Posts Tagged ‘Trees’

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2012

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2012

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2012 from Kevin Oke Photography To see more skies from around the world visit Skywatch Friday

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Fall colours on Vancouver Island

Fall path, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island

Cooler nights bring the wonderful fall colours that highlight the Cowichan Valley. While I don’t think the display will be quite as impressive as two years ago it still seems to be heading in the right direction.

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Cork Trees in Andalucia, Spain

The finished product somewhere in Paris

Yesterdays post about Fine Wines in Sancerre, France got me thinking about the cork that is used to stopper the wine bottles. Part of the excitement when travelling is discovering tidbits of information about something that we take for granted; cork for instance. I have always known that cork was a renewable bark and stoppered […]

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Honeymoon Bay Wildflower Reserve

Pacific Bleeding Heart (Dicentra formosa), Honeymoon Bay Wildflower Reserve, Cowichan Valley, British Columbia, Canada

I have wanted to visit the Honeymoon Bay Wildflower Reserve near Cowichan Lake for a number of years and finally had my chance. What a beautiful place! It’s still early in the spring but the pink fawn lilies and trillium are at their peak and bleeding heart and violets were looking great as well. I […]

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Big Leaf Maple, Vancouver Island

Big Leaf Maple, Vancouver Island
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Arizona sycamore – Platanus wrightii

Bark, Arizona sycamore

We came across many of these gorgeous Arizona sycamores on the banks of the few creeks that are running right now. I expect they are stunning in leaf as well, hopefully I’ll have the chance to see them on a later trip.

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Mount San Jacinto State Park

Pine Trees, Mount San Jacinto State Park, California

A few photos from Mount San Jacinto State Park.

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RV Camping in an Orange Grove

Watch For Livestock

Californians always seem to have a fun way to make a normal experience a little more interesting. On friends recommendations we stopped at Orange Grove RV Park in Bakersfield for the night, making a long drive down to the Palm Springs area from Sacramento a little more palatable by breaking it into 2 days. Last […]

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European Starlings in the Sacramento Valley

European Starlings in the Sacramento Valley

This evening was alive with what I’m assuming to be European Starlings, the unwanted birds that appeared in the 1970’s and had a huge impact on the native Purple Martin populations. These Purple Martins are almost extinct in the area now, certainly the starlings are not. Large flocks were descending upon us and at one […]

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Crescent Moon at Sunset

Crscent Moon over Trees

The beautiful weather has returned and while it’s a little chilly the skies have become very colourful at both sunrise and sunset. This lovely crescent moon was perched above the trees in my front yard yesterday evening as the sun illuminated the sky.

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Trees with Movement

Moving Trees

Another image from a moving vehicle. There are certainly possibilities with this type of technique although achieving predictable results is somewhat difficult. Maybe like so many other photography techniques it’s all practice and visualization. In calling this image Moving Treese I’m thinking that the trees are moving in relation to my shooting position, valid I […]

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Vancouver Island Rain Forest

Vancouver Island Temperate Rain Forest

Whether we like it or not, Vancouver Island is a very wet area. While my home on the southeast end of the island isn’t overly wet there is still enough moisture to have beautiful forests with lots of neat plants growing in the understory. This is truly macro photography territory with mushrooms, mosses, ferns and […]

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Forest Light

Sun filtering through a Cowichan forest

Here we are, one month finished in the photograph a day series. So far it has been an interesting exercise. Right now I’m in the middle of a major boat renovation so photography has taken a second stage for all of January. At the same time, I have been driving between my house and the […]

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Maple Trees through Ford F150 Window

Trees through window

How is that for a title? I figured “Trees through window” was pretty lame although this isn’t much better. As an experiment I’ll see whether this photo turns up on Google in a few weeks when you search for Ford F150 windows. I’m sure it won’t be what people are looking for! A wet day […]

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Fir Trees in Mist

Fir Trees in Purple Mist, Cowichan Valley

I came home tonight to a very strange purple glow in the sky, the result of what was likely a very pretty sunset filtering through low fog that’s been building up as the snow melts. A quick shot here, I only had a few minutes to grab my camera and shoot. Serves me right for […]

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Japanese Maple Seeds

Maple Seeds and Snow

Snow seems to be the theme so far this year, in fact after a reasonably pleasant morning it has started to snow heavily again this afternoon. The forecast shows warmer weather coming in so at least we’ll be back to our dreary rain within a few days. For photography I do prefer the snow, I […]

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Salish Bear Pole

500 year old cedar, Goldstream Provincial Park

I made another run over the Malahat today as I had a few errands to run in Victoria. The weather has been a little iffy the past week and today was no exception with snow falling at the summit. On my return home I dropped by Goldstream Provincial Park for a walk amongst the beautiful […]

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Fir Trees and Snow

Mount Prevost in the morning cold!

Not an amazing photo by any means but still pleasant enough. It snowed last night, so much for global warming, I had thought (and prayed) by now that I would be sitting underneath a forest of palm trees. So far this winter it ain’t happenen! How is that for good slang, did I spell happenen […]

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Trees in Mist

Morning mist near Maple Bay. Vancouver Island

Here we go, dipping into the archives already on my photo a day project. Out of fairness to myself today was plain ugly. One of those days where the rain is coming down in buckets and the mist and clouds hang low. On top of the ugly weather I had to drive the infamous Malahat […]

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Camping at Gordon Bay Provincial Park, Cowichan Lake

After more than 20 years of sleeping in the great outdoors in a teeny backpacking tent, the family (Cherie, Kevin and Lana, the elderly sheltie) yielded to comfort’s siren call and bought a 24ft Flagstaff 5th wheel in August. WOW! Given that a 24ft 5th wheel is somewhat bigger to tow than said backpacking tent, […]

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Wallace Island Marine Provincial Park

Rendezvous with Friends, Wallace Island, British Columbia, Canada

A true gem in the British Columbia Provincial Marine Park system, Wallace Island is conveniently located close to many ports in the southern Vancouver Island area. Numerous beaches, coves and inlets provide prime anchorage and kayaking opportunities while hiking trails run the length of the island. This is all mixed in with a fascinating history. […]

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The Carmanah Valley – Twenty Years On

Carmanah Valley, Three Sisters - 2009

Twenty years ago I had just moved to British Columbia and heard stories about giant trees on the west coast of Vancouver Island. What I didn’t realize at the time is the Provincial Government had secretly given permission to logging giant Macmillan Bloedel to clearcut one of the largest intact watersheds left on the island, […]

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More fall photos

Fall apples at Roesland on North Pender Island

Another decent weather day so I headed down to Roesland on North Pender Island in search of mushrooms to photograph. The end result is that I didn’t photograph any mushrooms, instead concentrating on the gorgeous fall colours and everything from small berries to large maple trees.

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Two falls in a year

Fall maples reflected in the Koksilah River, Cowichan Valley

I’ve been very fortunate this year in being able to enjoy fall twice. Fall is my favourite time of year, always has been in fact. The kids are back in school with the resulting quieter roads, the weather tends to be beautiful in the pacific northwest and the hectic days of shooting during the summer […]

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