British Columbia Loons by Boat with Greg Downing

Create adorable portraits of common loons interacting with their chicks at our unique bird photography workshop on the lake in British Columbia, Canada.

In an intimate, small group setting with only 8 participants, you will learn the techniques Greg and Alan use to capture captivating images of these birds as they go about courtship, feeding, nesting, and brooding their chicks. Equipped with boats specially set up for bird photography, you’ll have the opportunity to photograph loons and their chicks at close range along with many other bird species that nest in the area.

Vancouver Island Coast with Dave Hutchison & Shane McDermott

This Image Quest Photo Tour goes up the southwest coast of beautiful Vancouver Island between Victoria and Port Renfrew. This 6 day adventure starts with the first and last night at the Days Inn Victoria on the Harbour. The time in Victoria will be spent photographing and exploring areas like Fisherman’s Wharf, Beacon Hill Park, Hatley Park at Royal Roads University (Japanese Garden), and Butchart Gardens all located in the Victoria area.

The middle 4 days (3 nights) we will be based at Handsome Dan’s Cottages in Port Renfrew. This amazing area is packed with photographic opportunities. Highlights will include a jet boat trip on the San Juan River (for bears, eagles, osprey, wolves, etc.), Mystic Beach, Sombrio Beach & Waterfall, Botanical Beach, Fairy Lake, Lizard Lake, and Avatar Grove. Techniques will range from panoramas, lens filter use, long exposures, starlight and wildlife.

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by Paul Colangelo

Unnamed tributary of Chismore Creek, British Columbia, 2010


The Sacred Headwaters in northern British Columbia is the shared birthplace of three great salmon rivers—the Stikine, Skeena and Nass. It is also the traditional territory of the Tahltan First Nation, and it supports a vast ecosystem known for large numbers of moose, caribou, sheep, goats, wolves and bears.

In 2004, Shell obtained tenure of nearly a million acres in the heart of the Sacred Headwaters for a coal bed methane development that would entail thousands of wells connected by roads and pipelines, fracturing wildlife habitat. The water-intensive fracking process that would be used to remove the methane risked altering water levels and contaminating the rivers. Continue reading