Spring in Shawnigan Lake

Posted on 11th April 2017 in explored, nature, wandering

Shawnigan Lake is where I’ve been calling home for a while now. It’s a beautiful community along the Victoria Watershed, just north of the Malahat and Victoria, on Vancouver Island, in beautiful British Columbia.

Being an outdoors man, naturally I’ve taken to wandering with my camera in hand. Every month I get a collection of wander-clickings I’ve captured, and if you follow any of my social medias, you’ve maybe seen some of these images pop up at times. You know, when the mood hits.

Ever since I was first exploring these lands with my parents on summer vacations of y’or, I have always been incredibly fascinated with these old growth forests. They are unlike any other I’ve experienced, which isn’t to say they are better, but just that they have a special place in my heart that started when I was young. The giant roots crossing single-track trials covered in cedar branches and fir needles, with oregon grape and salal flanking as I meander up and down valleys. Oh, the depths of canyons found within trunks of a thousand year old fir trees.

This is what I’ve come upon.

tech specs // Sony a7 / Super Takumar 55mm f1.8 / Jupiter 11A 135mm f4 / Super Takumar 28mm

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Mt. Robson in the Canadian Rockies

Posted on 19th September 2013 in adventure, nature

Ok. I didn’t actually peak Mount Robson, but I got pretty damn close. I was so close that I shivered from the special climate the peak ripped through the atmosphere. Literally; it’s pointy.

My brother Bart, his friend Scott, and I packed our gear into our hiking packs, divvy’d up the food, double checked my camera (Canon T1i), backup camera, and lenses (50 mm and 12 – 24 mm), and stepped over the bridge onto the Berg Lake Trail to begin our journey.

I do a lot of hiking, so I’m fairly familiar with the ways of the bush. I carry a knife with me most places I go – not that this is the only thing one needs in the bush.

This hike, however, turned into a 3 day, ~ 70 km round trip hike. 2 days up, 1 day down. You must book yourself into the trail because.. well, safety.

In the end I had a completely overwhelming feeling from Mother Nature about her natural beauty, about expansiveness and majesty, about earth. About the sweet sweet dirt beneath our feet. You know that feeling you get when you see a sunset, or remember a happy place you’ve been and breathe in deeply? Well, it was that feeling all day every day.

Also, how do you like my brother’s van?

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Garibaldi Park, Whistler, BC.

Posted on 22nd July 2012 in adventure, nature

Going through my¬† old photographs I remembered about this… doozie. The story of this was that I did almost all of the hike shooting in JPG’s…. When I realized this I was very devastated. Thus, the reason it has taken me so long to publish these photographs, as I took them in… Sept 24, 2011.

The hike was actually really cool. There is a loop you can do as you near the top, one way takes you by the base of the Black Tusk trail (a very ominous black peak that stares at you), or the lower trail. All trails eventually lead to Garibaldi Lake (I was still shooting in JPG’s at this time, and can hardly look at these photos).

I started the hike really late, and as I was coming down, it started to get dark. In total, it’s supposed to be a 5 hr hike. The last 30 minutes or so I was in darkness, and I actually passed a couple hiking down as I was going pretty fast. The girl was going really slow and was kind of freaking out. Normally I would have stopped and helped them out if I could have, but I had done the hike fairly quick and was, myself, starting to feel the exhaustion of the hike.

Some of them turned out great though, perhaps I’m being a snob.

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Hiking the Stawamus Chief in Squamish, BC.

Posted on 1st August 2011 in adventure, nature, wandering

On June 4th, I headed out to Squamish for a late hike up the Stawamus Chief with my tripod, and some essentials for nutrients and hydration. I realized it was a late hike, and as I started, I was met by a few concerned faces and one man that actually stopped me and asked if I knew how long the hike was and that it would most likely be getting dark as I came down. I smiled and asked him if he had a great hike today, “Yes, I’ve done this before.”

I met a fellow from Germany visiting at the top, who couldn’t help himself but comment on my camera and was amazed that I would take a tripod up on such a hike, remarking that only somebody who was serious would do that. It made me feel a bit proud, I’ll admit. We hopped down the hill as the dusk settled on us and at the bottom we talked for a few minutes, but as you can see at the end, when I was getting into my car, it was dark out.

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Mt. Fromme, Vancouver Hike

Posted on 3rd June 2011 in adventure, nature

Mt. Fromme is one of my favorite places to hike in Vancouver, North Vancouver to be exact. As you can see, the place is littered with downhill bike features for some crazy biking adventures.

I love the feeling of the woods in Vancouver, the needle covered forest floors and the moss everywhere, and the roots.. Yehp, love it.

The only thing I’m annoyed at myself is for not remembering the architects name (seen at the end), but I believe it was Ryan, or David. If you know him, please let me know. Also, if you bike these trails frequently, and do these features with ease, please contact me so I can come out with you and take some fotographs of you doing your stuff!

baden powell trail Click here to read more.. »