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You can probably see a theme from my travels up north…snow and exploring. The original Alexandra Bridge was built in 1863, but destroyed by a flood in 1894 and dismantled in 1912. A new suspension bridge was built on the original footings in 1926, but decommissioned in 1964 in favor of a new bridge built a few miles down the river. Lucky for us, there’s still a walking trail down to the old bridge, which makes for some awesome photo opportunities, especially when buried under a few feet of snow.

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Mount Baker, Washington was the first place I ever tried to snowboard. It’s one of the more beautiful snow-covered spots I’ve ever been to. These were taken on my second trip there, more than a year after the first. I didn’t take my camera up on the slopes, unfortunately, so these were all taken from the parking lot before we left. I think it says a lot about the beauty of the place that these were from the parking lot. Imagine the photos I could’ve gotten if I’d actually taken my camera on the slopes! Next time.

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The Othello Tunnels are near Hope, BC, which is east of Vancouver. They’re a series of five tunnels and a series of bridges over the Coquihalla River that used to be for trains. Now decommissioned, they’re walking paths that are open to the public…in the summer. When we went, there was so much snow that they’d been closed and gated off. Never being ones to be easily deterred, we hopped the fence (well…Jeff hopped the fence…he threw me over). It was well worth it, albeit a bit creepy with the chance of falling icicles and rocks above us as we carefully made our way through the tunnels. By the time we were making our way back out, it had started to snow, which made the walk back even that much more beautiful.

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There are no shortages of places to explore in the general vicinity of Vancouver, BC. Lucky for me, I was able to fit quite a lot in over the course of my eleven days spanning from Christmas Day to just past New Years. Sometimes my explorations simply took me past interesting places, but didn’t grant me enough time to actually stop and wander on foot. Spuzzum was one of those places. We almost drove straight through it without stopping, but I’d seen something worth a second look, so Jeff diligently turned his truck around and we made a few laps on the side streets as I instructed him to slow or stop whenever I spotted a photo I’d like to take. This tiny church sat on a corner and felt like it was straight out of a storybook with it’s cute little steeple and snow-covered steps. How could I resist?

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I know that this is completely unprecedented for me, but I decided to post another one of my “assisted self portraits” from my trip to Canada last year. Using the same technique as my previously posted photo…I got all my settings and framing worked out and then stuck my camera in the hands of my buddy Jeff, who had hiked up to the waterfalls with me. As you can see from the photo, I was ill-prepared wardrobe-wise for hiking. This year, I plan to be better equipped. At least I was fashionable, which makes for all-around better artsy self-portraits like this.

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I did a project last year with a friend where we took weekly self portraits and posted them every Friday. Sadly, it tapered off and I was unable to post a few of my favorites that I took for the project while on a trip to Canada. I’m gearing up for another trip up north again this year and was reminded of those shots. This is my favorite of them. I actually made my friend Jeff pull off the highway to explore this little area for some photos. I’m glad I did, because I walked away beaming that I’d gotten my shot. Since I was without a tripod or remote, I chose all my settings and got my framing all worked out and then set the camera in the hands of Jeff to act as a human tripod and he shot off a few rounds before I decided he’d probably gotten something usable.

I can’t wait to see snow again. My soul is ready for some real winter.

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If you’ve frequented my blog even a little bit, you know that I have no shortage of photos containing a body of water, a sunset or both. Admittedly, it’s not hard to take a photo of a sunset and have it come out looking great, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop anytime soon. This shot is a favorite of mine from a sequence of over 200 shots (no joke…) I took during a particularly spectacular sunset as seen from the “backyard” of a vacation rental spot in Key Largo while on my annual reunion trip with 20ish of my close college friends. Seen on the pier is a small group of said friends enjoying the view.

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A couple months ago, a friend and I went down to tour the wine country in Mexico. About an hour south of Tijuana, the drive down the coast was absolutely breathtaking on the sunny warm day. The area is called Valle de Guadalupe and stretches down a long road dotted with small towns and wineries. We experienced the high-end places that made you think you were in Napa Valley and other more rustic places down winding dirt roads that might tempt someone to skip the return trip back up to the states. It was a beautiful day trip and I’d recommend it to anyone visiting Southern California in the near future that doesn’t mind crossing the border.

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What kind of photographer would I be if I didn’t also include an obligatory shot from one of my many rides on the subway? As with the Brooklyn Bridge, the subway is another cliche shot that I’ll always get if given the chance. The thing that always strikes me about riding the subway is how quiet it is. Everyone is fully engulfed in their own little antisocial world. Whether it’s reading, sleeping or listening to their iPod, each person has their own invisible wall they’ve built to hide behind to avoid interaction with other people. It’s an odd world down there in the rumbling cars of the subway.

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