North Vancouver and the North Shore Mountains

North Vancouver and the North Shore Mountains – photographed from Stanley Park (best viewed large)

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City of North Vancouver and the North Shore Mountains

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   I made this photograph of City of North Vancouver below the North Shore Mountains (The Coast Range) back in 2013 from Stanley Park seawall near the Brockton Point Lighthouse. Earlier in the evening I had photographed another version of North Vancouver that I have shared here previously. That photograph has turned out to be relatively popular so I thought I would share its panoramic cousin. Some day the North Shore Mountains will again have a lot of snow on them so I can make a number of photographs of the city with a snowy backdrop – I am looking forward to that.

For Prints, Licensing and many other photographs of Vancouver please visit the Cities & Buildings Gallery in my Image Library.

Hiking in the Wildflowers at Mount Rainier National Park

Hiking in the wildflowers around Tipsoo Lake in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington State, USA.

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Hiking in the Wildflowers at Mount Rainier’s Tipsoo Lake

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Due to the very dry, hot spring/summer which has come after a winter with a lower than normal snowpack, I hear the wildflowers are nearing (or at) peak now at Mount Rainier (July 1, 2015).

   2012 was the first time I visited Mount Rainier National Park during the height of the wildflowers in the Paradise and Tipsoo Lake areas. I had been to Rainier a few times at that point, but once you see fields of wildflowers this dense it becomes harder to visit any other time of year. I made this image of 3 hikers near Tipsoo Lake on a foggy afternoon which made for perfect conditions to photograph this location.

For more wildflower photographs from this and other visits to the park please take a look at my Mount Rainier National Park Gallery.

Mount Shuksan Tarn Reflection

Mount Shuksan reflected in a tarn on Huntoon Point in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie Forest, Washington State, USA.

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Tarn Reflection of Mount Shuksan at Huntoon Point

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   Last fall I published a number of posts from a trip to the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest as I traveled up Highway 542 to Artist Point. When you walk SE from the Artist Point parking lot along Kulshan Ridge to Huntoon Point, you may reach this small tarn that can show great reflections of Mount Shuksan. This is not an unpopular photography location, though it is certainly much less photographed than a reflection from Picture Lake. This was my first time at this tarn, and I was treated to very still waters in the tarn that yielded a near perfect reflection of Mount Shuksan.

For Prints, Licenses and more photography from this location visit my Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest Gallery.

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelalus phoeniceus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelalus phoeniceus) in the marsh at Elgin Heritage Park in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.

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Male Red-winged Blackbird (Agelalus phoeniceus) in the marsh at Elgin Heritage Park in Crescent Beach

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   I have made a few trips to Crescent Beach’s Elgin Heritage Park recently, usually on my way to Blackie Spit. On this trip I set aside some time specifically to try to photograph Red-winged Blackbirds (Agelalus phoeniceus) in the marshes along the Nicomekl River. The males were quite active, singing and jumping from stalk to stalk in the Bulrushes. There were even some territorial squabbles where they would chase each other through the foliage like jet fighters. The females were not nearly as noticeable, though I had a few that stayed near me long enough to photograph as well. As the female Red-winged Blackbirds are drab in comparison, the males were really the more vibrant photography subject.

For more of my wildlife photographs visit the Animals and Wildlife Gallery in my Image Library.

Coast Mountains and the Alex Fraser Bridge

Boundary Bay, the Alex Fraser Bridge, and the peaks of the Coast Mountains.

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The Coast Mountains and the The Alex Fraser Bridge

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   I shot this photograph about a month ago at Centennial Beach in Boundary Bay Regional Park in Tsawwasen, BC. Despite a winter with a very low level of snowpack, some of the Coast Mountain peaks picture here have a bit of snow remaining. I believe the mountain in the front here is Capilano Mountain, and the taller peaks in the background are Obelisk Peak, Sharkfin Peak and Penelplain peaks.

Baby Eastern Cottontail Rabbit

A young Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus) hiding in the weeds in a Fraser Valley backyard garden.

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Baby Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus) hiding in the weeds

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   This baby Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus) was hiding in the weeds in my backyard this afternoon. The adult rabbits can be approximately 44cm (17 in) long – and a few that forage in my backyard seem even larger than that, but this little one was only about 15cm (6 in). Very small, and hard to see even when you know where it is. I initially came across this baby crouching down on some barkmulch, but when I came back with the camera it was in the weeds. While it is obviously keeping an eye on me, I tried to minimize my impact on it by putting on my longest lens and watching its behaviour for any stress. Other than some nose twitching, I never saw it move much at all. This kind of Rabbit – the Eastern Cottontail is an invasive species here in British Columbia and even so are rather abundant.

For more of my wildlife photography please visit my Animals and Wildlife Gallery.

Bigleaf Lupines at Elgin Heritage Park

Bigleaf Lupines (Lupinus polyphyllus) in the forest at Elgin Heritage Park in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.

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Bigleaf Lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus) at Elgin Heritage Park in Crescent Beach

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   These are some of the numerous Bigleaf Lupines (Lupinus polyphyllus) growing in Elgin Heritage Park in Surrey, BC. On my way to photograph Red-winged Blackbirds in the marsh boardwalk, I stopped to photograph these lupines growing in some of the meadows along the way. I’ve mostly seen these lupines on the roadsides around Metro Vancouver and into the Fraser Valley, so it was nice to see them in relatively photogenic location.

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“Barn” nesting space for Barn Owls at Elgin Heritage Park

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   This is a small “barn” built in Elgin Heritage Park to encourage nesting Barn Owls. This seems like a good location for owls, I saw many small rodents (and not just baby rabbits) around the trails, especially under the boardwalk in the marsh.

For more of my wildflower photography please visit my Wildflower Gallery in my Image Library.

Little Campbell River Estuary

The Little Campbell River Estuary in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.

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The Little Campbell River Estuary in White Rock

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   This is the Little Campbell River just before it empties into Boundary/Semiahmoo Bay near White Rock, British Columbia. It was a bit of luck that I found this scene at high tide, as the mud here the rest of the time just isn’t as photogenic. I’ve since remembered to consult tide charts when photographing scenes along the coast such as this one or those in Crescent Beach.

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Great Blue Heron fishing the banks of the Little Campbell River

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   In addition to the river itself I photographed this Great Blue Heron fishing along the banks. I often like to photograph wildlife in the context of its environment. These were quite different surroundings from the last Heron I photographed just outside of Stanley Park.

For more of my photography from this area visit my Vancouver Coast & Mountains Gallery.