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I thought things were getting a bit mudane of late thought I’d change it up some what.So down South America way there’s this town called Ollyanta (locals), or Ollyantaytambo (touri) veritable mtb mecca …. my Guide Chet suggested we hit up some Inca ruins up high…. Olly’s at 10 grand so 14grand seemed like it might be a nice good view destination to bivy at. So it was decided open bivy up high in the southern Andes. We had to carry overnight packs while the horse led by two brothers 8 and 10 carried the bikes.Clear sky night at Minus 10C at night with lots of frost and mega stars … and the big dipper is turned around. What can I say the downhill was long and very cool. Ever Mountain bike Peru?? Just do it and bone up on yer Spanish.



Well, when the light is good you gotta get out. I found myself alone, not that I found myself but I was in an interesting local area with a sunny day forecast before the sun rose, knowing that the sun also rises so I’ll take a walk with my camera. A pleasant surprise to find a tide ebbing and thinking that this would be a great place to practice some kayaking surfing before heading out to the west coast. Before long a couple surfers arrive and I wander over and crank a couple of shots. Funny this is only 10 minutes by car from downtown Vancouver. Enjoy the weekend.

I like the layered feel in this photo. It doesn’t hit right away. The sand has texture, the sky has texture and the water has a mottled texture.

Nothing like a tropic morns first light to work the angles. What drew me to this was the line of potted cactus around the rim of the pool.

Really like the ochre cast as it reflected the warm light. Everything is juxtaposed by the angularity of the structure. The frame of the cactus and the structure of the building itself.
The sky’s blue gives a nice edge contrast.

Its been pretty busy of late. I am back and here are a couple of photos.

I have had an ongoing visual attraction to anomolies in nature. Erratic boulders are so different. They are deposited by glaciers on their retreat.
This one is like an egg erroded by the wind and sea-borne humidity you can see some exfoliation on the surface. Maybe when it exfoliates and cracks something will pop out
and save the planet.

The other I love for its pastel-ness, the softness and the odd wonder of the sand as it comes inland. It might ask a question. The wind is pretty powerful.

Expect this one to be filled quickly. Shape and form in nature. Limit 12 bring skis or snowshoes for full days.

Update this is sold out, thanks so much see you then.

If road conditions warrant a cancel we will re-schedule.

Update thanks for everything the class was a success

Erythronium oregonum. The white fawn lily is a delicate little flower something sensual, among the first to emerge in the wildflower spring.
Springing forth parting the ground in the shady understory giving its own light for a limited time.

It does not transplant well so if you see them leave them be.

Tripod was strung out and teetered over a 5 foot gap over a seaside bluff just before a shower hit, a few quick shots.

reminds me of The Who pictures of lily I wonder why …… lily oh lily


updated this We found a chocolate lily

Thanks for attending the workshop Great Lily finds by the sea. As you can see a tripod is super useful as well as a Flash. Yes Lindsey Manfrotto is a quality pod.

There was an impending storm in the distance, it crossed the valley, covered the peaks, and inundated me and the snow cups on which i stood.
It came raging with dark squalls and electric light disappearing as fast as it arrived.

and left me with shape and form

Water mercurial malleable a cold weight bent by the tide waiting for the monthly moon to dodge and skip the stars — here no wind.

Clematis in floral arrangement. Its been such a cool spring that the sprigs of this vine are just shooting through the soil now.

don’t feel especially wordy like these flowers though something lush and robust about them like kiwi fruit the soft first bite pastel and yielding tip of tang

For the last 3 days I have posted on this natural disaster so check out the previous posts.

I filmed this on on the D7000 and converted it in post to 16:9 wide screen again I slightly blurred it to get rid of moire lineage.

The raging surge has breached the towns dyke/breakwater/tsunami barrier and cascades through the town with ships vehicles and debris. The wave here is 20+ feet. Wave breaches at turn in river, the flow is constricted/obstructed by the bend thus breach occurs.


Found this Bryan Adams signed album at a garage sale in Vancouver. Just by fluke riding by and sorted through some old records Cuts Like a Knife Signed Bryan Adams 1985. 26 years ago! It was in a darker pen so I highlighted in Pshop with grey to make it more noticeable in the photo you see. Interesting what you can find in garage sales if you spend the time to look. He used to work at the Tomahawk Restaurant in NVan near the Lions Gate bridge that bridges the gap (first narrows) between Stanley Park and the North Shore. Local boy does well, good food at the restaurant too.

This is a trailer SPOIL its about how we will not let an oil pipeline from ALBERTA TAR SANDS be constructed to the west Coast of British Columbia. You can not support this. This ecosystem is incredibly unique.

we have a real short period of time do you think we should do any thing about it?

N Selkirks Esplanade Range Mottled light high lit falling crystals one foot powder pillow avalanche free.
ski with a guide here for the best experience

Ernst was one of my early mentors. An eye for colour, Euro came to the states post WW2…. Hit NYC and shot film lots of first generation Kodachrome and Kodacolor. An eye for colour forsure. Shot lots of stuff from still life to fashion. This was taken in the interior near Pentiction.

Storm on the wind. A warm wind. A warm summer wind and electricity in the air so the little hairs on the back your neck just stand right up.
Do you know that feeling? A summer storm coming.

The Gulf it’s big. There is current. There are waves, sometimes there is swell.

You can see across the gulf on clear days. San Juans to Ballenas, Sunshine Coast to Active Pass.

Sometimes you can’t cross the gulf.

This is enroute to the Coleman Headwall which is on the nw side of Mt Baker. Bruce and I tried to get a start on it but it was guarded by some pretty deep crevasses and tottering serac blocks all dripping wet and slouching. We slept in big crevasse at 9000 ft to keep out of the wind. Some climbers woke us up at about 3 and we went back to sleep till 5. We passed them at 530 below the Roman Wall. They got lost? And got to the summit just as the sun rose. Baker is just under 11000 feet 10 seven I think.

I’m feeling a bit nostalgic today. When we were small these stores were on every corner. Jaw breakers, doublebubbles Bazooka Joe’s etc. a few years ago now I went on photo quest for the remaining ones, high property values were making them scarce, ….(just like agricultural land now is under pressure in the lower mainland, I digress )

This is one of my faves. The grocer helping the lady with her purchases. The shop keeper taking a vested interest in providing a neighbourhood service.

I stalked this shot getting the location wired long beforehand, figuring its exposure to the sun and when the best time to shoot ( spring morning) and getting there at the right time to create the document I wanted. Just by fluke the grocer walked out with his customer, one of those moments where you look through the viewfinder and can’t believe your eyes, so good to be true. Like seeing deer stalked and bluffed off a cliff by a wolf in Knight Inlet. Kodachome on tripod. They don’t make Kodachrome any more.

Won a Canadian Magazine Award for a series of them in Canadian Geographic.

Found this little seed pod awhile ago and its been sitting on my light table in a ziplock. Shot it with a macro. Delicate little thing its super light and about a centimeter long 2.54 cm to the inch. Its feather like stock makes it a whim to the grace of the winds, ready for a journey maybe close or far away from its mother source, metaphorically, looks how we started too.

Golden Ears Provincial Park

Rain January. The thing about the East side trail is that it follows Gold Creek till it becomes braided and meandering about 6km from the parking lot before it peters out.

The thing that’s great about it, is that no one is on the trail especially in the winter months.
In the summer the park is pretty busy ……. now no one.

Ride your bike like the shot shows. You can not ford this this tributary stream without taking off your boots if you’re hiking … with a bike you can power through…. don’t lose your balance though or you’ll get wet.

It was fetid but great with mist and rain enveloping us, mossy understory and some storybook settings deep in the trees where you expect a gnome or a hobbit to peer out. Ride it, I think its in my book mtb adventures in SWBC.

I rarely capture stills from video but I liked this one. Photos don’t have to be sharp to convey the atmosphere. I masked a couple of copies and digitally crafted the colour this what I got.

just posted this 2 months late filmed in a rainstorm camera d7000 in ziplock bag, marcus and I on a tear over rock water and trail.

I like this shot I was inspired by viv maier whose work was found in an abandoned storage container and purchased by a real estate agent in the eastern states for 400 dollars.

Historic find beautiful artful photos that document life in the 50’s and sixties. A female Fred Herzog of Chicago. A solitary French nanny with a 2.25. Check it out.

The couple shot here … I like for a bunch of different reasons, but not obviously the watermarks because it it such a good stock shot it can be easily ripped, it might be nice in Maui right now its raining here in Vancouver.

Happy New Year.

First image of the year posted here art nature original 10000 pixels square. Big print fine art paper.

This is from British Columbia in the Coast Range in the area known as Granite Country. Want to go?

False Hellibore is kind of a lush alpine plant, grows quite big, the first frost hits it pretty good as most of the plant is fleshy full of water. Like us guess the first frost would hit us pretty good too if we were naked and alpine think we’d wilt at the edges??

Found this hiding in a small granite cove surrounded by avalanche debris. I figured I was lucky.

This echos the ethos of adventure, creative adventure, a place in the heart of it all, its capture the very nerve of elemental soul, the embodiment of.

A friend gave this to me it’s a gift……. view in full screen.

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Dec 2-3 marked the anniversary of the disaster that happened in 1984 A government affidavit in 2006 stated the gas leak caused 558,125 injuries including 38,478 temporary partial and approximately 3,900 severely and permanently disabling injuries and over 15000 deaths.

This is a shot of my T-shirt purchased in Bhopal. Union Carbide was responsible for the disaster Dow Chemical bought the company in 2001. Some 1st world corporations in 3rd world countries take advantage of cheap labour, inadequate safety regulations, no regulations to max their profit margins. Just exploitation.
The poor people there are still coping with the results and trying to hold the corporation and its CEO responsible. Who is responsible?

Currently Dow is suing the Government of Canada for $2 million, through NAFTA’s Chapter 11 investor-state dispute process, as part of a challenge to a Quebec ban on the use of lawn pesticides.

Is DOW Chemical in the Tar Sands? Where are the Tar Sands.

“…forgive me jesting again, but the NDP is kind of proof that the Devil lives and interferes in the affairs of men.” – Stephen Harper, 1997

Fin is my man and MP The Tanker Ban on Canada’s west coast was narrowly passed yesterday LUCKY 143 for to 138 against. There is inadequate or outdated response for spills on this coast. Good to be back its worse in the 3rd world.

A remote post: was lucky to have a photo adventure in the most blue of all alpine lakes.

A hidden ridge revealed this gem of a lake, a mere dot on the topographic, there was no question that this would be the destination. No question.

Iron staining here promoted this colour unreal and un-photoshop’ed. We hiked up a series of joined undulating ridges scrambling up to around 7500 feet (2500m),
before returning.

Staying with the Pete Turner theme, this hunted and spotted shot from the depths of Surrey, British Columbia echo the start of a new school year
Memories of new school September smells of fresh paint and a quickly fading summer with chill mornings, blue sky and the bus you just can’t miss.

On the road Moab Utah. In the desert south of Salt Lake City. Land of Mormons and old mine sites. Get yourself to the canyonlands.

Went into a coffee shop asked for a cappuccino and they said cup of what?

Like the colors and design reminds me of one of my mentors Pete Turner.

Stay with me for details for this one. Leaving October this year. Photo Trek to Langtang Himal from Kathmandu.
Digital photography of unique mountain cultures in villages rarely seen off the normal travelers track.
All logistics taken care of. Good food porters mountain lodges for digital debrief sessions. Multiple base camps for day trips to specific areas. 4 to 6 photographers accepted.

Details are below click the Photo

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.

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.

Animals hunt for survival ……. Ignorant humans do it for the trophy.

Can you? Do you support this? Our provincial Liberal Campbell government does.

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Film maker Twyla Roscovich produced this excellent video on Grizzly bears and current hunting practices. Take a look……

The Grizzly Bear hunting moratorium has been off for a few years now. It is unfortunate that this hunt occurs can you stop it? Do you care? What can you do? 2000 Bears have died since it was lifted. What is interesting and sad there are no clear numbers of the bear population so who knows if hunters are forcing the population into extinction?

I was fortunate to spent a summer in Glendale Cove on Knight Inlet at Dean Wyatts operation. Gained a total appreciation for wildlife in all of nature. Was in the area from March to September and saw a pretty full cycle very interesting once in lifetime wildlife interactions. Eg. Grizzly sow piggybacking a cub across a river. Kayaking with thousands of pink Salmon, Wolves chasing a deer over a bluff, wolves forcing a group of deer into the Ahunwati bay and then running the shoreline of the bay to intercept their landfall eagles fishing between ocean swells and yes even the birthing of seal pups…. yeah these things really happen while you text message on your blackberry but maybe not for long its up to you……..

Adventure Texas Creek traverse into the Siwhe Drainage
overnight fast and light. south of Lillooet BC a few windfalls do you like carrying a mountain bike? Make sure its a hardtail or it’ll eat up lots of calories and turn you into an old boy sooner than later.

NYC from the top of the Met. I like this softness here and contrast of nature and the skyline.

Jeremy Scahill’s book
Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army (Nation Books)

has just come out in softcover … a recommended read and asks a lot of pertinent questions about war
and mercenary security. These people operate with impunity without rules of engagement or honor there are 100,000 of them in Iraq they get paid 1000 dollars minimum per diem per person. 50% of every dollar in taxes goes to the military. (There is a movement afoot to not pay taxes to force a decision on Iraq.
They were also in New Orleans after Katrina.)

The Author speaks here excellent piece that explains the situation very well

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqM4tKPDlR8

and see the Empire State Building in the background too.

Interesting fact I found while recently in NYC. Small time book dealer from Philadelphia purchased a collection of old photos in 2003 in Brooklyn. Some of them were depictions of obese women in Tutu’s and dancers with pythons stuff the american writer Greil Marcus calls “Old Weird America”.

Turns out many were Arbus’s she used to frequent Hubert’s Dime Freak Show in the 1960’s. It was located in Times Square but has since disappeared. Bob Dylan and Tom Wolfe also used see the odd (ha) show.

Check out this book recently published by Gregory Gibson

Hubert’s Freaks: The Rare Book Dealer, The Times Square Talker and the Lost Photos of Diane Arbus.

Its a good read about freaks, curators, underground history and Arbus.

A Southeby’s Action sold one of here works in 2004 for just under half a million.

Susan Sontag in On Photography wrote ” the most striking aspect of Arbus’s work is that she seems to have enrolled in one of art photography’s most vigorous enterprises – concentrating on victims, on the unfortunate – but with compassionate, purpose that such a project is expected to serve.”

Checked out the Lee Friedlander show in NY at the Met his series of black and white profiling landscape architect Olmstead. So it’s Friedlander rendering nature. My fave isn’t on the net an erratic and some bush….but I like this one F’s style shows here without question…..go to Nymag.com for some more examples…

Books to get inspired by…

Travels with Herodotus
Ryzard Kapusciski Vintage Press Polish Journalist travels with Herodotus in mind Excellent from translation

Kem Nunn Dogs of Winter and Tijuana Straits Both excellent novels Lit bent imbued with surfing passions

Brooklyn Posters detail alpenglowpro

Trying really hard to subvert a few tropes just outside NYC with a bit of ambiguity.

Moma in NYC two modern works juxtaposed.
Recommended to visit. Loads of ART Dali to Klein etc etc a great trip. More images to come.


Take your time: Olafur Eliasson my interpretation MOMA… Pinto man talk soon

More Olafur…..I loved this Icelandic artists installations. There were more at PS1 but photos were strictly prohibited. The up flowing waterfall and the mirrored disc in the sky were outstanding transforming space and giving it outside dimensions. Where is your place in the world. Maybe we should all ask that? More coming.


This building has such great space. 100asa 4.5 @ 15thsec so sez the meta data

A Utopian vision of pastoralism and harmony with nature….where is that attitude now?

We are still in the clearcut economic reality of development until you can’t develop any longer.

We lost a heck of a lot of stuff in the last 150 years…can we afford to lose more?

The term Arcadia refers a Greek province….the province’s mountainous topography and sparse population of pastoralists later caused the word Arcadia to develop into a poetic byword for an idyllic vision of unspoiled wilderness. The Utopian vision, Arcadia, is associated with bountiful natural splendor and harmony.

They had a lot of thinkers back then…..

Maybe thats why I feel free in the mountains pour être libre dans les montagnes

Pastoralists van Boise Creek Valley a tributary of the Pitt River.

Just looking forward to kayaking this season with this unseasonal weather day 20C. Get ready to dip your paddles….don’t forget

To get up early for the photo ……….this was taken at 530am + dew on the yaks gentle lapping of the incoming tide the odd gull mewing….you know the routine.

As new membership director for the “Dalai Clique” I encourage you to join now.

We can truly unite and subvert.

Marketing spin is full on in Asia today.

yes of course I am just kidding it seems everything out of China recently that is negative untoward is blamed on the “Dalai Clique” who is obviously responsible for everything from Tibetan terrorism to Olympic disruption.

It is an example of China marketing false facts and that is marketing Chinese style which is essentially propaganda with not much degree of separation from the Mao days. Unite and subvert facetious of course lets join the “Dalai Clique” eh .

Is China a dictatorship with lack of freedoms, no political ethic, what do you think?

How to see….the art of seeing……seeing things in different ways….and not only one way
some visual practice here

A ski traverse in the coast mountains of British Columbia can be pretty wild. The Monarch Icecap Traverse was a storm ridden experience. Days and days of storm and howling blizzard .(one great memory is being awakened by shouts in the night….. a big cornice collapsed on one of our 3 tents at 3am, it formed off the top a (5+ foot 1.75 metre) snow wall designed to protect the tent from the blasting wind but after 5 days the top of the snow wall became even with the surface of the glacier…thus the wind formed the cornice…. we dug out the tents by headlamp)..started on the Talchako Glacier near Monarch and ended up on a logging road that fed into hwy 20 just east of Bella Coola. Very hard trip for a skier with no technique crappy boots and a lot of heavy expensive photo gear.

Good scenics when it did clear….WE flew in and skied out …watch for Grizzlies on the last day as you come out of the alpine and into the forest north of Ape Lake…wild land we were late coming out.

Monarch Pano here a day south of Ape Lake                                     click this thumb for a larger image.

In the early 1900’s Floyd Nelson, a Washington prospector was inspired to build the Pacific Northwest’s first backpack…..probably the first one that was widely marketed in North America. He came up with the idea after a trip to Alaska where he used a First Nations pack. He modified the design and used pack cloth for breathability. Click Here More Info

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When I first went to summer camp up Indian Arm near Vancouver …Camp Jubilee….my parents bought me this pack…I used it until I was about 14. I remember doing a hike in the UBC Research Forest with a Cub Scout group and cooking up hamburger patties in foil with onions over an open fire….I spilled some of the grease from that meal on the pack…pack-layers-wp.jpgI think I can still smell it today.

That was the same trip where a kid rubbed his feet raw by wearing, ankle cut rubber boots instead of hiking boots.

Years ago after skiing 5 days in the Tonquin we headed to Jasper for dinner. I rarely buy souvenirs but I couldn’t pass up an Ice is Nice t-shirt. The design was cool an ice climber in silhouette. I had that for years until it basically rotted off my body.

That was in March and March can be pretty cold in the Rockies…. any way here is a shot of famed Norwegian ice climber Slim Doag….in the Canadian Rockies eh. There is good ice in Oslo too….apparently.doag-ice-wp.jpg

Just as an aside American ice prodigy Jeff Lowe, a real famed climber of monumental proportions upwards of a thousand first ascents including the Himalaya has been fighting MS for the last 10 years…that sort of just blew me away found that out just recently.

Stay Tuned for up coming schedule for 08…..I am going back to Asia this fall in November….Himalaya with side trips to Cambodia and India.

There will be 2 coast mountain workshops ( 5 day ) that will include air travel and base camps. And One 7 day Rocky Mountain Canada Workshop.

And weekend workshops will continue this year lower mainland GVRD and Gabriola Island based.

and……..alpenglowpro was placed on The Tyee’s  BC Blog List today  check the link out……

So after an enjoyable afternoon we found ourselves in Silva Bay quaffing back a few brew and decided to go for a ride. We headed out and decided to huff up the height of land above Berry Point Road and down the Yogi Trail and headed over to the Surf for a sunset brew before climbing the height of the land again and descending to Sandwell where we pushed along the beach and back to the south.
The next morning, we headed out to traverse all the island highpoints. We peddled from sea level xing the new 700 acre park in the centre of the island and then headed out to near Fern road and the Legends area and ripped over to Coats Road and connected with South Road and had breakfast at Suzy’s then peddled up the Yogi Trail and back down to Sandwell and home. We were out for 4 hours and it was great, total sunshine and super scenics

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Location found. Go for the light. Freeze your fingers off wear long under wear pre-visualize.

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Can you tell me where this is……

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I found this old chart at a garage sale on the island. This edition was last published in 1937, original information on the map dates from late 1800’s.
It covers terrain from Saltspring Island to Vancouver all the way up Howe Sound into the Elaho and all the way up to Queens Reach and Princess Louisa Inlet and north to Texada Island.

The detail shown is of Queens Reach note the little published fact that Indians travel from the head of the sound to Desolation Sound in 2 days. I looked on the the newer topographic and the route climbs to a pass and drops into the Little Toba River drainage which then leads to the head of Toba Inlet which leads to Desolation Sound.

The map 1 metre x 3/4metre is really neat in that it shows a lot of aboriginal place names and other paths less traveled.

I was fortunate to have some time in the alpine near Mt Alfred this summer. See the reflections shot in Sept posting.

Click this map to get an even bigger shot. Pretty cool eh……love the hatch marks that denote steepness of the terrain.

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Comox 1st nations

Catlo´ltx, own name.

Connections. The Comox constituted a dialetic group of the coastal division of the Salishan linguistic family.
Location. On the east coast of Vancouver Island including both sides of Discovery Passage, between the Puntlatch and Kwakiutl.

Subdivisions
Clahoose, on Toba Inlet.
Comox, on both sides of Discovery Passage between Chancellor Channel and Cape Mudge.
Eëksen, about Oyster Bay.
Homalko, on the east side of Bute Inlet.
Kaäke, on the southeast coast of Valdes Island.
Kakekt, at Cape Lazo.
Sliammon, on Malaspina Inlet.
Tatpoös, on the eastern part of Valdes Island.

History. The Comox were visited by Europeans somewhat later than the Cowichan (q. v.), otherwise their history has been the same.
Population. Mooney (1927) estimated that in 1780 there were 400 Comox on Vancouver Island and 1,400 on the mainland. In 1906 he gives 59 and 265 respectively.

Notice how smallpox decimated populations of this population.

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Mt Ipsoot near Pemberton pretty easy trip just your average weekend ski-mountaineering 4000 vertical 15-20km weight haul maybe 40 pounds but if you loose the tent and just take bivy gear thats about 7 pounds off the back. If you loose he camera gear thats another 5 pounds. If you take a summer bag thats another 2 pounds saved. etc

However

If you like to carry weight over hills you can contemplate this….. a guy I knew carried two 1 pound jars of hot Thai sauce over the Lillooet Icecap on a 3 week ski-mountaineering trip from near the Lord river to Meager Creek….and really didn’t think anything of it. Extremely strong guy big thighs.

The gulf..the wide vastness with something more than we know, its alive and to touch it, to smell it, the closeness of the sea…do you live near the sea…and the surf at night breakers off shore the baying lions of the sea misty warm with herring breath in the cool of the morning the dull throb of a ship in the fog the rain a clear passage of light mid-storm, the gulf more than we know.over-the-gulf-wp.jpg

Just got back from photographic adventure in the coast mountains of BC. Covered some steep ground……the famed mountain explorer John Clarke traveled here years ago on a traverse from the north. Here is one shot taken from a portion of that high mountain ramble. As luck would have it I was in a transitional weather period in the mountains where we had ambient transitory and some diffuse light. I favour these conditions as they make for interesting shots. Often the light can be washed out in the afternoon not really my favorite time to shoot but big cumulus were drifting past, some quite dark and dense with moisture. This area has alpine scenery that is just amazing, storybook tarns, granite cliffs, heather and grass and flower meadows abound. I plan workshops here in the future, another secret location away from the masses. Ready to discover. There is a possibility we can arrange a trip here before mid-October via float plane let me know ASAP. Lots of photo ops lots of rambling.

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Just finished a one week showing on Gabriola island and sold quite a few pieces. Some mixed media.

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This is a symbolic piece and should look good on the wall. A troika of Kalashnikov’s as imagery are superimposed with a blooming iris and text with red acrylic, framed by a border of black acrylic.

Breaking heavy weather in spire country British Columbia Coast Range.

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Read Previous post regarding this beauty lake Please scroll down a few entries Jan 24 07

A couple of more posts are coming thanks to all for attending recent workshop 2week ago the flowers were great…..

Always look for repetitive shape and form. This situation/location intrigued me. In the darkroom I decided to amplify to create an interesting linear representation.

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Doug Coupland could have used this in his recent Canadian memorabilia book. I am not sure he may have something similar but it comes from an era certainly different from now. I found this on a hiking trip way away from everything behind a rock in the moss.
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I thought I’d add a bit of colour today….soon everything is going to be budding out.
A bit of Albers and his colour theory inspired this.

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Spring when its not wet is road hockey time. Wanted to use a semi fast shutter with a bit of fill for the shadows and strobe to blur some of the real fast action. Don’t rely on a motor drive all the time plan for the decisive moment.

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Take a walk in the British Columbia Coast Mountains. See the text that nature renders.

One of my students recently sent me this photo. Kudos on your award Frank. Note the perspective at play which leads your eye to background, the element of perspective is good leading to the far background, the uniqueness of the terrain and light is good…but what really makes me take notice are the blue pools of light that highlight the unique geology….the photograph really succeeds on many levels….
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UPDATE: Alpenglowpro will be teaching 2 Photo courses at UCFV in Fall of 07  The Art of Seeing and Pre-visualization and Developing a Personal Photographic  Style

Just go do it. Bring a camera and picture the reality. Get in as close as you dare.

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Windblown ridge top perched evening light minus 15 full moon about to rise. That was the moment. Exit by headlamp back to 1500 metres for a hoar-frosted goodsleep night.
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Nepalese soldier on patrol Lali Kharka NE Nepal. Early morning.mao-gur-wp.jpg

A group of soldiers were moving fast through this little village to protect the area in case of a Maoist insurgency.
Because of the angle of the morning sun I had an opportunity to create a graphic representation of the mountain environment,the soldier,and introduce the idea of political conflict into the image. The reign and sub-standard rule of the monarchy has since been downgraded and battles with the Maoists have stopped, there is now peace in Nepal.
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Have got some photos coming from Asia this one echoes the decisive moment. A travel photo workshop is being planned for India in Oct/Nov08.india-thar-travel-wp.jpg

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india-sandukpu-wp1.jpg Kangchenjunga the 3rd highest in the world sunset from the Sikkim India
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Taking advantage of the recent high pressure I was lucky to find a couple of natural nuggets just waiting to be found.
One of my favorite locations within the GVRD…which is the Greater Vancouver Regional District in SW British Columbia. I frequently take students here as the area lends multiple opportunity for at least three different adventures, all with great photos. canoe-s-wp-2.jpg pano-wp-secret-loc1.jpgThis years workshop schedule will be up shortly.

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Many go fishing all their lives without knowing it is not the fish they are after…..Thoreau
Hey maybe its nature …….what happens when its gone??

Been out shooting some pixels, you sure do not need to be the conservator like with film. Its fast maybe too fast sometimes, you have to challenge yourself to slow down compose and think, still….. use a tripod.

Spent a couple of hours on Indian Arm checking out the ice and some of the winter storm damage, lots of debris in water, a few docks nuked. A chilly day but didn’t really need gloves….. bit of breeze on the way back pretty excellent day.

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This photo was over-exposed to get beyond 18% grey that the meter reads. You want white snow not grey snow. So it is OE 1.5-2 stops. This was a raging blizzard but a must travel day with sleds on a 2 week + trip we were late on this one. Storms came off the pacific one after another. The Monarch area is up near Bella Coola. We topo ed and GPS ed luckily avoiding cracks that would swallow you whole and not spit you out until the finality of global warming brightens some anthropologist’s day.

MONARCH SKI TRAVERSE

Storms this week have dumped mega snow all of it powder so go out and enjoy it. Kayak in the morning and go for a ski in the aft or evening. I was skiing the Powdercap a couple of years ago, of course carrying an inordinate amount of weight… the shot here is taken witha 5lb lens that I woofed for 4 days and god knows how much elevation gain…but it was all worth it….the composition here a sliver of light crested a ridge and gave this fleeting view for less than 5 minutes… then it was gone. My friend Mark and I were winter yaking in I Arm when the snow was down…and we’ll be doing the same this weekend…..get out and enjoy if you are on the coast of British Columbia…..and see some light.
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This photo was taken in the Adamant Range in the N. Selkirks Mountains of British Columbia
With the highest peak of that range in the background Sir Sandford Smith
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We Over nighted here one February years ago. Inversion trapped the fog in the lowlands below…sunny above 1000m.
Best to everyone for 2007.Climbers ready for the winter ascent of Blanchard’s Needle

More Ski Photos off-piste

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Nothing like touring in the coast ranges of BC with camera in the pack.

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Gabriola Island gallery space. The Alpenglow Gallery Framed prints and cards. Opened on the Thanksgiving weekend.

This is my base camp for gulf island explorations….a two day discovery mission of composition and the art of photography starts here and travels the scenic coast of Gabriola Island. Optional modes of discovery, exploring new angles can also include sea kayaking. Gabriola Island is a unique and special place to discover.

Gallery Space

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Windsurfing BC cold fingers and a stormy wait for the light. The epitome of location, light and environment.

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