Tuesday, August 19, 2014

World Wide Web

There are always spiders at my in-laws' place in Nova Scotia. Well, maybe not in the dead of winter, but otherwise, always spiders. But there was one foggy, dew-drippy morning when the webs were just everywhere out back, far more than any other day on our recent trip. The morning mist clung to each web like tiny gemstones, the spiders themselves often center stage as the main setting for nature's jewelry. I like spiders. They make meals of mosquitoes. Nuff said…. :-)

Nova Scotia; Spider; Webs
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Nova Scotia; Spider; Web
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Nova Scotia; Spider; Webs
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Nova Scotia; Spider; Webs
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Nova Scotia; Spider; Webs
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Nova Scotia; Spider; Webs
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Nova Scotia; Spider; Webs
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Nova Scotia; Dew; Morning Dew
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Nova Scotia; Spider; Webs
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Nova Scotia; Spider; Webs
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Nova Scotia; Spider; Webs
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Nova Scotia; Spider; Webs
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Nova Scotia; Spider; Webs
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Nova Scotia; Spider; Webs
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Lay My Tired Body Down By These Golden Cliffs Of Yore…

With all my serious travel done for the year i should now be able to find some time to graze through my files from the summer a bit more thoroughly, hopefully in search of some elusive gold. Of course i now run into a problem quite common amongst photographers, especially since the advent of the digital age, that mountainous backlog of images that is now in dire need of attention. I had fully intended to post one complete adventure after another here before moving on to the next, but fresh back from my trip to Nova Scotia i am kinda itching to dive into that pile first before bringing my west coast journey to a close. Sorry about that, but there is just no arguing with myself.
If you know me at all you know how i feel about Nova Scotia and what absolute joy i take in photographing there. So here's a look at one of my secret places there. Well, i'm sure it's no big secret to many, but as a special place for me i would prefer to treat this subject as occult for the time being. A place where the Serpent of the Sea meets the Golden Cliffs of Yore. No need to search hard for the "gold" here, the element is self-evident. This, i think, would be as good a place as any to scatter my ashes…

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Rocks; Cliffs; Nova Scotia; Gaff Point
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Rocks; Cliffs; Nova Scotia; Gaff Point
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Rocks; Cliffs; Nova Scotia; Gaff Point
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Rocks; Cliffs; Nova Scotia; Gaff Point
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Rocks; Cliffs; Nova Scotia; Gaff Point
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Rocks; Cliffs; Nova Scotia; Gaff Point
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Rocks; Cliffs; Nova Scotia; Gaff Point
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Rocks; Cliffs; Nova Scotia; Gaff Point
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Rocks; Cliffs; Nova Scotia; Gaff Point
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Rocks; Cliffs; Nova Scotia; Gaff Point
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Rocks; Cliffs; Nova Scotia; Gaff Point
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Rocks; Cliffs; Nova Scotia; Gaff Point
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Rocks; Cliffs; Nova Scotia; Gaff Point
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And when the time comes creeping
to lay my body down
toss my gray and dusty ashes
to the sea and salt and ground.

Where serpent waves are crashing
as he's lurking by the shore
and i will rest for all eternity
by these golden cliffs of yore.






Saturday, July 26, 2014

One If By Land, Two If By Sea…

I last left you with a series of images from our ferry travels in British Columbia (specifically the Vancouver area). I would like to follow that up with some of our adventuring by land. Of course, the sea is never too far from land in these parts and many of these images will also contain objects of the sea. These begin on Vancouver Island and eventually end up on the mainland as we travelled up past Whistler to visit Veronica's cousin and his wife near Mt. Currie.
These opening shots are from a beach walk on our first full morning on Vancouver Island. There are few things i enjoy more than beachcombing with a camera, especially with a macro lens.  

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As we drove along the coast heading for our next ferry ride to the smaller islands i could not help but be  distracted by this mountain of spent oyster shells outside of Mac's Oysters Ltd. Oysters are a major product of the coastal waters off Vancouver Island and i have long been a fan of them raw on the half-shell. So after my shot i stepped inside to inquire if they sold them shucked. I was directed to a sign that showed an 8 oz. size (5-7 oysters) for five dollars. That seemed reasonable. I mean, i can eat 5-7 oysters, but i truly was not prepared for the size of these things. They were huge and more than i was  prepared to eat in one sitting. Even though we were traveling with a cooler i didn't want to risk fresh-shucked raw oyster going bad on me. We still had a lot of driving and ferrying ahead of us. So i soldiered on and sucked them down, with just a wee bit of help from my usually vegan wife. Fortunately i had some salsa in the cooler to use as a sauce. They were indeed very fresh and delicious! 

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Just in case you have never seen oysters in the wild, this cluster had washed up at our next ferry port. 

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We encountered this roadside memorial along the way (at least that was my assumption of its purpose), but there were not too many clues to be found as to who it honored. A driving accident or a sailor lost at sea? 

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Kuma and Kisha act out the age old battle of light and dark in a mountain lake near Pemberton, B.C.

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Did i forget to mention "and three if by air"? I suppose i could have set up a tripod and camped out on this balcony all day waiting for the perfect hummingbird shot. I did hold out for quite a few minutes, but this was actually one of the first shots i got and was to me the best of the lot. 

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Kisha from above, fully engaged as usual. 

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I will take you out on this entry with some shots of the local flora. 

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Even the humble daisy takes on a certain majesty in the company of such grandeur. I didn't really have an opportunity to make too many images of these wonderful costal mountains. Perhaps my next trip out there will have a different focus. Some of the most beautiful vistas i encountered i came across while driving, unfortunately with no place to stop, but we did find this scenic overview on our way back to the city of Vancouver along the Sea to Sky Highway looking down this magnificent valley. 
In my next installment i'll show you some highlights from the main purpose for our trip, a handfasting on Cortes Island. Stay tuned… :-)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Across the Water

BC Ferries; Ferry; Vancouver; Vancouver Island; Straits of Georgia; Nautical
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All journeys have a real beginning which isn't necessarily where you started from. Though my recent travels to British Columbia required a drive to the Cincinnati airport, a flight to Minneapolis that met a connecting flight to Vancouver and renting a car to drive out of that city to the edge of the continent, our real journey began here, in a numbered line waiting to load onto one of the BC Ferries that took us across the water to Vancouver Island.

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BC Ferries; Ferry; Vancouver; Vancouver Island; Straits of Georgia; Nautical
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BC Ferries operates a fleet of vessels that service the coastal region of British Columbia. On our trip we made 6 crossings of various lengths on boats of different character and capacities. Let me just say that i have always loved a ferry ride, whether it be a quick little river crossing on a cable ferry or a 2 hour journey on one of these big beasties. The act of crossing the waters holds so much symbolism in our dreams, myths, religions and poetic expressions that its power on the psyche cannot be denied.
Even on a small river ferry i can never sit in my car, no matter how short the trip, but on these larger sea worthy vessels no one stays in their vehicles for long. As soon as we were parked on one of the lower levels we made our way to the top deck.   

BC Ferries; Ferry; Vancouver; Vancouver Island; Straits of Georgia; Nautical
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The air was cool, the breeze steady and it seemed as if heaven's basement was reaching downward to greet the sea. Given the comfort and amenities available below it was little wonder that we found almost no one else up top. But the eerie blue hue of pregnant skies cast a lovely and lonely spectral light on the deserted deck begging to be witnessed.   

BC Ferries; Ferry; Vancouver; Vancouver Island; Straits of Georgia; Nautical
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BC Ferries; Ferry; Vancouver; Vancouver Island; Straits of Georgia; Nautical
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BC Ferries; Ferry; Vancouver; Vancouver Island; Straits of Georgia; Nautical
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BC Ferries; Ferry; Vancouver; Vancouver Island; Straits of Georgia; Nautical
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The lower decks on this ferry feature comfortable lounge seating, TVs, a children's play area, a cafeteria and even a souvenir shop to pass the time and while staying out of the brisk ocean breezes. 

BC Ferries; Ferry; Vancouver; Vancouver Island; Straits of Georgia; Nautical
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This dapper gent in the herringbone porkpie was the only subject i approached for permission before photographing because i wanted to make a more intentional portrait of him. I think this guy was probably hip long before hipsters stole that term and drove its reputation into the ground. I do regret not getting his name and contact info because i think he might enjoy seeing this shot, but hey, i was on vacation after all.   

BC Ferries; Ferry; Vancouver; Vancouver Island; Straits of Georgia; Nautical
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Reading is perhaps the most popular pastime on board whether it be on the latest "smart" device of a traditional book, newspaper or magazine.  


BC Ferries; Ferry; Vancouver; Vancouver Island; Straits of Georgia; Nautical
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I really enjoyed this family, with its bevy of blonde young boys, and shot a number of images of them, though i really like this one where they all seem to be giving the boat a little help with a final push into port. 

BC Ferries; Ferry; Vancouver; Vancouver Island; Straits of Georgia; Nautical
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Our next day's watery journey was to take us on two ferries, the first a quick float over to Quadra Island, then after a brief drive to the other side of the island, on to Cortes Island, where we were scheduled to attend a wedding the following day (yes, pictures for a future blog). 

BC Ferries; Ferry; Vancouver; Vancouver Island; Straits of Georgia; Nautical
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On these quicker trips with smaller ferries people do often hang out in or near their vehicles and upper decks provide an awesome bird's-eye vantage point. I later discovered that this woman (above) would be the legal official at the wedding on Cortes and that many of our fellow passengers would also be fellow guests. 

BC Ferries; Ferry; Vancouver; Vancouver Island; Straits of Georgia; Nautical
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BC Ferries; Ferry; Vancouver; Vancouver Island; Straits of Georgia; Nautical
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Ferry staff prepare to dock on Quadra Island. These guys were all pretty friendly and really seemed to be enjoying their work, though it's probably not as much fun in nastier weather.

BC Ferries; Ferry; Vancouver; Vancouver Island; Straits of Georgia; Nautical
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Turnout gear hangs on hooks near the crew galley, presumable for those afore mentioned instances of nasty weather.


BC Ferries; Ferry; Vancouver; Vancouver Island; Straits of Georgia; Nautical
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My eye is easily drawn to weathered and worn nautical gear. Salt and sea takes its toll even on the best maintained equipment. 

BC Ferries; Ferry; Vancouver; Vancouver Island; Straits of Georgia; Nautical
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We embark from Quadra for Cortes, one last crossing for the day. We had risen to a sunny morning that then gave way to clouds, then rain, then breaking skies, then drizzle and now the sky was a brilliant clear blue. Again i must state that i know of no other place where the phrase "If you don't like the weather, just wait five minutes" rings more true. 

BC Ferries; Ferry; Vancouver; Vancouver Island; Straits of Georgia; Nautical
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BC Ferries; Ferry; Vancouver; Vancouver Island; Straits of Georgia; Nautical
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BC Ferries; Ferry; Vancouver; Vancouver Island; Straits of Georgia; Nautical
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BC Ferries; Ferry; Vancouver; Vancouver Island; Straits of Georgia; Nautical
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After two glorious days on Cortes Island we begin our journey back to the mainland. The trip would involve 3 ferries again to return, the first two on the same route we had already followed and the last and longest voyage of the day to Horseshoe Bay that would lead us unto the Sea to Sky Highway and more adventures up near Whistler. 
This handsome young seafaring man is one of our ferry friends who was attending a completely different wedding on Cortes Island on the very same day (quite a coincidence considering the size and population of the place) and had shared traveling expenses with two folks who were at our wedding.   

BC Ferries; Ferry; Vancouver; Vancouver Island; Straits of Georgia; Nautical
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In the bowels of our final ferry to the mainland i found a quiet and contrasty beauty on the car deck.

BC Ferries; Ferry; Vancouver; Vancouver Island; Straits of Georgia; Nautical
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A man watches from the bow on the car deck. I found him also in this same spot as we were coming into port and wondered if he spent the entire hour and forty-five minutes of the crossing standing watch.

BC Ferries; Ferry; Vancouver; Vancouver Island; Straits of Georgia; Nautical
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In contrast to our first crossing we had a bright and warm sunny afternoon and the experience on the upper deck was completely different. Passengers filled the spaces, sunning, reading, doing yoga and making new fans with their musical skills. 

BC Ferries; Ferry; Vancouver; Vancouver Island; Straits of Georgia; Nautical
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 I loved this woman's look and must admit i gently stalked her for photos. That is the thing about people on a ferry. You kinda have a a captive audience there, nobody can really go anywhere. It's a great opportunity to people watch and study human form and nature.

BC Ferries; Ferry; Vancouver; Vancouver Island; Straits of Georgia; Nautical
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BC Ferries; Ferry; Vancouver; Vancouver Island; Straits of Georgia; Nautical
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BC Ferries; Ferry; Vancouver; Vancouver Island; Straits of Georgia; Nautical
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BC Ferries; Ferry; Vancouver; Vancouver Island; Straits of Georgia; Nautical
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BC Ferries; Ferry; Vancouver; Vancouver Island; Straits of Georgia; Nautical
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BC Ferries; Ferry; Vancouver; Vancouver Island; Straits of Georgia; Nautical
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BC Ferries; Ferry; Vancouver; Vancouver Island; Straits of Georgia; Nautical
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BC Ferries; Ferry; Vancouver; Vancouver Island; Straits of Georgia; Nautical
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As we approached Horseshoe Bay i found our lookout still on watch at the bow. The adventure moves away from the sea in a moment and in the next entry i will share some images from our travels by land.