Sugarbowl Grizzly Den Provincial Park, British Columbia

Posted on 4th July 2015 in adventure, nature

British Columbia’s slogan is ‘Beautiful BC’. I cannot agree more. I’ve explored BC extensively (see all my blog posts tagged with BC here) and continually find BC blows my mind with beautiful variety. From the rainforests of the West Coast to the temperate desert in the Okanagan, from the Rocky Mountains to the Coastals to one of our lakes or rivers or dense wilderness and forests we’re met with at every corner.

Sugarbowl Grizzly Den Provincial Park (see in Google Maps here) is the worlds only inland rainforest located about 95 km East of Prince George, which makes it 800 km from the West Coast. Thankfully, in 2000 a 24,765 hectare region was declared the Sugarbowl Grizzly Den Provincial Park, thus protecting it from the extensive logging in the region. This park has massive 1000 – 2000 year old growth interior cedar-hemlocks, and as the name would suggest, it’s a habitat for grizzlies and many other furry animals and migratory paths.

I have taken the liberty to share with you a UNBC Research Report on the Ancient Forest (a network of hiking trails within Sugarbowl Grizzly Den Provincial Park officially opened in 2006) (see my previous blog on the Ancient Forest here) studying the community and economic benefits of non-timber uses of this inland rainforest, with hopes that it will hopefully encourage you to fight for more of these parks in our beautiful land. See full report PDF here (original PDF source here).

My hike was a pretty interesting one. I had with me a CouchSurfer from Germany I was hosting, who was really keen on seeing a bear. I of course have grown up with bears all my life and recognize not seeing bears while hiking is most definitely a good thing. As we were driving up to the trailhead, we must have seen about 25 evidences (read: skat) of bear, but on the trail we never actually saw any. However, as we drove out after the hike, I think we counted we saw about 15 black bear (including cubs), and 3 moose (all of which we stopped and watched until the sun set).

On the trail, we never actually got to the top of the hike because the trail basically became unrecognizable and nearly un-passable. I had done some research before we went, and did expect an open pasture near the top that we would become lost in, but with about 1 m of snow covering the ground, and very few trail markers along the way, I decided I didn’t want to get lost, we had been hiking for about 3hrs, and we had eaten most of our food so I made the call to turn around.

This is what we saw.

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Lounging with Lola Frost

Posted on 9th October 2013 in fashion, risque

Lola Frost and I have worked together a lot now. I think it’s great for two reasons. The first is that she’s a great person and I love hanging with her. Ok, maybe three reasons. The second is that I work with her usually in a different way than she’s used to with Burlesque, I kind of like seeing her say boring with a raised eyebrow. The third is that she is incredibly powerful with and proud of her body and self. We feed off of each other, she does what I say without hesitation and puts forth all she can. It’s kind of fun going back and looking at some of the shoots we’ve done.

This shoot, as usual, was done with my 50 mm 1.8, T1i, and a single off camera flash. The effects with the mist or fog was created with a feather in front of the lens which I’m going to be using a lot more. Creates a beautiful atmosphere.

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Rogers Pass of the Rocky Mountains from Kamloops to Calgary

Posted on 14th September 2011 in adventure, nature

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity, and time, to head through the Rockies, once through Rogers Pass, which means Golden, Lake Louise, and Banff. On the way back, I took the Crowsnest Pass which was much further South, and much warmer!

This post will focus on the pass from Kamloops to Calgary, although the first picture is at the peak of the Coquihalla Highway, from Vancouver to Kamloops, but it’s a pretty one!

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