One of my favourite things about living in the Whistler area is the fact that it only takes about 20 minutes drive to get away from the crowds. Don’t get me wrong, Whistler is awesome. It’s a lot of fun with an incredible amount of things to do in some of the best scenery around but lets not kid ourselves, it can get crowded. That’s where a short sneaky drive north comes in handy.
A couple of weeks ago we headed into the Duffey Lake area and we were planning to do a bit of a hike and a scramble and then chill out for the night. There was an old decommissioned road which, fortunately for us, we could drive a decent way up.
This cut our hiking time down considerably which was good news as it meant we could justify carrying in a couple of extra beers! Crucial! The views were amazing from the get go!
It also meant we had a bit of extra time to scramble up some scree and see some pretty stunning views high about the lake!
It was steep and possibly a little sketchy…
It was incredible being in such isolated and enormous terrain.
During the course of our scramble we dislodged a rock or two and it was impressive and somewhat intimidating to see the path they took down the hill. Definitely a no fall zone!
Scoping out the terrain, I cannot wait to get back here in the winter. Some excellent skiing to be had, that is for sure!
We had a mixture of weather as well. Three seasons that day at least. We had a nice little downpour during dinner. Gave us a good excuse to have some drinks and then in the early hours of the morning the skies cleared which was perfect!
An awesome overnight trip!
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Tagged BC, Camping, Canada, Clouds, Duffey Lake, Hiking, Lake, Mountains, nature, Night Sky, night sky photography, outdoors, photography, River, scrambling, Star Trail, Stars, Summer, Sunset, Travel
Well, summer is most certainly here. With the mercury rising above 30°C, things have been getting a little warm, the sun has been doing it’s best to melt everything but that didn’t stop us getting back to Semaphore Lakes (click link for my first trip up there) for our first hike of the season. It’s a good trek to start the season with as it is a fairly mellow trail. It’s only about one hour and a half in, a little steep in parts as the trail rises 300 odd metres in a short distance.
Along the trail there is a beautiful creek, a beautiful forest and as you get closer to the top the trail opens up into a stunning clearing. Once the 300 metres has been conquered an incredible view of the top lake and the main backdrop of the landscape, Locomotive Mountain, burst into view.
My favourite campsite is down by the lower lake. It still offers fantastic views of Locomotive Mountain and is near to amazing little ‘stream rapids’ and views down the valley.
The lower lake is where we camped. It was a short scramble to this view looking down the valley.
There was barely a cloud in the sky so the night time photography was promising. Star trails were at a risk of seeming a bit dull due to the near full moon… …however I think the foreground ended up coming out pretty well.
I spent the rest of the night playing around with the night sky…
Let me know what you think!
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Tagged BC, Camping, Canada, Hiking, Lake, Mountains, nature, Night Sky, night sky photography, outdoors, photography, River, Star Trail, Stars, Summer, Sunset, Travel, Waterfalls, Whistler
I just missed the sunset and orange clouds
Last night was another incredible night in Whistler. The sunset meant the clouds were showing a stunning golden glow. My original goal was to head out and attempt another ‘cloud trail’ style picture like this picture that I took in the UK. I was just a few minutes late getting set up and missed the glow so I decided to wait a few hours and try a star trail instead. I think it turned out pretty well!
It was a beautiful night over Blackcomb
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Tagged BC, Blackcomb, Canada, Clouds, Mountains, nature, Night Sky, night sky photography, outdoors, photography, Star Trail, Stars, Summer, Sunset, Travel, Whistler, Whistler Mountain
Riding Peak Chair on Whistler in late February, I unloaded at the top, chuckled at all the ‘tourists’ taking their holiday snaps,
stopped a moment to look at their subject and was blown away. I can’t tell you how many times I have looked upon this view, however it never, never ceases to amaze me.
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Tagged Afternoon, BC, black tusk, Canada, Clouds, Garibaldi, Lake, Mountains, nature, outdoors, photography, Provincial Park, ski, skiing, Snowboarding, Sunset, Tantalus, Travel, Volcano, Whistler, Whistler Blackcomb
Merry Christmas everyone. I hope everyone is having or had a great day. I know it’s been a little while since I have posted, it’s been very busy in town. I will have another full post up in the next day or so.
One thing I did want to mention is how stoked I am to have had one of my photos from my Home Farm post selected to be in a published story at the National Geographic website. Out of more than 11000 entries this photo was selected to be one of 22 to make up the story.
Anyway, once again Merry Christmas and I’ll be back soon!
Sunset from the Eiffel Tower
I won’t write too much about Paris in this post as I feel I have already written enough about the city for this trip in my posts; ‘Paris est à venir’, ‘Paris est Belle’ & ‘A building or two in Paris’. Most of the photos in this post are either (obviously) of the Eiffel Tower or taken from the ‘Tower’.
The Eiffel Tower is definitely one of the most visited attractions in the world. In it’s time it has had over 250 million visitors. It was built in 1889 and stands at 324 metres (1063 ft) tall. It was also the tallest man-made structure in the world for 41 years. It is certainly an impressive sight.
Sacré Cœur de Basilica
As well as being blessed with an outrageously strong wind at the top of the tower, we were also graced with stunning sunset. I attempted to capture it, although sunsets are one of my weak areas. If anyone has any advice feel free to let me know!
Finally, after we had visited the Eiffel Tower, it was on to the Arc de Triomphe, another one of the more famous sights in Paris.
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Tagged Arc de Triomphe, Clouds, eiffel tower, Europe, France, glow, Night, Paris, Sacre Coeur, sky, Sunset, Tour Eiffel
The view from the dam near my old house.
When I compare the terrain in Whistler and in my hometown of Scone, Australia there is quite a stark difference. Scone Mountain peaks at 653 metres above sea level and Whistler Mountain reaches 2181 metres above sea level and it isn’t the tallest in the area. Although I have come to love the outdoor mountain lifestyle and enjoy all the activities Whistler has to offer, Scone still has a certain nostalgia about it, its always great to come home and the views aren’t too bad either.
One amazing thing about my folk’s property is the birds. There are some incredible birds in the area, such as kookaburras, cockatoos, galahs and rosellas. I tried to shoot (with a camera) a couple of kookaburras however they wouldn’t hold still long enough for me to aim so I had to settle for this colourful little bird as it rested for a moment.
The clouds can often create some amazing colours in the sky during sunset and sunrise. I haven’t felt the need to wake up early this week so these photos are definitely of a sunset.