Monthly Archives: September 2013

Capilano River Park, North Vancouver, B.C.

For my third blog post about my recent trip to Canada,  let me introduce you to another beautiful regional park.

The Capilano river flows from north to south on Vancouver’s North Shore and is one of three primary sources of drinking water for the residents of the Vancouver metropolitan area.

Also within the confines of the park is the southern part of Capilano Lake.

Capilano Lake, North Vancouver, B.C.

Capilano Lake

The lake is separated from the Capilano river by the Cleveland Dam.

Cleveland Dam, Capilano River Park.

Cleveland Dam. It hadn’t rained for a while, so there was only a little water flowing down the dam.

The Capilano river has a salmon run, that was obviously affected by the construction of the dam in the early to mid 1950’s. A fish ladder was built downstream of the Cleveland Dam to allow the salmon to bypass the dam.

The beautiful scenery makes the park attractive to film and television productions. And when I was visiting, it proved an ideal location for an outdoor wedding ceremony.

Outdoor wedding ceremony in Capilano River Park.

With good weather, Capilano River park is an amazing location for an outdoor wedding ceremony.

 

Burnaby Lake Park, B.C.

This is the second blog post about my recent trip to Vancouver, B.C.

One of the reasons Vancouver is such an attractive city to visit is that it is close to beautiful natural scenery and parks.

Dramatic sky over Burnaby Lake, in Burnaby Lake Park, B.C.

Dramatic sky over Burbaby Lake, B.C.

Burnaby Lake has its origins in a melted glacier and formed about 12’000 years ago. The lake was named by Colonel Richard Moody, the first Lieuteneant-Governor of the Colony of British Columbia, after his secretary Robert Burnaby. The lake has a surface area of 3.11 km2.

The area is frequented by a great variety of bird species such as the Great Blue Heron, the Green Heron, bald eagles, and osprey.  Unfortunately, I only saw various types of ducks during my visit. Aside from birdwatching, the park has many kilometres of walking and hiking trails circling the entire lake.

Canoeing is a popular activity in Burnaby Lake Park, B.C.

Canoeing is a popular activity in Burnaby Lake Park

Canoeing and kayaking are also very popular. A group of people accompanied by an instructor left in the boats shown above minutes after the photograph was taken.

 

Vancouver, B.C. – Downtown

I was lucky to spend a couple of weeks in beautiful Vancouver, B.C., visiting relatives.

I had not been in North America for a few years, and the modern architecture of downtown Vancouver provided an interesting change of scenery from the city where I currently live, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Photographically speaking, the abundance of lines and shapes in downtown Vancouver made for interesting photo opportunities.

Lines and shapes: elements of design at work. Modern buildings in downtown Vancouver, B.C.

Lines and shapes: elements of design at work. Modern buildings in downtown Vancouver, B.C.

I probably could stay at Canada Place and take pictures all day. The architecture of this building is fascinating.  Canada Place is located on the waterfront and is the home of the Vancouver Convention Centre and Vancouver’s World Trade Centre.

Detail picture of Canada Place, a landmark in the city of Vancouver, B.C.

Detail picture of Canada Place, a landmark in the city of Vancouver, B.C.

I also love to photograph reflections, and if you look for them in a modern city, they are nearly everywhere. Some of the glass covered buildings of downtown Vancouver reflected their surroundings in interesting ways on that sunny day.

Reflection of a nearby building in a glass covered skyscraper in downtown Vancouver, B.C.

Reflection of a nearby building in a glass covered skyscraper in downtown Vancouver, B.C.

A standard creative exercise consists in combining ideas to create new ones. How about a combination of lines, shapes and reflections? Add colour and you are all set.

Combining a green tower in Vancouver, B.C. and it's reflection in the nearby building with the use of a telephoto lens.

Combining a green tower in Vancouver, B.C. and it’s reflection in the nearby building with the use of a telephoto lens.

Lines, shapes, color and reflections in modern building, Vancouver, B.C.

Lines, shapes, color and reflections in modern building, Vancouver, B.C.

 

New York City Exhibition

Last July, I submitted one of my photographs of Mont Pelerin, Switzerland, to an international photography competition organised by the New York Center for Photographic Art and entitled “Rural Impressions”. I am delighted to announce that my photograph was selected by juror Aline Smithson to be part of the Fall 2013 exhibition at the Soho Gallery for Digital Art in New York City from September 24th to October 4th.

During the winter months, there often is a low cloud cover over Lake Geneva, Switzerland. Climbing Mont Pelerin allows one to rise above the clouds and enjoy some stunning scenery.

During the winter months, there often is a low cloud cover over Lake Geneva, Switzerland. Climbing Mont Pelerin allows one to rise above the clouds and enjoy some stunning scenery.