Sharing some more photos from the temperate rainforests of British Columbia, Canada

I hope you all aren't tired of forest images yet, because I am sharing more today, and have many more to share in the future! There really is no other place I feel more at home in than the lush rainforests of BC.


Second Growth

Golden Ears Provincial Park is home to one of Canada’s most famous forests. It’s beautiful: lush moss coats trees and covers the ground, like a carpet. Otherworldly light rays often dance in the mornings.

But it’s a second growth forest. Almost all of the huge, ancient trees in this area were logged.

It makes me sad to think about what it looked like then. It must have been ten times more beautiful. However, it’s a good example that nature does begin to come back, only if we leave it alone for long enough. I can only hope that it’s still protected in 500 years for people of the future to appreciate.

Taken while wandering the forest with @dyptre!


Nirvana

This is another one of those places that I had visited a million times, but still failed to come up with anything. I found the canyon walls and rocks captivating, but I couldn't seem to do them justice.

That all changed on one very foggy day, with the perfect amount of water flowing. Sometimes there was too much water and it was turbid, or other times there simply wasn’t enough water. But on this day it was perfect, and the fog was there to provide some much needed depth and atmosphere. I hopped into the water.

As always, I began my process by watching, looking and observing. I think it’s important to do this as often as possible, as it helps me connect with my surroundings and opens my mind to compositions. I noticed there were a lot of bubbles in the water, so I set up my camera and fired off an exposure that would allow me to use them as leading lines.

It worked!

Also, I shot this while exploring with @blakerandall, and for whatever reason, when we hike the forests together we seem to get really good conditions!


Primeval

There is no doubt in my mind that this is one of the most beautiful forests I’ve ever visited. It’s a small section of old growth forest on Vancouver Island called Mossome Grove, hidden away from prying eyes, despite its proximity to a major logging road. The grove is home to big ferns, as well as some ancient, huge Sitka spruce and big leaf maples. Both trees are beautiful, but it’s the big leaf maples that are particularly impressive.

They are bastions of life, covered in moss and ferns. In this image I was able to use one for my foreground and the background, along with a ton of beautiful ferns. It may not look like it, but there were ferns in this forest that were nearly as tall as me! Their leaves can also be surprisingly sharp, giving additional meaning to their name: the sword fern.

One of my chosen charities, the Ancient Forest Alliance, is a champion for places like this. They are fighting to have this grove receive official protection. For the sake of our planet and future generations, I hope they are successful.


Unbroken

This is another image from Mossome Grove. On the left is a huge Sitka spruce, and on the right, a huge big leaf maple. Due to the wide angle of my lens, it's difficult to judge their scale, so let me help you: that big branch on the maple is 76 feet long.

I'll pause to let that sink in for a moment. It is believed to be the longest branch on any tree in British Columbia.

Nature never ceases to blow me away. I can't wait to visit these trees again.

I hope you enjoyed these images. Don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions!


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I have tried many times to get really good pictures in forests like redwoods or rainforests and I'm just not that good at it... it's super hard. So props it's harder than it seems... and appears that you just need to hunt for beautiful lighting moments.

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It's definitely about finding a way to organize the chaos! That's what most people struggle with. I'm always looking for nice light that I can create my compositions around!

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Beautiful shots my friend. I love all the subtle different shades of green in that second one

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Thanks Blake! That was a very productive day in the forest. Couldn't believe how lucky we got... in July of all times!

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I'll never get tired of your forest shots! Keep em coming

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Just waiting for the snow to melt and I can get out there for more images. This is the part of winter that I don't like... it's huge slushy mess right now lol.

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Not sure if its just because I don't remember it, but I don't think I've ever seen that Second Growth shot there. But man, with all the time we spent there that day, I feel like I came away with nothing. And yet you pull this beauty out haha

Primeval is definitely one of my favorites of yours, and definitely the gem of this selection as far as I'm concerned. I need to add this forest to my list of "to-visit" places.

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I think I might have posted on older version of it on IG once. It bombed haha.

And yeah, definitely recommend checking out Mossome Grove. Seriously beautiful place.

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These shots are definitely majestic. I love this kind of environment and can see why you feel so at home in that place. Keep up the great work!

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Thanks man! It's just such a relaxing place, and the air is always so fresh. Hard to beat.

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Yes, some of the forests in Sweden are very similar. Not to the rainforest level... but mossy and ancient. So, i can relate to a degree. I can't wait to get back to Sweden and get some shots! Take Care bro!

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Years ago on The Great Barrier Reef in Australia I worked with a bunch of great guys from Vancouver Island. They told me it was a paradise island and from these photos I can see they were not exaggerating! Absolutely amazing forest. I have to get there one day!

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Wow, really love those images. Forest photography is hard (for me). But you managed to capture the mysterious atmosphere perfectly. Nice read as well! Looking forward to more of your work! Thijs

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Surreal shots. Like from another planet. Fascinating place, thanks for taking us there through your stunning captures :)

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Love the names you gave your photos! :)

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