Taking A Moment

The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.
― Henry Miller

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These are two of my favourite pictures from my trip to the Great Bear Rainforest last June. I’ve posted them before, but these jumped out at me again when I was looking through my photo library.  We spent a lot of time at this waterfall in an inlet that was difficult to get to which made it an even more special place.  We really had the time to stop, put our cameras down, and just drink in all the scenery around us.  Sometimes when I’m taking pictures I have to remind myself to do that.  Sure it’s great to have photographs marking a moment in time or reminding you of places you’ve been, but to stop and look around and remember how you felt when you were in that moment in time or in that place, is part of the experience, too.

Shannon Falls

These are the last waterfall pictures from my trip to the Great Bear Rainforest (and Vancouver) in June.  These falls are just outside Squamish, BC on the scenic Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler (I’ve been to Whistler once, and it’s on my list of places to visit again…I have a very long list of places to revisit!)shannon falls 2 Shannon Falls

Artistic Effect

Just was playing around with the Artistic Effect in iPhoto on my iPad with these photos from the Great Bear Rainforest.  I probably rely on the effect a little too much for photos that don’t quite turn out, but it’s the closest I’ll ever come to being an artist (you know, since I can draw two kinds of flowers and a stickman)…

Walking in the Great Bear Rainforest meadow of wildflowers Hi... Eagle surveying the inlet calm waters

 

 

 

Photography Lessons – Patience and Persistence

I’ve learned a lot of photography lessons this summer.  The first two are patience and persistence.  These occurred many times on my trip to the Great Bear Rainforest in mid-June with Ocean Adventures. The most memorable one was when we were on the zodiac for six hours one afternoon. We had a very hearty lunch (I think Trish knew it could be a long afternoon on the zodiac) and started cruising around the inlet to see what we could see, hoping to spot a couple of grizzlies we’d photographed the previous day.

1pm - cruising around the inlet

1pm – cruising around the inlet

We continued on for about three and half hours, just enjoying the scenery, and every once in awhile we (there were seven of us on the zodiac that day) stopped the motor on the boat and just floated and listened to the birds. It was very peaceful.  Eventually we spotted one of the grizzlies!

Finally spotting a grizzly at 4:30pm.

Finally spotting a grizzly at 4:30pm.

Now, our Eric, our guide, was determined that we could find one (or maybe both) of the grizzlies again before going back to the boat for supper.  We continued our tour of the inlet, watching an eagle try to swoop down on a Merganser Duck chick (it was eventually successful), while being very quiet and moving very slowly so as not to disturb any bears that may be in the vicinity.  Eric’s persistence paid off, and at 6:30 we came upon the same grizzly…

grizzly checking us out

Patience and persistence pays off at 6:30pm.

We spent about half an hour watching the grizzly with Eric expertly maneuvering the zodiac so everyone could get the photograph they wanted.  Sometimes I would put my camera down and just watch the bear. grizzly looking at us

grizzly eating grizzly eating grass - bum shot grizzly in the grass At about 7pm we headed back to the boat for supper (and maybe more importantly, a much needed bathroom break!).

Pretty scene while heading back to the boat at 7pm.

Pretty scene while heading back to the boat at 7pm.

It was a memorable day and the lessons that patience and persistence pay off is one I remember now when I’m trying to get certain shots (I spent about an hour photographing the sunflowers in my previous post).

The Road Not Taken

I realized as I was going through my photo library today that I like to take pictures of roads. One of my favourite poems is The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. So, today’s post is a combination of two of my favourite things (and yes, the last picture is not of a road, but it was quite the journey to get to that view).

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Field near Lumsden, Saskatchewan, August 2013

Field near Lumsden, Saskatchewan, August 2013

Road to Hana, Maui, March 2011

Road to Hana, Maui, March 2011

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
Castle Butte, Southern Saskatchewan, August 2013

Castle Butte, Southern Saskatchewan, August 2013

Gravel road near Eastend, Saskatchewan, July 2013

Gravel road near Eastend, Saskatchewan, July 2013

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
View from Bald Butte, Cypress Hills, July 2013

View from Bald Butte, Cypress Hills, July 2013

Roada to Mount Edith Cavell, Jasper, Alberta, July 2012

Road to Mount Edith Cavell, Jasper, Alberta, July 2012

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
On a zodiac, somewhere off the coast of British Columbia, June 2013

On a zodiac, somewhere off the coast of British Columbia, June 2013

Hot Springs for the Weary Traveler

I’m not naming many of the inlets we visited on our trip through the Great Bear Rainforest because most of the other tour operators don’t visit them, and we were asked not to name them if we were posting stories/photos on the internet once we got home. However, the hot springs at Bishop Bay (where these photos are from) are very popular and well-known.  Not the most beautiful hot springs, for sure, but an interesting place to look out at the sparkling water and have a nice soak.  I’m guessing a lot of people navigating the waters in this area make it a point to stop here for a little rejuvenation (as you can see by how well decorated the hot springs are!).

The Hot Springs…

Bishop Bay Hot Springs

The Decorations…

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The Sparkling View…

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