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2017 Nature Calendar Now Available!

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2017 Calendar Cover – Rainbow over Hatzic Lake and Hatzic Island

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   My 2017 Nature Calendars are now available! I have put together some of my favourite recent photographs into a 11″x17″ (28cm x 43cm) calendar. Included are 12 photographs of landscape and nature scenes from British Columbia and Washington State. Most of these photographs were made in 2016, though a few are from earlier years but previously unpublished in my calendars.

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Harbourfront Walkway in Nanaimo

The Harbourfront Walkway, boat docks and Nanaimo Water Harbour Airport in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

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The Harbourfront Walkway and Fishing Boats in Nanaimo Harbour (Buy Print/License)

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   I was lucky to spend a week photographing Nanaimo, British Columbia and other parts of Vancouver Island in 2013. I made this photograph on one of several evenings where I walked along the Harbourfront Walkway past many small shops and marinas. I previously shared a different view of Nanaimo Harbour but I think I prefer the wider field of view in the above photograph as it shows more of the fishing and other boats in the marina.

Nanaimo Harbour on Vancouver Island

   Two de Havilland Harbour Air seaplanes (DHC-3 Turbine Single Otters) at the Nanaimo Harbour Water Airport in Nanaimo, British Columbia

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Two Single Otters at the Nanaimo Harbour Water Airport

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   Last year I spent an evening at Maffeo Sutton Park in the city of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. I had spent a few previous sunsets at Jack point across Nanaimo Harbour from the downtown area, and was now looking for some more urban photography locations. I was lucky to get some good light (and weather) that evening, and had a decent sunset in the sky for many of my photographs. The first photo (above) shows two of the Harbour Air seaplanes floating at their dock at the Nanaimo Harbour Water Airport with some of the boardwalk and marinas in the background.

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The BC Ferry Quinsam entering Nanaimo Harbour

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   This is the BC Ferry ‘Quinsam’ entering Nanaimo Harbour from its Gabriola Island to Nanaimo run. Though a bit larger it reminds me of the Albion Ferry that used to run across the Fraser River between Fort Langley and Maple Ridge until a few years ago. Biggs Park/Jack Point is in the background (right).

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Sunset behind a sailboat in Nanaimo Harbour

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   Initially I was unable to read the name on the side of this sailboat at the time, but from the numbers on its sail I could determine its name: the Cu na Mara. Here it is sailing past some of the boats anchored at Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park during sunset.

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Panorama of Nanaimo Harbour

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   My other goal was to make some “blue hour” photographs of the boardwalk and buildings of downtown Nanaimo. This perspective can be found from the Swy-A-Lana Fishing Pier. You can view other photographs of my trip to Nanaimo and other Vancouver Island locations in the Vancouver Island Photos gallery.

Bigleaf Maple in Macmillan Provincial Park

Bigleaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum) along the riverbed of the Cameron River at Macmillan Provincial Park in Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada

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Bigleaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum) along the Cameron River

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    The Bigleaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum) in this photograph (left) is a good example of an ecological “edge effect”. In ecology the edge effect refers to the phenomenon that species (and diversity) you would normally see within an area change along the boundary with a different area. This can be the edge of a trail or road, a clear cut, grassland/forest transitions and in this case, the edge of the Cameron River in Macmillan Provincial Park on Vancouver Island. In this particular type of forest, you’ll get Bigleaf Maples, Vine Maples, Red Alder (successional species) and a number of other tree species growing on a newly formed or existing edge. Just inside the edge the majority of the trees are conifers such as Western Red Cedar and Douglas Fir. This was one of the better specimens of mature Bigleaf Maple in Macmillan Provincial Park that I found. The tree on the right hand side of the image is a Red Alder (Alnus rubra) and is also a frequent edge resident.

You can see more of my photos of this area in my Vancouver Island Gallery.

Jack Point Sunset in Nanaimo

A sunset over the Coast Mountain Range and Nanaimo Harbour from Biggs Park/Jack Point/Duke Point in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

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Sunset at Jack Point in Nanaimo, BC

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    A sunset photograph from my trip to Vancouver Island last spring. This was made on my first trip to Jack Point/Biggs Park near Nanaimo, BC. An “interesting” place to walk out of in the dark, but well worth the results I had on both evenings in the area.

Spring Wildflowers at Pipers Lagoon in Nanaimo

A grove of Garry Oaks (Quercus garryana) and Woolly sunflower (Eriophyllum lanatum) growing along the shore of Pipers Lagoon Park in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada.

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Pipers Lagoon near Nanaimo, BC

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   Pipers Lagoon Park is a great park to visit if you are near Nanaimo, British Collumbia. While not very large, this park packs a lot of interesting plants, trees, and wildlife into a small area. When I was there in June of 2013 I saw a wide variety of marine birds, large numbers of shore crabs, wildflowers, and even some Garry Oak groves. You can see some Garry Oaks on the left hand side of the photograph above, and some Woolly sunflower plants growing in the foreground. Not an easy location to photograph wildflowers though, being right on the water there is always a bit of wind.

You can view more photographs from Vancouver Island in my Vancouver Island Gallery.

Skutz Falls on the Cowichan River

Skutz Falls along the Cowichan River at Cowichan River Provincial Park in British Columbia, Canada

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The Cowichan River’s Skutz Falls in Cowichan River Provincial Park

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   A panorama photograph of Skutz Falls I made last spring during a visit to Cowichan River Provincial Park. Judging from other photographs I have seen it would appear this day had rather high water levels in the Cowichan River. I suspect a return trip some fall when there is nice autumn colours will be in order. I suspect the water levels will be about right at that time of year.

You can view more photographs from Vancouver Island in my Vancouver Island Gallery.

Broad-Leaved Stonecrop (Sedum spathulifolium)

Broad-Leaved Stonecrop (Sedum spathulifolium) flowers growing on the sandstone in Biggs Park near Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

Broad-Leaved Stonecrop (Sedum spathulifolium) growing on the sandstone in Biggs Park near Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

Blooming Broad-Leaved Stonecrop (Sedum spathulifolium)

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   These Broad-Leaved Stonecrop (Sedum spathulifolium) certainly live in a relatively tough environment. In early June 2013 I found these individuals in Biggs Park near Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. The sandstone surface on the beach creates lot of nooks and crannies for life – and the two plants in the bottom photo were taking advantage of that. The plant in the first photo was right out in the open, however. The ability to survive anchored on the rocks with only a small amount of soil is interesting. Stonecrop are a succulent plant, and store what water they can which makes them quite drought resistant. The thick tissue also help prevent water loss to the environment. I had seen succulents like this before, most likely stonecrop species, but never blooming as nicely as these ones.

Broad-Leaved Stonecrop (Sedum spathulifolium) growing on the sandstone in Biggs Park near Nanaimo

Broad-Leaved Stonecrop (Sedum spathulifolium)

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