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If God meant for us to have fiberglass boats he would have planted fiberglass trees

If God meant for us to have fiberglass boats he would have planted fiberglass trees

If God meant for us to have fiberglass boats he would have planted fiberglass trees

I’ve spent the past few hours digging through the archives of a long neglected collection of photographs, the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival 2010. This festival happened almost 4 years ago, this years festival is next weekend.

As a wooden boat owner I got a kick out of this sign.

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Islands Folk Festival, 30 Years

This year marked the 30th anniversary of the Islands Folk Festival at Providence Farm, Duncan, British Columbia. I may be a little biased here but after being at the past 9 festivals I will say that the Islands Folk Festival is likely the best of the smaller festivals in Western Canada. How does that sound?

Spirit of the West performing at the 30th Annual Islands Folk Festival

Spirit of the West performing at the 30th Annual Islands Folk Festival


I photographed the festival again, 5,000+ images in 3 days of music, good food, a few beers and a lack of any really decent sleep. A new challenge this year was LED lighting on the main stage. I’m not sure if I really like the look, it seems very harsh and the out of focus lights don’t have a nice wrap around feel. As well, the lights were messing with the Nikon D800 sensor with underexposure of often 1.7 required to keep the coloured highlights from blowing out although this is true of the normal lighting as well, especially with reds and yellows.

I’ll post more as I sort through them, here’s a sampling:

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Carrie Furnaces in Black and White, Rankin, Pennsylvania

The Carrie Furnaces were built in 1884 and operated until 1982 as pat of the Homestead Steel Works. Located in the town of Rankin, Pennsylvania, these derelict blast furnace are one of those run down areas that any visitor to the Pittsburgh area with an interest in history should visit. During the peak production period, the Carrie site produced 1000 to 1250 tons of iron per day. All that remains today are furnaces #6 and #7, which operated from 1907 – 1978 and the hot metal bridge used to transport the molten iron across the Monongahela River.

Blast furnace, Carrie Furnaces, Rankin, Pennsylvania

Blast furnace, Carrie Furnaces, Rankin, Pennsylvania

In recent years the Carrie Furnaces have served as a grand canvas for graffiti, starred in numerous videos, hosted musical performances and of course have become an exciting subject for photographers. The property is presently under the control of the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area who are campaigning to create the Homestead Works National Park.

This type of subject is well suited to black and white photography although the colours of the dilapidated buildings and the contents are beautifully mellowed and look great as well. Here are some Carrie Furnace B&W images, I’ll post some colour images a little later.

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Starry Starry Nights

It’s always a pleasure to see my photographs illustrating a well written travel story. Starry Starry Nights was written for East Kent Lifestyle magazine by world traveller and awesome writer Jaillan Yehia about the Jasper Dark Sky Festival which the two of us were privileged to attend last fall. This years festival is scheduled for October 17 – 26 and features a visit from Canada’s first astronaut to walk in space, Col. Chris Hadfield. Highly recommended and a beautiful time of year in the stunning Canadian Rockies.

Starry Starry Nights

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North Seymour Island, Galapagos Islands

North Seymour Island is a small island situated just north of Baltra Island, the main point of entry for most people visiting the Galapagos Islands.

While the island is home to a large colony of blue-footed boobies and quite a few swallow-tailed gulls, most folks visit to see the frigatebirds (Fregata magnificens) that nest on the island. These large birds are scattered throughout the landing area on the ground, in nests and hanging out in the Palo Santo trees. Galapagos land iguanas (Conolophus subcristatus) also inhabit the island.

North Seynour also has some interesting plant life with the low growing Sesuvium plants (Sesuvium edmondstonii) adding a bright red carpet to the landscape. A variety of prickly pear cactus, the Galapagos prickly pear (Opuntia echios var. zacana) also adds some nice colour.

As with all the islands in the Galapagos, the birds and iguanas have no fear of humans. Very cool indeed!

Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) male with wing over female in Palo Santo tree, North Seymour Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) male with wing over female in Palo Santo tree, North Seymour Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

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