Elfin Lakes!

27 08 2013

We were up in the Diamond Head area of Garibaldi Provincial Park for 4 day/3 nights last week. The alpine scenery was amazing.  Here are some highlights of the hike.

1. Mount Atwell and the Gargoyles

Mt Atwell and the Gargoyles by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Wildflowers

Beautiful flowers by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Premium camping location!

Summer in the Alpine by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Full Moon Rising

Full Moon at Elfin Lakes by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Alpine reflection

Reflection of Mountain beauty by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Lit by the full moon

Elfin Lakes and surroundings by the full moon. by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. Moonset over the Tantalus Range

Moonset over the Tantalus range by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

8. Panoramic view from the Opal Cone (bigger on Flickr)

Panorama from the Opal Cone by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

I hope you enjoyed the virtual visit to the alpine!  More shots can be found at:

Comments and Critique welcome!

Anniversary Hike to Yellow Aster Butte

8 08 2013

My wife and I headed out last weekend for an overnight backpacking trip to Yellow Aster Butte meadows as our 13th anniversary of the trip we took for our honeymoon in 2000.  I trekked the 7D up with me using the Cotton carrier (which, I might add, was quite comfortable)

The whole set is at

Here are some samplings of the photographic fruits of our labour:

1. Some lovely little purple wildflowers

Anniversary Weekend at Mount Baker by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Some of the beautiful wildflowers in bloom with Shuksan in the background

Anniversary Weekend at Mount Baker by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. American and Canadian Border Peaks

Anniversary Weekend at Mount Baker by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Tarns of Yellow Aster Butte

Anniversary Weekend at Mount Baker by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Pristine Alpine Tarn

Anniversary Weekend at Mount Baker by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Our own patch of paradise

Anniversary Weekend at Mount Baker by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. Mount Baker in the distance

Anniversary Weekend at Mount Baker by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

8. Mount Baker, from Artist’s Point – end of Mount Baker Highway

Anniversary Weekend at Mount Baker by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

I hope you enjoyed your virtual alpine visit!  Comments welcome!

Ecuador Pictures done!

2 09 2012

Finally, our entire Ecuador trip – edited, distilled down to its essence and uploaded to Flickr.

· 21 days of travelling
· 5 of us together from 2 separate continents
· 10 different cities/towns and villages from the Metropolis of Quito to the tiny mountain village of Chugchilan
· paved roads, dirt roads, roads of questionable status
· Tortoises, goats, hummingbirds, llamas, iguanas, sealions and everything seemingly in between.
· sea level to 4800m
· Baking Sun to chilling mountain fog.
· Crammed taxis, comfortable private ride, “cruise boat”, zodiac… feet.

Irene and I took over 6000 photos combined.

All this, we managed to distill down to the best 791 photos of the trip… Sit back, grab a snack and enjoy the slideshow!


You might want to put on some pan flute music in the background as well to get that authentic South American feeling 😉

Thanks for taking the trip with us to Ecuador. Who knows where our next trip will take us but the world is big and there are many interesting parts that call us to see them!

Two days touring Cuenca, Ecuador

25 07 2012

We spent two days in Cuenca, Ecuador. The weather was "variable" and on a wet Easter Sunday double decker bus ride, we almost had our heads taken off by low hanging wires! Fun times.

Here are some of our shots:

1. Easter Parade

Easter Parade in Cuenca by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2) Inside of the "New Cathedral"

Catedral de la Inmaculada Conception by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3) Iglesia San Alfons (aka the Blue Church)

Iglesia de San Alfonso by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4) Playing musical notes on the crosswalk

Musical Crossing by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5) That’s a lotta strawberries!

Wheelbarrow FULL of strawberries! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6) The landmark New Cathedral domes

Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepción by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7) Interesting Graffiti in town

Interesting graffiti in Cuenca by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

8) Getting caught in the middle of a Good Friday Procession near Ingapirca

A peacful mob? by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

I hope you enjoy your whirlwind visit to Cuenca via photos!!

If you want to see more, the entire Ecuador collection can be found at:

Ecuador – 2012-03-26 – Bellavista

13 05 2012
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Our 5th day in Ecuador… We spent it at the Bellavista Nature Reserve near the Tandayapa Valley. 

Wow!  So many amazing birds and plants!

2012-04-21 – Woodburn Tulipfest

23 04 2012
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We were down in Woodburn, Oregon last weekend… The tulips were lovely. Sooo many fun photos to shoot!

OMG – Another Sunny Day!!!

28 04 2008

It has been cold and rainy (and even snowy) recently. I was SOO glad that I could get out and shoot some of our complex’s flowers with my macro that I have been DYING to use.  Well – Here they are:


Clicking on the small photo will bring you to my FOTOTHING page with the image.

These were all shot with the Canon 40D, 100mm F/2.8 macro lens using natural light.


In the morning before going out shooting, I went with my Cubs to the Kerrisdale Days parade.  There was a small turnout from Scout groups 😦  I think it may have been because it coincided with Earth day activities down at Jericho beach on Saturday.  No matter.  The group that WAS there enjoyed a good parade and had fun.


Pictures of the "Blizzard of ’08"

28 01 2008

Mrs D and I went out walking after the great snowfall finished.  It was a winter wonderland.  I was dreading shoveling it later.    With all the snow blanketing the neighborhood, it really transformed our area.  There were even some cherry blossoms that had tried to start blooming and became unwitting snow holders.  It was beautiful.

Here’s the gallery of pictures:


(pictures taken with the XTi were taken by Mrs D.  Those taken with the 40D  were taken by me)


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Catch up!

11 01 2008

I just realized that I missed linking to all the cool pics I took in Hong Kong/Shongsan/Guangzhou back in January of 2007


They start here: http://www.fotothing.com/DragonSpeed/photo/105/

and run until: http://www.fotothing.com/DragonSpeed/photo/115/



Bog Rosemary

7 08 2007

A while back (on my now defunct earlier blog site 😥 ) I had a photo of a pretty pink flowering scrub that was growing around a lake at which I had been fishing.  I asked you, my astute readers, if you had seen it, or knew of it.

I had no answer until today.  One of my readers had passed the picture on to his mother who showed the picture to HER mother, and we got an answer – Bog Rosemary!  Technology and good old people power!  That’s the new world order 🙂 Not EVERYTHING can be googled 😉  Well, technically if you know it’s called “Bog Rosemary” you can google that, but it’s harder the other way around.

Here’s the picture in question:

Thanks, Shaun, for ID – I had given up on knowing what it is!

Yet another un-named flower

22 05 2007

OK blog readers.  You’ve done a great job at identifying bizarre little birds and plants.  Here’s another:

These pretty pink flowers were growing on mossy mats attached to floating logs in a small lake at approx 400m.  Picture was taken on May 21, 2007.  The clusters stood approximately 30-40 cm tall.

What ARE these flowers?

Unknown little Orchid on Galiano Island

24 04 2007

This past weekend we were camping at Montague Harbour with the Scouts, on Galiano island.  We came across a pretty little purple orchid.  The problem is We don’t know what it is.  It stands about 10-15 cm tall, and has a purple flower with 5 petals, and a pitcher like bottom to the flower giving it a dragon like face.

Here are a couple of pictures.  Can you identify this flower?

If you know what this beautiful little flower is, please leave a comment!  Thanks!

Note – Thanks to Sam – It has been identified: “Calypso Bulbosa” aka Fairy Slipper or Venus’s Slipper!!!!

Spring – Continued!

11 03 2006

Thankfully the snow didn’t last too long around here.  Some pictures of spring continued!

There’s a whole bunch more at http://www.slacker.ca/brian/webpics/showpix.aspx?20060311Spring

Enjoy the spring!

Spring – Interrupted

10 03 2006

Here on the Wet Coast, in Vancouver, BC we’ve become accustomed to the idea that spring starts right after about mid February and the cherry blossoms are usually in full swing by mid to late March.  Yesterday, my alder allergy was starting to kick in, and things looked pretty normal.

Then along came this morning… SCREEEECHHHH.  Winter apparently isn’t done with us yet.  I bring you Spring….  Interrupted:

OK – Joke’s over.  When can we get our REAL spring back?

I finally got my various Flower pictures organized.

22 04 2005

Some pictures of spring flowers.

Click on the link to see them.  I hope you enjoy them!

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