Category Archives: Site Seeing

Pride Parade/Hubble Picnic/Gardening & Water Falls

What do all four have in common?

Nothing really, but I photographed the Prince George, BC Pride Parade, the Hubble Homestead picnic for our Photo Club’s annual picnic, some garden results we’re getting & Hixon Falls when I went there for the first time! I just haven’t blogged much about any of them so here they are with some select picture for you to view and as always the rest are on my Flickr share at http://www.flickr.com/photos/kwgagel.

Prince George Pride Parade

We went to the Pride parade on July 19th, 2016. I expected a bit more racy and drag stuff but it was very family friendly and nothing anyone could consider “offensive” (well, nothing anyone in this day and age should consider offensive.) Here are a couple of images from Pride.

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I enjoyed working with the images, making some with Black & White backgrounds. It takes more work but I like the results. More images are in my album here https://flic.kr/s/aHskCuhmqW.

Picnic at Hubble Homestead

Each year the Photo Club (Prince George Photographic Society) has it’s member picnic. This year we held it at Hubble Homestead. I had brought my remote shutter release and long exposure filters with me in the hopes of trying them out along the river. Unfortunately the shutter release didn’t work and I made a simple mistake of using the wrong ND filters. So, I bombed out on that try! Still, I got a few images on the O’l Homestead that I liked. Here’s a couple for you.

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More images are in my album here https://flic.kr/s/aHskAx4L69.

Garden Shots

I bought a new off camera flash for my gear. I hadn’t really worked with one before so when my wife told me she was going to harvest our currents I decided I better get out there and try it out. Putting on my Macro lens and using my flash off camera (remotely) I experimented with the currents. Then a few others! Here are a couple of images for you.

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There is more in my album here https://flic.kr/s/aHskAx6Bwb.

Hixon Falls

Hixon Falls is fairly close to where I live (Hixon being about an hour away). So, after living here for twenty one years there really wasn’t a good reason to have not been there yet! I thought this would be another opportunity to try out my ND filters with long exposure – cause who doesn’t like a great water fall shot! Right? Once again I ran into issues – but I over came them. This time I used the correct ND filters (yea me…) and managed a few long exposure images I’m happy with (if not terribly interesting at least technically correct!) So, here are a few for you.

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I took several pictures from above the falls to show how dangerous that area is. There are no warning signs posted – just memorial signs, so if you above the falls be careful. The slopes above falls are very step and extremely difficult to get up. We went back to the parking area and walked up a side road till we could hear the falls. Then started following paths in and quickly found the top of the falls. I think this image best displays just how dangerous it is up there.

Shows dangerously steep cliff side to water fall

More images of the top side are in my album here https://flic.kr/s/aHskETciaj


Barkerville (part 2)

I saved four images of the water wheel in motion and wanted to make them into a gif to show. Unfortunately though Flickr doesn’t seem to animate the gif, so I’m placing it here. I also uploaded a short video of some period actors singing “Oh my darling” which you might be interested in. It’s on Flickr here https://www.flickr.com/photos/kwgagel.

gif animation showing a 1800's era water wheel in motion.

Water Wheel


Barkerville

We went to Barkerville Sunday June 26th, 2016. A slow day of walking about and just looking here and there. There just isn’t enough time in a day to see it all. If you every have the chance to visit Barkerville I recommend it. You can even stay on site! Check it out at http://www.barkerville.ca/.

When I was in grade 5 (1977?) our class went to Barkerville by train (from the lower mainland) and we stayed in a school gym. I really remember only two things about that weekend. Getting sick on the train (Hey – it was a baloney sandwich, who wouldn’t get sick!) and the dentist & patient in Barkerville.

The old dentist is still there. With some new stuff and buildings the trip shouldn’t be forgotten just because you’ve been there before. I took a whole bunch of pictures, here are a few to sample. The rest as usual are in my flickr share at https://www.flickr.com/photos/kwgagel.

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Down-town Photo Walk – April 26th, 2016

The Prince George Photographic Society went down-town Tuesday for our meeting. We took pictures of whatever took our fancy. Here’s a few of mine, the rest as usual are in my flickr share here http://www.flickr.com/photos/kwgagel

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Goodsir Nature Park – June 14, 2015

I went with the Prince George Photographic Society to the Goodsir Nature Park (about a 1/2 hour north of Prince George) today. It’s a very relaxing park and totally privately owned. The owner Jim Good has been keeping his property open to the public for decades and planting all kinds of Canadian trees for our mutual enjoyment. If you’re ever in this neck of the woods (sort to speak) then you should put a visit to this park on your bucket list. See Tourism PG’s info on the park for more information about it.

I had the opportunity to use my camera tethered to my tablet. After taking a bunch of macro shots I decided to change gears and try out Helicon Remote on the beaver pond. Adding an 8 stop ND filter and my polorizer (2 stops) I was able to take a 2 second image which gave me a lovely sweeping motion on some vegetation while the threes stood still. I quite like the result – I’m going to have to add a higher stop ND to my wish list. That image and others are on my flickr share at http://www.flickr.com/photos/kwgagel. Here are a few for your immediate enjoyment.

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Ancient Forest, Sunday July 13, 2014

The ancient forest is a rare inland rain forest in central British Columbia. UNBC has a site that can explain it better than I can ever achieve here, you can visit it here http://web.unbc.ca/~wetbelt/af-trail.htm. We had visited this marvellous gem a number of years ago and recently planned to return to see what improvements have been added.

Leaving Prince George around 8:30 am we arrived about an hour later into an empty parking lot – Ah, the first there for the day! It was already hot and visibility was down because of the smoke from forest fires. We got our dogs and ourselves ready (doggy bags, human food & water, bug juice – lots of it) and headed up the trail to the ancient tree. It was still there and looking as charming as the first time we saw it together.

Along the way we saw several improvements to the rough trail and eventually joined back up with the universal access trail. What an amazing job these volunteers have done and the donations that must have come through to make it happen! A big thank you to all of you.

Here are a few pictures from inside the forest, more (and higher resolution) at my flickr share https://www.flickr.com/photos/kwgagel.

 

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L.C. Gunn Park & Rustic Trail – Sunday July 6th, 2014

L.C. Gunn Park and Rustic Trail

My wife and I went on a hike through the L.C. Gunn “rustic trail” last week. We tried once before but couldn’t get up the hill – it was to slippery and we were afraid of falling down the slop. This time the ground was dry and manageable.

While I brought my camera along I decided I’d use this trek as a time to see where I might want to photograph. So, I lightened my load and didn’t bring my tripod or anything spare along. Just my camera (aside from my lovely wife of course!) I also wanted to take this opportunity to try and visually document the trail somewhat.

None of the images are stellar but they do accomplish the task I set for myself. It was far easier to take pictures while relaxed, knowing I’d return another day to work on getting a more thoughtful composition.

Here at the trail head (inside of L.C. Gunn Park) it starts off very nicely, the terrain is manageable by just about anyone.

Shows a woman walking a dog on a trail

Trail Head

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The trail head is smooth and sits at just 150m above sea level. It starts with a slight decline to the first view point where you can take in a grand view of Prince George. Once you go through the park and continue to the rustic trail you begin going up hill to 730m – that’s a hefty hike if your not up to it.

As we got to what we thought was the top I tried to take a picture that could should you how steep the trail is. As my wife crested the top of this portion the GPS level recorded it at 629m, this was the portion of the trail we could not ascend last time because everything was so muddy we just kept slipping back and we thought we might fall over the edge.

Shows the steep terrain as a woman stands in the trail and trees surround her

Steep Hill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We found many places along the trail to view various portions of Prince George, here is one of them.

Shows a view of prince george with the cutbanks in the background small

PG View

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With scenery like this who can resist the hike? It truly is remarkable that we have such a natural wonder within minutes of our City. Since this year (2014) is still seeing the tent caterpillar infestation I thought I’d point out the funny looking lighter green trees on the right just above the Fraser River. Those trees are on the south end portion of Fort George Park and at the mouth of the channel leading to the Hudson’s Bay Slough and the buggers stripped the leaves off the trees. By the way, did you know that the Prince George Naturalists Club is restoring this vital wetland? Get more information on the http://hbwetland.wordpress.com/ their also hoping to get the slough renamed to wetland – so lend your support to this noble cause.

There are many places along the trail that people with mobility issues should be aware of like this one.

Shows tree roots above ground level throughout the path

Roots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course there are also several trees that have fallen down and some have been cleared from the path. Not this one though.

Shows a  tree fallen over the trail

Fallen Tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately someone must of thought it was fun to remove a protective fence and through it over the cliff. If you look carefully down the cliff side you’ll see the fence. The post holes can still be found about ten feet behind where I was standing when I took the picture. I placed my foot there so you could get some perspective on how close I was to the edge, how high up and how steep it was.

Shows a foot at the edge of a cliff and looking down at trees below

Cliff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the same place comes this stunning view and reminder of the height.

Shows a view of the Simon Fraser bridge with a side view of the cliff overlooking the Fraser River

Cliff View

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think that should be enough for you want to make the effort to see this beauty on our doorstep. There are a few more images on my flickr share here https://www.flickr.com/photos/kwgagel.


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