I got up very early on Saturday and drove the 90 minutes up to Golden Ears Provincial Park - my first time there. I was at the Gold Creek parking lot by 8:30 am, and set out on the Lower Falls trail. This being my first time in the park, I wanted to explore the lower trails and day use areas for future expeditions, as well as to try out some new photographic toys.
This picture was taken to justify having lugged the macro lens (photo toy #1) all day long:
Beach on Gold Creek:
The Blanshard group from the trail:
Close-up on Blanshard Needle:
The upper part of Gold Creek falls:
The pool just above the falls:
I just got a new 10.5mm fisheye lens (photo toy #2), and boy was I going to try it out!
Photo toy #3 is a new set of graduated neutral density filters - the falls provided the perfect setting to try them out:
The forest by the Gold Creek parking lot:
Out comes that fisheye again:
Property of circular fisheyes: all straight lines going through the center of the image do not get distorted.
After eating my lunch at the Alouette Lake day-use area, I decided to explore the ill-named Viewpoint Trail - a short jaunt up a hillside that branches left from the West Canyon Trail. A creek crossing along the way:
It is less than two kilometres to the so-called "viewpoint":
(at least the de-fishing plugin works really well).
If you keep going for an extra 300 metres or so, the trail comes to an end on a steep hillside, where you are... rewarded, I guess... with this view of Viking Creek. At least it provided another (boring) opportunity to try out the grad NDs: