Photos

These pictures were taken in October and November of 2013, while doing assorted types of forestry work in BC and Alberta. They aren't in any particular order. I'm continually amazed at how beautiful Canada can be.

Between worrying about scraping again the tree on the right, or falling into the creek on the left (which was actually about five feet deep, deeper than it looks), this was not one of the most reassuring roads that I've been on. Unfortunately, this was the way back out, since I couldn't back out when I saw this spot while coming in.




Blueberry fields forever.




Somewhere in Alberta.




On a block in Alberta where the roads were bad enough that I didn't want to try using the truck.




This might have been in Mackenzie.




This also might have been Mackenzie. I see probably well over a thousand blocks in the space of five or six weeks in the fall, so I occasionally forget where I took a photo.




The little leaner that could.




Pausing to take a look at the scenery ahead.




Somewhere, under the rainbow.




A wild horse near Nasko.




A burned pickup in Fort St James. The Fort is always an adventure.




Always make sure that the chains are keeping the quad ramp from kicking out.




An old wasp nest.




Unfortunately, it's hard to tell that the snow is still falling pretty hard in this photo. Not a very productive day.




Near Mackenzie.




Southwest of Alexis Creek.




A young spruce tree near Mackenzie Junction, with a flag so the brushers can find it once the vegetation starts to grow up.




In Jasper Park.




I live on the wrong side of the tracks.




In the middle of logging a block.




Mountains in the distance.




Fresh early-morning snow in Alberta.




Herbicide bags.




A bear in the grass.




Parked in a pullout behind a logging truck, waiting for another logging truck to come down. Using the two-way radios is kind of critical on logging roads.




Beautiful. In Jasper Park, heading west towards Nordegg.




A disc trenching attachment.




A nice sunset. Except that sunsets aren't nice, because there aren't enough hours in the day for all the blocks that I need to see.




Whoops. Looks like we're not getting into the block this way. Somewhere south of Sylvia's Cafe, west of Quesnel.




Heavy equipment for logging. Take note of the chains on the tires.




I should have put something in this photo to show the scale of the rock. It was about seven feet high. Kind of odd to see on a flat, clean block.




West of Williams Lake.




Alberta.




Jasper Park.




Jasper Park.




A drilling rig west of Rocky Mountain House.




My only flat tire of the season! I usually get four or five each fall.




Jasper Park.




Mackenzie, early evening. It almost has the colours and feeling of a Tom Thompson painting, except it is too detailed, and doesn't have enough rocks.




Jasper Park.




Riske Creek, BC.




This photo made up for a couple hours of driving after sunset before I got back to the motel.




Tire chains, for big equipment.




A big Douglas Fir stump, either in Williams Lake or more likely near 100 Mile House.




The world's biggest tree crusher, on display in Mackenzie. There's an interesting story behind this. The short version is that they were going to flood the Mackenzie valley and wanted to crush all the trees first. But they realized that it would have taken about eight thousand years, so they just dammed things up anyway, with trees still standing in the flood zone of Williston Lake. So there are all kinds of trees still standing on the bottom of Williston Lake now, and occasionally some of them come loose and come shooting up to the surface. Not a great place to go canoeing.




South of Nordegg.




Jasper Park.




An old grain thrasher.




Winter is coming.




I think these might be mountain ash berries.




Another rainbow.




Run away!




This scene feels somewhat surreal, maybe like a misty morning in southeast Asia. But no, it's somewhere in British Columbia.




A porcupine. I don't see these very often. He's only about six feet away, but I was trying to hide in the grass so he didn't get scared and turn around.




Mountain sheep.




Testing a mapping app on a smart phone.




Looks like someone didn't make the corner.




Near Alexis Creek.




Mackenzie.




South of Quesnel, about 75km down the Garner Road.




Logging season.




Bear poop, with a size ten for scale.




More piles of freshly cut logs.




More early-morning snow.




John Deere.




A bear, with moose hors d'ouvres.




Parked at a STARS site.




More sunset.




This doesn't look promising. Time to unload the quad.




Log decks.




Looks like I'm going to have to wash the truck soon.




Someone looks suspicious.




Logging signs.




A skidder in 100 Mile House.




Mountain sheep: what a bunch of assholes.




Hurry up, sale in aisle three.




That's a pretty nice iPad mount.




Coming up with a plan for the day.




Jasper Park.




Look at this little guy being all coy. It's a lynx.




Mackenzie.




A bridge.




A feller-buncher.




Standing on a hill, trying to get a better view of the block.




Jasper Park.




The end of another photo gallery.