Van Dusen Festival of Lights

Jen and I visited the Festival of Lights at Van Dusen Gardens. 



Vancouver Snow

As much as I cursed it in Ottawa I really do miss the snow now that we're living in Vancouver. A little while ago we had a taste of winter here in Vancouver and so I grabbed my camera and walked around our neighbourhood.



Van Dusen Gardens - False Colour Infrared

Two months ago I headed over to Van Dusen gardens taking shots of fall colour as well as playing around with false colour infrared shots. Here are some of the false colour infrared images from that weekend. 

It's really hard to tell how the images are going to turn out when I'm taking them (which is part of the fun of it). I think I need to spend a weekend and do some structured testing of various exposure levels and post processing techniques to get a better handle on it. Until then I'll just keep guessing :)




Driving the Coast - Day 8 Harris Beach to Redwood Forrest then back to Portland

The last day of our drive on the coast. We headed further south into the tip of Northern California where we drove through a dirt road in the Jedediah Smit Redwood State Park and then headed north to Portland.


View from a day use area near our camp site.




This spot was about a 5 minute walk from our campsite. From here there was a trail that lead down to the beach. We walked down there the night before but I didn't bring my camera.



Redwoods! Jen drove and I stuck my head out the passenger window with my camera and shot.



Lots of sun rays in the morning. This is about the best I got of them.



The trees were huge, these weren't even the big ones.



Sittin in a tree. 



This isn't a trick photo, that's how big it really was.





We stopped and went for a walk in the Stout Grove in Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park.






The Stout Tree, this tree is 17 feet in diameter. It's the largest in the Grove, but not the largest in the park.



Photo by Jen. Me with the Stout Grove. I get a kick out of how the wide angle lens distorted my body. In real life I don't have giant legs and a tiny head.

From here we headed North to Portland.


Driving the Coast - Day 7 Sunset Bay to Harris Beach

Again we didn't really have much planned for Day 7. We took our time driving around we saw three or four Lighthouses and took the scenic route pretty much everywhere.


Out of this picture to the left there was someone out surfing. 



An ok view.



Cape Arago Lighthouse. This one is not accessible to the public.



Coquille River Lighthouse. We went inside but didn't get to go up top.



This is where we had lunch. It's the view from the Cape Blanco Lighthouse. The Cape Blanco Lighthouse was my favourite of the trip. In September of 1942 the Cape Blanco Lighthouse was used by the Japanese for navigation when they launched an air attack via submarine. It was one of only two two aircraft bombings against the Continental United States during World War II.



Stairs up to the top of the Cape Blanco Lighthouse.



One of the two Lights inside the lenses (the second is a backup that's not lit).



Photo by Jen. We had lunch right at the perfect time because after we finished eating the fog rolled in.







Another great rest stop. This one was right on the beach. 


Photo by Jen. About 20 steps from the parking lot.



Another great spot. This one was fogged in, my favourite kind of weather for photography.










Camp site at Harris Beach. 

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