Mystic Beach

Mystic Beach

A beautiful day in May prompted a trip to Mystic Beach

A short drive out to the China Beach parking lot with Emily and the dogs on a busy May Long weekend and we were off to Mystic Beach. With a winding trail through the trees and over the roots for 2km its not the easiest hike. Multiple small stream crossings as well as a suspension bridge are part of the trail down to the beach. Continue reading →

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Vancouver Night Photos

Vancouver Night Photos

Photos from downtown Vancouver at Night

We took a spring trip to Vancouver to visit some family and Emily and I headed out to take a few photos on the one night we were in town. Thankfully it was a beautiful clear night and the Blue Hour light was beautiful. A slight wind kept the water from giving perfect reflections but you can’t win them all! Continue reading →

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Snow Day

Snow Day

Snow Day in the yard

After a February snowstorm I took the camera out to the backyard to snap a few shots of the angry Robins sitting on the apple tree in the back yard. Continue reading →

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Roche Cove Park Walk

Roche Cove Park Walk

Misty walk from Roche Cove to Matheson Lake

On a misty winters morning we took the dogs for a short hike. As old Axel dog is getting pretty slow we decided on something easy. We parked at Roche Cove in East Sooke and planned on walking the trail up to Matheson Lake. Continue reading →

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Jordan River Waterfalls

Jordan River Waterfalls

Chasing Waterfalls on a rainy day in Jordan River BC

With the rain pounding down and the clouds hanging so low its hard to tell where the clouds end and the fog begins, or as we Islanders call it, a regular November day. I piled the two dogs into the truck and head out towards Sooke BC. Continue reading →

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Cowichan Bay Sunrise

Cowichan Bay Sunrise

Cowichan Bay Estuary, Duncan BC

The salmon are still running so I made a trip up to Cowichan Bay to see if I would have better luck at finding some eagles. Early morning traffic was light as I raced the sun up and over the Malahat, fighting the urge to stop at the summit and shoot the brightening sky.

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Sooke Salmon Run

Sooke Salmon Run

Charters Creek, Sooke B.C

With the Salmon running and a stretch of nice weather I decided to go out Bald Eagle hunting, plus see whatever else was around during the salmon run in Sooke, BC.

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Skirt Mountain Sunrise

Skirt Mountain Sunrise

Next adventure on my Sunrise Series was to try to shoot from the top of a cliff on the side of Skirt Mountain, AKA Bear Mountain. Continue reading →

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Albert Head Lagoon Sunrise

Albert Head Lagoon Sunrise

Albert Head Lagoon, Metchosin BC

With the beautiful weather continuing I decided to head out again for another sunrise shoot at a different location. Waking up to a much clearer sky than yesterday at Esquimalt Lagoon I decided to head down to Albert Head Lagoon and see if I could get some decent shots with Victoria and Mount Baker in the background as the sun came up. Continue reading →

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Esquimalt Lagoon Sunrise

Esquimalt Lagoon Sunrise

Esquimalt Lagoon, Victoria, BC

With the absolutely stellar weather we’ve been having in Victoria, BC this October I decided to take advantage of it and go shoot some sunrise photos down at the Esquimalt Lagoon. With the sun coming up at 7:20am it was also not a grueling morning hour to get up and at the beach a half hour before the sun rose. Continue reading →

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Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 42

Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 42

Camino del Norte

Day 42

Oct 14

Hola,
We decided to walk the whole 30km to Finisterre instead of breaking it into 2 short days. No rain along the way but a lot of wind. Hurricane Leslie is hitting Spain right now and we are certainly affected by the strong winds. 

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Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 40

Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 40

Camino del Norte

Day 40

Oct 12

Hola folks,
Day 40 of our marathon and only a few more days of walking to go! Yippee!
It’s been a while since I last wrote anything – 
We are presently about half way to the Atlantic coast at Finisterre which is 90 km from Santiago. 

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Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 36

Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 36

Camino del Norte

Day 36

Oct 8

Easy day today…20 km in the sunshine to the town of Pontevedra. We left Redondela around 7:00am and walked mostly on pavement..it was cold this morning until the sun gained some power…12C. 

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Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 35

Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 35

Camino del Norte

Day 35

Oct 7

Hola,
Today we left Portugal at 6:00 (or 7:00 am Spanish time). We stayed the night in the Portuguese city of Valenca, toured the fortress there, bought a bbq chicken, bread and wine which we ate at the albergue. We walked across the bridge ( river Minho) and entered the Spanish city of Tui before sunrise. 

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Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 34

Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 34

Camino del Norte

Day 34

Oct 6

Hola folks,
Tonight we are in the town of Valenca….right on the border with Spain. Tomorrow we will be walking in Spain again and the clock will move ahead 1 hour. 
Today we left the beach town of Vila Praia de Âncora before 6:00 am and walked along the seawall and Atlantic oceanfront in the dark for the first hour.

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Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 31

Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 31

Camino del Norte

Day 31

Oct 3

Hola,
It turns out that Portugal is one hour ahead of Spain so now sunrise is at 7:00 am or so. We got up in Porto at 5:00 am, had a yogurt and coffee/tea and were on the road through the city at 6:10 this morning. The streets are quiet at that time but the streetlights are shining and the walking is easy.

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Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 30

Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 30

Camino del Norte

Day 30

Oct 2

Hola,
Here we are in Porto, Portugal. We walked into Melide on our last day on the Primitivo. Melide is the town where the Primitivo and the Camino Frances join and the traffic increases dramatically. Since we walked this last 50 km last year we decided to catch the bus into Santiago.

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Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 29

Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 29

Camino del Norte

Day 29

Oct 1

Hola,
A most interesting day…yesterday. We left the big city of Lugo before sunrise as usual with a plan to walk 25 or 30 km to get close to the city of Melide. 
We had a few places to choose from, each with kitchen facilities advertised so we figured we would just buy some supplies along the way and prepare our own dinner. Donna was carrying 2 jars of Pesto, we had half a stick of bread and a little wedge of cheese and thought to buy some pasta etc.

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Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 28

Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 28

Camino del Norte

Day 28

Sept 30

Hola,
Today it was about the rocks.. I marvel at the sheer volume of rock construction we see as we walk. Miles and miles of stone fences…some built by the Romans before Christ. Rock walls, houses and churches. Slate roofs and huge blocks of stone piled perfectly to create wonderful architecture. 

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Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 26

Camino del Norte

Day 26/27

Sept 28,29

Hola,
Yesterday was a great day…we were in a wonderful new and still-under-construction albergue where we sat on the sundeck and enjoyed drinks and snacks with our friend Gregory from Budapest and Manuela from Argentina. We did our washing earlier and everything dried in the sunshine.

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