I'm proud to announce that once again I have had an image place in the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the year photo contest. The image "Fairy Bonsai" was commended in the Botanical Realms category of the contest. This year the contest received 48,000 entries from all over the world. If you happen to live on Vancouver Island or the lower mainland the Royal BC Museum in Victoria is hosting an exhibit of all the winning entries. The show is on until April 2013, well worth a visit. For those of you that are interested in purchasing a print of "Fairy Bonsai" you can either purchase a print from this site here
or by contacting me directly here
Well I have to admit that I never thought that I would be blogging, but here I am starting a blog
. It's not that I have anything against putting my thoughts down for god knows who to read, the reality is I am not sure I really have a lot to say. By nature I am a pretty quiet guy and generally speaking like to live a simple and quiet life doing the things that I like to do. The less drama the better. Still it would seam that I have to succumb to the pressures of social media and slowly (very slowly) adding my name to the plethora of other nature photographers trying to get their work out there for the world to see. We'll see how it goes, who knows perhaps I have a lot to say. The good thing is a blog will (hopefully) improve my spelling and grammar, my mother will be proud.
Winter is finally coming to an end, spring is having a hard time appearing. I am looking forward to another fun filled garden season and some planned trips within the next number of months, stay tuned.
During the month of November I spent three weeks trekking around southern Utah. It had been several years since my last visit so it was great to get back and explore some old haunts as well as new ones. Probably the two things that I cherish the most from my visit to the high desert are the solitude and quietness that can be found, both qualities that are increasingly hard to find. Be sure to check out some of my new work from my visit.
You may notice that some of the new images on this site are now slightly larger, at least the horizontals are. I have decided to increase the horizontal sizes from 720px to 800px. The verticals will stay the same as scrolling to view images on smaller monitors is a bit of a pain. As time permits I may increase the size of all existing images posted.
The summer and garden season are winding down, time to dust off the hiking boots (and legs) and head for the hills. The summer was a busy one. I travelled across Canada meeting a ton of great people and taking loads of new garden images for Cornwall Publishing. In total I believe I visited roughly fifty gardens.
The latest issue of British Columbia magazine
has published a few of my images from an assignment that I did for them on the Wildside Trail. This wonderful trail is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island on Flores Island. Be sure to pick up a copy of the magazine. BC mag has also posted a number of the images that I took on their website. You can see the images here
As time permits I will continue to upload new images and some classics from my old website.
I am proud to present five new calendar titles published by Wyman Publishing
. Titles for 2012 are British Columbia
, Country Gardens
, Magnificent Rockies
and Canada's West Coast
. Copies can be purchased through Wyman Publishing
or most bookstores or calendar outlets.
I've returned from another quick trip to Vancouver Island. A couple of areas that I wanted to check out turned out to be great locations. Although I didn't return with any spectacular images I am excited to return to some of the locations that I did discover.
Sandcut beach has a wonderful waterfall that drops over a short overhanging cliff. I ended up spending a couple of evenings photographing the falls and ocean beyond. Definitely a location that I will be returning to.
I returned to Carmanah Provincial Park in the hopes of accessing the northern section. Although I have a 4 wheel drive vehicle the road got pretty ugly as I crossed over the park boundary. I'm sure the van would have made it but getting stuck, on my own, in the middle of nowhere would have been very unpleasant. On the trail I ran into the rear end of a very large black bear so I decided to head for the southern section of the park instead. Within the southern section the main trail leading from the parking lot is very good up until Grunt's grove. After the grove the trail quickly deteriorates into a mass of fallen trees and brush, doesn't look like this trail is maintained very much by the parks.
Garden season has started and I will be busy traveling across Canada taking images for Cornwall Publishing, hopefully I can squeeze in a few small backpacking trips in between.
I have just returned from a quick trip to Vancouver Island. Unfortunately the tour was cut short by the lack of decent weather, lots of heavy rain. Still I managed to pull off a couple of images that I like very much. Carmanah Provincial Park was one of the spots that I went to visit. I hadn't been into Carmanah for about ten years, so another trip was long overdue. This time I drove into the southern section of the park. The journey takes about two hours along good logging roads, unfortunately the scenery into the park is uninspiring clearcut. Carmanah really is a special place and I am sure that without the efforts of Randy Stoltman and friends the area would have been logged out back in the 90's. The weather was not my friend on this trip so I am eager to get back and hike from the south end northward. Perhaps this week?
Finally! It has been almost three years since I uploaded any new images or updated my old website. To be honest the old site was not particularly user friendly and desperately needed a serious makeover, consequently I lost the motivation to keep it current. Since I am not particularly web savvy I decided to hire the talents of Jesse Speer and Jack Brauer at WideRange galleries to put a site together for me. I hope that you agree that this new site is a great improvement over the old one. More importantly this new site is much more intuitive for me to add new content and I am excited about adding regular updates with ease.
I still have a lots of content to add and perhaps a few changes to make. Please browse through the images and let me know what you think, good or bad.