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Victoria Butterfly Gardens & Butchart Gardens

I credit these photos as being a turning point for my photography. Granted, at the butterfly gardens the targets were pretty easy, being so used to people. But they were unlike anything I had ever captured before and I couldn’t be more proud.

The butterfly gardens are one of my favourite places to visit. Despite the name, they are not limited to just butterflies! The gardens are also home to some red foot tortoises, a green iguana, poison dart frogs, and some beautiful birds. I managed to snap a photo of one of these birds, Little E. He is extremely friendly, and will come to right up to you, and even try to sit on you using whatever means necessary.

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Green Winged-Macaw at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Green Winged-Macaw at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Conure at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Conure at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

"Little E", Eclectus Parrot at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

“Little E”, Eclectus Parrot at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Red-Breasted Parakeet at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Red-Breasted Parakeet at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Golden Helicon Butterfly at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Golden Helicon Butterfly at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Golden Helicon Butterfly at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Golden Helicon Butterfly at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Green-Winged Macaw at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Green-Winged Macaw at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Zebra Finch at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Zebra Finch at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Red Factor Canary at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Red Factor Canary at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

European Wall Lizard at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

European Wall Lizard at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Butterfly at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Butterfly at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Conure at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Conure at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Conure at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Conure at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Red-Breasted Parakeet at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Red-Breasted Parakeet at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

"Little E", Eclectus Parrot at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

“Little E”, Eclectus Parrot at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

AButterfly at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

AButterfly at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

White Tree Nymph Butterfly at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

White Tree Nymph Butterfly at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Brown Clipper Butterfly at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Brown Clipper Butterfly at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Brown Clipper Butterfly at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Brown Clipper Butterfly at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Caribbean Flamingo at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Caribbean Flamingo at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Turtles at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Turtles at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Butterfly at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Butterfly at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

African Grey Parrot at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

African Grey Parrot at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

African Grey Parrot at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

African Grey Parrot at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Orange-Winged Parrot at The Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Orange-Winged Parrot at The Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Caribbean Flamingo at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Caribbean Flamingo at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Caribbean Flamingo at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Caribbean Flamingo at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Butterfly

Butterfly

Flamingos

Flamingos

Little E

Little E

Butterfly

Butterfly

Butterfly

Butterfly

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Tofino

Welcome to Tofino – the picture-perfect Pacific Northwest wonderland! Mossy forests and rocky coasts are the perfect places to explore.

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Cathedral Grove Highway, January 4, 2022

Cathedral Grove Highway, January 4, 2022

Cathedral Grove, January 4 2022

Cathedral Grove, January 4 2022

Chesterman Beach at Night, January 4, 2022

Chesterman Beach at Night, January 4, 2022

Chesterman Beach at Night, January 4, 2022

Chesterman Beach at Night, January 4, 2022

Tonquin Trail, Tofino, January 6, 2022

Tonquin Trail, Tofino, January 6, 2022

Pacific Loon, January 6, 2021

Pacific Loon, January 6, 2021

Chesterman Beach, Tofino, January 6, 2022

Chesterman Beach, Tofino, January 6, 2022

Chesterman Beach, Tofino, January 6, 2022

Chesterman Beach, Tofino, January 6, 2022

Black Oystercatcher

Black Oystercatcher

Black Oystercatcher

Black Oystercatcher

Tofino

Tofino

Facing the Winds of Tofino

Facing the Winds of Tofino

Tofino

Tofino

Tofino

Tofino

Common Merganser

Common Merganser

Common Merganser

Common Merganser

Ucluelet Splash

Ucluelet Splash

Ucluelet Waves,

Ucluelet Waves

Tofino, January 7, 2022

Tofino, January 7, 2022

“Pandemic Tourism”: How Canada’s Tourism Industry Has Evolved to Survive COVID-19

“Pandemic Tourism”: How Canada’s Tourism Industry Has Evolved to Survive COVID-19

Pandemic Tourism” is a piece for Millennial Things Network co-authored with Neelia Fuad and Michael Shlega that examined how the tourism industry (particularly in Canada) has evolved to cope with, and possibly move on from the nightmare we call Covid-19.

For this piece, I explored where the tourism industry goes in a post-pandemic world, including new strategies that may evolve based on a country’s tourism industry pre-covid, as well as alternatives for those who won’t be ready to jump on a plane anytime soon.

In some ways, this piece was frustrating — with the amount of pandemic news constantly surrounding everything people do, it was frustrating having to write about it. It meant there was no escape from the constant barrage of covid updates. In other ways, it was reassuring to know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and even though things might look a little bit different in that light, we’ll still get there.

https://millennialthingsnetwork.com/2020/10/10/pandemic-tourism-how-canadas-tourism-industry-has-evolved-to-survive-covid-19/

Maasai Mara

At the end of August, I was fortunate enough to be welcomed on a trip to the Masaai Mara in Kenya through Langara International Service Trips (LIST). This trip was special for a variety of reasons. We were the first students from Langara to make the trip, as well as the first college or university from Canada to go on a Me to We service trip. On a more personal note, Kenya has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember, and I had been looking for ways to give back after completing my diploma at Langara.

This trip changed the way I want to travel. While I still think I’ll go on fun trips with friends who want to live the tourist life, I can’t see myself enjoying them as much as I did when I was immersing myself in a new culture and learning about the lives of people there.

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Superb Starling, August 2019

Zebras in the Mara, August 2019

Tree in the Mara, August 2019

Elephant Male, August 2019

Lioness with a Kill, August 2019

Hyrax, August 2019

Young Giraffe, August 2019

Giraffes, August 2019

Young Male Lion, August 2019

Thomson’s Gazelle, August 2019

Cape Buffalo, August 2019

Thomson’s Gazelle, August 2019

Thoughtful Lioness

Birds of Bloedel

Ask me to hold a bird and I’ll probably say no — having owned and worked with them in the past, I’ve had a few bites that make me more than a little nervous to do that again. But ask me to take some photos of them and I am there! And what better place to practice bird photography than at the Bloedel Conservatory?

Bloedel Conservatory is the perfect tropical getaway right within the city limits. The minute you enter, you’re transported to a lush, tropical rainforest environment like no other in Vancouver. I think I could probably spend all day in this paradise.

The birds are by no means shy, and I had no problem grabbing multiple photos of even the smallest, flightiest finches they had. There was one elusive bird and unfortunately, I did not catch the name of the species. Whatever it was, it scuttled around the grounds, always managing to evade my camera at every chance. Thinking back, I wonder if the birds knew what they were doing, and were making a game of it at my expense.

Check out Bloedel’s Instagram, and be sure to give their post featuring my photo some love!

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Gidget, Citron-Crested Cockatoo

Gidget, Citron-Crested Cockatoo

Zebra Finch

Zebra Finch

Rudy, African Grey Parrot

Rudy, African Grey Parrot

Finch

Finch

Kramer, a Moluccan Cockatoo, at the Bloedel Conservatory, March 2019

Kramer, a Moluccan Cockatoo

Princess Parrot at Bloedel Conservator, March 2019

Princess Parrot

Under the Dome, Bloedel Conservatory, March 30, 2019

Under the Dome, Bloedel Conservatory

Gidget, a Citron-Crested Cockatoo at Bloedel Conservatory, March 2019

Gidget, a Citron-Crested Cockatoo at Bloedel Conservatory

Woodland Park Zoo

I know a lot of people are against zoos. I also know that a lot of photographers are against photographing animals in zoos.

I’m not particularly opposed to either.

That doesn’t mean that I support all zoos. There are some plain awful ones out there. But zoos that do more work for conservation and restoration than charities are out there. Zoos that fiercely love their animals. Zoos that know that the animals they keep are ambassadors for their species and that if people can’t see how wonderful these animals are, they might not be as inclined to protect them.

I’m not opposed to photographing them because it also allows me to share these animals with people, and I get a chance to take photos of animals I may never get to photograph in the wild, whether that’s because I won’t be able to visit their homelands or they won’t be around when I do is still to be determined.

The Woodland Park Zoo meets all my criteria for a good zoo. Nothing I saw there suggested mistreatment of the animals in any way. The habitats were beautiful and large. And the animals seemed so happy — particularly the otters, who were having a grand time chasing each other in a circle around the habitat.

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Taveta Golden-Weaver, Woodland Park Zoo, July 16, 2017

Taveta Golden-Weaver, Woodland Park Zoo, July 16, 2017

Jaguar, Woodland Park Zoo, July 16, 2017

Jaguar, Woodland Park Zoo, July 16, 2017

Jaguar, Woodland Park Zoo, July 16, 2017

Jaguar, Woodland Park Zoo, July 16, 2017

Chilean Flamingo, Woodland Park Zoo, July 16, 2021

Chilean Flamingo, Woodland Park Zoo, July 16, 2021

Leucistic Cockatiel at the Woodland Park Zoo, July 16, 2017

Leucistic Cockatiel at the Woodland Park Zoo, July 16, 2017

Lola the Aplomado Falcon at the Woodland Park Zoo, July 16, 2017

Lola the Aplomado Falcon at the Woodland Park Zoo, July 16, 2017

Kea at the Woodland Park Zoo, July 16, 2017

Kea at the Woodland Park Zoo, July 16, 2017

Male African Lion at the Woodland Park Zoo, July 16, 2017

Male African Lion at the Woodland Park Zoo, July 16, 2017

Asian Small-Clawed Otter, Woodland Park Zoo, July 16, 2017

Asian Small-Clawed Otter, Woodland Park Zoo, July 16, 2017

Asian Small-Clawed Otter, Woodland Park Zoo, July 16, 2017

Asian Small-Clawed Otter, Woodland Park Zoo, July 16, 2017

Asian Small-Clawed Otter, Woodland Park Zoo, July 16, 2017

Asian Small-Clawed Otter, Woodland Park Zoo, July 16, 2017

Asian Small-Clawed Otter, Woodland Park Zoo, July 16, 2017

Asian Small-Clawed Otter, Woodland Park Zoo, July 16, 2017