When BC’s Coast Range looks like the southern desert


Since I moved back to Kitimat, I’ve flown from Northwest Regional Terrace-Kitimat airport to Vancouver several times, spring, summer and winter,. There’s always been snow on the mountains.  This year I went down on September 7 and flew back on September 11.

On the flight down I looked out and saw the Coast Range mountains. All but the highest peaks with no snow, the rest of the high mountain tops, normally bluish and white from fresh snow. Now both on the flight down and the flight back, those mountain tops were a dull brown. So was 2014 just a dry year, with no fresh snow or is this another indication of climate change?

The images were taken from a Westjet Bombardier flying at 25,000 feet.  Digital photographs have been slightly colour corrected to eliminate bluish tint from the atmosphere, but all reflect what I saw.  As in the  image at the top, you see the deep green of the forest on the lower slopes, the dull brown and grey of the rocks of the peaks and the snow,  snow only seen in the areas where the sun seldom reaches and that snow itself dull, old, covered in dust.


Dirt covered glaciers sneak in the valleys they’ve carved while higher up the mountains are bare, brown, sepia, black and grey, just like the deserts I saw when flying over Nevada a few years ago,



A closer view of the glacier and the peaks. There has been no fresh snow for weeks.



A river snakes through a valley, where the rain forest only reaches  only about a third way up the slopes.   The rest is bare.


The only snow visible is on a stump like mountain top overlooking a green valley.


Dirty snow on the peaks overlooking lush river valleys.



Another glacier in valley  empties into a lake with bare mountains above.




While one mountain still has snow at the top….


On another there are some bare traces of snow and an alpine lake.


More ice and snow on a peak, a glacier and dirty desert like slopes.

On the way back



Leaving Vancouver, heading north and looking east.


More mountains with just a trace of snow.



A gorgeous green glacier fed alpine lake.


Glaciers come down from the peaks, and join together  surrounded by bare rocky peaks.

Clearwater Lakes Trail photo walk and workshop pix

On Saturday, July 7, 2012, Kitimat landscape photographer Doug Keech taught a photoworkshop, called Photoecllipse 2012, along with Prince Rupert photographer Pam Mullins (Pam’s Wild Images) and myself.

At the end of the day instructors and students went on a photo walk along the Clearwater Lakes Trail off Onion Lake on Highway 37.

There was heavy overcast and the walk was late in the day, after supper, between 7 p.m. and  9 p.m.



A beaver swims across the first Clearwater Lake.

Beaver swims across the lake

Sticks reflected in water


A pattern of ferns

Ferns and other plants by the side of the lake.,

Moss on stump looks like a beard

Moss on this stump looked to me like an old beard clinging to a skull. What do you think?

Stump like a charging grizzly bear

This stump made me think of a charging grizzly bear.

Stream leading to the lake

A stream that feeds the lake comes down from the rainforest hills.

Stream in the woods

Forest stream

Tree stump

Another interesting rainforest tree stump

Security, more security and pizza

(I took early retirement from CBC News on March 31, 2010 and embarked on an new career as an independent visual journalist.  But I haven’t been blogging as I should. I was caught up in last minute renovations and now, so far, I haven’t been able to sell my house in Toronto, which means my life has largely been on hold. Now I am starting up again)

So Toronto is now on G8/G20  security lockdown  And since I am not really working at the moment, because I can’t make any commitments until  the house sells, I didn’t look for any G8/G20 related assignments.

It’s a beautiful June afternoon, so a friend and I decide to get away from it, as far as way as possible, without leaving the city. We went to Humber Bay Park West to enjoy the sun and photograph the birds and flowers.

But security was evident in the park as well.  A Canadian Coast  Guard boat went by first.


Sometime later it was a Toronto Police Service Marine Unit rescue boat.


After  a couple more hours of of nature photography (more on that later) we were driving back downtown, a downtown that despite news tweets about demonstrations and TTC tweets about streetcar service disruption, seemed relatively quiet.

Until we got to Dundas and Yonge.

Stopped at the traffic light we heard loud whistles, and weren’t sure where they came from. Ahead at the intersection maybe?  No they were behind us as a group of police officers on bicycles sped by.  We wondered where they were going in such a hurry.

124-bikesdundas.jpg(Note the officers are wearing their riot helmets.  The bicycle helmets they normally wear in the pouch at the back of the bicycles.)

It wasn’t long before we spotted the police again. Stopped at the Pizza Pizza at Dundas and Church.


I guess they were hungry after a long, hard day.  And why not? After all the newsrooms of Toronto keep Pizza Pizza in business during crisis periods and summits.  These guys, of course, apparently got to stop for a pizza.  Just wondering for all those journalists who are locked into the security zones. Is it delivery (e.g Pizza Pizza) or Deliciso?

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