Fall at Deer Lake in Sasquatch Provincial Park

Fall Maple leaves (Acer Macrophyllum) on the slopes of Sasquatch Peak in Sasquatch Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada.

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Fall foliage on Sasquatch Peak at Deer Lake (Purchase)

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   This year was not a great one for fall leaf colors in the Fraser Valley, probably in part due to the 4 month drought we had this summer. I am used to not having area-wide color and having to hunt a little for it though. Much like wildflowers, sometimes you only need one good spot to make a good photograph. One of the areas I checked for fall foliage this year was Deer Lake in Sasquatch Provincial Park. Just a short drive up the side of Harrison Lake near Harrison Hot Springs, Sasquatch Provincial Park is a nice recreation spot with 3 lakes, campgrounds, and hiking trails.

   In the spring of 2013 I photographed a nice reflection at Deer Lake and noted it might be a good place to come back for fall foliage. The first photograph here is the result – though it did come with some problems. I had set up to somewhat recreate the photo linked above but a man showed up and was about to wade out into my reflection area to fish. I pointed out I would like to make two quick photos and I’d be finished. He doesn’t say anything but proceeds to wade into the water right in front of me and began fly fishing. After briefly wondering how my tripod would work as a cudgel I decided to simply photograph over his head and forgo the reflection shot for this year. I like the results – the top photograph here and its alternates in my library have a nice mix of green conifers, fall maple leaf colors, and various snags and other light colored tree trunks. About 10 minutes after making these photos I heard him yelling and swearing. I looked around the corner and I guess his casting had gone awry and he had hooked himself in the back. I still do not feel bad about this.

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Fishing for Rainbow Trout at Deer Lake (Purchase)

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   I briefly chatted with the older man and woman in the above photo as they were fishing for Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) off the end of the dock at Deer Lake. As with many other lakes in BC, Deer Lake is stocked with fish by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. For some of the reflection photographs I made at Deer Lake I had to wait until the ripples from rising fish dissipated – so it would appear this lake has a decent fish population. The fall foliage in the background of this photo is growing on the slopes of Sasquatch Peak, which is taller than the nearby Mount Hicks.

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Kayaking on Deer Lake (Purchase)

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   The trails at Deer Lake don’t allow one to walk around the entire lake. These kayaks look like a great way to explore the shoreline.

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Fall foliage at Deer Lake (Purchase)

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   I included the above photograph in my 2016 Nature Calendar and the Top 10 Photographs of 2015 blog post. I think this might have been the best fall foliage scene I found this year, and the lack of wind (or fish ripples) at the time made for a very nice reflection. I may try to visit Sasquatch Provincial Park in the winter and see what scenes I can find when the trees have no leaves at all.

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Boardwalk over a marsh on the Deer Lake Trail (Purchase)

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   This is the Deer Lake Trail between the parking lot and “The Point” – just below the Bench Campground. I liked the colours around the boardwalk here, and the light colored trunks of the Red Alder (Alnus rubra).

For more photographs from Deer Lake visit my Sasquatch Provincial Park Gallery.

My Top 10 Photos of 2015

   I consider these lists more of a top 10 favourite photographs of that year than the “best”. Which of my photographs are “the best” is probably better left for others to decide. Once again, I am making this post so I can be a part of Jim Goldstein’s annual Your Best Photos project. Look for his post early in the new year with all the entries from a wide variety of photographers. His project is always a great place to find new photographers and their work.

   I hope you enjoy the following photographs and I am curious if you have a favourite. Clicking on each photograph takes you to my Image Archive but below you’ll also find links to corresponding blog posts if they exist. While these are in no specific order that first panorama of Bagley Lakes might be my favourite overall. Here are my top 10 photos of 2015:

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Panorama of the Bagley Lakes at the bottom of Table Mountain and Mount Herman

(Mount-Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington State)
Blog post: Bagley Lakes Panorama

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Fall foliage colours reflect on the surface of Deer Lake

(Sasquatch Provincial Park, British Columbia)

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Spawning Salmon at Weaver Creek

Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) at the Weaver Creek Spawning Channel in British Columbia, Canada

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Male Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) jumping in the Weaver Creek (Purchase)

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   One of the best places to see spawning salmon near the Metro Vancouver area is the Weaver Creek Spawning Channel in the Fraser Valley. Weaver Creek runs through the District of Kent from Weaver Lake through to the Harrison River. In the fall Fisheries and Oceans Canada opens the channel area to the public to view the spawning salmon. I first came here as a kid, but have returned a number of times in the past few years to photograph the salmon.

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Male Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) swimming upstream (Purchase)

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   Without an underwater housing and other special equipment most of the photographs one will be able to create will be looking at the salmon in the water, or jumping out of it. Photographing fish under water, from above, just leads to distorted salmon photos that don’t really work most of the time. After a few years of failed attempts at salmon photography I worked within these limitations and imagined a photograph with the salmon backs out of the water, with a glow from sunset or some other sort of reflection on the water. I did manage to create that salmon photograph eventually but it remains a bit more abstract than the images on this page.

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Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) on an aeration plate (Purchase)

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   Throughout the channel there are “aeration plates” that add oxygen to the water but also likely prevent erosion of the small rises in elevation between the sections of the channel. The first image in this post shows a male Sockeye leaping into the air to get over one of the higher jumps to get into the channel. The aeration plates in the upper part of the channel are considerably lower. One of those is shown in the image above. Sometimes the salmon don’t quite have enough momentum or strength in order to get over the plates. This one came close, was swept back into the lower level but made it on the second attempt.

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Salmon spawning in the Weaver Creek Spawning Channel (Purchase)

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For more photographs of salmon and other wildlife please visit my Animals & Wildlife Gallery.

Holiday Print Sale – Save 20%

It is time for my holiday print sale! From now through January 8th, 2016 all of my Fine Art Prints and Canvas Wraps are 20% off! Just use the code HOLIDAY20 (case sensitive) at checkout.

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Lower Falls on Gold Creek (Purchase)

   Select the photograph(s) you are interested in from my Image Library, add your desired product and size to your cart, and use the coupon code HOLIDAY20 at checkout. More about my prints and ordering information can be found on my Purchase page in the menu above. If you are interested in a photo that is not yet in my Image Library but instead found here on my Photoblog (or on a social media site), please send me an email indicating which photograph you are interested in and what size/product you wish to order – the discount will still apply!

Bagley Lakes Panorama

Panorama of the Bagley lakes in the Mount-Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington State, USA.

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Panorama of Bagley Lake (Purchase)

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   You can see this view of Bagley Lakes from the Fire and Ice Trail in the Heather Meadows area of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. This lake lies between Table Mountain (left) and Mount Herman – the Chain Lakes Trail runs right past it on the way up to Herman Saddle. I still have a lot more in this area to explore with my camera, but I was quite happy to find the lake with these sorts of colours and water levels. On the right you can see where the Chain Lakes Trail goes over a rocky slope that extends right down to the water. Now that my new computer doesn’t choke on larger resolution files, I was able to make this image with two rows of vertical images (35 of them) for the extra resolution which is how I try to shoot all my panoramas now. This worked very well, and I hope to see this one printed in the future.

   The talus slope in the middle of the frame is where I photographed an American Pika a few years back. I could hear a few cheeping their warning calls while I was shooting this panorama but I wasn’t able to spot any of them.

You can view more of my photography from Heather Meadows in my Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Gallery.

Whytecliff Park in the Fog

Fog nearly hides the island at Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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Fog at Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver

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   I mentioned in an earlier post that some of my early October photography plans were somewhat thwarted by the fog rolling by the shore in West Vancouver. I was happy to find almost no fog in Horseshoe Bay but I visited Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver shortly after and as you can see, there a lot of fog just offshore. Part of my plan was to photograph one of the BC Ferries as it passed, but obviously this was not possible. There are almost no photography days where everything goes according to plan, so I embraced the fog and stopped at Whytecliff just to photograph it. Quite often a change in plans just means I manage to photograph scenes I could not anticipate ahead of time. I did enjoy photographing this scene with the fog as it is not something I get to work with very often, so this was a nice change. It was a bit cold though, which made for a more peaceful visit than usual. Going to Whytecliff in the summer means the beach will be elbow to elbow with beachgoers.

For more of my photography from this area of British Columbia visit my Vancouver Coast & Mountains Gallery in my Image Library.

2016 Nature Calendar Now Available!

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2016 Nature Calendar Covers – Canadian/US Holidays (Calendars use the same interior images)

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   My 2016 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. There are two versions of this calendar – one with Canadian holidays and one with US holidays. The Canadian Calendar’s cover photograph is from British Columbia, the US version has a photo from Washington state – but all the images within the calendar are the same.

You can view a full preview and purchase this calendar through the links below (be sure to choose the correct version!)

Freighter in the Fog at Vancouver’s English Bay

A Freighter anchored in Vancouver’s English Bay surrounded by fog.

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Freighter in the fog at Vancouver’s English Bay at sunset

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   When I photographed Horseshoe Bay earlier this month some of my plans were changed by unexpected fog so I took the opportunity to check out the nearby Cypress Lookout. The lookout is up in Cypress Mountain Provincial Park in West Vancouver and offers a good view of the city of Vancouver and much of Metro Vancouver too. I was hoping to get a good spot (the lookout can be rather busy) before blue hour and made this photograph of a freighter briefly showing through the fog while anchored in English Bay. The land you can see just beyond the freighter is Point Grey just to the east of UBC.

For more photographs from the Vancouver area visit my Vancouver Coast & Mountains Gallery.