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Panoramas Continued

Since my last post about panoramas, I’ve made several more that I really like.¬† This post I’ll focus (pun intended) ūüôā on ones from my local neighbourhood.¬† I’ve also made it so you can click on each of the images and see them up close and personal in a new window.¬† Without being too conceited, I think you’ll enjoy the extra details you can see in the larger versions!¬† I always do.

First, one I stitched together from 2 photos taken in July from a walk at DeBoughville Slough with J and my sister, in Coquitlam, BC.

DeBoville Slough and Mts
Looking NE up the Pitt River at the Golden Ears Mt massif in the background. Golden Ears Mt is centre-left and Blanshard Needle is is the pointy one almost dead centre.

 

Next, a pano taken in October, from 2 photos taken with my LG5 phone camera on the the Bluffs above Admiralty Point in Belcarra Park, Port Moody, BC.

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Looking West down the Burrard Inlet past Vancouver in the distance.

Another October stitch, from 7 photos taken from a hike to the White Rock viewpoint in Coquitlam.  If you look at the centre land features in this one, you can see the same hill and towers and point of land you saw in the previous picture.  This is up higher and a more expansive view.  Vancouver Island way in the distance.

White Rock Viewpoint pano
Looking South and West. You can see city of Vancouver, Burnaby, and Richmond. Also SFU on Burnaby Mt in left mid-ground.

 

Here’s one I made from a 3 photos one cloudy December morning while walking around the inlet. I’m on the North side shooting South. Another set with the LG5.

Looking South from the Shoreline Trail along the Inlet in Port Moody, BC
Clouds and trees and water

Not perfect but it made Explore on Flickr with almost 6 thousand views and that is saying something!

One from Maple Beach on a January hike to Admiralty point.¬† A stitch of 5 shots.¬† It was a “dreary” day so black and white was the way to go here.

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Sculpture at Maple Beach in Belcarra Park, a beach on the way to Admiralty Point.

 

Here’s one at the Rocky Point piers in February, looking North towards the mountains.¬† 2 LG photos stitched to make this.

Rocky Pt Inlet and piers
Looking North at the Fannin range with Seymour Mt foremost.

 

Last but not least, 2 panoramas I made a few days ago during a walk around Buntzen Lake.  It was cloudy, the lake was perfectly still and I was, as they say, in the right place at the right time. The first one is a composite of 4 shots.

Buntzen Lake panorama
Looking at part of Eagle Ridge from West shore of Buntzen Lake.

 

This second one is a stitch of 10 photos!¬† That’s right, 10.¬† It took a bit of processing time but was totally worth it.¬† It also made Explore and as of the writing of this post, was about to break 7,000 views!¬† As you might imagine, I’m very proud of this one.

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Reflection of the whole of Eagle ridge in Buntzen Lake.

So there you have it, my latest local panorama compositions.¬† Can’t really call them photos because they are always put together from at least 2 and often more, captures.¬† Hope you enjoyed the show.

Keep rambling,

Rich

Cathedral Lakes Park: Up in Smoke! Day 1

I finally got to tick off a park that has long been on my bucket list, Cathedral Lakes Provincial Park.  We had planned to go earlier in the summer and had paid and reserved our ride up but cancelled at the last minute because of all the smoke from forest fires in the area.  Instead we went to Manning Park and had a great 3 day backpack with only a bit of smoky views the first day which cleared up nicely for the rest of the trip.

As it was getting near the end of summer, and we still wanted to go to Cathedral, we decided to head up last week. ¬†Smoke reports were pretty low and lodge staff said weather up in the park was great. ¬†So off we went on Sunday to go up on the 4PM shuttle figuring smoke wasn’t going to be in the picture. ¬†WRONG!

It was interesting just how the smoke behaved.  It was coming up from Washington state fires and would come in during the day.  Then the winds would die down and we would have perfectly clear skies to star gaze at night.  Early mornings would look clear blue skies and then the wind would start to pick up and the smoke would move in.

We had planned 3 nights camping and coming back mid-afternoon on day 4. ¬†And that’s what we did, with a little “wrinkle”. ¬†We had reserved our ride out for the 3:30 shuttle but ¬†due to the smoke, it turned out that the park was told to evacuate everyone on that day. ¬†So we all headed down on the 1 PM shuttle, a couple of hours early.

Still, we got in some great hiking and interesting views.  The smoky skies combined with all the dead spruce from the spruce bark beetle kill made for some very other-worldly landscapes.  We felt like we could be on another planet, definitely not in BC!

I really enjoyed looking at the stars while falling asleep on Sunday night. We left the rainfly off the tent and had a clear view through the bug netting. ¬†Monday was our first and most strenuous day of hiking. Got up and had a leisurely camp breakfast. ¬†Lake of the Woods looked lovely. (Many of these photos are large panoramic stitches and you’ll only get the full meal deal if you click on them to view!)

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Lake of the Woods with Pyramid and Quiniscoe Mts in the background.

Didn’t see any smoke yet. ¬†Plan for the day was to hike to Ladyslipper Lake and then up to the Rim, entering at Stone City. ¬†Here’s a map of the park and the core area. It was only a 250 metre climb to the Lake but we noticed that our energy was lower than usual. ¬†Well, the park and Lake of the Woods is at 2000 metres elevation so that might have had something to do with it!

Here we are coming down into Ladyslipper Lake.

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Coming down to Ladyslipper Lake

For some reason, I got the map turned around in my head and when we got to the lake, we headed off along the North shore to the West end of the lake.  Lots of people at the lake fishing and swimming.

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Here’s the view looking back where we had been at the West end of the lake

We considered trying to make our way up to the rim through that terrain you’re looking at and decided not to. ¬†Retraced our way back to where we turned right and should have turned left and around and up we went. ¬†A view on the way back.

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It was a pretty hot day and we started up the trail to the rim.  We stopped to eat on the way up.

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View from our lunch spot
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closeup view of some really nice rock formations come off the rim

After eating, headed back onto the trail.  Here we are almost up on the rim.

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You can see where we have to go to get up on the rim. S and J heading up.
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Almost there!  S and J coming into Stone City

And you can see that the skies are no longer blue but the wind is now bringing the smoke up.  Notice how much darker it is on the right than the left!

Finally made it to Stone City.

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You can see the effects the smoke was having on the views which were severely cut off!
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Still, Stone City is an interesting landscape and with the smoke, really starting to look alien.

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Star Trek or other space movies would have had a great time filming up here!

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From Stone City we wandered Northwards along the rim to the Devil’s Woodpile. ¬†Love the orange lichens and other vegetation.

pre stone city pano-1We’re now at about 2400 metres elevationRim pano-2

We loved this beautiful wide bench meadow.  The colours are just so understated and subtle.  And the smoke made it look so other worldly.

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S standing on top of the Devil’s Woodpile

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South side of the Devil’s Woodpile

From here we continued along the rim to the trail down to Glacier Lake

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North side of the Devil’s Woodpile looking back along the rim where we came from

The trail down to Glacier Lake.  It was much more friendly than the trail up from Ladyslipper Lake and is the way most people get up on the rim if they leave from the lodge.

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Heading down to Glacier Lake

Another view of Pyramid Mountain as we head back down. ¬†Notice the sharp division between the smoky sky and not so smoky sky, and the colour of the sun, the white dot at the upper right in the smoke. ¬†To our eyes, it was actually a glowing red ball. ¬†Don’t quite know why it didn’t come out that way in the photo. ¬†Something to do with what lenses see vs what eyes see.

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Pyramid Mountain

It was a full day of hiking.  You can see the stats from my watch, here.  Once back at camp, we relaxed, did a bit of swimming in Lake of the Woods to get the sweat off and really enjoyed eating our dinner.

Stay tuned for Day 2, coming your way in the not too distant future.

Rich 

 

Strolling in the Rain

Went downtown yesterday to see a double bill of old Japanese movies at Cinematheque with a¬†friend and as we had some time to kill before showtime, thought we’d spend some of it walking along the Vancouver shoreline. ¬†Brollies were the gear of the day!

It was also a bit chilly for our neck of the woods.  Anyways, after struggling with the brolly, taking off one glove, holding the not-so-smart phone and trying to juggle them all in the rain with only 2 hands, zoom in a bit, and hit shoot button, I managed to get a couple of shots, one of which kinda captured the moment for me.

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Vancouver skyline on a misty walk along the shore

 

Of course, then I had to reverse the entire procedure to get the NSSphone back into my pocket.

You get the idea. ¬†You’ve all been there, done that.

Enjoy,

Rich

Snowshoeing in Snoqualmie Pass

Had the pleasure of snowshoeing with my daughter for a couple of hours around a lake at Snoqualmie Pass, about 90 minutes East of Seattle. ¬†It was her first real snowshoe and we had a great time!! ¬†Here’s a few¬†of my best shots from the day.

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Lots of other folks out enjoying the day on the trail, too ūüôā

Rich

Misty Morning Meander

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Mist in Miller Park during a morning run.  Caught my eye and I had to stop briefly to get out the phone and get the shot before continuing on with business as usual.

Usually when I run or walk through this park, there’s people with dogs and those ball toss thingies they use to give their dogs exercise.¬† No one there this morning but me.

I love how the camera accentuated the mist-blurred sun.

Rich