Spring is finally upon us but it is still in the transition stage. The snow is melting, the ground is still half frozen and there is no new green in sight. Since I needed to choose the next header for our web site, I thought it should be something neutral to the changing of the seasons. Earlier in March I was on Vancouver Island and visited one of the coastal parks where you can walk along the beach on the polished pebbles and rest a while on the logs that are washed up on the shore. – Leslie
Alan Ernst co-leads the Winter Mountain Magic Photography Tour along with myself. Alan and his wife Madeleine are the owners of Aurum Lodge where the tour is based. As you can see they live in a very beautiful part of Canada, no matter the time of year. Here are a few images Alan took during this year’s tour. – Leslie
Leah Gray is a photographer from Victoria, British Columbia that came out to join our 2017 Winter Mountain Magic Photography Tour this past January. As you can see from her images, Leah is a very accomplished photographer and is actively involved with the Victoria Camera Club. It was a pleasure to have Leah participate in this year’s tour.
In early January I co-lead the Winter Mountain Magic Photography Tour out of Aurum Lodge along with Alan Ernst, the owner of the lodge. This year’s group of six photographers were enthusiastic, outgoing and a lot of fun. We started the tour with temperatures around – 28°C and high winds that made the conditions feel even colder, so I’m sure it was an eye opener to those that were from the warm areas of the globe. However, by the end of the tour we were basking in – 5°C temperatures. From sunrise to sunset it was pretty much none stop photography throughout the day, except for the real cold times where we needed to go back to the lodge to warm up. Overall we had a great time and captured a lot of wonderful images. Here are a few of my favorites from the tour. – Leslie
Over the past few days we have had a lot of heavy fog and as a result beautiful hoarfrost was clinging to the trees. So yesterday morning I took my camera along while I went for a walk with K’san, here are a few of my favourite photos that I took on our walk. – Leslie
About 10 days ago we had a snowstorm come through and the snow stuck around for several days. A couple of days later it was followed by strong winds that sent a deluge of leaves onto the ground, all over the snow. Here are a few shots of those leaves. – Leslie
It is hard to think of winter when it is still summertime, but winter is creeping up faster than we realize. This coming January 11th to 15th, 2017, myself along with Alan Ernst of Aurum Lodge, are again running our Winter Mountain Magic Photography Tour. This is a small group tour and space is limited to only 6 participants, and it is starting to fill up as we presently have only a few spaces left; so don’t dwell on it to long or the opportunity will pass you by. To find more information on this tour here is a link to the Winter Mountain Magic Photography Tour or go to the page at Aurum Lodge. Here are a few images taken from places that we may visit this upcoming tour. Make sure you don’t hibernate this coming winter. – Leslie
After the rain fell and before the next storm moved in, I stepped outside to check on my garden. Now is the time when some of my Lilies (which are just finishing up) and Daylilies (which are beginning to flower) are in blossom at the same time. Last year they were hit by heavy hail and most were torn to shreds, it’s nice to see them looking so good, so far this summer. – Leslie