Colour Quest

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In other seasons, an abundance of colour seems to naturally permeate life.

The vivid hues of golden autumn leaves, the deep blue waters of lakes and streams under a brilliant summer sky, the dazzling sunrises and sunsets as the first kiss of sunshine melts spring snow packs in the mountains.

Being immersed in it, it’s easy to take these times for granted.

But in winter, I find colour becomes bold, yelling, “Hey! Here! I’m still right here!” It’s as if colour attacks, assaulting my eyes and making it impossible to ignore. My defence is to try and mount a solid offence by capturing it and making it mine to enjoy, if only for my time here.

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In the bustle of human activity, in iridescent clouds and sometimes even in something as objectionable as litter on a neighbourhood street, colour demands my attention and my time. Though visual perception of the electromagnetic spectrum is highly complicated, in winter I appreciate it simply for what it is.

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The Cariboo

My move is complete. It was great weather during the move and I had *expert* help. I’m now in a 4th-floor apartment in Quesnel, about two blocks from the Fraser River.

Here are some photos taken during breaks while moving:

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This is an 8-shot panorama of an impressive landslide/ground slump near Alexandria.

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Same location as the previous photo.

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Pretty sure this is Lac La Hache.

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On Church Road, near Alexandria.

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“Walhachin Awakens”

 

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Autumn’s Arrival

Fall doesn’t officially start for 11 more days but these trees don’t read memos.

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Lenticular Love

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Fall Feels

 

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I EATZ APPLZ!

 

This year, summer officially ends in B.C. Saturday, September 22. Unofficially, if previous years are any indication, there should be plenty of summer-like days after that until winter officially arrives Friday, December 21.

I make no secret of the fact fall is my favourite season and I’m looking forward to another. While the cooler air is refreshing, it’s the feeling of fall that I like.

As the summer flood of tourists recedes, lakes and rivers see fewer wake-filled days. Wheeled travel becomes less a white-knuckle experience and more a pleasant thing to enjoy. Steam rises in the morning and valleys begin to fill with fog. Wildfire smoke dissipates as increasing rain and dew dampen flames and give an assist to brave, battle-weary firefighters.

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Fall colour abounds and new, yet familiar, contrasts develop across local landscapes. It’s not exactly a renewal but part of the renewal of all things. Unlike summer, when fall ends it doesn’t seem to do so gradually. Instead, there’s a day when the world seems to become black and white overnight. It’s then the macro lens clicks onto my camera and a search begins for the small things retaining autumn’s vibrancy; my mind’s protectionist move against the confinement and cold as the countdown to spring begins.

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Boating Under A Smoky Sky

…or a visual metaphor for loneliness?

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Here are a few more from Adams Lake, B.C. This lake is surrounded by beautifully treed mountains, with numerous streams flowing into it… most days, you can even see those things!

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Hazy Shores

Lingering summer wildfire smoke is just a thing to get used to in B.C. now.

And I know, sadly, we aren’t alone. With the planet warming, we’re all feeling some effects (or going to).

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