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Semi classic store great ethnographic syntax … short and to the point.

 

 

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

We in Canada have an upcoming election; and it is hoped all around that Canadians VOTE for change.

In other less fortunate parts of the world governments don’t let their people vote because they do not want to lose dictatorial power. This is true in LIBYA SYRIA CHINA North Korea and Myanmar. The people recently demonstrated against a corrupt government in Egypt and won.
People can win only by being united.

You Don’t Want Change Don’t Vote. WE are fighting a war in Afghanistan don’t make those lives lost a waste.

The video is somewhat graphic but it depicts the reality of oppression of what is really happening in less fortunate parts the world. Savour your freedom. Many have fought for it.
filmed with d7000 and post processed in imovie

Issues you might want to consider are:

1. The protection of our West Coast Salmon Fishery.
2. Offshore property ownership of Canada
3. The Tar Sands in Alberta
4. Harm Reduction in Downtown Vancouver.
5. The proposed pipeline to Prince Rupert from Alberta
6. Oil/Development Tanker traffic on the west coast of British Columbia.
7. The Kyoto Protocol
8. The Prosperity Mine Proposal and The Destruction of Fish Lake (85000 trout) in the Chilcotin
9. Support of the Grizzly Bear Trophy Hunt in British Columbia

I believe most of these issues are of concern for the livable future of all Canadians.

Have you heard of them, do you care, have your candidates addressed these issues? The present conservative government has not.

Sissy Hankshaw vouches the more you use your thumbs the more you will be just like me.
“I have mutation and it is with my thumbs and its from typing. They are giant.
And u 2 can b just like me and not use a blackberry anymore”

“Would I do it all over again. Probably not. Everything has consequences. But I hitchhike well” she said

Tom Robbins Even Cowgirls Get the Blues is a good read

White water is judged on a 1-6 grading system. This little town had grade 3 running through its streets

I filmed this video broadcast with a Nikon D7000 HD on tripod slightly out of focus to get rid of the monitor screen lines.


click the thumbnails for better bigger resolution

Massive quake hits N E Japan 8.9 Tsunami Near Sendai Airport helicopter must of got off and taken this aerial. It was on CNN … I noticed watching footage that this still photo had part of Sendai airport in it….. So I google earthed it and got the beta ( lay of the land literally). image is from 2003 and from 2.7km in elevation

The town east of the airport is just devastated as the wave comes on. High point is bridge that crosses canal is only safe point two cars on bridge.

According to goog earth the wave surmounted a 5-6m beach tree berm before continuing onward to airport. estimates of wave travel speed are are around 10metre/second 20 mph roughly. The natural scale of this geological event is hard to realize. Pray for these people they had little warning. Happened at about 940PM PST. 540 UTC approx 250PM Local
Airport to ocean 1 kilometre …………. Beach berm width 300 metres or just about 1000 feet
Oblique view below


Update
Most recent sat photo at day 4 post quake at right

UPdate Village destroyed see link below on day 2

UPDATE Monday quake +3 I have posted some recent amazing videos see most recent posts

this peaceful farming village gets obliterated, cars are fleeing on roads. In goog earth fly to

38 11’04.39 N and140 56’56.34 E

elevation is less that 2 metres…. geologically it looks like the wave’s energy was focused by the topography of the bay absolutely devastating.
SENDAI AIRPORT Wave
distance from ocean to stranded truckers is 1.4 km or .8miles similar video Via BBC in the UK Truckers are on the overpass where the camera in located upper centre left

Ever drive in the Fraser Valley and notice the big hulking mass of snow and ice to the SE. Well that’s Mt Baker and its roughly 10700 ft high. It’s a volcano not active right now … it only vents gas and steam but it will probably active again. Maybe the mega-thrust earthquake we are way over due for will liberate the solid lava plug now damming the magma, waiting, like some pregnant pimple waiting to issue forth. Who knows …geologic years are gauged in the thousands, could happen tomorrow or a million years from now. Ahhh the whimsy of nature.

Anyway a bit of morning digression …. the past few days before this low gave us snow, it was extremely windy at high elevations. Hearlding a buildup of Premo avalanche conditions. Since the high winds came from the west they scoured west and probably NW facing slopes and deposited all that snow on their opposite sides south and south east sides. The snow lays deep on those aspects ready for triggers big pillows of snow. So be safe. The scoured slopes on the north are now loaded again with new snow that has dumped in the last 48 hours, since these slopes were scoured by the wind, probably down to hard-pack they probably will not hold large amounts of new snow well, so these slopes will potentially be unstable. So heads up.

“Clooney plays a flawed presidential candidate in his next film, The Ides of March. He’ll direct the movie he co-wrote, giving his character lines he’d like to hear from a presidential candidate. But despite occasional overtures from the California Democratic Party, Clooney has rejected the constraints of conventional politics. “I didn’t live my life in the right way for politics, you know,” he said, sitting outside the Central Pub in Juba, scarfing down pizza. A smart campaigner, he believes, “would start from the beginning by saying, ‘I did it all”

I don’t often put this stuff in my blog but since George Clooney seems like a pretty reasonable guy and has some social conscience with his involvement in Africa and (now myself having a more personal take on Africa) and doesn’t tow the normal hollywood garbage and is more independent even as a film maker. Read the Newsweek articleI put it in.

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.

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.

I was up in the Yukon a few years ago for the Yukon Quest and some other touri stuff.

The dogs were great and were well taken care of. Owners loved them.

We just had an unfortunate incident up in Whistler where dogs were murdered by a dog-sledding operator. This happened after the season last year
when all the tourists went home and the snow melted, I think 100 out of 300 dogs were shot and knifed and thrown into a mass grave.

Why were they not dealt with in a humane way? Total greed situation easier just to do away with the dogs at the end of the season rather than find homes for them.

Why have so many dogs if you have to cull at the end of the season?

This company should be exposed and have their business license taken away. They are beautiful animals.

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.

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.

there is no always

just a short note here for the response and inquiry for prints for recent subject matter flowers and the dfly ….. thanks
I’ll be emailing prices shortly and yes I print archival

On April 9, 2010, Halliburton bought Boots and Coots, the largest oil-spill cleanup company on the planet.
 
Oil giant Halliburton announced late Friday that it will purchase emergency response oil control company Boots & Coots in a deal valued at around $232 million.
Boots & Coots shares soared on Monday by more than 25%.Goldman Sachs, who’s joined at the hip with Halliburton, unloaded 44% of its stock in BP.

Enbridge, the corporation that wants to pipeline tar sands oil to BC and have oil tankers travel the BC coast

is Not Stupid either……….

They have been spending big, big bucks trying to spin positive around oil transport on BC’s pristine coast. Last week’s tanker ban announcement by Michael Ignatieff has put Enbridge into a panic. The Corporation and its share holders have much to lose. They’re throwing millions into their pro-tanker propaganda.
Full page ads supporting tankers on BC’s coast from Enbridge’s phony grassroots “Gateway Alliance” group are appearing in the Globe and Mail. Op-eds and letters attacking a tanker ban have appeared in the Times Colonist, Vancouver Sun and National Post.
In the last decade Enbridge has be responsible for a multitude of environmental violations and spills totaling thousands of gallons; this is just one example from Enbridge on Wikipedia.

In 2006, there were 67 reportable spills totaling 5,663 barrels on Enbridge’s energy and transportation and distribution system; in 2007, there were 65 reportable spills totaling 13,777 barrels. UPDATE Late July 2010 Huge Enbridge Pipeline break Wisconsin Kalamazoo River polluted with 20000 barrels of crude

We have over 27,000 km of kayak-able coastline here in BC and it’s pretty much a huge nutrient pool for thousands of marine and terrestrial species.

But then again do we need beaches? This was in the recent travel section of a Louisiana newspaper great positive spin.

Corporations are Not Stupid…..just build an all-inclusive resort a bit back from the coast …. no worries eh?

Many of you have wondered, and some have known that I have been immersed in a consumptive construction project for sometime, I basically deconstructed and rebuilt a 50 yr old house almost by myself,
it has been somewhat body and soul destroying, some have written me off in in the process. I am about to rejoin the land of the living very shortly; and claim back my life and loves also look forward to workshops in NFL and and Nepal as well as day tutorials within 6 hours of the lower mainland See Progress Photos Here NEW UPDATES added

Quote of the day “BP has put more birds in oil than Colonel Sanders.” ~ David Letterman

Olafur Eliasson the 43 year old installation wunderkind has just concocted perhaps his most striking one in Beijing where visitors lose their ­bearings and all sense of a three-­dimensional world. I think perhaps our present provincal government have spent some time there during its construction because it appears that they have lost their bearings and their relationship with the people and the land. Just a bit of editorial comment.

Salmon it feeds the people, it feeds the forests and everything within
primal footprint

Salmon are s a c r e d.

Who is W A Allard? Talented Nat Geo art Photog took fill flash shot of a Peruvian bovine bull in similar vein except with a red liquid background.
goog it.

it was like this… Bill and I had skied the much powder of Kimberly, Whitefish, Manning after a retreat from suisseland sojourn 2000 metres metier realized

and it all echoes back to canada eh to hockey night in Canada in some bluesy motel with 1308. but quite unlike the time in Algerciras  down from Malaga/Torremolinos( where we washed underwear in the bidet) reading  michener’s opus the Drifters which post dates On the road in a different vein ….. (and by bus) . Note the birthday Christmas toque  Leysin.(by the tea kettle)

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

Read this magazine it’s great ….. and Canadian.

Here is my comment going to letters to the editor; regarding “Bystanders” a short story by Steven Heighton. (Just have word that this will be published in next issue its out now May10 2010 great article on hockey by MacFarland)

In response to Steven Heighton’s Short Fiction “Bystanders”

A similar event largely unreported, occurred in Fall 2006 on the Tibet-china Nepal border at Nangpa Pass.

Innocents, Tibetan refugees including children and a nun were murdered by Chinese soldiers, shot from a distance slow moving targets in thigh deep snow in full view of a guided western climbing expedition.

The leader of this expedition balked at interfering/reporting the incident concerned he would loose economically.

Several of his guides under the threat of employment termination leaked the story to miniscule response from western press and governments.

Heighton’s piece metaphorically responds that we can not idly standby taking no action personally or nationally as ineffectual bystanders.

Many Thanks to Steven for making us think. Now all we have to do is act.

Walrus Published Letter Here

“I want world sympathy in the battle of of right against unright.” Gandhi 5.4/1930

Greg Maurer Photographer alpenglowpro.wordpress.com

Russell Hallbauer, CEO of Taseko (Prosperity) Mines wants to drain FISH LAKE, between world class Yohetta Valley/Chilko Lake-Ts’yl-os and Big Creek Provincial Parks and remove 85000 existing rainbow trout and create a tailings pond.

Do you want him to create “Prosperity Lake” with bigger and better fish after the mine has used the original lake for toxic tailings?

Hmmm I wonder why they called the lake Fish in the first place?

BC Government and its Liberal funded Environmental Assessment Office support this travesty.

The protection of Teztan Biny Fish Lake an issue for the local First Nations people, it is an issue for ALL Canadians.  Teztan Biny is only one of a number of freshwater lakes across this country of ours that is slated for extinction in the interests of corporate mining. In other words, our governments are allowing the “right to mine” to supersede the rights of local inhabitants to protect their water resources for future generations.

Yes corporate man should manipulate nature and local inhabitants sense of place for economic gain … do you agree?

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 …..

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.

A long time ago I wrote this quote down, have referred to it, and have drawn inspiration from it.

“it is better to have a few images that are full of life than masses of meaningless ones”

So slow down, look at what you are shooting and maybe pre-visualize before going into a “situation”

Wim Wenders is a German film director.

I knew someone once that also liked one of the movies he directed in 1984 …. Paris Texas.

Book I am currently reading “Angle of Repose” — Wallace Stegner

This was an excellent trip. Almost the best powder I have had. Mike and I built an igloo in just a little while and had a warm comfy sleep. Just above freezing inside, +4C, almost sweated in my bag while not wearing much of anything, minus 30 outside. It was an Alpine Club of Canada trip there was a guy outside using chopsticks for tent pegs. The weather was perfect and we hatched plans for an even more adventurous expedition the Lillooet Icecap.

Overnight the fellow with the original pegs had his tent turn into a hoar encrusted bivy sac.

A new year, Can change happen Do we need change?

On your watch, whats going to happen on your watch?

Global Warming, Carbon Footprint, Copenhagen Tim Horton Drive Thru Please Pick the anomaly. Whats going to happen on your watch?

Been following Henry Rollins for a long time. Ember of Rage. Governments will not do it People have to do it.

Homogenized Generic Dumb-ed Down Do you have an excuse? Do you have an ember or is it extinguished?

War The Tar Sands Inadequate Transit. Homelessness

During the last week of school before Christmas break I was caught in a traffic jam.

It was morning 830AM and parents were driving their high school aged kids to high school.

What a deal who would have thought they could not walk?

These are kids over thirteen … beyond the abductable stage .. if that’s a fear to justify. The snow was not thigh high there was no snow the weather was perfect.

A couple of hundred vehicles were involved pretty well gridlocking traffic all for ……. as much as I could figure…… just to drop kids right at the door step of the secondary school.

Traffic was bogged down all the way down 33rd to Oak and up to Cambie.

We are paying for this convenience … What is Global Warming? Some one must know?

Copenhagen the idea begins at home Was it a successful??

Why on earth do you have to drive your adolescent kids to school everyday?????

Am I wrong what do you think reply many read this blog a couple hundred a day not often does anyone reply………

He’s a cultural anthropologist. You would be entirely remiss if you did not checkout his recent Massey Lecture Series. You can download the 5 podcasts from CBC. Well worth it.

What I do is burn those podcasts to disc and listen to them while traveling through the mindless traffic of the lower mainland, intensified by mindless politicos that refuse to look ahead into the future and forward think rapid transit.

The median that runs out to the hinterland of the Fraser Valley is now destroyed, clearcut void of trees and birdlife in prep for a new highway. This median would have been a gift for rapid transit, a magnetic train, or another form. JUST MOVE PEOPLE FAST IN AND OUT OF THE CITY that should be the priority

Bombardier http://www.bombardier.com/en/transportation/sustainability/technology?docID=0901260d80048cf1 a Canadian firm has built rapid transit rail all over the world CHINA and Japan included but not in BC you say ……….. idiots

Now we will never get it there because a highway will occupy the space….. (logistically future transit construction disruptions will be too excessive to the traffic flow and never cause new construction to happen.)

What for? More congestion because in a few years the new twinning of the Port Mann will be at capacity again you’ll still be in line but who knows maybe you’ll be retired in 5 years and won’t have to commute. What a waste of space and money. Tell me I’m wrong.

So maybe the next time you sit in traffic on the trans-canada from 200th westbound to the Port Mann you might wonder why Europeans laugh at our transportation inability.

Oh yeah … Wade was a park warden in Spatsizi Park in Northern BC. Near Iskut near the Stikine, near Eve Cone, near Dease Lake near Bob Quinn Lake near Kitwanga all of course north of Smithers eh

wp Poppy and yellow lichen wall flora flower

In Flanders fields the poppies blow – John McCrae poem famous

Its interesting to think now that we are in Afghanistan most military deaths are inadvertently caused by poppies.

IED’s and arms are purchased with funds created from the selling of poppy opiate by-products.

If we stopped this drug for arms trade we would limit the danger our troops are exposed to.

Why is this not happening?

I think of what it must be like to fight in a foreign land and all the machinations that creates, all the innocents hurt, traumatic stress there and on return, the costs of it all the money the human hurt.

I hear the moan of bagpipes in the distance its almost 11AM.

In All Storms

there comes a time when the light shines.

yesterday between fronts a line of squalls ended with some clearing just as the day transited into evening

fleeting it disappeared quicker than ocean foam of a breaking wave.

WP storm light

Photographers love this light it combines magic hour with the low arc of this seasons hemisphere, so saturated and intense.

Where will you be when this light shines?

The tale of 2 stumps. Years ago Lauren painted a stump on the shore of Lake Superior. Interesting light homage to the tree dead and gone to heaven.

harris stump

Here is a stump in Port Moody. This ones nursing new life in an urban setting. Harris’ Stump is estimated to be worth over 2 million Canadian selling this week.

stump port moody

I was talking to my Persian video rental store owner, he thought it pretty disgusting the way the recent elections were held.
Iran has a few problems…it was known beforehand a honest election would be hard to sustain.

A group of men known as the Guardian Council decides who is permitted to run for president in Iran.

We also know that the campaign did not take place in “fair and healthy” circumstances, as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claims.

Reporters Without Borders, the Paris-based media watchdog group, calls Iran the “biggest prison” for journalists in the region.

The government regularly jails dissidents.
On the eve of the election, Web sites were blocked and cellphone text messaging was disrupted.

student protest 1968 poster wp1

A wave of arrests (numbering in at least the dozens) has been reported since Friday; on Sunday afternoon, a 28-year-old journalist in Tehran told one of our reporters that members of the Iranian intelligence service had just come to her office and taken away a colleague.

Washington Post Op-Ed piece June 17/09 via Radio Free Europe

These seem like old tactics pre WWII in Germany, Tactics for countries that have no freedom of speech and run by despots. Familiar? Just void the intelligentsia.

I was fortunate to be a guest of Tatchu Adventures. BC surfing excellence hosted by owner Clay Hunting who also along with great surfing supplies gourmet meals all……. can you believe it ….. in a wild BC west coast environment.
The ragged green edge of the world … Can not beat it!

The west coast of the Brooks juts out into the Pacific about 17 kilometres, a ragged topographical discontinuity, its west face runs 10 kilometers along the Pacific. Its submarine aspect is gently sloping so as to produce perfect surf. Spring, Fall and wild Winter really pump. Just ask Clay and surfer/filmmaker Aaron Jackson.

It’s an experience you won’t want to miss. We Zodiac’ed out from Fair Harbour and hung a right at Union Island and scooted by the Bunsby’s to the west side of the Brooks. Boards were tied down and spray was flying as the Zodiac’s hull cut through infinite wave trains of breaking swell.

brooks surfer boy watermark

In the 1990’s the area was thoroughly documented “The Brooks Refugium Project” was a a multi-disciplinary study of this unique peninsula. Why is unique? It is thought that the Brooks missed the last ice age so it has plants and terrain not affected by glaciation. So …. stories can be told from this gathered data.

brooks

Check this link out. Grocery owner in Eastern Europe takes photo from an internet blog and uses it for advertising. Every photographers nightmare.

Online Photographer

Watermark your images.

You ever think of about how good something was? I think of that sometimes you don’t realize it’s importance/value until it is gone.

Common sense tells us that OIL can last only so long. It is not infinite. A lot of good things come from oil yet we are squandering this resource every day on it as fuel.

We synthesize it for gas and waste 20 litres of it per year on oil changes per vehicle.

We are becoming the tools of our tools

We are being programed by our computers

We are being bought by the supermarket

We are being seen by television

We are being driven by the cars
The universal dictatorship of cars.

I read in the newspapers as very sad terrible news that the car industry is in crisis

and they are selling less and less cars, and it is sold as a Tragedy.

Which is the proof that the machines are mastering us.

This fact is quite revealing, because it breaks the last remains of human common sense.

It should be received as good news: Fewer Cars thats great.

Its good news for nature, because it would be less poison.

Its good news for walkers – the prehistoric human beings who still use their legs, instead of wheels – because we will be less killed.

But it is sold as a tragedy: A world without cars, can you imagine?

Eduardo Galeano author “The Open Viens of Latin America”

Do you have children?

There are 4 Million people in British Columbia

2 Million did not vote in last weeks provincial election.

Change did not occur. Do you want change to occur?

Do you want an oil pipe line to Prince Rupert from Alberta?

Do you want oil tanker traffic on our coast?

Do you want offshore oil development? Do you want to sit in traffic every day or ride a train to work?

Do you want a pristine province?

“How is it made?” Not, “Why is it made?” That’s not nearly as interesting to me. In the initial moment, how was this made? What happened? What happened when the artist put the pencil or pen or brush to paper? And because it is almost impossible, when you work on paper, to correct it, that initial moment is crucial. It interests me that somebody had the courage and the idea to make that original mark.

USA’s foremost collector of contemporary works on paper

About art, you take it to the table, your idea, put it the paper, and it can’t be undone that inspiration with purpose or sometimes without its the pure volition, commitment to to the process the beginning of something, a start for something new

that might, just might give change to another venue, thought, process.

Its looking between the lines, taking the time to do so, and not asking the obvious.

I’ve wanted to free shape from it’s ground, and then work the shape so that it has a definite relationship to the same space around it…….so that it has clarity and a measure within itself of it’s parts …….and so that, with colour and to reality the shape finds it’s own space and always demands it’s freedom.”
Jasper Johns Akademie der Kunste Berlin 1999

While I was Pollocking in the basement Paul Jackson Pollock (January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956) today with cans of enamel spreading with sticks brushes and rollers on a black floor in waves of texture in
flowing layers with varying degrees of opacity .. freeing actually. I was thinking of Jasper Johns. I guess its all about being feeling free. if you know what I mean

Recent music Great Canadian Band Great Lake Swimmers Rocky Spine currently listening to Dorfmeister/Kruder

Darcy and I had started from Nanaimo driving over the spine of the island west to Tofino. Then we headed out to Vargas Island and spent a night. It was January.

Paddling NW over to Whaler Islets we had a low rolling swell running at 6 feet or so spaced with 100 foot crests not a ripple on them. Semi Foggy.

When we got back to Vargas Darcy suggested we head over to Hotsprings Cove on the other side of Flores the following day. I said OK.

Up really early the next morn really frosty, light fog but you knew it was going to clear. The morning blue was just hinting through the mist.

We got beyond Whaler and the breeze started to build from the south.

We were in a double and by this time between walls of water…we were way out there to avoid any breaking shoals. The wind helped us on our way. Every-time we got on top of the crests (they were way less than a hundred feet between now) the wind was just howling, way down in the trough it was silent. We arrived at the hotspring. I was really glad Darcy was bracing in the back.

The next day a front was firmly established and we snaked our way through the narrow passages at back end of Flores. Later we got out in the open at the bottom end of Clayoquot. It was really interesting pretty full conditions we ended up paddling over the reef wash under The Catface which seemed way safer than going out further. The waves were breaking right over Mink Islet. We should have stayed in Ahousat eh but did not. Had a bit of standing wave action as we got closer the Vargas from the exiting water from the Meares area. Forearms got a bit of tendonitis. It was really dark when we arrived at the wharf. We unloaded and headed to the pub.
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I was running around the Fraser Valley recently and have favorite photo location near Hwy 7 where I go to regain and try to retain some sanity…… I know its difficult.
The moment we lose nature we lose a panacea for a variety of ills, maybe I am wrong? …. That’s why I like to see checks and balances on all development for without nature some of us will go completely crazy.

anyhow

I saw this coyote probing for rodents so I strapped my 200mm ed on and watched him get closer.

At this time of year they haven’t shed their winter coat. Notice how it blends perfectly to its natural foraging environment.

Have recently been perusing “Let my people go Surfing”

Yvon Chouinard’s (the founder of Patagonia) 2005 dictum on sustainability and the transcendence toward local based economies from a reluctant businessman’s point of view. Much of the book is devoted to Patagonia’s philosophies on the environment, business and design.

The World Watch Institute*

…state of the world report in 1991 stated “with an annual output of $20 trillion, the global economy now produces in 17 days what it took and entire year to generate in 1900. Already, economic activity has breached numerous local, regional, and global thresholds, resulting in the spread of deserts, acidification of lakes and forest, and the buildup of greenhouse gases.

If growth proceeds along those lines of recent decades, it is only a matter of time before global systems collapse under the pressure”

Hmmm, that was 18 years ago. That was before industry in the far east torqued in.

What happens when you become dependent on world economy and growth that can not be sustained?

Rather timely one would think.

Everything needs to be re-thought. Your place in the world needs to be re-thought. Where is your place in the world? What do you value in your world?

*Worldwatch Institute delivers the insights and ideas that empower decision makers to create an environmentally sustainable society that meets human needs. Worldwatch focuses on the 21st century challenges of climate change, resource degradation, population growth, and poverty by developing and disseminating solid data and innovative strategies for achieving a sustainable society.

This local fashion photo is a toned black and white print. Not selenium but sepia not film or with developers but digital sepia via Photoshop. It constantly amazes me that a computer program sequenced in binary code ones and zeros+ logarithms can basically eliminate the use of film ….. all you need now is to update to digital DSLR + lenses + your digital darkroom and workflow programs to physically output in addition to thinking about what you want and how to achieve it in an efficient way.

The snow is gone at sea level so get out and make your photographs.

Note this photo are there any things that make this interesting to you visually. How it was framed? Positioning of the subject? Why did I make the horizon line off kilter?

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Check this out now! I want everyone that has even thought about Telly skiing to don one of these. They are in limited supply at your nearest outdoor store. They look so good and keep you warm too.
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The dawn of a new year has brought some memory of those who have passed.

We are rapidly coming up to the anniversary of Larry Burrows death.

For those who do not know he was a gifted art photojournalist who died when his helicopter was shot down during the Vietnam conflict on
Feb 10, 1971. His camera a Leica and remains were found 27 year later in 1998. The helicopter containing 3 other young war journalists exploded in the air when hit by 37mm South Vietnamese anti-aircraft shell. Photo portrait here is taken 3 days before his death.
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Here is his what is left of his Leica 27 years after the fact. click the thumbnail.
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Check this link out for more info…The Online Photographer

Arne Naess

‘Like Wordsworth, he lamented the attenuation of such awareness in later life through loss of contact with animals, plants and significant places.’

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It must be all about loss. Losing what you have without knowing until its gone.
Will it be too late then I guess its up to you isn’t.

Once you are gone…who cares…is it all about you?

Anyway just a couple of thoughts Arne was a Norwegian and mountain climber to boot.

Inspired by reading Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (Silent Spring spurred a reversal in national pesticide policy—leading to a nationwide ban on DDT and other pesticides) Incidentally Canadian David Suzuki was inspired by the same book……..READ IT

He threw himself into the environmental work founding Deep Ecology which concentrated on soft technology and non-interference in the natural world…. he believed that you had to confront technology and economic growth.

Today we have economic growth at the sacrifice of everything, food quality, everyday consumer products with toxins and the geography of the environment.

He believed, through his personal philosophy “ecosophy” ecological harmony/equilibrium that human beings can understand by expanding their narrow concept of self to embrace the whole planetary ecosystem.

Now there’s an idea maybe its not all about you after all maybe we should forward think to make a better more survivable world.

Not really a surprise he remained pessimistic about the 21st Century up was pretty optimistic about the 23rd.
when he figured population control results technology would be non-invasive and children would grow in natural environs.

We are on the cusp of change and who knows where that will lead. Maybe war, or some other upheaval, technology will have to change otherwise we will be destroyed, will we revert back to more simpler times in more natural sustainable environments? These are future questions.

Arne Ness led an expedition to climb Tirich Mir 7690m in the Hindu Kush in 1950. He passed on January 12 2009 at 96. He was exuberant, and full of frolic compared to Dalai Lama and Gandhi. More at The Guardian.arne

Bob May

Adventurer Arctic Legend and Pioneer

Son of a park ranger ( Manitoba’s Riding Mountain National Park) and committed naturalist parents ( father was an entomologist) Joined hudson Bay Company in early 1930’s at 17.
At 18 went to Northern Baffin Island. and adopted traditional Inuit life as only “qallunaq” white man in region and assumed duties as doctor, teacher, trader and nurse. Became an expert in arctic survival. Guided a McGill University research team in that time period members said ” Bob May can out-eskimo the Eskimo.”
In early winter 1939, he almost perished with 3 other Inuit in an ocean storm 30 Km off the east coast of Hudson Bay. They lashed themselves to the deck of their boat to be kept from being washed overboard. Two months later on a hunt trip they ran out of food after 14 days. While the others were looking for caribou he chopped through a metre of of ice and caught a small trout. Four days later he managed to kill two caribou. The next day the others returned with more food. It was minus 35 the whole time.. He was an original member of the Canadian Rangers the arctic militia group. During WW2 they provided information that was vital for transatlantic military flights.
Over the years he overcame many trials the environment presented, produced a large family, became a well known and respected guide, and a champion of Inuit culture and the arctic environment. Passed in November 08 at 90.

Here’s are a couple of photos from the coast range…..this is a great place to ski out of bounds. You get good views of some towering peaks too. This side of Wahoo Tower I think has only been done Climbed once A. B. Buttress by Fairley/Driscoll/Durtler I believe that was the combo. The exit off the south side is a piece of duff.
You can see this little gem from the summit of Monmouth at the beginning of the traverse. When you are on top of Lillooet and Dalgleish its a bit closer as the Manatee range is a stones throw away. If you have nothing to do for a couple of weeks do this trip its outstanding… you might want to allow a week for bad weather or some Dharma time. Telephoto was 80-200 2.8 ed nikkor maxed at 200mm on a high overcast day. Aside from the Waddington Area there are a some really good rock routes to do. The Serl/Down route on Queen Bess would be one and say something like Warbird in the Klattisine bang a few of those then there’s always the Toba ….. there’s a lifetime of granite out there.

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These guys will dig you out. But you gotta make sure you don’t get buried. They are pretty efficient at finding bodies.

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This is my friend Too Much. Some of the best roads we followed didn’t go through. But that didn’t matter.
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This was taken in British Columbia in the back of beyond it was hot unlike today near Watson Bar 40k away from the truck.

All North Americans should read Andrew Nikiforuk’s Tar Sands – he tells the story as is.

You will not believe what is happening in ALBERTA CANADA. Take a Stand. Write a letter.

We as Canadians/ NAmericans should be totally ashamed this is an environmental travesty.

The harvest of bitumen, is not cost effective or sustainable.

The clearcutting in Northern Canada’s boreal forest, watershed destruction and chemical pollution air and water, wholesale energy waste and greed is something you would expect to take place in a 3 world country without any moral or ethical conduct or accountability to the world you live in.

Do you believe in this? Do you support this? Do you have children?

When all is said and done the big oil companies will just walk away and laugh and you/we will be footing the cleanup costs.

It’s complete and utter CRAP. CRAP. CRAP. The tar sands should be the death blow to the HARPER and conservative Government ……See Dead Duck posting below

For those of you that like to ski and winter camp there are a few nice 3 to 4 day alpine jaunts in the Whistler area,
the Powdercap Traverse starts in the Brandywine Creek drainage and exits at Callaghan Creek you get pretty high and the views are vast. Here’s a shot of Randy Stoltmann coming off of Ring Peak. He was a excellent skier.

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A Complex Issue

What’s a Couple of hundred ducks? “A complex issue” environment Canada is quoted on a April 07 kill of 500 ducks on one of Syncrude’s massive bitumen tailing ponds. Seven months later no results. Why?
It’s a no brainer eh? Syncrude is joint venture project with 7 oil companies and employs 5,000 people many of which are on a retainer or 20,000 dollars/year just to stay with the company. That’s a lot of money. In fact that’s 100 million.
A proposed one million dollar fine for a small environmental glitch where you can actually see something dead in real time like birds is a pittance; As opposed to not seeing things dead immediately.
Unknown are the results of long term exposure to toxicity levels in the Athabasca River flowing into the Arctic Ocean, or emmisions (Syncrude is Canada’s largest greenhouse gas producer and only 40k’s away from Fort McMurray) and damage to the Athabasca watershed in ground water and flow disruptions ( Syncrude uses 2.5 Trillion gallons of water a year thats about 760,000 bathtubs and water glasses annually, a third of the 2.5 million population of Denver,Colorado).
But we can make an educated guess.

We fight wars we see the dead immediately. The tar sands are a long way away out of the minds eye for most of the world but the effects are equally devastating. You just don’t see them right away.

As reported in the Canadian Press last month 11 million litres of toxic water leaks PER DAY from geologically unstable dyked ponds. http://blog.macleans.ca/2008/12/30/how-to-fix-the-leaking-alberta-oil-sands/

11 million litres per day my vehicle takes about 60 litres so thats about 184,000 vehicles with a full tank thats a lot of traffic jams

or the average Canadian toilet flushes 13 litres (way to much) thats about 847,000 flushes per day That’s as if the whole population of Quebec City + 100,000 got together and flushed each day.

That’s a lot of pollution. Great Photo

That heads into the Athabasca River Watershed and spews into the Arctic Ocean at Inuvik. But we don’t see it….its in the back of beyond the wilderness . Do we care?

Will big mammals like the Beluga or Narwhal retain this in their blubber, Will the Inuit suffer, The ecosystem is being compromised now.

5 to 10 years before something like the development of bacteria to nuke toxicity in tailing ponds gets to the field lets see 11 million x 365 x 10 years = 4.2 billion litres

All that science whether it was ecologically/environmentally viable should have done beforehand instead of going for greed as a common denominator.

Science and fact is not about hope or faith its methodology is concrete. write a letter

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After over 20 days out and getting back into civilization of the Nepali outback our Tamang porters were able to score some free range chicken. What a deal … Safeway was closed and the local farmer had some birds to spare. “No feed lots just free range,” he said. “No way can this be true?”

With no Kitchen Aid or Bosch appliances in sight. The porters were fortunately adept and attune to the ways of the Himalayan outback

and lit a fire boiled water and first de-feathered the birds before de-gutting and stewing.
By headlamp we chowed down our firs meat in days since our organic grown yak in Ghunza.
Namaste my friends.

Seems like people never learn. Winter mini rant ….. Its super cold for 2 weeks and guess what it doesn’t snow.

Even outside on my porch at sea level I can see the hoar crystals build day by day.

You know a warm front with lots of moisture is going to come eventually and override the frigid air … so it snows.

The snow lays on the hoar now an unstable surface layer just like ball bearings.

Then it waits for the trigger are you going to be the trigger?

Sometimes the trigger can be a sound, a yell or a scream even.

So can you imagine 8 snowmobiles in the rockies going into one of those big bowls with over 30cm overlaying ballbearings. Suicide man. Why are they there anyway? Whats the objective donuts or highmarking a slope, ….birdwatching?

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Although this is in the Himalaya and its seracs falling and not fresh snow you get the idea. You can’t get out of the way when its couple of hundred thousand ton mass is moving a couple of hundred k’s an hour even if you are on a snowmobile…. if you are on the sides you might have a chance but really its best not to be there.

If you want to go this is what you do before…..these guys are ava techs at 2000 metres in Rogers Pass in the Canadian Rockies.
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dig a pit, do shear tests, look at the crystals, note the weak layers then maybe go for it……..

So you know that feeling don’t you?

When that wind pack is crunching underfoot under the labour of a heavy pack laden with rope, water, layers and at …… elevation.

that crisp minus air drying out your nose and throat, the nip on your fingers

Well you can go outside right now its just after 7 am pst take a deep breath of life and get that same feeling and imagine the vista.

Sunrise is due to happen shortly

Coastal BC December 20 08 high pressure minus 10c go make use of it take your camera and keep those batteries warm.

This shot was in the high coast mountains around 200k airline nw of Vancouver Fury Gap a high pass in the Waddington Range Chris Spencer on the left Wadd on the right and Hickson in the back. You want to see mountains go there.
Sylvain Saudan once said to me the the coast range is unparalleled wilder than the alps people in Canada do not realize the resource they have here wiki him.

The guy in the shot here is one of the most solid mountaineers I know Doug Herchmer. We climbed C.Spencer that morning. I think I have have a shot of that at alpenglowpro.com

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Lower Mainland BC

Development continues and according to local wildlife biologists the heron (the prehistoric looking crane like wetland dwelling bird) is down in numbers approx 50% this year

Likely caused by unchecked development…..progressive would you say?

My accumulation of development documentation continues.

Thanks to all that turned out to my Art of Seeing overview at BCIT GVRD Fall Parksfest.

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I was fortunate to to fly into the Toba Inlet area last week on probably the last day this year before the big snows come to the mountains of the coast. The Coast Ranges of British Columbia. The walls in these valley’s are truly wild. Like 3 or 4 Squamish Chief’s stacked on top of each other. Makes the wall in Squamish seem pimple like in comparison. This is granite country and photo ops are everywhere.
I have plans to photo workshop in this area as the snow leaves next year 09. Interested?

On this day expert mountain pilot Mike Thompson dropped us into 2 alpine lakes that hadn’t iced yet, in his expeditionary, exploratory aircraft the Piper Super Cub.

So what’s happening here?

Well were on a sandbar in the Yukon on the Alsek River just finishing off a raft trip.

The last of the season end of August. A STOL cargo plane comes to pick us up and sinks its front wheel 2 feet into the soft quicksand of the bar.

Droning on the Stoltz (Austrian) is trapped like a bee in jar.

The pilot gets out and takes stock and suggests that all the guides get on the back of the Stoltz and bounce up and down to free the wheel.

This works and the wheel pops ejecting 2 of the guides out the back door and on to the sandbar as we race into the air. If you look close there are two dots way back down the wilderness runway.

Busy today scanning film to raw.

this was too good of a juxtaposition

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With this excellent high pressure on the west coast of British Columbia I wish I could say I have been out exploring …. exploration is about connecting blanks on the map not only topographically but in your mind as well   a sense of place and your relationship to it… do you have a sense of place? I feel most at home outside in all weather preferably in wilder places as long as I have food am warm nothing could be better.

September is my favorite month. In the mountains you can get a first frost the days are warm but not super hot

the air that you breath is not heavy with with August heat its fresh and cool kept under boughs chill waiting for your passage. I am waiting remembering those days now they seem forbidden.

Back from shooting assignments and new found secret locations in the east. West meets east for brief subversion episodes.

Logistics organized for next year first offering of photo workshops here where is here? You can bet on adventure and stellar photo ops in environments so unique that they will inspire all your creative juices to flow with abandon Explore and Discover stay tuned for more photos. I’m just back.

In the West Kootenay on the upper end of Kootenay Lake another run of the river power plant is being proposed.

This is near the Fry Creek Lardeau area north and east of Kaslo at Glacier Creek. Of course it is pristine. The firm is from Montreal. Some of the best and biggest trout in the lake spawn in these creeks. If you have a chance go there this summer its pretty wild you can hike from the Lardeau area to scenic Jumbo Pass or up Fry Creek to Grey Pass?……

Ever heard of these places? Probably not that is why they stand a good chance for development. Do you care will your kids care? Where will you go to see nothing but nature in 50 years.

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.

A totally cool artful ecological installation space.

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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.”

Here is something worthwhile if you like panoramas have a few left on recent run.
All the peaks are named with the elevations too 4 feet long 7 inches high…

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nature and illustration a great combo

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.

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.

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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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.

It was the early 70’s everyone used to have one of these cameras. It came with a thin metal clip that you could sandwich the developing print in and put it into your pocket when it was cold.

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“One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea”

Walter Bagehot British journalist, economist. (1826 – 1877)

Who’s Elisabeth May some say she is Canada’s Barack Obama. There’s a great utube vid on what this woman stands for haven’t got the link here but it shouldn’t be too hard to find. When all is the same why not seek something different.              “Maybe he’ll be a black man or maybe a woman” NYoung from the album “War”

Are you scared of new ideas?

http://www.greenparty.ca/en/node/3360

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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 new year and skiing in storms. Wind whipping down the alley of dawn. High winds can deposit powder pillows and cornices on the leeside.

Climbed with a guy from Milan once (Guido Serra) told me a story of a group that skiied to the top of Monta Rosa in the alps around 5000meters just after a storm they gathered on the summit for a photo, 15 of them, the cornice broke and they disappeared leaving only the photographer behind. So if you’re a photog try to stand in the middle of the summit. eh

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This morning a secret photo shoot in the valley for my students in UCFV Art of Seeing. Stay tuned for new photos.

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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

Unfortunately This is the first year I will be unable to participate. The Alpenglow Gallery  WILL NOT  be opening this

Thanksgiving. My father is quite ill and is about to be admitted into palliative care. Thanks for all your support. Our family is

spending Thanksgiving in the hospital.

This is a hidden glacier old under a blanket of new snow.

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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…..

So how do you market and sell the Dalai Lama to make a profit?

How do you market compassion, forgiveness and tolerance to make a profit. Is there economy in it?

Business leaders in CANADA and CHINA think the Dalai Lama is bad for business. China thinks he is a terrorist and a threat to their nationalism. What do you think? China does not want CANADA to acknowledge what the Dalai Lama represents otherwise CHINA threatens  the loss of economic partnership with CANADA. Do we need China?

Can you change this?

“Queen’s University is selling its investments in two Chinese oil companies that are doing business in the war-ravaged Darfur region of Sudan.Principal Karen Hitchcock said yesterday the university has directed its fund managers to divest its investment, endowment and pension funds of PetroChina and China Petroleum.” I am proud to see Canadian Students at Queen’s University be the catalyst for this change. They took a stand.

Someone told me a while ago that they were only interested in living an opulent lifestyle at what ever the cost. Is your lifestyle at the cost of the Sudanese, the environment, or…….

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Contrasting headlines in todays Globe and Mail. China’s military hardware spending 37.5 Billion dollars US. Research and development to put China on top in digital warfare likely double that amount 80 Billion.

China destroys satellite via satellite.

China wants Canadian Banks to invest more.

What does this mean to you?

The Exxon Valdez supertanker spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound, polluting around 2,000km of coastline.

The disaster is estimated to have killed 250,000 seabirds, 2,800 sea otters, 300 harbour seals, 250 bald eagles, up to 22 killer whales, and an unknown number of salmon and herring.

In the original court ruling, Exxon was ordered to pay out $5 BILLION.

THIS HAS BEEN DOWNGRADED 12 YEARS LATER TO A 25 MILLION PAY OUT WHICH IS TAX DEDUCTABLE THERE ARE 1000 MILLION IN 1 BILLION 5000 MILLION IN 5 BILLION

SO FIQURE OUT THE DISCOUNT PERCENTAGE

EXXON STOCKS ARE ABOUT TO RISE
GET GORDON CAMPBELL TO DEVELOP OFFSHORE OIL ON THE WEST COAST OF BRITISH COLUMBIA NOW

WHAT’S A BIT OF WILDLIFE AND PRISTINE COASTLINE AS COLLATERAL DAMAGE WIN WIN WIN WE CAN MAKE MONEY NOW

AND PROVIDE JOBS JOBS JOBS TO PEOPLE TO TRY TO CLEAN UP THE MESS FOR YEARS AFTER TOO

This Blog site alpenglowpro is in build mode. Header windsurfers added today.

November December storm light is lush and saturated. This November the west coast of Canada has seen little sun. If a frontal system is in change up in the late afternoon 3-5pm there is a good chance a fleeting glance of sun will grace the landscape.
A location photographer that is savvy with the environment and weather, might align himself to be in position to take advantage of the light.

Be prepared to play the waiting game.