Chinese New YearIn British Columbia there is a thriving and vibrant Chinese culture in the major cities of Victoria and Vancouver. Many Chinese Canadians trace their roots back to the gold rush days of the late 1850's. In this photo taken on Chinese New Year in Victoria, participants celebrate with the traditional Dragon Dance.
Dundarave Evening.Dundarave Beach in West Vancouver on a winter's evening just after the sun had set below the Pacific Ocean. The far shores of Kitsilano and UBC in the background.
Trail RunnerOn a misty morning near Hyde Creek in Port Coquitlam, B.C., a man runs with his dog on the Trans Canada Trail. This trail is the world's longest network of recreation trails that stretches across Canada. For future generations to enjoy, to stay active and healthy, surrounded by the natural beauty that Canada is known for.
Branching OutPhotographed in Colony Farm Regional Park in Port Coquitlam, B.C. during a hike in the snow. Colony Farms consists of 260 hectares of greenspace that was once one of the most modern and productive farms in Canada.
Boys In BadlandsThese boys are exploring Writing On Stone Park in southern Alberta. It is the land of the Blackfoot people. More than 80 archaelogical sites have been identified from 3,500 to 4,500 years ago. it is an important part of Canadian cultural heritage and a great place to teach kids about history.
Catching A RaindropThis bee is one of about 450 species of bees in British Columbia catching some shelter and a drop of water during a hard days work. Found in a neighbour's garden in Coquitlam in a blooming peony.
The mountain reflecting its autumn mantel.This photo portrays a mountain shoreline reflected on a mirror smooth high altitude lake.Duffey lake is situated between Lillooet and Pemberton.
The JumperAs Canadians age it becomes more of a challenge to stay active and healthy . This Greyhound's athlete at the B.C. 55 + Games at Town Centre Stadium in Coquitlam shows although its not easy, you just have to jump in to a healthy lifestyle to reap the rewards.
Red AlertChinese lanterns are found in a tree on Granville Island B.C. In Chinese culture, Chinese lanterns are hung to create a festive atmosphere because they symbolize reunion.
Keep It In the GroundIn May 2016 on six continents, thousands participated in rallies to break free from fossil fuels. Activists on the land and water in Vancouver boldly surrounded the Kinder Morgan oil facility on the Salish Coast to demonstrate that people power and renewable energy needs to be the future.
Break FreeIn May 2016 on six continents, thousands participated in rallies to break free from fossil fuels. Activists on the land and water in Vancouver boldly surrounded the Kinder Morgan oil facility on the Salish Coast to demonstrate that people power and renewable energy needs to be the future.
No More Stolen Sisters2017 marked the 27th year of the Women's Memorial March that honours missing and murdered women in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. While a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls has been launched, violence remains a daily reality for Indigenous women all across Canada.
Island JewelsMorning Dew catches my eye as it shines like cut jewels in a spiderweb hanging under some stairs in Royston on Vancouver Island in B.C.
Raven TearsVancouver resident James is proud of his native heritage as he shows me his Raven Tears tattoos. I photographed him in an alley in the downtown east side.
RCMP Musical RideI wanted to created an image that emphasizes the "Musical" part of the ride, over the amazing precision of the spectacle. While there may have been a few warts on the RCMP image, I don't think that anyone can argue that it is of the most Canadian of our icons. And for the most part, one of which can all be rightfully very proud.
West Coast Rain ForestPacific Rim National Park showcases our West Coast Rain Forest.
Purple Urchins - tide pool.Purple urchins, actually burrowing into the substrate, seems to dominate the complexity of life forms in the large tide pools exposed at the extreme low tides on Botanical Beach in Port Refrew, B.C. What effect, if any will global warming have on these communities, I wonder?
Public skating at the Palais Montcalm, Québec CityPeople of different cultures skating at the Palais Montcalm SHOUTS "Canadian".
Purple Olive Snails tracking.At just the right level of low tides on Chesterman Beach in Tofino, B.C., one could come across what looks like aliens have been writing on the beach. The scribblers are purple olive snails tracking about looking for food.
Fish Agaaaaaain?This osprey family resides right beside the bridge over the Fraser in Lytton B.C. One of the parents is returning to the nest with food for the chicks.
First Snow on Mt. Rundle, Banff National Park.The landscape does not get much more Canadian than snow on Mt. Rundle - a recognizable icon in our first National Park - Banff.
Tinson School pony barn, rider, and the current horses under the hood.Living my family history of homesteading in Saskatchewan like so many other immigrants, my 91 year old uncle shows me the pony barn for the local Tinson School in Spiritwood Saskatchewan. He arrived with many more horses under the hood on this day.
Saskatchewan Canola FieldsLast rays of sun caress this canola field near Leask Saskatchewan. We must continue to grow our own food for our food security.
Iridescent KelpThe lipids in some of our west coast kelps produce a beautiful iridescence.
Sandhill Crane FamilyThe Reifel bird sanctuary is working hard to provide for the needs of the sandhill cranes. Spring 2016 saw the laying of two eggs, one of which has hatched in this image. One of the chicks survived several months but while it is unknown what actually happened, it is thought that it was a victim of predation. Sadly the adult male crane has also died due to a benign tumour, but at the ripe age of twenty seven years. The "widow" has found a new mate and hopefully there will be more chicks in the future.
Arctic suite - Ice HotelThe Ice Hotel in Québec City celebrates our Canadian identity in "spades". Few "do" winter better than Canadians - we have to! The Arctic suite also celebrates our Arctic natural heritage.
Great Blue HeronThe great blue heron natural behaviour of remaining motionless usually while fishing, allowed me a long enough exposure time to create this twilight image at the Jericho pier.
West Coast SunriseFirst rays of the day penetrate sea mist on Chesterman Beach, Tofino. The full moon low tide allowed me to access areas of the beach for a most pleasing perspective. Will this view be possible in the future?
Afternoon preeningSandhill crane preening.
Canada Day CelebrationsCelebrating Canada Day in Kitimat, BC.
Our Rugged CoastThe rugged coastline of Cape Saint Mary's Ecological Reserve is a breathtaking scene, perfect for watching seabird colonies and taking in ocean views.
A Long Weekend in WhytecliffWhytecliff Park, just outside of West Vancouver, provides visitors with a welcome retreat from nearby urban life.
Bird RockJust south of Saint Bride's, Newfoundland, Cape Saint Mary's Park Reserve is home to thousands of nesting seabirds. Northern gannets are easy to watch making their nests on Bird Rock, a 100 metre sandstone stack on the park's rugged coast.
Paddling Haida GwaiiTaken on a paddle between Graham Island and Moresby Island, Haida Gwaii.
SalvageA bright and bold building on the shore of Salvage, Newfoundland. Salvage, and other nearby communities along the Eastport Peninsula, have historically provided opportunities for fishing, sealing, boat building and other livelihoods.
Sea StacksThese sea stacks are visible from Skerwink Head, a rocky peninsula just outside of Trinity, Newfoundland.
Balance RockAn overcast July day visiting Balance Rock, just outside of Skidegate Village in Haida Gwaii.
Gandll K'in Gwaay.yaay (Hotspring Island)Taken on Hotspring Island, in Gwaii Haanas, prior to the 2012 earthquake which disrupted the thermal activity on the island.
Full Moon MorningA full moon captured on a crisp morning in Kitimat, BC.
The Fantastic RCMP Musical RideOn a dusty parade ground near Victoria, I watched a piece of Canada's living history.What an honour it was!!
Fantastic Frost This macro photo is of frost deposits on the exterior pane of a double paned sliding aluminum window over a kitchen sink in Calgary.
Refugees Welcome#RefugeesWelcome rallies were held in over 50 cities across Canada in September 2015. They called for change to Canadian immigration and refugee policies and an end to all forces of displacement, whether with Canada's role in forced displacements globally or on Indigenous lands at home. This image was photographed at the Vancouver rally, where Tima Kurdi, the sister of Abudllah Kurdi who lost his wife and children while trying to reach the shores of the Greek Island Kos, spoke.
Fraser River One can sense the power and mightiness of the BC landscapes through this photo. What seems like the beginning of the Fraser river, while flying over the Golden Ears moutain tops, I captured this photo on my way back from Edmonton. The sheer beauty of the mountains and river on a clear spring evening was breathtaking and I'm glad I had my camera with me to document it.
Over CalgaryThe flooding in Southern Alberta in 2013 was Canada's costliest natural disaster, before the Fort McMurray wildfires occurred in 2016. Both natural disasters were signs of intensifying changes to the world's climate and its impact on humans.
Untold StoriesIn March 2016, seniors living in Vancouver's Chinatown gathered to share how gentrification has affected them. As residents of Canada's largest Chinatown, their voices have been overlooked in the planning of this community's future. There is a loss of culture and belonging and a sense of hopelessness as condo towers are being planned and new businesses move in, all with little regard to residents' welfare and the preservation of heritage. These signs, displaying some of the concerns of activists and concerned residents, overlook traditional Chinese shops that are threatened by development and rising costs in the neighbourhood.
After A Summer SolsticeGreat Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories is the deepest lake in North America. When gold was discovered on its North Arm in the 1930s, the city of Yellowknife was established, and would later become the capital of the Territory. The lake was photographed a few days after the summer solstice in 2013.
HookedI took my 1.5 year old daughter out ice fishing for the first time. During her nap in the tent I decided to play around in the frigid cold. This was the result.
Sombrio SecretHidden away on Vancouver Island lies this secret moss lined canyon with a gorgeous waterfall at the end. Walking the cobblestone beach, you would never know this existed due to the thick rainforest hiding the canyon entrance that sits mere paces from the beach.
Photographers Appreciating The Grandeur Of Victoria Hall in 2016Palladian-influenced style with Classical details, Cobourg's town hall, was designed by Toronto architect, Kivas Tully. In 1860, it was officially opened by the Prince of Wales, named for his mother;1959 designated a National Historic Site;1971 pronounced unsafe;1983 reopened after restoration to house many of its traditional community functions, entertainment and meeting venue.
Seeing double at Kits BeachThe view from the shore in Kitsilano in Vancouver, combined with textures from one of the beach's ubiquitous logs; a double exposure.
Final minutes of the sunSpectacular winter sunset over Vancouver's North Shore, as seen from Stanley Park.
Roller disco infernoGliding around in the sun at the Vancouver Mural Festival, 2016.
Ad hoc hockeyA frozen pond at Vanier Park in Vancouver offers a perfect location for an outdoor game.
Frosty morning by Burrard BridgeIt might have been chilly this winter in Vancouver but we're so lucky to have all this natural beauty in our backyard.
CRAB ParkThis urban beach and green space in Vancouver exists alongside Canada's largest port, and is overseen by the North Shore mountains.
Sky PillarsAurora in Redwater, Alberta.
Mount RevelstokeMount Revelstoke in summer
EdmontonOverlooking my home city of Edmonton
Moraine LakeSummer swimming in Moraine Lake
Mist of the MountainFoggy drives through interior British Columbia
Narrow RoadsThe winding narrow roads leading to Malign Lake
Ice ClimberAn ice climber deep in Malign Canyon
Jasper WildlifeMountain goat crossing the road in Jasper National Park
Mt. Logan from Ice Field at 8,000 Foot ElevationMt. Logan rises another 11,000 feet above the ice field where the airplane landed on skies. Photo was taken Aug. 1, 2015.
AuroraNorthern Lights over a field in Alberta
EveningA sunset along the British Columbian Coast
Crowsnest Sunset Floating daisies in Chinook Lake at sunset
Colourful CommunityTaken at dusk in mid January as I wanted to capture the wonderful colours of this unique community and also use to setting sunlight to challenge myself in use of lighting and exposure times.
Cameron FallsLong exposure of Cameron Falls in Waterton Lakes National Park
Crowsnest SunsetDaisies floating in the waters of Chinook lake, in southern Alberta
Spinning WoolThis Spindle Whorl carving by Songhees artist Butch Dick marks a nineteenth century burial ground and is along the public waterfront path behind the Laurel Point Inn Victoria BC. Spindle Whorls are a traditional tool used by Indigenous women to spin dog & mountain goat hair into yarn that was woven into blankets, headdresses and bedding for the Songhees/Coast Salish People.
Reflections in NatureTaken at Roberts lake BC, northeast of Campbell River on a clear and very cold frosty day. The water & light were perfect at noon that day.
Evening Over the ButterdomeA late winter evening glow surrounds the Butterdome, part of the University of Alberta - one of the finest education and especially scientific institutions in Canada
Slow Arrival of Spring An icicle melting is one of the first signs of spring in the Prairies
Calliope Hummingbird - OsoyoosA shot of a calliope hummingbird captured at the Osoyoos Desert Center in B.C.
Forget Me Not PondA beautiful summer afternoon spent at Forget Me Not Pond in Kananaskis Country
Honey Bee Among the Lavender A honey bee is hard at working among the lavender flowers in Penticton, B.C.
Aga Khan Museum - Toronto An August afternoon at the Aga Khan Musuem, which features the culture and art of Islamic civilizations
Sunset at GlobalfestA beautiful sunset highlighting Calgary's rural roots at the annual cultural celebration, Globalfest
Sunset at the Calgary Stampede A warm July evening is accompanied by a sunset over the Calgary Stampede's grounds
Reflection at Illuminasia A stormy night lead to spectacular pictures at Illuminasia - the Calgary Zoo's Lantern & Garden Festival
After a Fish!One of the Grizzly bears we saw at Bute Inlet on the BC mainland; they were all after the spawning salmon and it was a sight to behold!
Shawl DancerThis shot depicts Rhiannon, a Squamish Nation shawl dancer, taking part in last year's Downtown Eastside Powwow at Oppenheimer Park in Vancouver. Women’s fancy shawl dancers wear beaded capes, moccasins and leggings and most importantly, a beautifully decorated long fringed shawl. I was greatly struck by the great dignity and grace that the dancers display, and tried to reflect that with this piece, to illustrate the integral role of First Nations culture in the Downtown Eastside.
Osprey's BreakfastQuamichan lake once again. Quamichan lake is stocked with Trout and attracts fishermen of all kinds from Humans to Eagles and other fish eating birds such as this Osprey that decided to have it's breakfast on the tree branch above my head.
Little MinkReturning to Quamichan lake this little Mink is a regular visitor and is somewhat interested in the noise from my camera. So I indulged him/her and as I did it bolted right between my feet and into the lake. That was to say the least, really an experience. Not knowing it's intention I stood fast, he/she was gone in seconds. Just one thing left to do, change my pants.
A Pair Of Wood DucksQuamichan Lake a pair of Hooded Mergansers out for a morning swim briefly swam by as I was trying to photograph a Kingfisher in flight. I managed to squeeze off a few shots before they took to the air.
Pee-A-BooIn a choppy Quamichan Lake I spotted some female Hooded Mergansers that seemed to be enjoying the waves. This little gal actually came in close perhaps curious about the strange one eyed monster that makes funny clicking sounds. In any case this rare encounter gave me an a small view of their world through that one eyed monster.
Hoodie's Bath TimeQuamichan Lake, Hoodie like all ducks like to splash around in the water and sometimes they will do a barrel role. Hooded Mergansers like most diving ducks are very timid and can be tough to photograph. Not Hoodie, I actually think he enjoys the attention.
Portrait Of A Male Hooded MerganserQuamichan Lake, subject Hoodie. A Male Hooded Merganser posed for a portrait.Love this little guy.
Hoodie The Star Of Quamichan LakeOnce again we return to Quamichan Lake for this special Male Hooded Merganser. He hangs around the Mallard Ducks, I think he thinks he's a Mallard as well. The Mallards are quite tame around people and so is Hoodie making photographing this beautiful duck easy. He's my favorite subject at the lake.
Searching For Something To EatQuamichan Lake, This Raccoon came out of the bushes down to the water looking for something to eat. I didn't notice him/her until I finished taking some Duck shots and as I turned around I was able to get a few shots off before it ran off.
Shake That BootyOur farm has about 5 acres of heavy forest and we are visited by birds of pray often. This Great Horned Owl seemed to like the roof of our garage, the Robbins weren't too happy about it though. He/she didn't seem to mind my intrusion at all.
Curious Baby River OtterTransfer Beach in the town of Ladysmith is another good place for wildlife photos but you have to get there early in the morning ahead of the crowds.I spotted a family of was at least 6 River Otters swimming about 20 -25 meters out and as I started taking shots they seemed to stop as if they heard the camera's shutter. One of the little guys broke ranks and started towards me, my camera was in machine gun mode and clicking away as the baby Otter swam closer. It came right up close as it's curiosity got the better of it. Too cute....
Lip Licking River OtterFrom the same scene as Salmon vs Otter about half a kilometer from the Cowichan Bay Estuary. This River Otter was really enjoying his/hers Salmon breakfast. Licking those whiskers clean.
River Otter vs SalmonAbout half a kilometer from the Cowichan Bay Estuary I watched this River Otter pulling Salmon out of the river. Quite something to watch and I did for almost an hour taking shots of the scene as it unfolded. He/she would grab a Salmon as it went by and pulled it ashore. Then he/she would start to eat it until another unfortunate Salmon passed too close. By the time I left that River Otter had 5 – 6 half eaten Salmon on the bank of the river.
All AboardThe Cowichan Bay Estuary where the Cowichan River meets Cowichan Bay is another great place for Ducks, River Otters Eagles and other birds of pray. This is how a Common Merganser Mom carries her chicks.
Maple Bay SunriseMaple Bay, a small village just about 5 minutes east of our farm is subject to some beautiful sunrises. As I leave on my early morning photo journey I'll check the sky. If the sunrise is red I will usually head for Maple Bay first.
Mink's Bad Hair DayQuamichan Lake, a great place for Ducks, River Otters, Mink and various raptors. This little Mink was quite intrigued by the noise from my camera's shutter and came out of the water to check it out.
Cowichan Bay MorningI enjoy getting up early to catch the golden hour. This image was taken early in the morning from the mouth of the Cowichan river that flows into Cowichan Bay. The scene is looking towards the village of Cowichan Bay as the Sun rises.
Aurumn in a reflective mood.The shoreline of Duffey Lake reflected on the mirror smooth water surface.Duffey Lake is situated between Lillooet and Pemberton.
Monarch CaterpilllarAs the monarch butterfly populations have dwindled over the past ten years, Candaian's are doing their part by planting milkweed--the monarch's primary source of food.
Lake Edith CavellGlobal warming poses a threat to the world's glaciers, including Mount Edith Cavell's Angel Glacier. I captured this image of the glacial blue waters of Lake Edith Cavell on a beautiful August summer day in 2016. As a country, we all hope future generations will continue to enjoy Canada's natural beauty.
Time to relax at Lake LouiseA quintessential Canadain experience! To sit and relax at Lake Louise and enjoy one of Canada's most beautiful views.
Calgary's Wonderland SculptureI captured this image of Calgary's Wonderland Sculpture in front to the Bow Building on a beautiful summer evening at twilight time.
Peace Bridge at SunsetCalgary's Peace Bridge, where art and science meet! A beautiful pedestrain bridge that is also an amazing sculptural piece of art. I was lucky to capture this image as the sun was setting over the Calgary skyline.
A quiet morning at Peggy's CoveI captured this image while visiting beautiful Peggy's Cove in Nova Scotia. It's as if time has stood still, and we can imagine life in this tiny fishing village as it was 100 years ago.
Butterfly on EchinaceaA sulfur butterfly, with its proboscis deep into the echinacea, enjoying the nectar.
Pollinator at workA hoverfly hard at work spreading pollen among some beautiful New England Asters.
here//thereA double exposure capturing two elements of the dichotomous Canadian landscape in an attempt to remedy them into a single microcosm.
Bald EagleEagle trying to get food scraps from a piece of cardboard
Eyes to seeAs we look to the past 150 years and stop and realize where we are now; this is so important when we consider where we are going.
A gatheringI went down to the river in Fort Saskatchewan Alberta to take photographs of the landscape and the arrival of the geese.
The ol' Prairie The picture was taken while the conola fields where in bloom and the ol' farm house in the background gives it a sense of time of how long these fields have been tended too. Wondering how many generations have stood the test of time.
Korea town reflectionsA woman rolling dumplings in Korea town on Bloor Street - Toronto
Montmorency Falls In Winter Of 2016Located on the Montmorency River near Quebec City, the falls are the highest in the province.Visitors have a spectacular view from staircases, a suspension bridge over the falls and an aerial tram.Ice climbing on the falls is a winter adventure here too.In 1613, Samuel de Champlain named the falls in honour of Henri II, duc de Montmorency, who served as viceroy of New France.
FlowWaterfalls, fall colours and a cool breeze makes for quite a perfect day.
Nature's FireworksOn a work assignment in beautiful Churchill, Manitoba, we were treated to a spectacular display of Northern Lights over Hudson Bay.
Morning on Hidden LakeEarly June morning on Hidden Lake near Enderby BC
Sacred Land SunriseI took this picture of a sunrise over the sacred landscape at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park / Áísínai'pi. This spectacular Milk River valley contains a large concentration of First Nation petroglyphs (rock carvings) and pictographs (rock paintings) as well as a rich cultural heritage. Since the 1960s, most of Writing-on-Stone / Áísínai'pi has been surveyed for archaeological sites and more than 80 have been identified. Archaeological studies from the prairies around Writing-on-Stone / Áísínai'pi show that people have lived here for at least 10,000 years. The earliest archaeological evidence from Writing-on-Stone / Áísínai'pi itself is 3,500 to 4,500 years old. The majority of archaeological evidence here dates from 1,750 years ago until the recent past. Archaeological artifacts reveal information about Blackfoot history, relationships with neighbours and development of new ways of life.
Sunrise Over Sacred LandI took this picture of a dramatic sunrise over the sacred landscape at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park / Áísínai'pi. This spectacular Milk River valley contains a large concentration of First Nation petroglyphs (rock carvings) and pictographs (rock paintings) as well as a rich cultural heritage. Since the 1960s, most of Writing-on-Stone / Áísínai'pi has been surveyed for archaeological sites and more than 80 have been identified. Archaeological studies from the prairies around Writing-on-Stone / Áísínai'pi show that people have lived here for at least 10,000 years. The earliest archaeological evidence from Writing-on-Stone / Áísínai'pi itself is 3,500 to 4,500 years old. The majority of archaeological evidence here dates from 1,750 years ago until the recent past. Archaeological artifacts reveal information about Blackfoot history, relationships with neighbours and development of new ways of life.
Pyramid LakeWhile camping at Jasper National Park in Alberta, I decided with a group of friends to catch the sunrise at nearby Pyramid Lake. We were not disappointed. As the sun rose, its rays lit up the top of Pyramid Mountain and the clouds, reflecting off the serene lake and creating this surreal landscape.
Hidden ParadiseThis is the first time I visited Little Qualicum Falls near Qualicum Beach and Parksville on Vancouver Island. I was surprised that nestled in this forested setting and steep mountain peaks is a hidden gem. The beautiful park on central Vancouver Island features impressive waterfalls cascading down a rocky gorge.
Hoodoo SunsetWhile camping at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park in in Alberta, I was mesmerized by the dramatic sunset over the Hoodoo badlands and quickly took out my camera to take this picture. Also known as Áísínai'pi National Historic Site, the area contains the largest concentration of First Nation petroglyphs (rock carvings) and pictographs (rock paintings) on the great plains of North America.
Coola In Thoughtful Moment, Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife, VancouverTwo resident male Grizzly bears, Coola and Grinder, were rescued as orphans in British Columbia in 2001 and live in a natural habitat, complete with a hibernation den. Sustainability through research, education and conservation programs.
PerchedI spotted an eagle in the tree beside the Cheakamus river in Squamish B.C.
et la lumière fut (and there was light)a fairytale carriage awaits outside l'église nôtre dame in old montreal.
Elbow LakeA short hike from the Highwood pass, lies this pristine high altitude lake. It can get quite busy in the summer, but it is relatively quiet come shoulder season. This lake marks the headwaters for the elbow river, which then feeds into the Bow river in Calgary.
BoardwalkI took this image with an older crop sensor camera and kit lens that eventually was stolen. I had this raw file on my computer quite some time. Eventually I decided to brows over my old images and found this shot from an area north of Vancouver. Immediately this became one of my favourite shots because it confirmed to me that you don't need fancy gear to get great quality.
Seven SilosI chose to add this image to science and innovation because farming has become exactly that. I have always been fascinated with the sciences behind farming. The technology involved to grow a crop and cultivate it and the organizations involved is truly amazing. Something as simple as silos, which has become a fixture in rural Canada landscapes, boasts innovations of the past that have passed the test of time and are still used today. Without the science and innovation in the farming industry, our cities would become obsolete.
Canola FieldThe fragrant smell of Canola fills the prairie air throughout the summer. This is a very common sight in big sky country. As a photographer, these fields offer endless opportunities to spark creativity especially when supercell storms roll in.
Prairie StormA thunderstorm rolls through red rock coulee in southern Alberta. This is a long exposure image to show the force of the storm and how little shelter there is in this barren landscape.
Path Less TravelledA lone hiker takes the long hike back down after summitting the Windtower in Kananaskis, near Canmore Alberta.
Sunset on the West CoastThe British Columbia Coast is one of the most stunning stretches of land in Canada, where the temperate rain forest falls away into the Pacific Ocean. Sunset casts pastel colors over the shimmering water and rugged landscape. It's a place of tranquility and beauty.
Two OwlsTwo great horned owls intently watch me as the huddle into the hollow of a fallen tree. There is actually two babies, however momma is standing in front of the second one. The father always stayed in a tree nearby and kept a watchful eye on any visitors.
Piercing EyesEarly in the morning I came across a set of large cat tracks in the snow while on a hike. Rather than completing the hike I decided to follow the tracks in hopes to photograph a wild big cat for the first time. It seemed like a pipe dream but the saying of "nothing ventured, nothing gained" played in the back of my head. At first I was quite nervous as I thought I was on the tracks of a wild cougar based on the size of the paws. within an hour of trudging through waist deep snow in thick forests I started to notice some patterns. The tracks showed signs of the pace picking up and we were zig zagging all through the forest and circling back over our tracks, as if the cat was playing with me. It took another 2 hours to get this quick glimpse of the ghost. As I followed the tracks, the cat was usually already heading the opposite way off to the side of me just in the distance to keep a close eye on me. I knew he was not disturbed by my presence because at one point I just missed him chase a snowshoe hare. The hare made an escape. It was such an amazing experience to be graced by the presence of such a rare and beautiful animal.
Night ShowNothing like having your own piece of heaven to yourself with a night show. This has become a common sight for me. No sleep has its rewards some nights.
Shifting LightsOne week before this was taken, I had driven out to the country with my friends to take pictures of the Perseid Meteor Shower. This was my first encounter with night time photography, and I became enthralled with it. That week, I bought a new lens and became eager to use it as I had plans to go camping with my friends. We ventured out to the lake where we felt a sense of darkness that we don't feel in the city. As we looked up, we could see the stars twinkle, a sight we rarely take time to appreciate. I was overwhelmed with excitement to capture pictures of the night sky. We set up our cameras and attempted to capture the twinkle that we'd fallen in love with. As the night passed, we noticed this white streak appearing on our screens. Unsure at first, we checked to see if some fog had gotten onto our lenses, soon realizing that the night had surprised us with a gift. Over the next couple hours we watched in awe as lights danced across the sky in in colours ranging from green to purple. In a dazzling show, the sky lit up with energy, putting on display that captured the wonder of the Canadian landscape. The show in the sky, combined with a light fog that drifted over the lake, made for a scene that I am incredibly privileged to have caught. The beauty in the juxtaposition of the energetic sky and the serene fog was a moment of a lifetime. In a chance encounter, we were able to experience and capture one of the world's most beautiful natural phenomena and one of Canada's biggest envies.
On the DockOne week before this was taken, I had driven out to the country with my friends to take pictures of the Perseid Meteor Shower. This was my first encounter with night time photography, and I became enthralled with it. That week, I bought a new lens and became eager to use it as I had plans to go camping with my friends. We ventured out to the lake where we felt a sense of darkness that we don't feel in the city. As we looked up, we could see the stars twinkle, a sight we rarely take time to appreciate. I was overwhelmed with excitement to capture pictures of the night sky. We set up our cameras and attempted to capture the twinkle that we'd fallen in love with. As the night passed, we noticed this white streak appearing on our screens. Unsure at first, we checked to see if some fog had gotten onto our lenses, soon realizing that the night had surprised us with a gift. Over the next couple hours we watched in awe as lights danced across the sky in in colours ranging from green to purple. In a dazzling show, the sky lit up with energy, putting on display that captured the wonder of the Canadian landscape. The show in the sky, combined with a light fog that drifted over the lake, made for a scene that I am incredibly privileged to have caught. The beauty in the juxtaposition of the energetic sky and the serene fog was a moment of a lifetime. In a chance encounter, we were able to experience and capture one of the world's most beautiful natural phenomena and one of Canada's biggest envies.
Nightly ReflectionsOne week before this was taken, I had driven out to the country with my friends to take pictures of the Perseid Meteor Shower. This was my first encounter with night time photography, and I became enthralled with it. That week, I bought a new lens and became eager to use it as I had plans to go camping with my friends. We ventured out to the lake where we felt a sense of darkness that we don't feel in the city. As we looked up, we could see the stars twinkle, a sight we rarely take time to appreciate. I was overwhelmed with excitement to capture pictures of the night sky. We set up our cameras and attempted to capture the twinkle that we'd fallen in love with. As the night passed, we noticed this white streak appearing on our screens. Unsure at first, we checked to see if some fog had gotten onto our lenses, soon realizing that the night had surprised us with a gift. Over the next couple hours we watched in awe as lights danced across the sky in in colours ranging from green to purple. In a dazzling show, the sky lit up with energy, putting on display that captured the wonder of the Canadian landscape. The show in the sky, combined with a light fog that drifted over the lake, made for a scene that I am incredibly privileged to have caught. The beauty in the juxtaposition of the energetic sky and the serene fog was a moment of a lifetime. In a chance encounter, we were able to experience and capture one of the world's most beautiful natural phenomena and one of Canada's biggest envies.
LakesideOne week before this was taken, I had driven out to the country with my friends to take pictures of the Perseid Meteor Shower. This was my first encounter with night time photography, and I became enthralled with it. That week, I bought a new lens and became eager to use it as I had plans to go camping with my friends. We ventured out to the lake where we felt a sense of darkness that we don't feel in the city. As we looked up, we could see the stars twinkle, a sight we rarely take time to appreciate. I was overwhelmed with excitement to capture pictures of the night sky. We set up our cameras and attempted to capture the twinkle that we'd fallen in love with. As the night passed, we noticed this white streak appearing on our screens. Unsure at first, we checked to see if some fog had gotten onto our lenses, soon realizing that the night had surprised us with a gift. Over the next couple hours we watched in awe as lights danced across the sky in in colours ranging from green to purple. In a dazzling show, the sky lit up with energy, putting on display that captured the wonder of the Canadian landscape. The show in the sky, combined with a light fog that drifted over the lake, made for a scene that I am incredibly privileged to have caught. The beauty in the juxtaposition of the energetic sky and the serene fog was a moment of a lifetime. In a chance encounter, we were able to experience and capture one of the world's most beautiful natural phenomena and one of Canada's biggest envies.
Smoke and MirrorsThis image was taken on a frosty early winter day trip out to go look for some wildlife. Fresh snow had fallen the night prior, so I thought I'd go and see if I could get on the tracks of some critters up in the mountains. I had no luck on that aspect, but I did get this image just before the mid morning fog lifted.
Fishing Stages On Fogo Island NL. Aug 2016Associated with cod fishery, a stage is a wooden vernacular building to land fish for salting and drying; traditionally painted with a red ochre paint and white circle to make more visible after dark.
The ApproachTiming is everything in photography. Waking up at 4:00 am, I set out for a sunrise shot of Bow Lake in Banff, Alberta. I only had a couple of minutes to wade through chest high snow from the parking are to the lake before the sun was up. Just by chance once I was fully set up a skier was crossing the lake to head off into the backcountry at the perfect spot, at the perfect time for me to quickly snap this image.
The Light of DawnSome amazingly colourful light at sunrise over Beauvais Lake in southern Alberta.
Where everything is connectedWhen one ventures in the coastal rain forest of British Columbia, It is almost impossible not to feel the connectedness that exists between all the species of this rich and complex ecosystem but also with us, human of this world.Picture taken in Goldstream Provincial Park on Vancouver Island
Chinese New Year's CelebrationIn Victoria BC, Chinese New Year's celebrations are vibrant and lively affairs. This is Canada's multicultural mosaic coming together.
Baynes Sound WavesThis photo was taken early evening looking across Baynes Sound near Fanny Bay when two wakes from passing boats intersected each other.
protecting his mateinteresting behaviour in a group of timber wolves as the male protects his mate who shields behind him
young Arctic wolfon a photographic trip in Northern Quebec was fortunate to enjoy seeing a group of Artic wolves
Fogo Island Inn, Joe Batt's Arm NL Aug 2016The inn contributes to the economic and social development core of sustainability and environmental balance.The inn attracts visitors who connect with the island resources and communities.Locally born entrepreneur, Zita Cobb, and Newfoundland-born architect, Todd Saunders, designed the inn in a ship form to withstand winds and sea, sourced materials from countries with labour and environmental-protection laws and chose furnishings and textiles crafted by local artisans.
Mossy CreekI found this little creek some time ago on a quick trip to the coast. It is a tucked away gem near the town of Whistler. The next trip I made that way, I decided to make a stop and attempt to document it. This is my favourite shot I walked away with. This is actually what it looked like in there. Photographing this area is extremely hard due to the complexity of the forest. This creek breaks up the image and gives it some flow. I used a polarizing filter to capture the water with these gorgeous hues.
Maple CreekIn the interior of Vancouver Island, lies this little gem of a creek that meanders its way through the rainforest before reaching the ocean. The trees in this area were particularly large which gave the location a special ambiance while shooting this image. It is truly a magical place.
On GuardWalking around in the prairies near the badlands of Alberta can be quite dangerous if one does not take caution. This large prairie rattlesnake was found near some old farm equipment at the edge of a coulee just outside of Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta. This is one of three species of rattlesnake found in Canada.
Take OffI spent most of the morning to get this shot. I set up my camera under the birdhouse and then sat back at my car with the remote shutter and snapped away every time the parents would fly back to the nest. This was the fastest shutter speed I could get and the wings still are not in focus. These barn swallows are lightning fast.
LurkingFor this shot I made a waterproof housing with a piece of glass, a roll of duct tape and a ziplock bag. I spent the morning chasing frogs around along the Bow river in Canmore Alberta. This was the most patient frog I could find.
Beautiful British ColumbiaThis photo was taken on Babine Lake British Columbia in August 2016. While out fishing a small rain storm passed over and immediately after, this gorgeous, bright rainbow appeared right on the water. The boat pictured belongs to my uncle, I was able to snap a picture just as he passed by the rainbow. I have no experience in photography and this photo is not edited, I am quite pleased with how it turned out!
BadlandsAn old abandoned farm house stands alone weathering away over time just outside of Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta.
Street LightsThe northern lights erupt over the foothills of Alberta just north of Calgary. It was a late night but the lack of sleep paid off.
Face offTwo coyotes intensely stare each other down as they cross paths in Kananaskis Alberta.
Bow LakeThe turquoise waters of bow lake may look inviting, but rest assured they are frigid cold. Step in waist deep and you will surely be short of breath. The silt deposited from meting glaciers is what gives this water its magical colours. In the backdrop is Crowfoot Mountain with a glimpse of the headwaters of Bow glacier to the right of the image. This is an Iconic Alberta lake in Banff National Park.
Desolation RoadI was given permission from my wife to head up on a mini road trip up to Jasper. I took full advantage of this opportunity. This shot was not planned at all. I was driving along highway 93 heading towards the columbia ice fields and this image just popped right out at me. I took a quick second to take the shots as my car idled next to me. There is something about this image that I really like.
Tangle FallsAlong highway 93 between Banff and Jasper lies this spectacular road side waterfall. This is only a few feet from the edge of the road. I have been here a few years back to ice climb these falls, however I have not seen it in the summer. I am unsure of which season is the most spectacular. The water cascades along several spread out chutes before taming down into the creaked as it heads under the highway. I took this image while on a mini road trip up to Jasper.
Sunset MeadowThis image was taken just north of bow lake in Banff Alberta. The sun was just starting to set as I drove past this beautiful little creek. I had to stop to capture this scene. This was not a pre planned image. This was simply being in the perfect place at the perfect moment to enjoy the sunset.
Moonlit MountainsI arrived on location at about 11 pm on a weeknight after an hour and a half drive through the mountains on my first attempt to capture a meteor shower. I only had a couple of meteors that night, but I was able to swing a cool panorama of upper Kananaskis lake.
In Law's EverestI took my father in law on an epic adventure to his first ever summit. We started hiking before 3 am in hopes to witness a sunrise from the top. This is shot of Shaun atop Windtower in Kananaskis Alberta.
IsolationTherapy can be viewed in many different ways. This is my therapy. Connecting with the ground below my feet takes me away from the hectic distractions that life is filled with. Getting out in nature has always instilled a reminder of how many problems in life can be solved by slowing down and simply living in the moment and not worrying about what may or may not happen next.
Sutherland FallsThis was the first stop on a mini road trip to Revelstoke with my one year old daughter. She didn't really like the cold mist much. However, the sound of the waterfalls sure got her attention. We has this place all to ourselves all morning.
LookoutA solo hiker takes a moment to take in the vast beauty of his surroundings before pressing onward in Kananaskis, Alberta Canada.
Building Affordable HousingAs more and more Canadians find themselves unable to afford a home, we will need to find solutions to urban sprawl and the cost of housing. Revitalizing our inner cities is one small step forward.
Looking UpA framed view of Cascade Mountain from Two Jack Lake in Banff Alberta. The clouds glow in the distance from the Banff townsite.
Enchanted ForestThis was my first year of chasing Aurora events. I never knew that the Calgary area had such spectacular displays. I took this photo at Sibbald Flats in Kananaskis Country just outside of Calgary.
An Unfamiliar PlaceIn the series “An Unfamiliar Place”, I investigated the dichotomy between what is essential and what is excessive, but from a Chinese-Canadian perspective. Inspired by my own experience relocating from Taiwan to Canada, each photograph depicts miniature blank figurines traveling through a foreign landscape made out of food products. The miniature figurines immersed in massive raw and processed food sceneries serve as a metaphor for mass production and excess. The triptych, “Ginger, Rice and Fish” symbolizes the eastern motherland, China. As the figurines leave their familiar homeland and entering into a foreign landscape, the objects that comprise their surrounding shift from a distinctive Asian palette to an iconic Western one. This transformation emphasizes the sense of lost and wonder foreigners experienced when they first set foot in North America. “An Unfamiliar Place” is a series exploring the idea of a cultural journey, diaspora identity and displaced landscape, which at times appear menacing and absurd and above all unfamiliar.
Story TellerJust one of many captivatingly charged faces carved into this old cedar totem found on Vancouver Island. It demonstrates the craftsmanship and personality of its historic carver.
Sea Stacks From Skerwink Trail, Port Rexton NLCaptured Aug 2016. Sea Stacks are formed of sedimentary rock and shaped by the Atlantic winds, waves and Newfoundland’s perennial freeze and thaw cycles. These stacks appeared after the last Ice Age which ended about 10,000 years ago.
Trans-SeasonalThis is a captured moment of early Spring actively eroding the thin ice on a Vancouver Island fresh water lake.
Moving on togetherWhere Canada, as a diverse collective, has the power to bridge differences while inspiring resilience in communities.
Cattail at DuskNature can truly be a magical place. Let’s keep our trails healthy.
Autumnal GlowNothing more golden than the stunning aura of an autumn tree bark.
Clarity in perspectiveA skimmer bird on the hunt for lunch – or dinner. Paired with glimmering waters and a sky-high altitude, the feathered fauna of Canada would make just the ideal tour guide.
Elegant SwansI love that we live in a place where wildlife can be appreciated and observed from within an arms reach distance. In return, these beauties surely know how to impress.
Connected we move mountainsThis photograph features the shimmering surface of a cobblestoned fountain base. I was well on my way home when - out of the corner of my eye - those vibrant hues of these stones caught my attention. Glued together in place, the spherical nature of each individual cobblestone lends itself as the perfect metaphor for the diverse perspectives people bring to Canada.
Vancouver as citizens - Marching for Rights and Democracy Crowd at Jack Poole Plaza - Million Women's March
Floating on FogTake from the North Shore, The LIon's Gate Bridge during a heavy fog.
Sea Caves, Dungeon Provincial Park, Bonavista Peninsula NLCaptured Aug 2016. This natural feature shows the power of the ocean and erosion on the sedimentary cliff. As the caves got deeper, the overhead rock collapsed to form the hole.
Room For AllThree beautiful butterflies share the food from a single dandelion! There was "room for all"!
Raven With Golf BallThis Raven passed a golf ball from his beak to his talons IN MID AIR! While being chased by another raven.
The Little Sister Over Canmore, ABThis photo depicts the mountain known as Little Sister early on a February morning as a powerful storm clears.
Winter Falls It was a cold day at the falls. The mist was thick and blowing back at me, within moments I was covered in ice.
Ascending Joffre PeakThis photo is at the notch just below the summit of Joffre Peak. Taken during a summer trip with the British Columbia Mountaineering Club.
Lighthouse Tower, Cape Spear NLThis image was captured Aug 2016. The tower sits on a cliff of a National Historic Site at our continent's most easterly point. It is an iconic symbol of mariner history in the province of Newfoundland Labrador. Built in 1955, it retains the1839 light from the oldest surviving lighthouse, also on this site.
My CanadaThe stones represent the rock solid people of Canada. The maple leaf represents Canada being carried by the people. The water drop is for humanity.
Skidegate Haida Language Program officeHaida, or Xaat Kíl, is the ancestral language of the Haida people of Haida Gwaii, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands. The Haida language is highly endangered, but people are working hard to revitalize it through the Skidegate Haida Language Program.
Haida Heritage Centre The Haida Heritage Centre is the premier cultural centre and museum of the Haida people. It is located in Skidegate, on Haida Gwaii, in British Columbia.
A Chance EncounterWe had just turned the dive out on the point of Madrona Wall by Nanaimo, BC. It had been a normal dive until then. From under a large rock, a humungous giant pacific octopus emerged and ventured towards my friend Glenn. He outstretched his arm, and the octopus climbed up and enveloped his head. They are a curious species. After a few seconds, ventured back down to the sea floor. Glenn had only seen red and was worried the rest of the dive if I had captured the event. When we got out of the water, I showed him the image and a grin spread across his face.
Dancing Into the FutureA youth participant at the 2016 Regional Youth Leadership Conference in Waswanipi learns about the hoop dance as his love for dance takes flight. Indigenous youth remain the fastest growing population in Canada as many youth continue their search for identity in the traditions of song and dance.
Porte Saint-Louis During Québec Winter CarnivalImage captured Jan 2016. Although this gate was built in 1880, the Ramparts of Quebec City, a National Historic Site of Canada, are the only remaining fortified city walls in North America north of Mexico, dating to 1694. The Quebec Winter Carnival is a festival held in Quebec City on and off since 1894.
Prince Edward County Cliff In Morning Light Moments Before HurricaneOct 2015. This tranquil image was captured shortly before hurricane winds and heavy rain hit the area near Picton ON.
Old houseWhat the wind can cause in the prairie of Saskatchewan.......
Buffalo Pound LakeFishing at Buffalo Pound Lake after a summer rain.
Cleven Field This image is about a special flower found in foothills of Himalayas!
Oh Canada!Travelling the waters off the BC Coast on a BC Ferry between Victoria and Vancouver.
After The StormThe Juan de Fuca Strait on Vancouver Island just before sunset after a story day.
Green Acres is the Place to beThis photo was taken in/near Wakefield Quebec. My parents and I were attending a family wedding. This was taken on a rainy day,it had just stopped raining for a couple minutes and I took this,along with a couple other photos before it started raining again. This place was absolutely beautiful,I would defiantly go again.
All Roads lead to the RockiesThis photograph was taken at the end of a month long journey across Canada. It was cloudy most of the day and we were driving parallel to a storm. Luckily the sun started to break through and the plump clouds and bright sun made a beautiful contrast across the mountainous landscape.
Current Meets CurrentThis is an image of Canada's most southern tip, Point Pelee. Here the currents collide and on one side of the point the ice build up is stunningly incredible. The other side of the Point boasts smooth water with little to no ice. All one needs to do is turn around to experience one or the other. Our Canada is amazing!
Celebrating as a CommunityTaken on New Year's Eve, 2016 from the Broadway Bridge, the historic Delta Bessborough stands in watch over the evenings festivities, while people listen to indigenous and ethno-cultural music and wait for the fireworks display to celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary.
Aurora Fog On Niagara Falls34th Annual Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights.Dec 2016. New efficient LED lighting showcases the beauty of the Falls and is Canada’s largest illumination festival. 200 volunteers participate in a long-standing community event to attract visitors in winter. Having the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world, the Falls supply clean, renewable energy. Community and nature fuse with science, art and sustainability.
Canada's Natural Night Lights Countless stars and a hint of an aurora borealis illuminate the night sky above the Canadian Rockies. It is a cold -20C in the early morning of Christmas day but worth every bit as I gaze in awe at this magical Christmas present.
Fumihiko Maki's Staircase Aga Khan MuseumToronto, Sept 2014 Opening. The hexagonal shape, a religious symbol for heaven, sits below a six-sided dome. The dome is a cosmic symbol in every religious tradition.
Open air chapel in the RockiesBeaverfoot Lodge in Golden BC
West Coast SunsetA multicoloured winter sunset peeking between the trees at Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver, British Columbia.
SentinelAn Arbutus tree stands watch over the ocean - Cape Roger Curtis, Bowen Island
The HarvestA local farmer in Whitehorse, Yukon harvest peas before autumn gives way to winter.
Cabin in the WoodsA cabin rests peacefully in a wooded area by Little Fox Lake in Whitehorse, Yukon.
WreckPhoto taken at sunset on Wreck Beach, Vancouver, BC, Canada in September 2016. I have recently come to call Vancouver home, living and studying at UBC, and I am constantly enthralled by this beautiful city.
Storytelling Through Drum and SongCharlie Ottereyes of the Waaseshkuun Singers of Waswanipi shares his song and drum with youth from across Eeyou Istchee during a Youth Leadership conference in the region. Stories through song and drum are cornerstones of healing and reconciliation in Canada.
Sea to sky Taken at sea to sky gondola. It was snowing that day and after waiting for an hour the fog lifted just enough to reveal the mountain behind the bridge! Everything was so beautiful,10/10 would go again!!
Dettah Ice RoadI created this photgraph last February during a visit to Yellowknife, NT. Yellowknife is such a rugged and beautiful part of Canada making it a must see destination if you have never been. This is a self portrait where I was lying down on the road with an oncoming truck very far off in the distance. I was amazed at how beautiful the color of the ice was and how interesting the crack formations were. It is certainly a place that defines the character and beauty of Canada in my mind.
Siege at Old FortHistorical re-enactment at the Old Fort from the War of 1812.
Proud TotemTwo carvers from the Squamish Nation put the final touches on this proud totem pole. The pole is located on Simon Fraser University's Burnaby campus in British Columbia, Canada.
Kama Falls BWHidden gem along the highway near Nipigon, Ontario
Kama Falls Hidden falls located near Nipigon, Ontario. There are no signs or other signs that this treasure exists. Certainly a magical place for reflection.
Summer NightsEnjoying the summer breeze while the sun doesn't sleep, nor does young joy or the mountains across.
A Proud Japanese Culture in British ColumbiaIn Burnaby, BC, the mission of the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre is to preserve and promote Japanese Canadian history, arts and culture through programs and exhibits that connect generations and inspire diverse audiences.
Feeding the worldNumerous pressures are will act on global food security in the future including climate change, water scarcity, soil erosion, land conversion, demographic shifts and population growth. How will we feed nine billion people in a changing environment?
Harsh environmentsPlants can live in incredible range of environments: hot or cold, wet or day, battered by or sheltered from the wind. This plant was growing on an exposed sandy beach along Lake Diefenbaker, Saskatchewan.
Victoria's Chinese CommunityThe Chinese Culture Club performs in Victoria during Heritage days.
Sidewalk Chalk ArtA photo taken at the International Chalk Art Festival in Victoria, BC
A Raven's DanceDancing at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre in Whitehorse, Yukon, this performer embodies the essence of culture and heritage.
As They RunCapturing the rush of the dog sled as a team races across the great wilderness of Yukon.
Shades of WhiteSnow covers every inch of Little Fox Lake in Whitehorse, Yukon, while the sun illuminates a small hill.
Passing on TraditionDuring a performance at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre in Whitehorse, Yukon, an elder figure speaks to his pupils right before their traditional dance.
The Longest DayThe sunset over Sylvan Lake, Alberta during the summer solstice in 2016. It was a very calm evening for being the longest one of the year.
Canadian GeeseA flock of Canadian Geese making a pitstop in Sylvan Lake, Alberta before they continue their migration for the winter.
The March of the CanadiansEvery Canada Day in Sylvan Lake, Alberta there is a flag raising ceremony followed by a march down main street. This march includes members of the Canadian Legion, RCMP, veterans, and citizens. This photo shows many citizens of Sylvan Lake and Canada marching down the middle of the street.
The March of the CanadiansEvery Canada Day in Sylvan Lake, Alberta, a flag raising ceremony is held followed by a walk down the main street of the town. People included in this march are members of the Canadian Legion, RCMP, veterans, and followed by everyday citizens. This picture shows a member of the Canadian Legion followed by the RCMP.
Goatview PeakThe view of Goatview Peak between Ha Ling Peak and Mount Rundle in Kananaskis Country just outside Canmore, Alberta.
Canada Day Sylvan LakeCanada Day in Sylvan Lake, Alberta in 2016. Every year on Canada Day in Sylvan Lake there is a giant cake at the pier where members of the RCMP, the mayor, and council members cut and give out pieces to everyone that is there.
Club in an alleyDowntown Vancouver is teeming with night life activities. Fun and entertainment is right around the corner.
Essence of Pride Celebrating the annual Pride Parade 2016 in the LGBT hub of Vancouver; Davie Street.
Offroading in Beautiful British ColumbiaThis stretch of service road begins in Mission, BC and ends at the sleepy town of Pemberton, just north of Whistler, BC. The off road journey takes around 6 hours to complete. Crossing pristine lakes between ice capped Rockies.
Teddy Bears' PicnicThe black bear was a new male arriving to fish on the river. The white bear soon showed up to defend his territory, the altercation lasted less than two minutes, neither bear was hurt, but the newcomer left the river quickly! Not the "Spirit Bear" image usually promoted.
Playtime on the WaterNot the typical version of young male grizzly bears
Parliamentary ReflectionsWhile walking past the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, I noticed this reflection of the renovations taking place.
Early morning, Lake LouiseThe glassy waters of Lake Louise mirror the surrounding mountains
Looking for LunchAfter waiting for five hours, this moksgm'ol (Kermode) bear showed up to go fishing in the pool in front of our blind.
Gone fishin'This was the beginning of an eight-day photo shoot in the Great Bear Rainforest. After a day a rain, and a day of no bears, we drifted around the corner in Muscle Bay, and there were these two Grizzly cubs catching their lunch, with mum keeping a watchful eye out.
Crossing the RiverShot in Haida Gwaii, we were hiking up the river and I noticed this group being lead across the river.
Cook Creek IceI went out in early January, and with no snow in the valley, it was great to get close to the mountain top and catch some of the winter images in the late afternoon sun.
Against the ElementsThis summer I was able to spend a week in Haida Gwaii, and this photograph of the totems at K'uuna (Skedans) caught the light at the right time.
Beyond the HillOne of the most rewarding and exhilarating feelings is never knowing what sights lie beyond the hill, boulder, or cliff in front of you after a grueling hike. This picture I took of my friend captures the moment of anticipation before reaching the top of Tawadina Lookout in Gatineau park, Quebec. You never know what natural beauty Canada has to offer unless you go out and explore for yourself.
Natural BeautyThis is a creek along a trail in an Old Growth Forest near Nelson, BC. I sat in awe of the natural beauty, energy and colours surrounding me before I took this photo. Places like this are abundant in Canada, but in our rapidly advancing globalized, capitalized world, taking the time to enjoy these places and moments can be rare. Remembering the beauty and power of nature can help us stay in tune with ourselves and find balance in our busy lives and our overwhelmed world. It is essential that places like these stay protected.
Ugly Duckling became a beautiful swanPicture taken at the Regina Bird Sanctuary
Sunset Beautiful sunset in Victoria BC.
Sunset on Peggy's CoveA beautiful sunset as seen from the iconic lighthouse at Peggy's Cove
OriginsPut something into perspective!
Oh boy, oh buoy!Photo from my field work period in Cambridge Bay, Victoria Island, Nunavut in June 2016. Investigating the marine phytoplankton dynamics in an Arctic coastal bay by doing in situ incubations - this was my little ice hole which I worked out of for 2 weeks until the sea-ice rapidly melted and I then worked in the open waters. I took sea water samples and incubated water for 24hrs (attached to the buoy) and filtered water every day for approximately two months from June to August 2016. The project (my M.Sc at the University of Victoria) aims to further the understanding of nutrient dynamics and phytoplankton blooms as the sea-ice melts in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.
ThunderbirdNative totem pole in Duncan BC of a Thunderbird.
Cooling OffGrizzly bear cooling off on a warn day in Knight Inlet.
Not as we know it.Canada's expanding suburbs continue to encroach on woodland territory - taking up space that was once inhabited solely by wild animals, including deer. With a diminishing natural habitat and scarce food - especially during winter - these animals can often be found in suburbia, where they pose a nuisance to homeowners, and a threat to drivers on the road. A delicate balance exists between sustaining Canada's wilderness and expanding our communities; a challenge that will only grow in years to come.
Fireside ChaiEnjoying the Canadian Wild: fireside chai, and soft pastel skies.
Taking FlightA juvenile bald eagle taking off - Flin Flon, Manitoba.
Free HugsWe connect with strangers. We empathize with people we don't know. As Canadians, it is our responsibility to be inclusive and welcome every person or culture into our lives.
Hamilton, ON - The City of WaterfallsLiving in Hamilton for my Undergraduate degree has been such a rewarding experience. Hamilton has so much to offer Canada, including over 200 waterfalls. The picture above was taken from the bottom of Webster's Falls, the destination point of a sunny winter hike.
Tulip TimeFollowing World War II, Princess Juliana of the Netherlands presented a gift of 100 000 tulips bulbs to Canada, as a thank you for helping the Royal Family during their exile. Starting in 1953, the Tulip Festival was created in the city of Ottawa, which occurs each May. The 2017 Tulip Festival will be the 65th anniversary! This picture is from the 2016 festival.
Head in the starsA late night camping in Bon Echo Provincial Park in the summer of 2016. A view of the milky way just before the storm came in.
Northern Lights Cherry GlowThe Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) make the Canadian night skies come to life, showing the true wonder of mother nature. Photo taken in Saskatchewan Canada.
Our Children....Our FutureOur future, Canada's future, lies with our children. Their questioning, inquisitive minds must be channeled towards solving our national problems such as global warming, depletion of resources and pushing the boundaries of space exploration.
Reflecting on CanadaCanada's raw beauty has always been one of its most distinctive and alluring traits. I aim to showcase that through my work.
BC WildernessThe spectacular beauty of British Columbia
Lilies in the ChurchyardWhite fawn lilies spring up on roadsides, in fields and, here, in a churchyard on Vancouver Island. They bloom for a short period of time in late March and are a harbinger of warmer days to come.
My first memories are on this beachWalking along the shores of Dyers Bay on the Bruce Peninsula feels like home.
Glassy Low TideThe Bay of Fundy between NS and NB has the highest tides in the world, up to 16.3 meters in some places - taller than a 3-storey building. This photo is taken in Margaretsville, NS, a small coastal fishing village in the Annapolis Valley. At low tide, the rocky beach stretches out, revealing sea creatures and hidden waterfalls along the cliffs that span the shore. In winter, these waterfalls freeze, creating the pillars of ice seen in the distance in this photo.
Into Open WaterCruising through the Haida Gwaii on a summer's eve all you could see as the sun set was the blue open water. Our provincial slogan is what it is for a reason. "Beautiful British Columbia" -æp
Into the LightAs the population of our country grows, so does the amount of light pollution that we as Canadians and those living in Canada create. Although the twinkling lights can be awe inspiring, we can lose our connection to nature and some of our communal heritage as Canadians. Find the places that let you can see both the lights and the stars. This photo was taken on Burnaby Mountain in British Columbia. -æp
One Shared SpaceIn Canada, we are lucky to be able to express our unique cultures, heritages and religious preferences. We are lucky that our little corner of the world allows for an unprecedented amount of self expression. To be Canadian has no one concept or specifically defined meaning, yet we are all proud to be just that. Canadian. One in our likeness and differences.This photo was taken by a Canadian girl with an Italian heritage attending a Greek cultural festival with entertainment provided by many other national and cultural groups. -æp
Proud of our HeritageA young woman dances the Ladies Fancy Dance at National Aboriginal Days near Victoria, BC
Welcome to Canada. Jump right in!The Canadian Red Cross teaches swimming lessons to over a million Canadians every year.
An aging populationMore Canadians are 65 and over than under age 15. What does this mean for the future of the country? Health care, elder care and economic growth depend on young people to support older Canadians. An aging population and low birth rate will create challenges for the future.
The Athabasca GlacierThe Athabasca is the most-visited glacier on the North American continent. Situated across from the Icefield Centre in Jasper National Park, its ice is in continuous motion, creeping forward at the rate of several centimeters per day. Spilling from the Columbia Icefield over three giant bedrock steps, the glacier flows down the valley like a frozen, slow-moving river. Because of a warming climate, the Athabasca Glacier has been receding or melting for the last 125 years. Losing half its volume and retreating more than 1.5 kms, the shrinking glacier has left a moonscape of rocky moraines in its wake. Look closely at the center of the photo and you can see a small party of hikers on the glacier surface, almost invisible on the vast ice river.
Chinese New YearThe pinnacle of Chinese New Year celebrations in Victoria, BC is without a doubt the ceremonial Lion Dance. Spectators are immersed in the magic and charm of this colourful occasion which includes kung-fu and tai chi demonstrations, traditional dancing and dragon performances. The Chinese community in Victoria is vibrant and thriving and Chinatown attracts thousands of visitors every year.
'Ksan...a Cultural Treasure‘Ksan is a cultural interpretive centre approximately 180 miles east of Prince Rupert, BC, dedicated to demonstrating and showcasing the richness of Gitxsan culture and heritage. ‘Ksan Historical Village & Museum, is a reconstructed village of the People of the River of Mist the Gitxsan, featuring more than 600 Gitxsan and Wetsuweten artifacts, guided cultural tours, traditional songs and dancing, a carving area, Gitxsan totem poles and a series of traditional First Nation houses overlooking the confluence of the historic Bulkley and Skeena rivers.
Victoria's Historic ChinatownVictoria's Chinatown is a historical gateway to the Chinese in Canada because it was once the major entry port for Asian immigration to British North America, and later to Canada. From the late 1850s to the 1860s, it was the primary springboard for several thousand Chinese gold miners heading to the Fraser River valley and the Cariboo, and in the 1880s it was the main entry point for the estimated 15,000 Chinese builders of the Canadian Pacific Railway. It is the oldest Chinatown in Canadian history, and the earliest origin of Chinese people in the Canadian “land of promises.” In this photo, a worker takes produce down FanTan Alley, the narrowest street in Canada (visible at photo center)
National Aboriginal DayAt a gathering on Vancouver Island, proud men and women wear their ceremonial regalia and welcome the public to celebrate with them.
Meandering Creek near gull lkInfra red take on sheep pasture area on cousins farm
Icefields Parkway, ABCycling the Icefields Parkway. Spectacular mountain scenery all the way. A breathtaking ride.
Low Tide ArtworkBarnacles on a Vancouver Island beach rock create an image of a weathered tree in bloom.
Sunset On The RocksI took this picture this fall while walking along the tranquil shore of Wreck Beach. I used a long exposure to create the smooth texture around the rocks and the wispy texture of the clouds above.
Christmas thoughtsThe turkey was daydreaming about where he should hide for the holidays.
A Proud Military HistoryThe most advanced, most skilled, and the most respected armed forces in the world are those of the mature democratic countries. Canada is one of these and we have a long tradition of separation of the military from our civil leadership.
Saving energy...with light bulbsCompared to general-service incandescent lamps giving the same amount of visible light, compact fluorescents use one-fifth to one-third the electric power, and last eight to fifteen times longer. Canadians are ditching their incandescent bulbs and moving toward environmentally friendly CFLs and LEDs.
The Three Sisters of the Canadian RockiesEarly morning sunset and calm winds reflect the ever present beauty of the Three Sisters, located near Canmore, Alberta.
Hard Work on the PrairiesCanadians have always been hard workers, in the mines, on the prairies, felling timber on the coast. This recent photo pays tribute to the hard working men and women who were pioneers in this country. (the photo, converted to black and white, is of the members of the Saanich Historical Artifacts Society who recreate old time threshing, using a steam powered donkey, every summer at a gathering on Vancouver Island)
The bigleaf maple....our link to the past.The bigleaf maple is the largest maple in Canada. Coastal peoples used bigleaf maple wood to make dishes, pipes and hooks for clothing. Many groups who made paddles out of the wood called it the paddle tree. They used the inner bark to make baskets, rope and whisks for whipping soopolalie berries. Some BC interior tribes ate the young shoots in the spring. This photo is of a leaf, slowly returning it's nutrients to the forest floor to start a cycle of renewal, so important to First Nations culture.
The junction of Art and ScienceIn Calgary, energy efficient modern buildings are viewed through the eyes of a sculptor.....a fusion of technology, science and art.
The only walled city north of MexicoQuébec City is 400 years old. It boasts four centuries of history marked by encounters with the First Nations, battles between the French and English, terrible epidemics, and long periods of time serving as the center of trade and exploration for a huge region. These cannon protected the city from possible attack by any army approaching via the St Lawrence River.
Caribou on the RancheriaSaw these caribou walking around on the frozen Rancheria River in Yukon during the winter
Canadian Thistle on the PrairieA Canadian Thistle in front of a farmers field. Canadian thistles are often seen as a weed and farmers do all that they can to get rid of them but the thistle also has a sense of beauty.
The 3 R's are the future of a prosperous and healthy CanadaReducing the amount of municipal solid waste we produce is by far the most effective way to reduce the flow of garbage into landfill. To be really effective, we have to incorporate the 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle – into our daily routine. This means reducing and reusing materials and packaging wherever possible. Materials and packaging that cannot be reused should be recycled at home, work and school. Individual Canadians can help close the loop on recycling by purchasing recycled and recyclable products. This photo, taken in Victoria BC, is an example of how important it is to the future of Canada, and our planet, that we recycle everything that we possibly can.
ReflectionCowichan bay,house boat
A Long and Valued TraditionFrom its inception in 1873, the North-West Mounted Police (NWMP) relied on skilled riders to carry out police duties across the prairies. Members would patrol the vast and sparsely inhabited prairies. They frequently were the only government official new settlers would encounter and were essential to preventing prairie fires. It was common for the Members of the Force to compete amongst themselves and perform tricks on horseback to alleviate the monotony of endless riding drills. In 1876, some of these tricks and exercises were organized and performed at Fort Macleod for what is believed to be the first public performance of the Musical Ride.
Upon ReflectionA beautiful foggy September morning on secluded Kissinger Lake, BC. This is my 9 year old daughter who was mesmerized by the stunning beauty and tranquility. She just stood and took it all in...
The mighty Fraser River...a traditional food sourceThe practice of harvesting salmon on rivers in the traditional territories allowed for local populations to carefully monitor the status of local salmon populations, share the runs with upriver groups, establish harvesting agreements between house groups from different territories, and develop sophisticated harvesting techniques. A variety of fishing gear enabled fishers to target different species and runs of salmon at the same site, as well as across sites that differed in their ecological and physical conditions. In the Fraser River canyon, fishers stood on rocky outcroppings or wooden platforms, expertly gaffing or dip-netting fish in the swirling eddies below. In this photo, look closely at the rock outcrop just above the tree and you'll see a wooden gaff used by First Nations fishers to harvest salmon from the Fraser River. This is a continuing treaty right for indigenous peoples.
Tern in FlightTern diving for food at Weed Lake near Calgary Alberta. Nikon 7200, 500 mm F4 lens handheld.
Cormorants perch above Purple Martin nesting boxesThe western Purple Martin, Progne subis arboricola, is a Species At Risk in BCand breeds along the Pacific Coast of North America from British Columbia toCalifornia. In BC Purple Martins are only found along coastal areas of the Straitof Georgia as far north as Campbell River, the historic northern extent of theirrange.The first Purple Martins begin returning from South America to their BC nesting sites in April. Nesting starts in Mayand in July the adult birds are kept busy feeding as many as five young per nest. By August the young are ready tomigrate south to Brazil with the adult birds where they spend the winter.Due to the loss of natural nesting habitat, Purple Martins have become reliant on man made nest boxes such asthose found here at Gowlland-Tod Provincial Park. They used to nest in woodpecker cavities in tree snags in open forest oralong freshwater. Most of these snags have been lost due to logging, urbanization and fire prevention efforts.In this photo, common cormorants use the pilings to perch and dry their wings. Their presence doesn't seem to affect the purple martins below.
Dänojà Zho Cultural CentreIn keeping with its gold rush beginnings, Dawson City has a bylaw requiring that the exteriors of all new buildings resemble Klondike-era structures. There is one major exception to this rule. Dänojà Zho or “Long Ago House” draws on the much older traditions of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in. Elements of the building remind us of salmon drying racks and winter shelters but the overall look is very contemporary.The building was designed by the Yukon firm, Maurer, Kobayashi Architects and officially opened in July 1998. Located on the Dawson waterfront, the Centre has dramatic vistas of the Yukon River and a clear view of the First Nation's home community of Moosehide Village. In 1999, the Architectural Institute of British Columbia formally recognized the building’s excellence with the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia’s Medal in Architecture.
Snowy OwlI watched this Snowy Owl hunt for an hour before it came straight for me. Taken north of Toronto.
Beach WheeliesLow tide at sunset in Tofino.
Misty IslandTaken just after sunup from Artman Park on Vancouver Island
Reflections on Long BeachTaken on Long Beach, Tofino, British Columbia