Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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 viewing 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 viewing 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 the blog post 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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