I continue to be honored to have my images serve as a source of inspiration to others far and wide. (Painters, North of Dauphin, Manitoba wonderfully depicting one of my fence line images this evening.)

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All About the Art, is a custom framing store that also showcases original art and photography by BC artists, many of whom live in and around the Comox Valley. When it comes to custom framing for my local clients, this is my only choice. The service is personable and the attention to detail and craftsmanship is superb! abouttheart.ca

Below is a recent image custom framed by owner Joel Maurice. Thank you Joel!

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As mentioned in an earlier post, one of my Grizzly Bear images will be featured in Norm’s ongoing presentations to help raise awareness for the Great Bear Rainforest. I’m very proud of this affiliation and I applaud Norm’s efforts.

In 2010 standup paddle boarder Norm Hann, along with sea kayaker Brian Huntington of the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition, paddled the proposed oil tanker route 400km from Kitimat to Bella Bella. The goal of the Standup4Greatbear Expedition was to bring awareness to the threat of these oil tankers in the Great Bear Rainforest and to highlight the traditional food harvesting areas of the First Nation’s people along the route. Since then Norm created the Standup4Greatbear Society. Check out the documentary below and visit Norm’s website here:  normhann.com

 

Wendy Crocker, an extremely talented Artist and Painter residing in Atlantc Canada depicted a beautiful rendition of an image of a purple starfish I photographed in 2009. I am honoured that this image served as a source of inspiration to Wendy. She has portrayed it magnificently! 

Recently I traveled through Jasper National Park en route to Northern Alberta. Jasper is one of my favourite National Parks in Canada. As many of you know I love to photograph Elk. I was appalled to see “tourists” just outside of the townsite approaching these beautiful animals, sometimes within ten feet or less. I tried to intervene but without any luck. I then contacted Parks Canada. Perhaps surprisingly to some, Elk are the most dangerous animals in Canada’s National Parks. Unfortunately in this case the Elk are being harmed more than those in the images and others that choose to behave like this. Please respect the wildlife. 

In conjunction with RSDK clothing rsdk.ca and internationally renowned stand up paddle boarder Norm Hann normhann.com the below image is going to be used across British Columbia to help promote ending the Trophy Hunt. This is certainly a contentious issue in the upcoming May 9th provincial election and it’s definitely an honor to have one of my images used to help effect change. Be sure to check out both Andrew’s website as well as Norm’s!

I want to wish good luck to my friend Trish Boyum and the other speakers at the April 1st rally in Victoria at the Legislature Building.

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Sign the petition here:

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I’m definitely hoping not, but even if it just happens once that’s okay too. I mentioned late last month via social media that I had some very exciting news. One of my images, created in 2013 on Northwest Vancouver Island is going to be featured in the April 2017 National Geographic Traveler (UK) edition. To have an image featured in this fabled publication is humbling and I am to say the least honored. Words can’t express the gratitude to David Pinel at West Coast Expeditions, thank you David. Check out more about the images and David’s post here: westcoastexpeditions.com/…news/1489619584 As well, congratulations to Gordon Ross, Boomer Jerrit, Ashley Hamilton, Robert Yone and Freedom in Nature Photography.

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I’m very excited! I was recently contacted by documentary filmmaker Paul Novy from Iceberg Films. www.icebergfilms.com

Paul and I are going to collaborate on a segment in an upcoming documentary film. I’ll be helping to showcase the relationships between photography and our natural environment. It’s going to be fantastic!

Paul is a true talent, check out a sample of his work below:

 

The small silver Pacific Herring (Clupea pallasii) is considered a foundation species for the B.C. coast because of the contribution it makes as an ecosystem driver for both the marine and terrestrial realms. In early spring, the annual herring spawn provides a rush of nutrients at a critical time of year to a plethora of wildlife, including seabirds, marine mammals, wolves and bears. Herring may spawn up to ten times in their lives.

It was a busy scene in Qualicum Bay, everyone harvesting the bounty. This is both a lucrative and a very controversial fishery. I’m just glad the Eagle at least got it’s share.

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For those that are getting ready for paddling season on the west coast, I personally consider the BC Coast Explorer and Marine Trail Guide by my friend John Kimantas – Volumes 1 and 2 essential to your trip planning. You can buy both volumes here: wildcoastmagazine.com/…/bc-coast-explorer-guide-books

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Of course it goes without saying that a British Columbia Marine Trail Network membership, bcmarinetrails.org is also a must.

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