Natural landscapes: the trouble with trilliums

TRILLIUMS, GREENWOOD CONSERVATION AREA, AJAX, ONTARIO

Well, there really is no trouble with trilliums, which are the provincial flower of Ontario. I just like alliterating. This little opening in the forest, east of Toronto (Canada’s largest city) allowed hundreds of trilliums to blossom and create a carpet of spring beauty.
Nikon D50, tripod, polarizing filter (I think….). Here’s another photo of trilliums, made thousands of kilometres away on Canada’s west coast: http://wp.me/p2ccTX-iA

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Urban landcapes: the calming water

GRAND RIVER, ELORA, ONTARIO, CANADA

This village, in southwestern Ontario, is renowned for a deep and spectacular gorge carved by the Grand River. I spent lots of time there, but also enjoyed the picturesque village, finding scenes like this as the river calmly flowed. I imagine these were once supports for a railway bridge.
Nikon D90, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Canada river Elora Ontario

Wildlife: enjoying the waters of Stanley Park

WOOD DUCK, VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA

Stanley Park is one of the many jewels in this city on Canada’s west coast (which hosted the 2010 winter Olympic Games). All kinds of easily-accessible wildlife live in the park and I had lots of opportunities to photograph colourful wood ducks as they swam past or perched on tree trunks. I just made sure to make lots of exposures to ensure I had compelling, properly focused compositions.
Nikon d90, telephoto zoom lens.

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Natural landscapes: the strange, strange forest

COASTAL FOREST, PACIFIC RIM NATIONAL PARK RESERVE, BRITISH COLUMBIA

This is temperate rainforest on Canada’s west coast, but of the decided weird variety. Because it’s on the edge of sandy seashore, it’s buffeted by wind. The combination has created a decidedly different look and that’s what attracted me to make this picture. The winding, boarded trail provided a great way to lead your eye through the cedars.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter

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Rural landscapes: surrounded by ocean

LENNARD ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE, TOFINO, BRITISH COLUMBIA

A single-engine plane took my wife and I over this island on Canada’s west coast, where there’s been a lighthouse since 1904. The 55-foot tower you see here was airlifted into place in 1968. As we flew past, I made several exposures while hand-holding a telephoto zoom lens; I’m glad for those “extra” pictures, since two of them were blurry.
Nikon D7100, polarizing filter.

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Rural landscapes: baskets and bricks

SHADOWS ON THE BRICKS, BUTCHART GARDENS, BRITISH COLUMBIA

Scenes like this are definitely NOT why hundreds of thousands of people visit these amazing gardens on Vancouver Island. They come for the stunning flowers and artfully arranged gardens (which you can see here: http://wp.me/p2ccTX-wX).
But as my wife and I did the tourist thing, I was struck by the diagonal shadow lines, the shadows from hanging baskets, and the patterns of brick. The combination was compelling enough for me to stop and make a photo.
This may not be calendar-friendly pretty picture, but I hope it shows that after more than 35 years of photography, I’ve developed enough of a creative eye to see interesting photos beyond the obvious.  🙂
Nikon D90, tripod.

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Natural landscapes: spring in the ravine

TWELVE MILE CREEK, ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO, CANADA

Most people come to this place to appreciate the beauty of Decew Falls (which you can see here: http://wp.me/p2ccTX-qI). I did too, but after that, I spent just as much time exploring the ravine that Twelve Mile Creek flowed through. On this May morning, it was rich in the fresh greens of spring, so it was hard to make a bad picture.
Initially, I was confounded by the tree trunk on the right, until deciding to make it part of the composition. Now, its presence makes the photo a little more interesting, in my humble opinion.
Nikon D90, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Urban landscapes: like the bow of a mighty ship

SETON SOCIAL CORNER, CALGARY, ALBERTA

This startlingly photogenic are installation is in the southeast Calgary neighbourhood of Seton. It’s startling because one rarely sees creative architecture in the bowels of suburbia. But here it is, photographed before sunrise to take maximum advantage of the lighting.
The combination of a wide-angle lens and a vertical format makes the corner appear to soar over one’s head like the bow of a mighty ship.  🙂
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Nikon D7100, tripod.

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Natural landscapes: the beauty of spring snow

SPRING POND, NEAR BIG HILLS SPRINGS PROVINCIAL PARK, ALBERTA

It was a mostly cloudy morning in late April. But a few moments of glorious sunrise light did show up just as I was preparing to capture this epic western Canadian prairie scene. It made the resulting photo even more dramatic.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the the sky.

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Natural landscapes: the view from Lighthouse Park

LIGHTHOUSE PARK, WEST VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA

According to West Vancouver’s website, “The lighthouse, a national historic site, is one of the most photographed and recognizable landmarks in the entire Lower Mainland.” It’s definitely a gorgeous area and has some defensive relics from the Second World War, when people used the park to watch for enemy submarines entering English Bay.
I was looking for telephoto views of the lighthouse when I noticed the boat entering the scene. So I just waited until the optimal moment and made this photo. Here’s another view of the lighthouse: http://wp.me/p2ccTX-iP
Nikon D90, tripod, polarizing filter

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