Silhouettes on Lakelse Lake

Me and Suz., went for a quick hike down to Lakelse Lake, just South of Thornhill, BC, where we walked the Gruchy‚Äôs Beach Trail, at the Northern end of the lake. We choose this trail because it is quick to walk back and forth, and just long enough to get a workout on. But, there was the lake, so I took my camera along. With just some high altitude cloud, a setting mid fall sunset, and just the right amount of ground fog rolling in, it was a picture perfect day–so to speak.

The lake itself was almost perfectly flat, as there was no breeze on the water, and the light reflecting from off of it was a beautiful yellow and blue colour. The above shot was an unexpected opportunity of playing around with silhouettes in amongst the reflections from off of the lake, with two women, also photographers, and their dog, in the mid-ground of the shot.

I like the shot a lot, and will keep it for my main photo album for 2018.

ADDED: I should throw this photo into this post too. I shot this from Gruchy’s Beach, using my 300mm telephoto lens. Because of the low light, I used a soften filter on the image to keep that dreamy look that I saw when looking at it with my eyes.

I love the colours, and the way they reflect of the calm lake.

 

A Cup of Golden Tea, On a Lazy Morning

I thought I would change things up a bit, switching to tea, rather than coffee. So, this morning, I hauled out the electric kettle, and made myself some Earl Grey Tea, which I bought the day before. In three letters, I would describe it like this, “mmm.” Yes, it was that good. Not as good as some of the teas I have sipped on from various restaurants, but very close.

It was such a great morning that I sat by the window, watched the snow clouds move down the valley from the North, and absorbed the winter’s sunlight, as it filtered through the North side window of my compartment. It was peaceful, and not even the cranky neighbour, down a door from me, could alter the moment. First sip, a wash of goodness over my body. Second sip, bliss. Third sip, the cup is now half empty. And then I let loose a relaxing sigh that melts away the soreness of my muscles, as I sit back in my comfy chair.

No, nature has a way of taking back what was once hard fought for; the heat soon cools, and the cup no longer lets the long stringy columns of steam wash into the air. In minutes, the tea tastes bitter, and the flavours tainted. I let loose another sigh, and declare it is time to start the day.

Driftwood on the Beach of Douglas Channel

We went out to Kitimat for a little day trip. We went down Alcan Road, to a place called Hospital Beach (I think is the name) just to see all the LNG stuff that is taking place there. We saw the dredgers out in the harbour, and the property where the workers are going to stay while they build the LNG facility–it is the same place as where the RioTino worker were housed.

But while we were there, I took some photos of the beach, and to my surprise, the photos turn out awesome. The driftwood shots turned out great. Well, gotta go and start the work week. The photo was taken on November 13, 2018.

Forget Vancouver… and its Bridges!

This morning, I was reading the CBC.ca Website, and they posted an article, that talked about the best way to photograph Vancouver, British Columbia, was through photographing the bridges, but from underneath. Well,  I have been shooting bridges, both on top, and bottom, for years. Why, this last weekend, I got a shot of the Dudley Little Bridges, but from underneath. So, here is my photo of, capturing Terrace, BC, and the Skeena Valley, from under the bridge from last Sunday, on November 11, 2018.

If you read the article, it says that the “Internet knows best how to photograph Vancouver, BC.” You photograph it from underneath. And, I have to agree, if you want to see the best side of Vancouver, you look at the bridges. And, to see the architecture of a bridge, you look at from the water and river banks. And Vancouver has some really awesome bridges.

Terrace and Thornhill, British Columbia, on the other hand, have only one bridge (The Skeena River Bridge, 1925) that has some really amazing architecture, while the other, more newer “Dudley Little Bridges, (1975)” are kind of “meh”? I mean they did things very “plain and practical” back then in the mid ’70s. So the “new bridge,” as we like to call it, was built to serve one purpose: to get cars and trucks across the Skeena River, safely, and as efficiently, as possible. As far as looks go, well, lets just say, it is a bridge. But perhaps this is the hidden beauty of the Skeena Valley?

CBC news article: “The best way to photograph Vancouver is from under a bridge, apparently,” From CBC.ca Website, on November 13, 2018.

100 Years of Remembering

The Centennial Anniversary of the 1918 Armistice has arrived, and it got me thinking, putting time in perspective, it was not that long ago in terms of history. In Canada, we celebrate it as Remembrance Day on every November 11, so every year, just about every community has Cenotaphs that people lay their wreaths and Red Poppies at. There is usually a parade, but everywhere people are asked to give two minutes of silences, to pay tribute to those who fought and gave their lives during those days of war. 

So lets do the Maths on this. I am just over fifty, so, when I was born, the end of the First Wold War was just under fifty years old, and the end of the Second World War was just about thirty years old by then. The Korean War had ended just over a decade ago, and I was alive during the Vietnam War. (All these dates are approximations) And yet, looking back before my time was almost impossible, or impossible to find a context to put it in. As a kid, time was not relative, as I did not fully understand it, as my life experience was so little to draw upon. And this is why we need Remembrance Day. It is away to put all of this into perspective, and above all, never to forget, which can easily happen when you were never born during that time, and never experienced it.

Regrettably, never forgetting does not mean we have learned our lessons, as Wars are common throughout mankind’s history. We seem to allow history repeat itself at an almost rhythmic pattern, and conflicts are a constant drone throughout the world. Wars are fought differently now, compared to a hundred years. As my grade seven teacher once told us in class, “then, you could see the face of your enemy, but today, an ocean can separate you,” (Mr. Simons, Circa. 1979). So perhaps remembering could put things into perspective, and may cool the tensions of allowing wars to ignite. We can only hope, but we must never forget. 

Smile

It is Friday, and on top of that, a long weekend ahead. The day is going smooth, with no real issues, and the people around me have been awesome. The office phone only rang twice today, and no messages were left when I started the day. Outside, it is weirdly warm for November, here in the Skeena Valley, a whopping 10C on the building thermometer. It is overcast, but the sunlight pokes through often.

Tonight, the plan is to spend the evening with Suzette, have dinner at her place, see a movie, and get lots of hugs from her two cats, Neesa and Oreo. Also, we make do a walk through the Mall and check out some other stores in town before they close up for the day before dinner. The sleepy little town of Terrace, is pretty much asleep after 9:00pm on Fridays.

I did more back-ups on my 4TB hard drive that I was having trouble with last year. For some reason, I managed to get it to format. I run Linux on all my machines, so usually I have more luck with getting hardware to work, than I do with those other “U Pay For it” operating systems. However, this time I tried formatting with FSNT, and the drive took. I was formatting with EXT4, witch is  Linux format, and I could not get the drive to work. Oh, by the way, to transfer 4TB of back-ups, is a 18hour operation.

Well, the day is moving into evening, and it is time to get ready for Suzette. I bid you all good evening!

Getting Ready for Season of Ice and Snow

In less than six weeks it will be officially winter, according to the calendar, but in reality, winter is upon us now. This morning, only the second time so far this year, I had to scrape off my windshield before I embarked on my morning journey to my work. Although it was only a light dusting of frost, it still took a couple of minutes to do the task before it was safe to drive. But this got me thinking, winter is here, no doubt about that.

My neighbours are busily stapling plastic sheeting to their appartment’s windows. How of that will the land will appreciate, is anyone’s guess. But they are preparing nonetheless. I had my car serviced, for a winter tuneup, on Monday. Checking coolant levels, and other devices for winter safety. Snow tires are mandatory for the highway roads, as of October first here in BC, so those were changed several weeks ago. This weekend I will be buying a winter jacket that is more with today’s North Coast style. I am good for the winter boots, both at work and here at home. So all is good.

It is hard to say how bad, or what type of a winter it will be this year. Last year, we had a cold one, with lots of snow that stay around until April. With the summer we just had, we could be in for a Green winter, as the snow line on the mountains is still really high. However, never get to cozy with the weather, as it could all change in a moment’s notice. We have only had one good storm so far this year, and that only brought a couple of days of heavy down pour, so it is hard to tell.

One thing that I can say about our current weather here: it is still dry. The Skeena River only crept up about 30cm since the rain storm a week ago, but that is still a far cry from what it is normally at this time of year. We need a super good snow pack on the mountains for the spring run-off, and a few more storms to get us back on track, so this winter season will be critical. No snow could be a disastrous spring season for the rivers.

As of now, no snow has hit the ground and stayed, here in the Lower Skeena Valley, this year. In fact, some are saying that it is still too warm, and with these clear skies, and wind from the North, this might not help. The next weather front to come over us, for the end of the week, might not have that much precipitation to give us.

So, time to bundle up, and have the ice scrapper handy.

The Time Change: Another Rant

Another time change is upon us now, and yes, another rant about it. However, this year, from our Government, I thought a change was in the works, to get rid of it–for once and for all. I was under the impression that our Government was going to at least consider the thought of abolishing it, but in the last week, the leader flip-flopped, saying he never considered it. But, in general, I do not care for it–I hate changing the time back and forth.

I actually voted in the last provincial election on this topic. Abolishing the Daylight Savings Time rules, was the deciding factor for me choosing this Government. I thought, there is hope that we were one step closer to keeping Standard Time all year round. I knew this was a long shot, at best, so I was not to terribly disappointed that the Government threw this out, it was just typical. I just was not ready for the explanation our leader answered, as he explained his position on not changing Daylight Savings. Something like, “… if the States are not doing it, then why should we, … the business community has a say in this too.” So sad.

Now that I am living back up North, and I do mean way further North than the Lower Mainland near Vancouver, BC, losing that hour has more of an impacted today than it did at my old home. Sure, we are now in “normal time,” but my body will feel it tomorrow at work. The Sun now sits lower in the sky, so playing with time has more effect on the day than it did when I was living further South. But my body is not agreeing with it–period.

Already, and we are only one day into it, and my sleep Patten is not agreeing with the time change. I have no idea what I will feel when I start the work week tomorrow. I wish my Government had a spine; next election then. Rant–over.

ADDED: Nov 8, 2018. On CBC News, a news article said that California is one step closer to abolishing the time changes, however, staying with Daylight Savings rather than normal time. In the article, a SUF professor says “being out of step with California time would be ‘quite disruptive.'” Basically saying that for the same reason that the British Columbia NDP leader gave for staying with the time changes, moving the clocks twice a year for the proposes of businesses and commerce, he maybe forced to change his tune. So this means that the three West Coast States, and the European Union, moving to stop the Time Change, Canada and British Columbia maybe forced to follow after all. To bad Canada, or BC, could be a leader on this.

CBCnews Nov 8, 2018: “B.C. may feel pressure to stop clock changes after California moves to establish year-round daylight time” 3:00am Pacific Time.

USA, California, has my vote!

The Local Snot Bug Making Its Rounds

With the cold weather now upon us, and the threat of snow just days away, with that comes the flu and snot bugs. This year we have a treat, a strain that I call, “The Skeena Valley Snot Bug: 198D.” As the kids go to their schools, they bring back these little gems of misery, right to their parents laps. You walk into a store, or gathering place today, you will meet a victim, as they give back to the community which they received. You touch a door handle, hand rail, table top, or toilet flusher, and then stick your fingers into any orifice on your body, guess what? You got it.

Fortunately I do not have it. I know my turn is near, as many around me have it, and are carriers of it too. With the cold weather, I crank my heat up at night, and wash my hands often. I wipe down most objects that people touch, that could potentially harbour these snot-bugs. But all it takes is just one snot-bug to get you.

My poor Suz., is currently suffering from the bug. She has it, full on. Runny nose, post nasal drip, red eyes, sore throat, sneezing, and general crankiness. Still, with her contagious state, I welcomed her at my place for dinner with open arms. I think it helped her with the symptoms. It is hard to say for sure.

Needless to say, the bug is making its rounds, and coming soon, for you. Beware, and do your best to keep it under control. This one seems like a doozy.

Wet, Soggy and a bit Moist In Spots.

As I write this out, I can hear the rain pounding on the roof, and my office is within the building, one level down, at the ground floor. When I drove in this morning, the rain was bouncing off the road by about 10cm. And it has not let off since I was awake this morning; so for about four hours now. With out a doubt, it is rain jacket wearing weather.

When I drove to the mall for some office supplies, I could see snow mixed in with the rain on my windshield of my car. And I had the wiper going at full-speed, and even then it was hard to see ahead on the road. Happy November!