A flashback to summer camping in Northwest BC and the Yukon. Inspiring region, nice views, do bring a map. Stick around long enough, and the place imposes a certain humility on you. A taste for the abandoned, all ye who enter. And a penchant to instil a little pick-yourself-up-by-your-bootstrap-ness. Do it yourself. Yes, those are trees “planted” upside down. This is a thing in Atlin, BC.
After 7 years living in the Northwest – maybe it’s 8, I dunno – I’ve finally given in and gotten my feets some gumboots! And I’m talking Northwest BC here, not that lotus-land “Northwest” of Cascadia. But I like that name, ‘Cascadia’. We should take that – I mean, cascades, we’ve got ’em up here. Wikipedia also alleges that ‘Borealia’ and ‘Ursalia’ were in the running for the job. And ‘Transatlantia’ (!) Now that’s just silly… though I admit it […]
I was thinking of joining the flickr group for the Enbridge corporation, you know, just to get some tips on photoshopping… or would that be called content editing? or perception management? I’m not sure, but in the end I decided not to. I’ll just wing it and mash up my own fevered visions of the good life. Look to the tidepools, look to the stars… someone once said (okay, they’re frickin’ goldfish from the aquarium, I know, but you get the […]
Call me weird. My bucket list includes being devoured by a bloodthirsty monster. Wait, let me explain… in a movie, I mean. Summarily dispatched, an anonymous extra in some B-movie: my demise a gratuitous, horrible and darkly humorous detail. The briefest of moments will do – just enough to announce loudly to fellow movie-goers: “SEE THERE?! THAT’S ME!” If I’m to make it on the silver screen, let it be a senseless and trivial sacrifice. I have no idea where […]
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Well you just try to find me one thing that’s not made by them Chinese! I’m eavesdropping on an awkward conversation between a visiting tourist – American by his accent, and a shopkeeper – whose rolling accent suggests Scottish roots. He’s reading labels and replacing objects and commenting rather bluntly on the origin of pretty much the whole shop’s inventory. Her reaction is half offended, half defending… because he’s right, even if he is rude about it. Which wouldn’t matter […]
Nothing fancy, just a few shots from Butze Trail on the outskirts of Prince Rupert. Trying out a shiny new camera, having lots of fun. Just “recent work” as they say… but then I got to thinking and photography is a heck of a lot of fun as well, so I’d prefer to call it recent play. Enjoy, thanks for visiting (and by the way, there’s no fancy pronunciation there, just say “BUTT-ZEE”… you’ll get used to it, you’ll start […]
Spillway. I like that word, it says what it means. The spillway spills away, careening crash of water next to the fish ladder. Fish ladder. Now there’s a rude invention. But hey, some cars have fins, right? The water blasts through the old wooden-slatted pipeline, some 10 km to its destination – a mothballed pulp mill that has no use for gushing water. But the thing is kept charged anyway, lest it collapse. So for these ten clicks there’s this […]