Posts Tagged With: Coast

Downtown Vancouver Skyline from Lonsdale Quay

Downtown Vancouver Skyline from Lonsdale Quay

A bit of fish-eye, my hometown an a gorgeous sky makes Krystal a happy girl. The flare adds to the effect of the lens in a weird and unexpected way that I like.

This was taken in November of 2011 and I’m itching to show some newer photos, but unfortunately, I’m building an archive of photos that I can’t use. Nice one, Nikon. Release a fantastic camera that I’ve fallen in love with, but make sure that no Adobe product is compatible with it (yet… although it’s been a few months now :/). No Lightroom, no Photoshop… My only choice is to switch to Capture NX2, but being that it’s an unfamiliar program, it’s time-consuming for a simple edit.

Anyways, enough about my camera woes! I’m sure it will be worth it once the technology catches up. Enjoy this shot of Vancouver in the mid-afternoon in the fall. It is taken from the giant “Q” that looms above Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver across the water from downtown. The amount of time I spent there in my youth will always be reflected in my photos, but this shot seems to capture it in a way I have yet to match.

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Stranraer, Scotland

As you may have noticed, I usually don’t include the country in my title, but in this case, it seemed to fit. While traveling, there’s a lot of passing through. Stranraer, Scotand is a town in the southwest of Scotland, right on the coast. I briefly went by the city on my way from Belfast, Ireland to Glasgow, Scotland. There is a ferry, called the Stena Line, which transports passengers from Belfast to Stranraer and from there, I caught a bus to Glasgow. I happened to arrive just in time for a gorgeous sunset, and what with the beautiful weather here at home these days, I’m all about a gorgeous sky!

A gorgeous sunset in Stranraer, Scotland right after I got off a ferry in September 2011.

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British Columbia

This photograph was taken in December, 2011. During this time, I was dating a guy who lives on Vancouver Island, so I would often take the ferry between Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver and Nanaimo. The beautiful masses of land along the trip always fascinated me, so I thought I’d take a self-portrait with them. I’m super bundled, as the whipping winds on the open water can be treacherous in December.

British Columbia, between West Vancouver and Nanaimo somewhere in December of 2011.

I’m playing a bit of catch-up today, doing a bunch of posts instead of skipping more days. I seriously need to start post-dating! Just in case, I don’t get that set up before I leave, I am going to be in Las Vegas from May 21-25 and immediate when I return, I’m heading to Sasquatch Music Festival in central Washington from May 25-29 so if you don’t hear from me in a while, it’s only because I will return with fabulous new pictures! Just in case that happens, since it will encompass the last 7 days of the month, feel free to let me know whenever you’s like which of the following you would like to have as the theme for June:

– Spot The Clock

– Friends Made Along My Travels!

– Live Music Abroad

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In the summer of 2011, I went on a grand adventure around the UK and visited some family in Europe. During my visit to the UK, it was my friend Cai’s birthday in August, so I coordinated my visit to Wales, his home country, to be in time for his birthday. While I was there, he wanted to show me Swansea, the city in which his university is located, so I eagerly agreed to go.

Being from a city known primarily for a mountain known as the peak of Vancouver, I thought I knew hills. PFFT! You may have thought San Francisco was bad, but I can’t say I’ve ever climbed such a steep hill where you could find cars, houses, streetlights… Not a mountain, a street. I guess I’ve figured out why you’ve never seen an obese Welsh person! (And if you have, I’m 99% sure they either don’t live in Swansea or they use their car absolutely everywhere they go!)

Found on the south/west coast of Wales, Swansea is the second most populous city in Wales, after the capital, Cardiff. Interestingly enough, at the height of the city’s popularity, it was known at “Copperopolis,” one of the key centers of the world’s copper industry. These days, it’s all about the beach, as with many coastal cities. Locals, as with many cities around the UK, are often avid football (FC, not NFL if that makes sense) fans. Fate would have it that I arrived soon after of the announcement of Swansea AFC’s entry into the English Premier League. This was the first time in the history of the league since it’s inception that a Welsh team was on the roster.I happened to hear the first game they played in the league on the radio very briefly. Unfortunately, it a 4-0 loss to Manchester City. For those (like me) who don’t know much about the English Premier League, Swansea AFC has one of the lowest (if not lowest) budgets, where-as Manchester City is often regarded as the richest team. Talk about David and Goliath!

My mouse still hates me, so creating my little collages will be put on hold a little bit longer. For the photo of the day, I thought I’d share an image from the gorgeous sandy beaches of Swansea.


The beach at Swansea in August, 2011.

My new format with voting is to stick it on the bottom of posts for the last 7 days of the month. If you haven’t already voted, please do so!

What would you like to see as a theme for the photographs posted in the first week of May? This month’s options are:

–       Aboard Transportation

–       Bodies of Water

–      Vehicles

VOTE NOW! Whichever has the most votes by 11:59pm, Monday, April 30th wins and for the first 7 days of May, my photographs will be a photo-essay in that theme. (If there is a tie, whichever had the most votes first will be chosen.)

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The Sunshine Coast

Today we visit an island off the coast of British Columbia called the Sunshine Coast. In this post, I want to highlight the coast of the island and the wilderness in the area, which is a part of what this area of the world is known for, as well as being a reason I love it so much!

In some posts, you’ll find a long story, but today, I’ll let the photographs speak for me.

All the above images were taken on the Sunshine Coast, From Gibsons, to Seaschelt, to Pender Harbour.

Here is the photograph of the day, taken in late July of 2010 in Pender Harbour, British Columbia.

Pender Harbour on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia.

And special thanks to Andrew Petcher ( for being the only one to vote on first poll, leading to pictures of bridges in fish-eye for the next week! Watch out for next month’s poll to get your say on what the theme for the first week of April will be!

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