Happy New Year 2017

1 01 2017

New Year’s eve ended up being super snowy here.  It seems that December 2016 was a SNOW MONTH, here in Burnaby BC. (We are technically a TEMPERATE RAINFOREST!!!)
I went out yesterday and shot some pictures of the lights around our neighborhood in the snow.
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New Year’s Eve – Snow and Lights
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

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New Year’s Eve – Snow and Lights
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

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New Year’s Eve – Snow and Lights
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

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New Year’s Eve – Snow and Lights
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

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New Year’s Eve – Snow and Lights
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

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New Year’s Eve – Snow and Lights
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

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New Year’s Eve – Snow and Lights
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

For the whole album of my evening wander in the neighborhood, head over to: https://flic.kr/s/aHskRCdhzw

Happy New Year 2017 to all of my blog readers (about a dozen or so, I think Winking smile )





Coyote Buttes South

15 03 2015

When planning our trip to the canyons of the Southwest, we had planned to hit Bryce, Zion, Monument Valley, Arches, Antelope Canyon but I hadn’t really heard much about the Vermillion Cliffs. Once I started doing some looking, I found there was a VERY popular place called "The WAVE". The Wave resides in Coyote Buttes NORTH permit area. Only 10 permits per day are issued ahead of time on the Internet and 10 are issued the day before at the BLM office in Kanab. VERY tough to get into due to the popularity (I think the Internet bookings were solid until October when we looked in Early Feb). Someone on Flickr mentioned that the Coyote Buttes SOUTH may not have "The WAVE" but still had some really cool and probably more varied scenery than the North. Plus, less people try to get in, so the 20 permits that are available daily via the Internet can be easier to get. We checked online and 2 permits were available for ONE of the days of our time in the area… At $5/person we snatched them up!

We learned next that the roads into the area are "dubious" in good weather and downright "scary" when the weather is wet and that we’d be wise to hire a guide. $175/person later we were hooked up with one of the oldest outfits in the area, Paria Outpost and Outfitters.. a decision that I am super glad we took. Well, without much more babbling… here are some pictures from the FIRST half of the day spent at Coyote Buttes South. Another post will have the second half of the day, which we spent at "White Pocket"

1. Southern "Wave"
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Coyote Buttes South
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Precarious Balance of the "Control Tower" or "Dali’s Tower"
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Coyote Buttes South
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Welcome to another world
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Coyote Buttes South
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Line painters stop for nothing
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Coyote Buttes South
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Fragile Beauty – Millimetre thick fins of rock in the falling snow
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Coyote Buttes South
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Amazing patterns
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Coyote Buttes South
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

There are so many amazing structures and patterns… More at the Flickr set:
https://flic.kr/s/aHsk8BfW8X

Comments and Critique always welcome!





Bryce Canyon National Park

11 03 2015

 

Stop #2 on our "Canyons and cool stuff" trip was Bryce Canyon National Park. Here are some shots of the time there…

1. Before even getting to Bryce, there was "Red Canyon"
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Red Canyon
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. The view out from Sunset Point
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Bryce Canyon and Beyond
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Canyon Panorama
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Panoramic View of Bryce Canyon
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Thor’s Hammer and the Temple of Osiris
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Thor’s Hammer and Osiris’s Temple
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Navajo Loop Trail
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Looking down into the Navajo Loop
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Sunrise over Bryce Canyon
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Bryce Canyon Sunrise
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

It’s an amazing feeling to walk down among the hoodoos. For more pictures of this lovely park you can check the album:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157651229460246

I hope you enjoy the virtual tour of this National Park.





US Southwest–National Parks and Monuments

6 03 2015

Still have about 1000 pics to filter through, but I thought I’d share some quick highlights…

Bryce Canyon
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Bryce Canyon National Park
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Zion Sunrise
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Zion National Park
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr
Antelope – not enough ways to say "Wow!"
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Lower Antelope Canyon
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Horesehoe Bend by starlight
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Horseshoe Bend with Stars
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

White Pocket
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White Pocket
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Coyote Buttes South
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Coyote Buttes South
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

No Grand Canyon pics due to serious SNOW… All whiteout :(

The "Canyons Sampler" is here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157648783150083

Each stop will have its own album that I’ll post later though. Thank you all for the advice. If anyone wants any more details of the trip (the what and the where etc) just let me know!

Cheers!





More Yukon Landscapes

4 04 2013

We took a trip down to Skagway from Whitehorse while visiting. The drive was nice, and the part through "White Pass" was appropriately named.. crazy! Here are some of the shots from the outing.

1. Along the shores of Tagish Lake
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Heading down to Skagway by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Lonely Border post
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Border Outpost by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. On the flats of Dyea, Alaska
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On the flats in Dyea, AK by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. The ice planet "Hoth"?
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Hoth? by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Spectacular sun on the mountains, near the border
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Sun on the mountains by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Welcome to the Yukon (with a little photoshop help)
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Welcome to the Yukon! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

I hope you enjoyed this little winter visit… more available at my flickr set:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157633081420715/with/8619057091/





Landscapes near Whitehorse

25 03 2013

My wife and I were up in Whitehorse to shoot the aurora two weeks ago  We spent some time driving around the area when the weather was nice… Here are some shots we took from a day outing around town:

1. Snowbound

Around Whitehorse by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Frozen

Around Whitehorse by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Signs of Spring

Around Whitehorse by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Frozen Beauty

Around Whitehorse by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Tagish Lake Pano

Panorama of a lake near Carcross, YT by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The day’s pictures can all be seen at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157633081420715/with/8587573995/

I hope you enjoy the cold from the warmth of your home Winking smile





Sunny but Cold Canmore…

14 01 2013

I spent three days visiting my cousin Sarah in Canmore.  The first two days were cloudy and socked in, with some snow falling. The third day, when the sun came out and the air was clear, the mountains were spectacular:

Some shots from a short visit to Canmore, Alberta last week:


Canadian Rocky Mountains by DragonSpeed, on Flickr


Canadian Rocky Mountains by DragonSpeed, on Flickr


Canadian Rocky Mountains by DragonSpeed, on Flickr


Canadian Rocky Mountains by DragonSpeed, on Flickr


Canadian Rocky Mountains by DragonSpeed, on Flickr


Canadian Rocky Mountains by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Stay warm!

The whole set of mountain shots can be found at:
 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…th/8379030762/








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