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Monthly Archives: February 2010

Often I feel like I’m a madman with a sign, there are so many issues to defend. Through my background I have spent much time in Nature, the outdoors, mostly in my province which is British Columbia.

It all comes down to what you want. Do you want an environment. Do you know what you want ….. be informed.

People get all fuzzy when they come to Vancouver because they have not seen anything like it.
Great I am proud of my city I was born here.
I rode around the seawall the other day met people from all over the world and told them you could spend several lifetimes here and not experience all the natural wonder. We have 27,000 kilometres of kayak-able coastline 2.5 Germany’s can fit into BC. Exploration and discovery if you want its here but sadly it is being quickly eroded.
The beauty of our city is something to behold and is easily showcase-able its initial image is positive but is superficial.

Just like the Olympic marketing ploy of Whistler; I traveled to Squamish he other day brilliant sun 15C not a snowflake in sight this winter yet they have a snowplow running on the salted highway and and a new vehicle chain-up sign at Britannia Beach. Carry chains beyond this point from October to May. They moved that sign south by about 30 km and then its like December to February if at all.
It’s all apart of marketing speak to make something seem as it is not.

In the outstanding Olympic opening Grizzly Bears and Orca’s are used as iconic representations of this province yet we do little to protect them. Grizzly’s are hunted, Orca populations are stressed, by pollution, lack of salmon and in fact pre-1950’s we used to kill them too.

As we speak a lake ironically called FISH, with 85000 trout has been given the go ahead by our forward thinking provincial gov’t to be used as a mine slag pit.
UPDATE NOV 2010 FED Gov’t steps on provincial gov’t and laid down the law …. FISH Lake is saved for the time being.

Dutch Shell (Nigeria eco-disaster fame) is about to develop in the headwaters of the Stikine, Nass and Skeena which will threaten our north coast Salmon. We have lost the south coast fishery.

All this and more is out of the minds eye of most people. If the gov’t sez it’s alright it must be?

But then again you can not change it can you? 2 out of 4 million people did not vote in the last provincial election. I urge you to vote, contact your federal and provincial MLA’s make them work for their 160+ grand/year. Maybe your children will see the land, and get a sense of place does that matter to you?

IED’s are taking out Canadians in Afghan land did they die for nothing? How are you protecting Canada?

…… am I irritating you

I’ve been following James Balog for many years, first as a climber because he has climbed in many of the areas I have,** and as a photographer, one of his most famed projects involved a series of animal portraits in studio settings that are just …inspiring. Very talented and very art nature centric.

Trained as geomorphologist, and being a mountain traveler/alpinist he has a good grasp of the alpine environment.

You might say he he has a “sense of place” and an ability to convey it.

For the past couple of years he has been involved in documenting ice and how it has been transmuting, that is to say decaying, moving, changing form and disappearing.
He is documenting through remote time lapse photography his latest project is called The Extreme Ice Survey.

Check out these 2 links which are every bit as erudite as Al Gore’s talks except with pure real-time documentation.

The video is fantastic..

The lecture informative.

In November I attended a lecture that glaciologist/climatologist Dan Smith gave on his studies of glaciers in the coast ranges of BC.

Years ago he was consulted by VANOC about holding the current winter Olympics in Vancouver Whistler. He told the truth, El Nino forecast and climate getting progressively warmer earlier winter snowpack melt sooner. Not a terribly good idea.

**… he incidently did one of the first ascents of Slipstream a beautiful line of frozen alpine ice that comes off of the northside of Snowdome very near to Mt Kitchener in the Columbia Icefields in Banff/Jasper Park in the Canadian Rockies.

Have you ever noticed how we have become accustomed to the same lacklustre reportage, how the interviewee gives the same answers, or in the case of politicos don’t answer but talk around issues and its accepted, and its accepted, and its accepted, like people don’t think and if they do think why don’t they say anything? How the interviewer does the same old stuff probably to the protocol to the station he works for because they think the viewer wants it that way and,or stations, newspapers have other hidden agenda or advertisers they are trying to appease.

I thought this to be pretty apt one Brits take on the whole matter.

I got this off Terry Glavin’s Blog BC writer/journalist currently in Afghanistan.

We don’t want generic stuff do we? Define generic …..

Client Commissioned work from the cave. Calibrated workflow by Haris at Chromalink. Limited Ed print. This is where everything comes from.

Always liked them. This was taken at Whistler.

And this was shot in another part of the coast range of British Columbia where you don’t have to pay to day ski.