Continuing on from my Teacup Island post, I think I’ll take a closer photographic look at Alwin Holland Park.
Alwin Holland Park is located on the Peace River in northeastern British Columbia, upstream from Hudson’s Hope. It was named after one the region’s early settlers, and there is also an elementary school in Fort St. John named after him.
Over the centuries, before man built any dams on the mighty Peace, the river carved a canyon of sorts out of the landscape, leaving behind some interesting rock formations. I’ve found that Alwin Holland Park is probably the best spot to get up close and personal with these formations.
Of course, with the river no longer flowing right here, vegetation has taken over – I think that this particular growth has occurred since the construction of the Peace Canyon Dam in the 1980s, in what was likely a small side channel of the river.
Close up, one can see a variety of moss, lichens and even ferns sprouting amongst the rocky striations. In some places, the resulting cliffs make great spots for climbing as my kids discovered – I didn’t climb. I stayed safe at the bottom, repeatedly warning them to be careful!
You can see how the water washed away the earth and rocks, leaving these interesting little nooks and crannies, now full of fallen leaves, the odd wasp nest and spiders!
Alwin Holland Park is so peaceful, it seems so much more than an hour’s drive from Fort St. John. It’s a great spot for camping, fishing and clearly, photography.
Finally back at the blog – my foray into the marketplace was fun, if a trifle chilly. It was after-all, somewhere in the neighbourhood of -25C outside on the day of the market. And my table was right next to a set of garage doors. Still, it was interesting and I definitely plan to do it again, when the family’s schedule permits. I only sold 3 prints in the 6 hours I was there, but I did learn a few things.
One thing, I should bring a table cloth next time to make my display look a little tidier. Secondly, print more smaller pictures – especially of this one below. Thirdly, I learned something about the subject of one of my prints. I thought it was just a neat little rocky island in the middle of the Peace River, up by Alwin Holland Park and the Peace Canyon Dam.
This is Teacup Island. I had no idea when we visited Alwin Holland Park that this little island had a name. It certainly doesn’t look like it has a name. But a number of people who visited my table at The Hub Market were drawn to this print, and they knew exactly where this island is. Apparently, when the water in the river is really low, it looks like a tea cup.
Unfortunately, in a few years, it’s likely that no one will ever again be able to see this island as a tea cup. Because of the new hydro-electric dam the provincial government is building on the Peace River. The reservoir behind this new dam, will be huge and although it won’t extend this far upstream, I imagine the level of the river will rise here, upstream from Hudson’s Hope.
I hope that in the next year or so, people from the BC Peace Region will take the opportunity to stop at Alwin Holland Park on Highway 29, and experience this beauty for themselves. But if not, I can set you up with a copy of this print, in colour or B&W, in a variety of sizes.
I know, it’s been a long, long time since I’ve posted – I’d like to say I’ve been busy taking pictures, and although I have, it’s just life in general that’s prevented me from posting.
However, today, I have news. This weekend, I will have a table at The Hub Market in Fort St. John, BC on Saturday, Nov 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a selection of prints for sale. Printed on fine art paper (Moab, if anyone is interested) and mounted in mats I got from matshop.ca. I’ve spent the last three weeks sorting and editing my pictures – you know how it goes, you take 10 or so pictures to get “the one” that is perfect. So there was a lot to sort through.
I took this picture this summer – the number of bees hanging out in my garden was incredible, and they didn’t even care that I was there, in their faces with my macro lens. They just kept on doing their thing. This is one of the prints I will have at The Hub on Saturday.
It’s kind of exciting to be going to a market for the first time. But also a bit scary. What if no-one buys anything? Although, my oldest daughter says she hopes I don’t sell her favourite prints, because apparently she wants to keep them. I could print one up for her, if she’s really that keen. I might even let her have it for free. But only if she makes a new pot of coffee first.
Today I’d like to share some of the ones I took on Canada Day – every year, Fort St. John holds a Canada Day parade, and this year, as in the past several years, this has included a display of classic cars. From a lovingly restored, immaculate Model-T Ford, to a Chevy Bel-Air, a Corvette and even a Delorean, our classic car show had it all. Including gloriously hot, sunny weather to show the vehicles off in.
Twenty years ago, the RCMP Musical Ride was in Fort St. John, a month after I returned to Canada. Last week, they came back, and I got to share the experience with our children. It was a long wait for the show to start, but they thought it was awesome. And not just because they all like horses. Their favourite manouevers were the Maze, the Wagonwheel and the Charge. Which is funny, because those are my favourites too.