Oceanwise

We can all learn something from the Vancouver Aquarium’s Oceanwise program.

I was on assignment last week for British Columbia Magazine photographing the sustainable seafood network that flows from Vancouver’s inlets to the street to dinner plate. I learned that it’s not necessary to boycott all seafood in order to save the world’s oceans. On the contrary, certain ocean resources such as spot prawns (pictured below) are encouraged as tasty alternatives to foreign, poorly-managed food items, such as tiger prawns. And why not? When you can be fishing in the morning and eating what you catch by noon in a renowned restaurant in the heart of a major city, you realize it doesn’t get any better.

I can’t wait for the story to come out next winter so readers can become better educated about which seafood items are managed properly, from the high seas to haute cuisine and every step in between. In the meantime, here’s a list of food items that Oceanwise promotes as sustainable, and those that are not recommended:
http://www.oceanwise.ca/seafood

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Posted on 05/28 at 04:39 PM | Comments

Happy Mother’s Day!

Here’s to all the moms out there. Thanks for having us, literally!

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And, a special thanks to my wife Amy who is such a great mother to our boy Casey. It’s not always easy to leave for work but when it’s necessary she steps up and takes on that role and many others with great efficiency! Last weekend we had our first camping trip of the summer and Casey got to roast his first hotdog over the fire!

Posted on 05/14 at 07:28 PM | Comments

Ecuador

I had the pleasure of revisiting Ecuador recently.

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What an incredibly diverse country! With over 1600 species of birds (more than North America and Europe combined) it’s tough to put the binoculars down. Photographing them requires much time and patience, neither of which I had on this recent journey. Instead, it was an opportunity to enjoy the moment a bit more. I was helping to guide an Andes birdwatching trip for Eagle-Eye Tours.

We didn’t go more than 150km from Quito but distances are better measured in elevation gain, since the geography, biology, culture, etc. changes so dramatically depending on the altitude. In the same day you can suffer the thin air of a snow-capped volcano or drink in the lushness of the Amazon foothills- then wash it all away in a hotsprings and start over. I showed up a couple of days early to sample some mountain biking near Volcan Cotopaxi, staying at the lovely Hacienda Porvenir. Then it was off to help with the bird tour.

The trip was all-too-short but a nice prelude to perhaps an extended stay next fall with the whole family! More on that later…

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Posted on 05/14 at 06:44 PM | Comments

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