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  “Loose hips, save ships.” A quote from Frank Witter, expert Sea Kayak Guide and Owner / Operator at Hello Nature Adventure Tours – hellonature.ca  Frank of course was referring to remaining flexible and not becoming tense when encountering unfavorable conditions while sea kayaking. Expert advice, no doubt.  On July 18th, I had the distinct honor and privilege to be invited by Kevin Bradshaw from Hello Nature Adventure Tours to spend the day with… Read More

I’ll be “on assignment” later this month for the day with Hello Nature Adventure Tours. Ucluelet, Tofino, Broken Group Islands, Barkley and Clayoquot Sounds are amazing and some of my favorite places ever! I’m excited to create some awesome images for this company. https://hellonature.ca/

It was an Eagle that first inspired my true journey as a photographer. Every so often, I get reminded of that initial inspiration.

I will start with a bit of a preemptive spiel. Normally I am very excited to share the specific locations that I paddle to, visit and explore in hopes that others can do the same or may be inspired to do so. I will neglect to do so this time. To some, it may be obvious as to where I was and it may not be difficult for others to ascertain, I’m… Read More

I am honored and very excited! My dear friends Eric Boyum and Trish Boyum from Ocean Adventures have invited me to work with them on their vessel, The Great Bear II in mid May as they take guests on an 8 day tour called “Inlets of the Grizzly / Great Bear Rainforest.” In 2011 I first met Eric and Trish and traveled to “The GBR” as their guest. It was an incredible… Read More

…a throwback to 2011 when I first visited “The Great Bear Rainforest.” My love and support always to “The Gitga’at Nation” and any efforts that help to protect your territory. We beat Enbridge and Northern Gateway and we will protect the rest of the coast too!

I’m convinced that my friend, colleague and co-producer Paul Novy held back an expletive or two but we finally settled on the poster for our film. This is 95% Paul’s design and I think it’s exceptional! Thank you to those I reached out to for your thoughts as well.

Today, we started production of “Lord of the Forest” – Searching for the truth about the Vancouver Island Mountain Lion- We got some great initial footage and were able to interview many local Comox Valley residents. We’re well on our way to being able to tell this story, a story that must be told. One of the highlights of our day occurred near the end. Paul and I had a phone conversation… Read More

A few months back, I mentioned how I was collaborating with documentary filmmaker Paul Novy from Iceberg Films – icebergfilms.com about a documentary film to showcase the relationships between nature and photography. We got started on that but there’s been a change of plans. For now, we’ve decided to shelve that effort. We will re visit it, in the future maybe. Due to the excitement and immediate feedback surrounding “Lord of the Forest” we… Read More

It’s one thing to recognize and accept our own problems. It’s another thing altogether to address them head on, instead of just trying to run away from them, as many of us tend to do. Even more profound is after all of that, being able to share with others all of the learning and growth that’s experienced by being brave. My friend and adventurer Susan Conrad demonstrates her own sense of fortitude… Read More