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Grouse Mountain

2 Comments | posted 5/10/10

After four weeks of planning, V and I finally caught the weather and aligned days off to go and do the Grouse Grind and see Grouse Mountain before summer gasped its last breath.

It was a gorgeous day, and I managed to get a few nice photographs. Apparently I was too shaken up to hold my camera steady during most of the Grind itself, but the photos from the top are worth a look. I’ve tried a few more HDR shots, but the technique’s still a work in progress. Getting the exposure balance right on busy photos is something I’ve yet to figure out.

Squirrel in North Shore rainforest on Grouse Mountain in Vancouver

I barely caught this little guy on film – he was quick

Fungus in North Shore rainforest on Grouse Mountain in Vancouver

Fungus growing on a fallen tree

Fungus in North Shore rainforest on Grouse Mountain in Vancouver

They were either collecting moisture or secreting something – couldn’t tell what

Fungus in North Shore rainforest on Grouse Mountain in Vancouver

The drops look like they’re hanging in mid-air, it’s a little mesmerising

HDR photo of North Shore rainforest on Grouse Mountain in Vancouver

Second attempt at an HDR photo – I really need to invest in a cheap tripod

View from the Grouse Grind on Grouse Mountain in Vancouver

A view through the trees about 2/3rds of the way up the Grind

View from the Grouse Grind on Grouse Mountain in Vancouver

Closer view of.. the view

Grouse Mountain tram lift tower

First view of the lift towers at the top of the Grind

View from the top of Grouse Mountain

HDR #3: the view from the top of Grouse – totally worth it

Radio tower on top of Grouse Mountain

Some kind of radio tower at the top of Grouse

Grouse Mountain tram lift tower against the evening sun

A nice silhouette of the lift tower – incredible engineering

View of Downtown from the top of Grouse

A nice view of Downtown from the top of Grouse – skyscrapers contrasted with pines

View of Downtown from the top of Grouse

Hey, I can see my house from up here!

Helicopter and tram at Grouse Mountain

A sightseeing heli swung in as the tram set off – pretty happy with this shot

Sightseeing helicopter at Grouse Mountain

The chopper hung around for a while

Sightseeing helicopter at Grouse Mountain

There was a cameraman in the doorway

Sightseeing helicopter at Grouse Mountain

We couldn’t figure out exactly what it was doing

Wedding ceremony at Grouse mountain

The wedding ceremony wasn’t too pleased with its appearance though

Wedding ceremony at Grouse mountain

HDR #4

Grizzly Bear habitat at Grouse Mountain

We went and saw the Grizzly Bear habitat

Unfortunately I only got one decent shot of the bears, the rest were fairly blurry. They’re awe-inspiring animals though; not fully grown and already 400kg+.

Snowy mountains from the top of Grouse

There’s snow in them thar hills

HDR photo of the Grouse wind tower

HDR #5 – the Grouse wind tower is just visible over the peak

Wood sculpture at Grouse Mountain

There were some interesting wood sculptures at the top of Grouse

Wood sculpture at Grouse Mountain

Lumberjacks, owls, eagles and more

Evening light at Grouse Mountain

The golden evening light was beautiful, but a winter chill is beginning to set into the air

View through the trees at Grouse Mountain

Nice shot of another bloody mountain

Tree from below at Grouse Mountain

Another bloody tree – looks nice though

HDR photo of Grouse Mountain tram lift tower

HDR #6 – Grouse Mountain tram lift tower

Tram at Grouse Mountain

The Grouse tram

Evening view of Vancouver from the top of Grouse Mountain

Just before we left – the light was gorgeous

Lift sheaves at Grouse

Lift sheaves in the evening light

HDR photo of sunset at Grouse Mountain

HDR #7

Girl in front of the sunset with lens flare

And no sepia-tinged photo set would be complete without a beautiful girl and a lensflare

2 responses to “Grouse Mountain”

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    nice pics!

    i can’t believe it’s called grouse mountain :))

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    According to the Grouse Mountain website, it was named in honour of a Blue Grouse hunted by hikers during the first recorded ascent. :)

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