Tag: Night Photogrpahy

False Creek Water Front

Lower Mainland – It’s Been a Longtime

It’s been close to a year since we have been able to leave Merritt and head down to the Lower Mainland. An area that for the most part feels so much like home. Michelle and I often say how the Pandemic has not really had a negative impact on us or on our lives. Our work has continued to thrive, there have been no reductions in the amount of work that is for sure. Other than wearing a mask when we go into a store there has really been no negative impact.


Science World Lower Mainland

Or so we thought

We were not down on the lower mainland for more than a couple of hours and we have discovered we had been under a lot of stress. Michelle wanted to head down to Joyce Street where she could go to the small Filipino area and get some home-cooked food. We sat in the car, dazed, actually seeing something other than tall burn grass, the smell of Hog and shaving all so prevalent in Merritt.

The other thing that stood out was the number of Telus cars that were there I would have to say every 10th car was a tesla and there were fewer Pick-Up trucks in town, and since everything was closer and tighter, it was far more difficult in my truck.

Science World Lower Mainland

Sunset Photography

There is certainly one part of the Lower Mainland that simply takes my breath away and that is the beautiful photographic opportunities there are for sunset pictures. Michelle and I seem to gravity at to Science World for those special sunset pictures. The picture to the left here was shot back in 2018, we were living in a Van and we traveled down to Science World and waited for the best time to shoot some images. This is one of my favorites.

It’s almost two years since I have picked up my camera to shoot sunset pictures. I have been so caught up with work, long hours stressful days, nights, and weekends…I’ve forgotten how much I love taking pictures. This weekend, had me shooting with my Canon 7D Mkii, but the nicest picture I took was on my iPhone if you can believe it.

It does not matter what the weather, or the time of day, week, month or year, my true love is for the lower mainland, the ocean and sunset images. If you have a passion, don’t let your work interfere with you enjoying some me time! Get out there and enjoy life!

Clearwater Hotel

Honey We’re Moving to Merritt

Moving to Merritt
Moving to Merritt – Clearwater Hotel

So far 2018 has kicked off to an exciting start.  Michelle and I had deiced we needed a break from the Van life.  We had one problem arise right after another.  The primary issues were the lack of heat and condensation the past couple of months.  The next thing that popped up was the possibility of moving to Merritt, and with that came the need for an apartment.  My employer asked if we could relocate to Merritt, so not one to turn down an adventure off we went.

Moving to Merritt

There it was the middle of January and the opportunity to take a promotion but it was in Merritt, I mean really what can you say other than “Hell Yes”  The funny part neither one of us have been in Merritt, and here we are deciding to move there.   Michelle liked the idea of living in a small town and well if you know me, I really don’t care where I live….so off we went.  Starbucks is fantastic since it is pretty easy to transfer, though Sue, Michelle’s manager from Seven Oaks Starbucks, worked so hard to screw her around it was disappointing.  Having had the displeasure of watching Sue in action, how she would demean her employees, and she especially disliked Filipino’s so we could not get out of there fast enough.

Moving to Merritt
Moving to Merritt – Clearwater Area

Since moving to Merritt, Michelle has had many opportunities, she is at the Starbucks here with an amazing manager and staff, and she has another job working at a local hotel as Front Desk staff, she is fantastic with this sort of work.  Michelle has this amazing bubble personality that screams happiness and she is always very welcoming.  For me, I have slid into the new position, having had the opportunity to develop new skills, and I am able to utilize my organizational skills honed while in the military.

Transitioning to Life in Merritt

Life in Merritt is certainly much slower pace than in Abbotsford or the Lower Mainland.  That is good in some ways.  When you think of traffic, here in Merritt that means 4 or maybe 5 cars, not the standard 3 or 4 mile stretch of cars that you see on Hwy 1, when you are heading into Vancouver.  Choices are few after 4:00 pm for stores that are open.  Kekuli Café is closed by 5 pm, there are not many stores open, though Walmart and Extra Foods seem to be your only choices for many things.

Kamloops about 45 minutes up the road offers the big box stores like Costco, London Drug, Home Depot etc are not far away, though in the winter there seem to be constant snow storms and highway closures.  Moving to Merritt has certainly been an adventure, we are looking forward to some free time to get out and explore so we can shoot pictures to post.  If you get a chance, be sure to come visit Merritt, I don’t think you will be disappointed.