Tag Archives: British Columbia

The power of photography.

A while back, the good folks over at local multimedia company Build Films asked me to write a piece for them about the power of photography.  This is the published article, crossposted here to my own website for your own reading:

Here at base camp, the waterfalls are running thinner than I’ve ever seen them; the glaciers above that feed them are returning to their frozen state.  The unseasonably warm sun of a few days previous has relinquished control to winter…

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  • Roger S.April 14, 2017 - 5:19 am

    Oh, very nicely said! I fully agree that the camera retains for us moments that will never happen in the same way. This is the beauty of photography.ReplyCancel

  • AnaMay 18, 2017 - 11:01 am

    ? Well said David. Your view of the world is rather unique and refreshing – thanks for sharing it. I think it’s safe to say that I originally came for the photos but stay for the writing. ?ReplyCancel

Mountain moments.

It is tempting in life to want to see it all; to cover as much ground as possible and leave footprints in a long list of places.  This breadth of experience does have its merits, but it also has its sacrifices: namely, depth within each experience.  Personally, I increasingly value the depth side of experience and choose adventures that are more in the slow travel category these days rather than trying to see the entire map.  There really is a big difference between…

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  • Allison StorsethFebruary 13, 2017 - 7:39 pm

    Thank you for sharing! I really enjoyed reading (and viewing)ReplyCancel

  • RobynFebruary 14, 2017 - 1:39 pm

    Wow David! You really capture the feeling of the mountains well – like, the best! Really, it’s hard (I’ve tried). Keep it up and I look forward to when you return. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • KareniaFebruary 14, 2017 - 3:32 pm

    This may be my favourite photo essay of yours yet.ReplyCancel

Life behind bars – Part 2: Four corners of the Haida Gwaii by bicycle.

(continued from Part 1: Solo in the Canadian Rockies)

The Haida Gwaii (formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands) is remote set of islands off the northwest coast of British Columbia.  As is a region that I’d been intending to visit for ages, the difficulty in getting there made it elusive despite many years of good intentions, but as they say: good things come to those who wait.  This whole bicycle tour arose around the idea of exploring the ancient forests …

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  • Daniel C. CrumpJuly 12, 2016 - 10:15 am

    Amazing!! This causes the smouldering ember of wanderlust inside me to glow a little brighter and burn a little hotter.ReplyCancel

  • Andrew DaltonDecember 11, 2016 - 8:11 pm

    really enjoyed reading this my friend!ReplyCancel

    • DavidDecember 12, 2016 - 9:05 am

      Thanks Andrew – for the comment and help building up my bike! The last one section of the trip is on the way to being published soon, I just need to find the time. ??ReplyCancel

  • JustineJune 6, 2018 - 12:06 am

    Hi there, gorgeous photos! we’re heading to Haida Gwaii on bikes this summer and hoping to get a few more details on your routes and road conditions. If you’re willing, you can email me jeclift at gmail dot comReplyCancel

Vancouver 2012

For the second spring in a row, I found myself in Vancouver this year.  Last year it was a week long layover on my way to Bangkok; this year it was for a bit of yogic study: I did a Yin yoga teacher training with Paul and Suzee Grilley (at Semperviva on Granville Island – tucked away on the pier by the house boats).  It was an intensive time of study but downtime was spent wandering the city with old friends, new friends, or just by myself.  Most of the time, I could be found by the…

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  • AnnySeptember 16, 2012 - 12:10 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful set, Dave! Love.ReplyCancel