Lynn Canyon Park, Vancouver, BC

Visiting Lynn Canyon Park in British Columbia during the summer months can be a bit daunting; crowds flock to the swaying suspension bridge, tumbling waterfalls, easy walking trails and accessible swimming holes. In the July heat though, the shady riverbank and lush forest is a lovely, easy escape from the bustling nearby city of Vancouver.

The 617 acres of forest habitat contains second-growth forest with trees up to 100 years old. The suspension bridge crosses a deep gorge at a height of 50 meters and was built in 1912. Across the bridge, quiet paths meander through beautiful woods, with many side-trails leading down to the river.

One of the most interesting details encountered on this foray were the smooth, textural tree roots as they emerge from the edges of the walking trails. Viewed in detail, they provide notable contrast to the green leafy canopy above and clear flowing waters nearby. In the image below, you may notice a tiny bit of trash; I have debated whether or not to remove this human element with photoshop, as it distracts from the natural pattern and monochromatic composition of the photograph. For now I have left the scrap of blue as a reminder that this is indeed a park, rather than a wilderness, where the mark of many visitors continues to shape the environment, even subtly.

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Allison Kendall

Freelance fine art, travel and documentary photographer with 25+ years experience in film and digital photography. I am inspired by light every day and strive to create evocative, timeless images that convey the fleeting magic of the moment, capturing a powerful mood and message for clients and in my personal work.

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