Friday, January 31, 2014

Eye of the Wind - Grouse Mountain - North Vancouver, BC (Part 4)

From 7/17/2013 to 8/2/2013, I took a road trip from the SF Bay Area to Vancouver, BC, Canada. Half of the trip was spent driving up the west coast. On my trip, I visited many famous places such as Seattle, Butchart Gardens, Mount Rainier, and much more. Obviously I got many coastal shots and many places that isn't as famous. The reason I am posting it now is because the high amount of photos I took equaled a high amount of processing time. I took a bit over 2000 photos on the trip. After stitching the panoramas, compositing the HDRs, and picking out photos from the repeats, I have a bit over 1000 photos to show you guys. The photos will be split into parts. I will link you to the previous and next parts on each post just like I did with my Death Valley National Park photos and my Yellowstone/Grand Teton National Park photos. Hope you enjoy this chain of posts!

Full Resolution Photos and Prints: If you want to see full resolution photos or buy prints of any of the photos you see, they are up on my portfolio for viewing. To view my best Vancouver photos from this trip, use this link. To view all of my day 9 photos, use this link.

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Today I will continue my photos from Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver, BC, Canada. Grouse Mountain is a ski resort in North Vancouver, that is also open as a tourist attraction when there is no snow. When there is now snow, they have several shows, a wildlife conservation habitat, and a wind energy display called "Eye of the Wind" for tourists to observe. Today I have photos of the Eye of the Wind turbine and my ski lift ride up to there.

The ski lift that takes you up to Eye of the Wind. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 49 22 55 N 123 04 49 W 

Now on the ski lift going up the mountain. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 48 22 56 N 123 04 48 W 

I like that guys expression. LOL
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 49 23 01 N 123 04 44 W 

Going up the mountain. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 49 23 03 N 123 04 43 W 


Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 49 23 05 N 123 04 40 W 

Same location as above.

Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 49 23 10 N 123 04 36 W 


Photo of the ski lift and Vancouver. this is where parasailing begins. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 49 23 10 N 123 04 35 W 

Another photo from the same location as above. Below is where the main tourist attraction is. 

Here is the Eye of the Wind turbine. I go up to the upper observation deck in the next blog post. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 49 23 15 N 123 04 29 W 

These are all the photos for today. I hope you have enjoyed them. Next time I will post the last of my photos from Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver, BC, Canada. Photos next time are from the top of the wind turbine and then on my ride back down the mountain. Please don't forget to share with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Birds in Motion - Grouse Mountain - North Vancouver, BC (Part 3)

From 7/17/2013 to 8/2/2013, I took a road trip from the SF Bay Area to Vancouver, BC, Canada. Half of the trip was spent driving up the west coast. On my trip, I visited many famous places such as Seattle, Butchart Gardens, Mount Rainier, and much more. Obviously I got many coastal shots and many places that isn't as famous. The reason I am posting it now is because the high amount of photos I took equaled a high amount of processing time. I took a bit over 2000 photos on the trip. After stitching the panoramas, compositing the HDRs, and picking out photos from the repeats, I have a bit over 1000 photos to show you guys. The photos will be split into parts. I will link you to the previous and next parts on each post just like I did with my Death Valley National Park photos and my Yellowstone/Grand Teton National Park photos. Hope you enjoy this chain of posts!

Full Resolution Photos and Prints: If you want to see full resolution photos or buy prints of any of the photos you see, they are up on my portfolio for viewing. To view my best Vancouver photos from this trip, use this link. To view all of my day 9 photos, use this link.

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Today I will continue my photos from Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver, BC, Canada. Grouse Mountain is a ski resort in North Vancouver, that is also open as a tourist attraction when there is no snow. When there is now snow, they have several shows, a wildlife conservation habitat, and a wind energy display called "Eye of the Wind" for tourists to observe. Today I have the rest of the photos from the Birds in Motion show.

Next up in the show is Miguel the Harris's Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus).

 Another few photos of Miguel. 


This is Judge Dredd the Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura). 

 Another few photos of Judge Dredd. As always with birds in flight, photography is very hard. While there is no issues with Canon's focus tracking, I'm not fast enough to follow them with my camera. 


 Next up, Darwin the Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus).

Here is a photo of Darwin with its beak open.  

 Another few photos of Darwin. 


Next up is the Arrow the Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug). I quickly shot these few photos as Arrow landed. Feel free to click on the first photo to open up a slideshow. That way you can view it like a mini animation. 

 Another few photos of Arrow. 


Another few photos of arrow. 

These are all the photos for today. I hope you have enjoyed them. Next time I will continue my photos from Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver, BC, Canada. Next time, I head on a ski lift up to the Eye of the Wind. Please don't forget to share with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

China Vlog (Part 8) - Suzhou (苏州) - Taihu Lake (太湖), Ming Yue Historic Town (明月湾古村)


Here is part 8 of my China Vlogs. I took a trip to China and decided to document segments of my trip for my fellow followers.

In this vlog, you will get to see many places in Suzhou (苏州), China:
  • Taihu Lake (太湖)
  • Ming Yue Historic Town (明月湾古村)
  • Fish drying and other seafood
  • Some Suzhou dialect
  • China's smog problem and what the sun looks like through it
  • Music fountains at Jinji Lake (金鸡湖)

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Grizzly Refuge and Birds in Motion - Grouse Mountain - North Vancouver, BC (Part 2)

From 7/17/2013 to 8/2/2013, I took a road trip from the SF Bay Area to Vancouver, BC, Canada. Half of the trip was spent driving up the west coast. On my trip, I visited many famous places such as Seattle, Butchart Gardens, Mount Rainier, and much more. Obviously I got many coastal shots and many places that isn't as famous. The reason I am posting it now is because the high amount of photos I took equaled a high amount of processing time. I took a bit over 2000 photos on the trip. After stitching the panoramas, compositing the HDRs, and picking out photos from the repeats, I have a bit over 1000 photos to show you guys. The photos will be split into parts. I will link you to the previous and next parts on each post just like I did with my Death Valley National Park photos and my Yellowstone/Grand Teton National Park photos. Hope you enjoy this chain of posts!

Full Resolution Photos and Prints: If you want to see full resolution photos or buy prints of any of the photos you see, they are up on my portfolio for viewing. To view my best Vancouver photos from this trip, use this link. To view all of my day 9 photos, use this link.

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Today I will continue my photos from Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver, BC, Canada. Grouse Mountain is a ski resort in North Vancouver, that is also open as a tourist attraction when there is no snow. When there is now snow, they have several shows, a wildlife conservation habitat, and a wind energy display called "Eye of the Wind" for tourists to observe. Today I have photos from the Grizzly Refuge and some of the photos from the Birds in Motion show. The rest of the photos from the show will continue in the next post.

First I start off with the grizzly bear photos at the Grizzly Refuge at Grouse Mountain.

According to Grouse Mountain, there are 2 grizzly bears at this refuge. They were orphaned after their parents got killed (I kind of forgot the story). The refuge area was very big for the bears and is as close as it can to their natural habitat. 

 Black and white process of the photo above. It was very dark so the focus on these shots were not very good and I had to drive the ISO way up. 



 Another few photos of the bear. 


After that, I went to go see the Birds in Motion show. I shot a few photos before the show started. This is a zoomed in shot of Mount Baker (on the US side) from Grouse Mountain.  
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 49 22 57 N 123 04 41 W 

Black and white process of the photo above.  

 Zoomed out shot at 70 mm of Mount Baker. 


The Birds in Motion show starts! 

First up is Hercules the Immature Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)


Another few photos of Hercules. 

These are all the photos for today. I hope you have enjoyed them. Next time I will continue my photos from Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver, BC, Canada. I have the rest of the Birds in Motion photos for next time.  Please don't forget to share with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Grouse Mountain - North Vancouver, BC (Part 1)

From 7/17/2013 to 8/2/2013, I took a road trip from the SF Bay Area to Vancouver, BC, Canada. Half of the trip was spent driving up the west coast. On my trip, I visited many famous places such as Seattle, Butchart Gardens, Mount Rainier, and much more. Obviously I got many coastal shots and many places that isn't as famous. The reason I am posting it now is because the high amount of photos I took equaled a high amount of processing time. I took a bit over 2000 photos on the trip. After stitching the panoramas, compositing the HDRs, and picking out photos from the repeats, I have a bit over 1000 photos to show you guys. The photos will be split into parts. I will link you to the previous and next parts on each post just like I did with my Death Valley National Park photos and my Yellowstone/Grand Teton National Park photos. Hope you enjoy this chain of posts!

Full Resolution Photos and Prints: If you want to see full resolution photos or buy prints of any of the photos you see, they are up on my portfolio for viewing. To view my best Vancouver photos from this trip, use this link. To view all of my day 9 photos, use this link.

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Today I will start my photos from Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver, BC, Canada. Grouse Mountain is a ski resort in North Vancouver, that is also open as a tourist attraction when there is no snow. When there is now snow, they have several shows, a wildlife conservation habitat, and a wind energy display called "Eye of the Wind" for tourists to observe.

Photo of Grouse Mountain from the bottom of the mountain. First up is my gondola ride up. Would hike up, but we had limited time there. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 49 22 20 N 123 05 57 W 

Waiting for the gondola. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 49 22 21 N 123 05 56 W 

Gondola ride up. View of Grouse Mountain. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 49 22 27 N 123 05 44 W 


Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 49 22 35 N 123 05 26 W 

Another photo from the gondola ride up. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 49 22 42 N 123 05 11 W 

Now at the top, here is a photo of the gondola we were riding. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 49 22 46 N 123 05 00 W 

The main area of Grouse mountain. There is a guy in a lumberjack costume taking photos with visitors on the bottom right. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 49 22 47 N 123 05 00 W 


Another few photos of the gondola that I rode up the mountain in. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 49 22 45 N 123 05 01 W 

Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 49 22 45 N 123 05 02 W 

Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 49 22 45 N 123 05 03 W 


Wooden statues carved using chainsaws. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 49 22 47 N 123 04 55 W 

Photo of the zipline adventures at Grouse Mountain. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 49 22 49 N 123 04 54 W 


Photo of the Lumberjack Show. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 49 22 52 N 123 04 47 W 

Kids taking a field trip there. There is the guy in the lumberjack costume taking photos with the tourists. Photo shot at the same location as above. 

Photo of grouse mountain. The lumberjack show was still going on. Location same as above. 

These are all the photos for today. I hope you have enjoyed them. Next time I will continue my photos from Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver, BC, Canada. I have photos from the Grizzly Refuge and Birds in Motion show for next time. Please don't forget to share with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

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