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March 2008Go to Slide Show

Love those longer days


Deas Island

End Of The Island
When it's a nice day in spring, you really feel the need to go out for a walk to take advantage of it.  We went looking for something close by and Deas Island (on the Fraser river between Richmond and Delta) looked good. 



The plant life isn't particularly wild, but there was still lots to look at.  The island was once a farm and there are some buildings from that era.

Near Duo CromaticBee On AFlower

There weren't a lot of birds around but I was really happy to see a Red Tail Hawk fly by and then perch on a near by tree.  We took lots of photos and the hawk didn't seem to care.  We heard a bald eagle cry and sundenly our Hawk puffed up and looked bigger as they looked around.  Shortly there after, the bird flew on.

Red Tailed Hawk On BranchHawk Puffed Up

Horse Tail
The trails were nice, but boring.  Walking closer to shore, we saw a small woodpecker on a fallen piece of lumber.

Male Downey Woodpecker
 
  A nice walk for a short spring day.

Cross Country at Silver Star

Nordic Trail Gateway
Last year Helen, Mark and I did a ski day trip to Manning Park for some "not cypress" cross country skiing.   This year we decided to take on something larger - Silver Star. 


 
Helen On Trail
The mountain actually has about three distinct ski areas.  Near the village there are trails (including some lit night trails) that go around and down.  From the village you can also take the lift up to the top of and ski down the mountain (around the peak, the long way down) back to the village.  Finally, you can also ski over the soverign lake ski area (but the transit isn't well signed) and ski around the large area there.  Out first day (just off the bus) we tried the trails around the resort.  Our second day we headed over to soverign lakes and back.


Waiting For The LiftMark Kicking SnowHelen And John And Sunglasses

Helen Coming Down Hill
Taking photos while cross country skiing isn't exactly easy.  The camera (which doesn't like snow, cold or being fallen upon) stays inside a padded camera bag inside my backpack.  When I do want to take photos it's a procedure to open the two bags to get it out.  The scenes are full of white so getting detail for a sense of depth is difficult.  Finally, most of the skiing takes place in forests which isn't exactly compelling material.

Mark And John Next To SignHelen On ACorner

Always wanting to try something new, I tried taking photos while skiing.  We had a long, slow downhill part and with the lens closed down as much as possible, I took some long exposures to try and convey a sense of speed.  I like the effect.

Helen At Top Of HillSide Trees BlurryEverything Blurry But Helen
 
Backlit Trees

I think the point of trying to take photos while skiing is to see conditions and terrain you don't normally see.  On the Sunday morning, we had some beautiful blue skies and the snow conditions were excelent.  It was a great day of skiing.
Sparkly GroundTrees On Blue Sky
 
From Backside
 




Nordic Trail Gateway
Person: Helen, Mark
Tags: skiing
From Backside
Tags: Okanagan, panorama, snow, vista
Hawk Puffed Up
Species: Buteo jamaicensis (Red-tailed Hawk)
Altitude: 3m (9 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: BC fauna, bird
Everything Blurry But Helen
Tags: motion blur, skiing
Helen At Top Of Hill
Altitude: 1801m (5908 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: skiing
Helen And John And Sunglasses
Person: Helen, John
Sparkly Ground
Altitude: 1823m (5980 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: forest, snow
Helen On Trail
Person: Helen
Backlit Trees
Tags: forest, snow
Mark Kicking Snow
Person: Mark
End Of The Island
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: reflection, river
Bee On AFlower
Tags: insect
Mark And John Next To Sign
Person: John, Mark
Altitude: 1835m (6020 feet)
Location: Go To...
Helen On ACorner
Tags: forest, skiing, snow
Male Downey Woodpecker
Species: Picoides pubescens (Downy Woodpecker)
Tags: bird
Trees On Blue Sky
Tags: forest, snow
Red Tailed Hawk On Branch
Species: Buteo jamaicensis (Red-tailed Hawk)
Tags: bird
Waiting For The Lift
Helen Coming Down Hill
Person: Helen
Altitude: 1807m (5928 feet)
Location: Go To...
Horse Tail
Species: Equisetum variegatum (Northern scouring-rush)
Tags: plant
Side Trees Blurry
Tags: motion blur, skiing
Near Duo Cromatic
Tags: flower, tree, twin
Tags: snow(5), skiing(5), forest(4), bird(3), motion blur(2), insect(1)
People: Helen(4), Mark(3), John(2)
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