Mid May 2013 I left home bound for a tiny town up in the Cariboo, somewhere in western Canuckistan. I spent a few weeks in Europe, just to help acclimatise to life out of Africa, before flying to Vancouver at the beginning of June.
And now, in just over a month, I will be leaving – possibly for good. At first I considered doing posts to highlight every month’s experiences, but that would have killed you, my loyal readers, as you vainly tried to stay afloat beneath the mountain of photos – both good and bad.
Then, I thought that I would choose thirty of my favourite photos … but I couldn’t. Not only have I blogged thousands of photos but, as I browsed my blog, I kept getting stuck in my memories – each as special as the former. It’s been good and I am very sad to be leaving.
At the end of the day I chose 100 photos. There are many people I haven’t featured here that are very dear to me; many memories too, which couldn’t be captured on camera. But, if you dare to accept the challenge, you will see some of my favourite people and places; experience something of my life for the last 17 months.
The Old Fraser River Bridge from the west bank
The burnt-out church in Red Bluff: This image was made up of 16 separate photos.
What’ so serious about grad?
Creative Grad pic
Tracks – a favourite photography spot
Canoeing is serious business!
My first vehicle
Young guns: Church softball
Quality time: Fisher-folk on 10-Mile Lake
True joy: Billy Barker Days Rodeo
Shooting into the sun: Billy Barker Days Rodeo
“He was not bone and feather but a perfect idea of freedom and flight, limited by nothing at all” Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Arggggghhhh! Run for your lives, the zombies have found us! (The result of four photos stitched together post process.)
Four friends smoking joints, and a black dog
Just a blur: Billy Barker Days Rodeo
Right in the action
Cariboo Pulp and Paper from across the river
After the hunt
Aglow in the setting sun
Life and death: car junkyard
Body of leaves
A shot using over 20 images
“Twins” at Halloween
All twirly: Halloween fireworks
Fire and Ice
A beautiful, typical-of-this-area barn
Random duck on Dragon Lake. 11/11/2013
Cloud mover: Looking towards Nanaimo
Vancouver harbour basin out towards Mount Baker and the Twin Sisters range in the USA.
Lone fishing boat, Burrard Inlet, Vancouver
What happens when I do a baby photo shoot
Floodlit hockey game
Slow-going ice fishing
Look what I caught!
The old Red Bluff church: Winter
Pastel golf course
Coming in to land: Rubbish dump eagle
Quesnel River Bridge from upriver
The Fraser River all iced up
“The west side” from the water reservoir
K: A perfectly-lazy afternoon
Grad Princess at dusk
Barbed (around Dragon Lake)
In the act: fishing on Bouchie Lake
Jam packed grad ceremony
Dog eared social commentary
Kayaking into the sunset
Black and white
Sunset: Blackwater Road
How do you do, folks? Well, I’ll be seein’ ya.
A bride arrives (through the trees)
Mossy branch – shot into the sun
Dusty: Quesnel Hydraulic Road
In-focus hand rail. Out of focus people…
Great grandmother, grandmother, mother
Classic shot. “Marv”
L: Kissy lips
Stars over Dragon Lake
Memorial on the walking bridge
Grief. Memorial on the walking bridge.
Rail bridge across the Quesnel: Torch-light.
Yellowhead Lake: Approaching Jasper
The Athabasca River