Views from Vancouver’s Coal Harbour

Panorama of Coal Harbour from Stanley Park seawall along the western end of Coal Harbour in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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Panorama of Vancouver and Coal Harbour from Stanley Park (Purchase)

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   During my last trip to Vancouver’s Stanley Park in October I photographed a few places I had been before from new perspectives. After having visited the Air Force Garden of Remembrance for the second time I headed to the west end of Coal Harbour. I have photographed some of the buildings of Vancouver’s West End before, but most often from further into Stanley Park near the Totem poles or the 9’oclock Gun. The first panorama here shows a very wide view of what you can see of Vancouver from the end of Coal Harbour. On the left you can see the boat houses of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club (and the cranes of Port Vancouver behind them), Canada Place and the Trade and Convention Center, the buildings of downtown Vancouver, and finally Devonian Harbour Park and the apartment and condo towers in the West End.

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Sailboats moored at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club and Vancouver Rowing Club (Purchase)

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   The second photograph shows one of the views in Stanley Park from the seawall looking towards downtown Vancouver. These boats are moored at the Vancouver Rowing Club – a building familiar to most as it sits at the entrance of Stanley Park next to Georgia Street.

   Finally we have the photograph below looking towards the West End condo towers from the seawall next to the Vancouver Rowing Club.

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Sailboats at the Vancouver Rowing Club (Purchase)

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For more of my recent Vancouver area photography please visit my Vancouver Coast & Mountains Gallery.

Kelowna and Lake Okanagan View from Bear Creek Park

View of downtown Kelowna and Okanagan Lake from Bear Creek Provincial Park near Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

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Kelowna Panorama from Bear Creek Park (Purchase)

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   Back in 2013 I photographed this scene after hiking to the top of the stairs to view Bear Creek Falls. From this viewpoint one sees great views of Lake Okanagan, downtown, and the hills to the south of the city (the Thompson Plateau and Myra Bellevue Park). The fire damage to the hillsides above Kelowna here are from the Okanagan Mountain Park Fire of 2003. The firestorm that started in Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park spread to inhabited areas of Kelowna covered 250 square kilometers (61 776 acres) and destroyed 239 homes.

   To get to this location park at the parking lot on the west side of Westside Road in Bear Creek Provincial Park. From there it is a simple walk up the Loop and Canyon Rim Trail (with its many stairs) to the Bear Creek Falls view points. From there (if I recall) one of the trails heads towards the lake and this view.

For more photographs from Kelowna and other areas of the Thompson Okanagan visit the Thompson Okanagan Gallery in my Image Library.

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.

North Cascades Sunset from Chain Lakes Trail

   An early fall sunset in Washington State’s North Cascades featuring Mount Shuksan.

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Sunset in Washington State’s North Cascades Range Featuring Mount Shuksan (Purchase)

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   Mount Shuksan is one of the most photographed mountains in Washington State’s North Cascades Range. The majority of these photographs are likely made at the iconic Picture Lake view due to the great scenery and easy access (100 feet from your parked car). I have photographed that view quite a few times, and it is still one I love to look at. I went to the Mount Baker Wilderness last week and did stop at that iconic location, but I didn’t get my camera out of the bag even though the conditions were good – I simply took in the sights there while eating my soup for dinner. Shuksan is one of my favourite mountains, but I am looking to expand my library of more interesting photographs, not pad my already too large collection of pretty but creatively boring iconic images from Picture Lake.

   I had previously hiked the Chain Lakes Trail up to Herman Saddle on the north side of its loop but this time decided to try the south side as time permitted from the Artist Point parking lot. As was the case last year, I spent far more time than I’d anticipated photographing in the Heather Meadows and Bagley Lakes area and didn’t get as far on the Chain Lakes Trail as I had anticipated. Heather Meadows and a long lens seem to be a combination that unlocks a lot of compositions for me – which you will likely seen a post coming soon.

   Despite my slow pace at Heather Meadows I did time my walk up the Chain Lakes Trail from Artist Point correctly. I was in a good position to photograph the sunset light on the mountain, and was even lucky enough to get some decent colour in the sky behind Mount Shuksan. I enjoy the light in the evenings, but mostly the light itself, not the sunset. I prefer the colours found in the east at sunset than the west, though perhaps this is also because they are much less frequent and harder to find. Getting a good exposure is also a bit easier as the dynamic range of such scenes is much lower than a western direction during sunset.

For more of my photographs from the North Cascades visit my North Cascades Gallery.

North Vancouver and the North Shore Mountains at Night

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.

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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.

Fishing Boats on the Fraser River

Fishing boats tied up on a dock along Bedford Channel – on the Fraser River in Langley, British Columbia, Canada

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Fishing Boats along the Fraser River (Purchase)

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   On my recent walk through Brae Island Regional Park in Fort Langley, British Columbia I stopped at one of the viewpoints on the Bedford Channel shoreline. Bedford Channel runs between Fort Langley and Brae Island and many may be familiar with it by crossing the bridge over it to the now defunct Albion Ferry. Earlier in the year I’d stopped at this view point but the spring freshet water levels were very high and I wasn’t about to get near the river. On this visit I was able to walk along the shore for a while and photographed these fishing boats docked along the channel. While not quite as nice as the scenery I found later at Tavistock Point further along the trail, it was a nice spot to pause for a while.

Golden Ears Sunset Panorama

Sunset hits the clouds clearing from Mount Blandshard (The Golden Ears) – photographed from Tavistock Point at Brae Island Regional Park in Langley, British Columbia, Canada

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Clouds clearing from Mount Blandshard at Sunset (Purchase)

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   As I mentioned in my previous post I also photographed Mount Blandshard (aka The Golden Ears) while at Tavistock Point last week in Brae Island Regional Park. The forecast had been for a cloudy day but as I came up to Tavistock Point the clouds started clearing from Mount Blandshard. I was able to make this panorama just as the light from the sunset came through the clouds to the west.