Riding Bikes: State Bicycle Co. Saturday Deluxe

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This was shot as part of a larger piece looking at ordering bicycles online (Mail Order Bikes) for Momentum Mag. I checked out a State Bicycle Co. Saturday Deluxe city bike this past spring/summer, went through the online ordering process and built the bike up at our office. The article is now out in Momentum Mag’s summer issue (M66) and online for your reading pleasure right here. Here is my posted review of this bike and some pics to whet your appetite to check out State’s cool collection of city and fixed gear bikes.

Vancouver, 2014.

 

A Visit to UBC Farm

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I paid a visit to the UBC Farm on Vancouver’s Westside on a sunny morning for the opening of their summer farmer’s market. The fine farm folk took us on a tour of the grounds, a 24-hectare oasis of experimental farming, cross-faculty collaboration, traditional First Nations farm techniques, a garden for the Maya in Exile, beekeeping and much more. It’s all second growth forest in the area and surrounded by a 15,000-person community of new condos, it’s future was uncertain for some time as the land value is enormous. The farm was only recently given status as an important landscape for education and lessons in sustainability, so the future is bright. It was very interesting to hear how many of the other seemingly non-related faculties are now using the farm to enhance their studies as well. A peaceful, beautiful place to escape the city for a spell.

Vancouver, 2014.

(click the first image below to view large — recommended!)

Senses Working Overtime in the Dolomites

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While I was in Bavaria and the Tyrol area of Europe a few months back, I spent a couple days exploring communities in Dolomite Mountains of Südtirol in northern Italy. A most impressive mountain range, the jagged peaks and stunning wide open meadows and passes took my breath away. I was in awe. Here in Kastelruth, we stayed at Kamaunhof Zimmer, a working hay and cattle farm high up in the mountain plateau. The view from our room was this one, and the scent of freshly cut hay & blooming wildflowers, the feel of the fresh winds off these ancient peaks and the song of mating birds are all senses that stay with me. Really, it is one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen. This is just an intro, I will have a number of posts and plenty of images coming up from this UNESCO world heritage protected area.

Kastelroth, near Seiser Alm, Südtirol, Italy, 2014.

Riding Bikes: Single Bikes Custom Mixte

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I put together a piece for Momentum Mag about ordering custom single speed bicycles online for the current summer edition. We chose five companies to work with and went through the online process, some of which involved customizing the entire bike, before delivery and assembly at our Vancouver office. From there, the bikes went out to our group of testers for a few months of real world action. Sandra Allen, above, took the reins of a Single Bikes custom mixte chosen with a simple blue and white motif. You can check out her review of the bike here.

Stay tuned for posts on the two bikes I personally reviewed from State Bicycle Co & Big Shot Bikes.

Vancouver, 2014.

(As always, click the first image below to view large — recommended!)

Lakeside Yoga

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Waterside yoga practice on the shores of Cheakamus Lake at Singing Creek near Whistler, BC, 2014.

Singing Surreal Sundown

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The purple/pink hue of the sky reflects deep into the woods, revealing the surreal colours of the rainforest at dusk in Singing Creek, Cheakamus Lake, BC, 2014.

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80

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The incredible dynamic of Seun Kuti, performing live with Nigerian Afrobeat originators Egypt 80, at the 2014 Vancouver Folk Music Festival.

It was a very busy weekend of music and photography, stay tuned…..many more images to come!

Jericho Beach, Vancouver, 2014.

Lake House, Schliersee

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An idyllic private lake house on the shores of Schliersee, in the Miesbach district of Bavaria, Germany, 2014.

Vancouver Craft Beer Bicycle Tour

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I recently took part in the inaugural Bikes x Beer x Brunch cycle tour put on by Cycle City Tours here in Vancouver, BC. Representing Momentum Mag, my colleague Phoebe and I took one for the team and abandoned our office chairs for three hours on Friday a couple weeks back. Hard work, I know. We rolled over to Spokes Bicycle Rental in the West End to meet our tour guides and the rest of our group. From there it was a pleasant ride around the seawall and along Vancouver’s bicycle network, visiting three breweries along the way: Postmark Brewing, Bomber Brewing and Main Street Brewing Co. Phoebe did a great write-up on the day for Momentum’s website, I encourage you to have a read. Here are some of the photos I snapped along the way…I’m actually getting thirsty again just writing this post. Luckily we now have more than a dozen craft breweries to visit within an easy bike from my East Van home, a quick jaunt after work or whenever the thirst calls.

Vancouver, 2014.

Captured

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My friend Nadin and I both have a passion for photography and wild places. So when we traveled together through the Alps, we ended up capturing images of us capturing images at many stops along the way! Here’s Nadin on the approach to Castle Neuschwanstein, from this blog post right here.

Bavaria, Germany, 2014.