We’ve made several flights to northeast B.C. in the last few years to visit family. When the two-hour flight happens on a clear day, the views of the earth below are quite spectacular. On a flight we took October 13, 2015, we flew over the Mount Polley mine, an open pit copper and gold mine in the Cariboo Region of B.C.
That mine was in the news in August of 2014 when a tailings pond dam gave way and a slurry of tailings and processed water fouled Hazeltine Creek, Polley Lake, and eventually Quesnel Lake.
This post is linked to The Daily Post Photo Challenge where this week the theme is Earth (in anticipation of Earth Day on April 22nd).
Although population density is really a matter of comparison (our dense might seem quite sparse in countries like China and India), views from above give us grounds for contrast.
At the end of March, we flew from Vancouver to visit family in Dawson Creek, B.C. As usual, those aerial vistas had my camera all agog.
The first shot (Dense) is one of part of Metro Vancouver, taken shortly after we left YVR on March 24th.
I took the second photo (Sparse) on the approach to Dawson Creek (same day). The row of wind turbines is the Bear Mountain Wind Park. The population in this corner of B.C. is not dense!
Spring has sprung by the calendar (at least in the northern hemisphere).
Has it sprung In nature too where you are? It’s coming along slowly here. But of course one can always find spring (and summer, autumn, even winter) green in one’s photo collection.
It was fun looking for photos of green this week (challenge – It IS Easy Being Green). I found a little green in every season.
A few years ago we spent almost a week of our summer vacation on Salt Spring Island (British Columbia, Canada). A highlight for us (literally) was a drive up Maxwell Mountain.
At the top of the mountain is a long guardrail along which you can get some stunning views of the surrounding land and seascape. Here are some of the shots I captured one sunny day in August of 2012.
The photo challenge this week—“The road taken” gets a big YES from me! I’m always finding surprises and delights at the end of my lens, making any photographic outing a worthwhile road taken.
One aspect of taking photos that I enjoy as much as finding the subject is composing within a natural frame. Sometimes I see that frame when I take the picture. At other times it becomes obvious first when I download the photos on my computer. So I guess you could say that the process of framing or cropping to frame subjects within their setting is an additional pleasant surprise of the road taken.
Here are a few framed photos of scenes along “the road taken.”
This post is linked to The Daily Post, weekly photo challenge “The Road Taken (show us something that surprised or delighted you on the road taken).”
How about a game of beach volleyball…
followed by a burger and fries…
topped off with pie and ice-cream?
My responses to this week’s Photo Challenge “A Good Match” (photos of things that complement each other).
I photographed this spider and fly dust-up against the museum photo of an old town. The backdrop and the action reminded me of an old western, so I put a sequence together that tells a little story of the wild west.
This photo is linked to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. The challenge this week is “Against the Odds – an unlikely moment, an unexpected victory, something that defies the odds.”
Sun is the spotlight, shadow the stage for this horse whisperer, performing at the Dawson Creek BC Rodeo, August 2016.
This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo prompt is SHADOW. See more photographic interpretations of shadow HERE.
I’ve been pondering what to do with this blog… Delete it? Amalgamate it with another blog? Carry on as is in some fashion?
I’ve decided it’s the latter for now. But to add a weekly incentive to post, I’m joining a photo challenge. WordPress.com’s Weekly Photo Challenge is the one I picked.
This week the topic is SOLITUDE.
“Solitude is very different from a ‘time out’ from our busy lives. Solitude is the very ground from which community grows. Whenever we pray alone, study, read, write, or simply spend quiet time away from the places where we interact with each other directly, we are potentially opened for a deeper intimacy with each other.” – Henri Nouwen
This aroma diffuser was a Christmas gift. I turn it on every morning (after an infusion of fresh water and a few drops of “Thieves” oil) and enjoy the aroma of cloves-lemon-cinnamon-eucalyptus-rosemary. This while I read my Bible, write my thoughts, and pray. It’s a wonderful several hours of daily solitude.
This post is linked to WordPress.com’s Weekly Photo Challenge SOLITUDE.