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!

2012-11-09 Beng Melea – the coolest of the temples

14 11 2012

Early in the morning, before breakfast, Mrs D headed down to the lobby to get her WiFi fix…

Sure enough, the un-airconditioned lobby was where I found her, happily connected to the outside world.

We had a good breakfast and then we headed out at 0830 to go see the cool temple.  It’s the REAL Indiana Jones/Tomb Raider Temple. None of that Hollywood "pseudo-ruins”  This is the real thing.  But first…. a stop along the way to see some rice harvesting.  Of course the kids have other plans:

The parents, however, were hard at work with sickle in hand, harvesting bundles of rice to dry along the side of the field

Many things still go the “old-fashioned way”, including transport as this gentleman with the oxcart passed us while we were shooting

Some things are a mix of modern and old… this guy was taking his pigs to the market


We arrived at the temple grounds are were reminded of Cambodia’s horrible past:

yes, that’s over 1200 pieces of things that go boom that they have cleared from the temple area. A not-so subtle reminder to stay on the beaten track.

The temple was amazing.  There were piles of stones lying around and complete galleries had collapsed under their own weight into a neat “implosion” of stones.  I’ll stop the talking and let you see:

Collapsed Walkway:

Someone that felt more at home that people would:

Mrs Dragonspeed in what used to be a hallway

The Jungle taking back the temple

Roots and moss reclaim nature’s prize

Forgotten artwork

A most surreal scene

In the grasp..

I could go on forever with more pictures of this truly INCREDIBLE place, but you can see the set of photos from the day at:

I hope you find them as amazing as I did.

Tomorrow, I’ll write a bit about the floating village, as well as the birdwatching!

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!

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.


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!

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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