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Great Blue Heron at English Bay in Kitsilano

A Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) sits on the rocks next to English Bay in Kitsilano. Photographed from Kits Beach Park in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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A Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) at English Bay in Kitsilano (Purchase)

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   I believe I have indicated my affinity for photographing Great Blue Herons in the past – they tend to stand relatively still while hunting for food and therefore make great photo subjects. I have a few photographs of herons at night, and this wouldn’t be possible for me with many other species. Not only do the herons stand still while waiting for prey, they often hunt on shorelines where I can use reflected lights to illuminate them during a longer exposure. This particular Great Blue Heron was hunting along English Bay at Kitsilano Beach Park in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I was busy making blue hour cityscapes of downtown Vancouver and happened to have my longer 70-200mm lens on my camera. This was the perfect lens for my panoramas, and luckily was also the perfect lens for photographing this Heron when I noticed him silhouetted against the lights reflecting off English Bay from Kitsilano. With the naked eye this Blue Heron was barely visible, but with a longer camera exposure (6 seconds in this case) the details of both the bird and the surrounding area were revealed.

For more wildlife photographs take a look at my Animals and Wildlife Gallery in my Image Library.

English Bay View of Northshore Mountains

English Bay view of the Northshore Mountains and the fishing charter boat Edgewater Fortune

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English Bay view of the Northshore Mountains and the Edgewater Fortune

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   Last week presented a relatively rare late winter opportunity – fresh snow on the local mountains combined with a relatively clear sky. I have had a number of Vancouver related snowy images in mind for several years, but weather and other factors conspired against me getting all the way to Vancouver. This year has been a good year for the skiers, but that doesn’t mean the snow is sitting in the trees easily seen from sea level. Last week, however, we had a bit of fresh snow and good weather so I went straight to Vancouver.

   One of the places I photographed last week was the Kitsilano Beach Park area just to the southwest of downtown Vancouver. I had not visited Kits Beach in many years, but this did show a great angle on the downtown buildings with the Northshore Mountains in the background. This photograph shows Crown, Goat, and Grouse Mountains (and some fresh snow) high above Stanley Park, the Lions Gate Bridge, and the fishing charter M.V. Edgewater Fortune anchored in English Bay. This is just a small portion of a much wider 20+ frame panorama that I will likely post later on. I liked how this one end of the photograph showed just the boat, the park, and the mountains – without much evidence of the big city right next to it.

   The M.V. Edgewater Fortune has a bit of an interesting history. Originally it was the HMCS Fortune (MCB 151) – a Minesweeper in the Royal Canadian Navy before it was decommissioned in 1964. It then spent some time with Greenpeace as the Greenpeace Two, and was later renamed the M.V. Edgewater Fortune and is currently utilized as a charter fishing yacht along coastal British Columbia.

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

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.

August, September, October 2007

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Whatcom Falls Park, Bellingham, Wa.

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Capilano Suspension Bridge

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Capilano Reservoir at Cleveland Dam

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English Bay

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Burrard Inlet from Burnaby Mountain

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