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Englishman River Fall Colors

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Englishman River Falls

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   Englishman River Falls in Englishman River Falls Provincial Park near Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada.

   My trip to Vancouver Island was successful in many ways. I not only discovered some great Provincial Parks to explore, I managed some photos of these places that I quite like. I was also pretty lucky with the weather. The 3 photos here are all from Englishman River Falls Provincial Park. I should point out this park differs quite a bit from Englishman River Regional Park if someone uhm, confused the signs on the way in. Not that I would do this of course.

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Lower Englishman
River Falls

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   The first photo here shows the main Englishman River Falls. This is a much different sort of waterfall from what I am used to seeing. The drop from top to bottom is approximately 100 feet (31 meters) but this is pretty hard to tell from the bridge vantage point. The Falls flows into the side of a slot canyon (only about 10 feet wide), not directly in the end of it. The sideways slant to this falls makes it a bit difficult to photograph as well as determine exactly how deep the canyon is.

   The second photo here shows the Lower Englishman River Falls. Not quite what I was expecting, but there were some nice fall leaves above the falls and some interesting swirling patterns made by the bubbles in the water. During higher water levels the lower falls flows over top of the rock you see here which probably makes it a big more exciting, and look a bit more like a waterfall from this perspective.

symmetrical grove of trees at englishman river falls provincial park in the nanaimo regional district british columbia canada

Symmetrical Grove

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   The last photo here is one just outside of the parking lot. I would be surprised if these were a natural occurrence, but I still liked the symmetry of these tree trunks. Not sure what species of tree this is, however.

   I hope to go back to photograph this park in the Spring!

Silver Lake Fall Colours Panorama

panorama of fall colours reflecting in silver lake in silver lake provincial park

Silver Lake Provincial Park Panorama

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   In late September I went to Silver Lake Provincial Park in the Skagit Valley near Hope, British Columbia. The Fall colours had just started to appear. A few weeks later, however, they were almost in full swing. The above panorama was made about 3 weeks after my previous shot – how quickly things change! Again I was very lucky to have a near perfect reflection on Silver Lake – I’ve been there a few times when there were almost waves due to the wind. The majority of the Fall colours here are provided by Bigleaf Maples (Acer macrophyllum) and Vine Maples (Acer circinatum).

Fall Colours at Silver Lake

maple trees reflecting in silver lake in silver lake provincial park

Silver Lake Provincial Park

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   Last night I was in the Eastern Fraser Valley near Hope, British Columbia. My destination was Silver Lake Provincial Park. Years ago I stopped here after a storm had rolled through and managed to photograph a great reflection on the lake. Last night I was hoping that conditions would let me try this again, with a bit more exploration of the area. I was not disappointed, though there weren’t many clouds to make the sky a bit more interesting. The reflections were great, though the amount of fish jumping occasionally messed up the stillness of the water! The trees reflected in Silver Lake are Bigleaf Maples (Acer macrophyllum) and Vine Maples (Acer circinatum). It is a bit early for such Fall colours, but with the amount of dry weather this area has had for the last few months, it seems some of the trees are packing it in early.

Harrison Lake Fall Color

harrison lake fall color at green point
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2 exposures stitched, Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM @ 17mm

View of Harrison Lake’s Green Point looking back on the beach I was standing on in a previous panorama from 2009. This was an area I had hoped to revisit in the fall of 2010 for the color of the maple leaves, but this year had terrible leaf color and it was not to be. I feel somewhat better about that now that I am going through the 2009 fall shots I had not yet processed. Maybe 2011 will be better.

lakeside living sunset at harrison lake

I would not complain if I had the view from this house every morning!

North Cascades National Park Fall Colors

Ross Lake Overlook, Fall color, and Colonial peak.

ross lake rocks on hwy 20

douglas fir and maple on side of diablo lake colonial peak

clouds on sourdough mountain clouds on sourdough mountain sattler falls

Sattler Falls is on the side of Hwy 20 just east of the Ross Lake Overlook in North Cascades National Park.

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