomoo, had a project called the “Chain Mail Chicken“, where they had several rubber chickens that they sent to photographers all over the country, to photograph and tell a story about.  I had been on the list to have one of the chickens visit me, but it flew the coop before it arrived and I never had the chance.  Not satisfied with this outcome, I met Henrietta chicken, and helped her search for her missing relative.  This was quite a fun challenge, and I enjoyed writing the story of Henrietta’s quest.

water flowing like silk over moss covered rocks at Mary Vine Falls
Mary Vine Falls

As you may have noticed, many of my photos are taken while I am on hikes, including this photo of Mary Vine Falls, near Sooke Potholes Provincial Park.

a group of people row a boat
Where Be The Vikings?

On another trip down to the local waterfront, I saw this group of people rowing what reminded me of a Viking boat, across the calm waters of the harbour.  I liked the look of it best with the selective colouring I used here.

Fisgard Lighthouse after dark with stars in the sky
Night Light(house)

This past summer I had the opportunity to stay after the park closed and take some photos of the park and Fisgard Lighthouse.  There was just enough lighting from Victoria to illuminate the lighthouse and allow me to get the stars without too much movement.

a little girl in a dress spins around in a circle
Dancing Queen

The summer in Victoria brings with it many festivals and I had been at Busker Fest for this particular day.  As I was walking between venues, I saw this young lady in her own world, dancing away with seemingly not a care in the world.  It was almost as if she had planned the shot for me, as she was right in the centre of an ornate circle.

window washer on the side of a building
Hanging From A Thread

Whenever I travel, even for a short day trip to Vancouver, I try and make sure I have my camera with me.  On this trip I had enough time to linger a little near Canada Place, where I saw this window washer seated on a tiny little platform, suspended by a couple simple ropes as he went about his day.

BC Leg
BC Legislature at Night

On a very rainy night in November, I thought it would be a good idea to take out my camera and get a picture of the BC Legislature building.  I got soaked, but kept my camera dry enough to continue working.

As I said, there were a variety of styles and genres of photos here and I plan on continuing to explore my creative side, so I hope you enjoyed this review and will be checking back, soon!