No I am not talking about the insanity of Vancouver’s real estate… the entire city was enveloped by fog for the past 3 days
I’ve been real lazy lately with photography/maintaining this website but I’ve literally waited an entire year for the fog to roll in (for a specific Vancouver skyline photograph). I packed my camera gear, threw them in the trunk, and embarked on a journey to North Vancouver during rush hour for sunset photos in the fog.
Some readers may question my judgement of 1) willingly driving across bridges in Vancouver rush hour, and 2) you can’t see the sunset during foggy conditions. I will reassure these readers that I am not a complete idiot because I can fully defend my photography rationale, but at the same time I am also a dimwit for driving during rush hour in Vancouver. My grand photography idea was to drive up Cypress Mountain to the Cypress Bowl Lookout (in my opinion one of the best viewpoint of downtown Vancouver) where I would be above the fog… and hopefully the top of buildings/Lion’s Gate Bridge would protrude through the fog… basking in the golden sunset light.
“life is hard and full of disappointment” – Famous author John Green… would be an accurate assessment of my photography journey (P.S. I didn’t read any of John Green’s romantic novels but he is a hilarious personality on YouTube). It was 3:30 PM when I left the house and what would normally be a 40-45 minute drive took an hour and twenty minutes (which really wasn’t too bad) and I missed the sunset by mere minutes… which didn’t matter because even though I was above the fog it was so thick that the entire downtown was engulfed and everything was just… white (like a really bad pneumonia on chest X-ray).
I waited for another 15 minutes at the lookout and once darkness started to set in Vancouver surprised me yet again. Even though it was completely covered with fog Vancouver’s lights diffused through the thick fog with patches and streaks of colorful illumination… like watercolor across a blank white canvas. It was like a static aurora borealis that sat beneath me! As a bonus my cheap new-ish zoom lens was able to capture some tall buildings (maybe in Burnaby?) peaking through the fog in the distance! I imagined a specific photograph in my mind and I left with a completely different capture… I guess that’s just life in general. One day I will get that elusive photograph the way I envisioned perfectly… I hope.
P.S. #1 It took me 2 hours to get back home which was stupid, I showed up to my rec league playoff match at half time!
P.S. #2 I love North Vancouver as many of my photographs/hikes are from there (Lighthouse Park, St. Mark’s Summit, Stawamus Chief, etc)… I even pondered about moving to North Vancouver but that idea was quickly squashed due to these traffic nightmares!
P.S. #3 We won our playoff match and we advanced to the finals! (I did my usual contribution to the team’s success… which was minimal lol)