North! To Prince George

Posted on 11th March 2016 in adventure, nature, wandering

I grew up in Prince George, BC. I’ve always described it as the place smack dab in the middle of BC, though it’s the capital of Northern BC. On a map, it’s pretty perfectly in the center. Driving, it’s about 10 hours north of Vancouver.

Driving from Vancouver one first finds the Fraser Valley, then abruptly turn norther into the winding Fraser Canyon that turns into the North Thompson canyon and then connects back up to the Fraser River to follow it more or less all the way up through the Cariboo to the Central Interior and Prince George. On the way back South, we hooked West at Cache Creek to wind our way through to Pemberton and Whistler before getting back to Vancouver.

In the winter the scenery is brown and muddy and very snowy and icy the further north one goes. In the fall you can expect to find every color of the rainbow in the trees that occupy the landscape that spins by. In the spring and summer everything is green and growing and each of the little lakes and creeks along the way call out, inviting you to jump on in.

Being so long of a drive, and one that I’ve done countless times in my life, I’m usually trying to avoid stopping, rather then stopping to take photographs of anything that catches my eye.

Having a foreign friend – Nene – with me, I took all the back roads and detours I knew! She was all smiles, and “ooh” and “ahhh”. Great travel companion!

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Spring in Prince George, BC, Canada

Posted on 10th May 2015 in adventure, nature

Those of us living in rainforests are fairly used to all year round green grass and tulips, but most of the rest of Canada and the northern hemisphere are just losing the last of their snow and preparing for the first blossoms to spring up. It’s spring after all!

These photographs were taken in Prince George, BC, in the middle of spring: early May (spring begins ~ March 20th). I used to walk these trails every single morning and listen to the birds as they’d sing me awake.

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University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC

Posted on 1st May 2013 in architecture, explored

Behind my parents house in Prince George is a hill. At the top of that hill is UNBC, the University of Northern British Columbia. When I was a younger resident of PG this university was built, and has since become one of the more respected universities when talking about forestry schooling.

When I take the dog for walks, I like to head up the hill. Naturally as a photographer, I carry my camera with me. On a particularly nice afternoon I took some photographs!

I bet there aren’t too many universities in the world who can say they have regular bear, moose, and deer warnings.

I found particularly interesting the greenhouse. I wish I had gone inside to walk around and take photographs of the pretty flowers! Of all the things I saw, of all the beautiful wood detailing and modern architecture, I was most fascinated with the electrical car plugin center I found. Revolutionary!

University of Northern British Columbia architecture Administration Building

Administration Building

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German Wind & Flour Mills

Posted on 28th July 2012 in adventure, architecture, explored

During my time I spent up in Schleswig-Holstein, in the Northern part of Germany, I was lucky enough to be there during the one day of the year when the local farmers who have a windmill or a flourmill open them up to visitors, kind of like a field day.

I was also lucky enough to be with some extraordinary people who were interested in showing me them, and touring me around. We managed to get to three, and afterwards we went to an old heritage village, and when I say heritage it’s not like North America heritage, it’s European heritage, which means about 500 years old.

I explored the windmills.

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An Early Fall Wandering

Posted on 10th October 2011 in nature, wandering

So, it’s early fall here in Vancouver, which means things are just starting to turn, but not much yet. Flowers are dying because it’s getting colder, and blue skies are becoming rare-er. So, Yesterday was a blue sky day, so I went a wandering:

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