Peek-a-boo Black Tusk

Peek-a-boo Black Tusk from the Crater Rim trail.

I couldn’t resist posting this photo from Saturday’s hike on the Crater Rim Trail. At one point there is a gap in the trees just big enough to get this wonderful view of Black Tusk, now lovingly decorated in its winter coat.

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Forest green

Mossy green.

Today we revisited yet another place from 5 years ago, the Crater Rim Trail around Logger’s Lake in Whistler. It’s a pleasant little hike (only 5 km) with enough elevation gain to make it feel like a little workout (250 m), and a handful of interesting things to see along the way. For me, one of the most fascinating things about the hike is the geology, and one edge of the rim is composed of columnar basalts. Very cool. Further on, the trail ends up in this beautiful open, mossy green forest. I could hike in this kind of forest all day, it’s just so restful on my eyes, and so much brighter than the dense, valley-bottom forest.

Serac city

Serac city.

Apart from the lakes themselves, the Matier Glacier is one of the more spectacular features of the Joffre Lakes hike. Some people will scramble up the rocks to the snout of the glacier, which is something I won’t do when the daily temperature changes straddle freezing. On one of our trips here we found chunks of glacial ice mixed in the snow very close to the lake, and there’s only one place that ice could have come from. So, I’ll just be content with this view for now, thank you.

I’ve rather fallen out with our SLRs lately as their focus just hasn’t been as sharp as our little RX100II (and sometimes misses altogether, which just shouldn’t happen). But I needed the long reach of the telephoto lens for this shot and I managed to get a few sharp-enough photos to really emphasize the drama of the features in the glacier. This photo was taken as the sun came out and lit up parts of the glacier for just a short time, adding lots of contrast to what had been a fairly flat view until then, and showcasing the texture and structure in the ice. N’ice, as I like to say 🙂

Between sea and sky

Things that Kits Pool is good for in the off-season: sunset reflections.

As soon as the pool closes, the birds move in and it becomes a veritable no-go zone for people. (Apart from being closed to visitors, there is so much bird poop on the ground that it would be a distinctly unpleasant place to be.) But tonight I caught the pool still full, and empty of birds so it was completely still. I really liked the way the street lamps looked like they were continuous, and the blending of the pool and the sea beyond. I first noticed that blending effect a few years ago, and took a very similar photo, albeit on a warm summer evening. I think today’s photo is actually nicer though, with a simpler composition and fewer distractions.

A Brief Respite

A brief respite from the grey.

I was walking back from my personal training session and ended up walking along 10th Avenue rather than Broadway for a change. The rain had stopped during the hour I was in the gym and I was enjoyed the sunshine and blue sky on the walk home. At this intersection I had a clear view of the yellow-leaved tree and the blue sky and despite only having my phone on me, I just had to take the shot. It’s recovered fairly well, certainly good enough for Instagram. I’ve given up on taking photos with my phone as the camera is just so poor (especially compared with our other cameras), plus Google changed all the image editing tools to take away some of the features I’d enjoyed fiddling with. But sometimes it’s good enough, and – let’s face it – the photos are immediately available to share, something that the big camera companies are still barely working out.

Fire in the Sky

A break in the clouds as the sun goes down, which seems quite common for Vancouver sunsets (Oct 2011).

It may be a selection effect, and it could be just down to the fact that I’ve seen more Vancouver sunsets than anywhere else but it does often seem to be the case that the rainy weather breaks near the end of the day, leaving us with some great colour and cloud formations. This is one of those photos that I was glad to reprocess from raw as the photo straight out of the camera clipped the highlights. But even now, it still looks more like a painting to me than a photo; there’s just something about those colours and the textures.

Marmots

A pair of hoary marmots, aka whistlers. Except they don’t really whistle – it’s more like a high-pitched squeal or shriek. Either way, it’s really loud!

Hiking out from Russet Lake in the summer of 2015, we were about to descend into Singing Pass when we spotted a group of marmots close to the trail. We started taking photos while edging nearer (staying on the trail of course), until we got a clear view of these two. Their behaviour looked quite intimate – they went snout-to-snout a couple of times – but it wasn’t clear to me that they were actually a mating pair. I think they were just siblings, but I have to admit this (and one other photo I have of them) does look rather suggestive…