Nature Photography by Martin Ryer


How about a winter circumnavigation by sea kayak of Vancouver Island? That’s what Calvin Croll is up to. Check out his website and follow his journey: Thank you to Tofino Sea Kayaking Co. for letting me use a picture of Calvin, stopping by in Tofino for supplies. Stay safe out there Calvin!

An Editor from Explore Magazine – Canada’s source for outdoor adventure, hiking, camping, gear, travel and skills was recently referred to me: One of my images from The Salish Sea Marine Trail Grand Opening in September may be used for an upcoming feature article, celebrating the trail. To find out more about The Salish Sea Marine Trail, go here:…/salish-sea-marine-trail

Do you paddle on the west coast of British Columbia? Chances are you’ve visited a BC Marine Trails campsite or you may already be familiar with the work that the BC Marine Trails is doing? We have various opportunities within our organization for those passionate about paddling and who want to help us build the World’s largest marine trail network. It’s these volunteer efforts that help keep our trails and campsites open…. Read More

Each year as a part of my annual calendar distribution, I solicit donations on behalf of a conservation based – non profit organization. This year I have partnered with Surfrider Vancouver Island. They do amazing work and I’m happy to be a part of their efforts. Find out more about what they do here:

I found this graph and diagram entertaining. It’s definitely a reflection of my own kayaking experience and sense of risk management.

Rugged Point Beautiful and wild. Mysterious and remote. Rugged Point is located on the west coast of northern Vancouver Island and near the southwest end of Kyuquot Channel. This place is incredible! In the Fall, 2016 edition of Wildcoast Magazine, editor and publisher John Kimantas ranked this as “the real best beach!” Above all the other contenders! John knows what he is talking about too. On September 11th, 2014, a lone… Read More

…the last time I entered the territory of the Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’ / Che:k:tles7et’h’ First Nation in 2013, my kayak was swept away below the high tide line which left me stranded for 3 days on Spring Island. The land and sea is formidable, mysterious and absolute. My images created in the territory during this time lead to publications in BC Magazine and National Geographic Traveler U.K. You get what you give and you… Read More

This weekend, I will be joining forces with Documentary Filmmaker Paul Novy from Iceberg Films to discuss the relationships between nature and photography and to showcase the west coast of Vancouver Island at it’s finest. We’ll be venturing out to Rugged Point…/explore/parkpgs/rugged_pt by kayak and spending 3-4 days immersing ourselves in our surroundings, photographing and filming seascapes and possibly even the wolf, bear and cougar that are known to frequent this area. This… Read More

Talk about being in the right place at the right time, this is only about a 10 minute drive from my place on Vancouver Island. I have yet to actually see an orca for myself, surprising I know. A reminder to everyone to respect marine wildlife viewing practices. In this case it seems that the pod approached the kayaks. Still, it would be advisable to vacate the area in this kind of… Read More

Fair Harbour is a remote outpost on the Northwest side of Vancouver Island. In May, 2013 I hitched a ride from here with Leo Jack and Voyager Water Taxi to the small village of Kyuquot and from there I paddled to Spring Island. This time though, documentary film maker Paul Novy from and I will be arriving in Fair Harbour on the afternoon of September 1st. We will be launching our kayaks early on… Read More