Post by Low Light Mike on Dec 19, 2014 18:23:20 GMT -8
It's not too early to start thinking of your best of 2014.
This thread will be the place to post what you think is your best or favourite photo (or a few) of 2014, your most memorable ferry trip, your #1 travel moment, your most meaningful life-moment, your most memorable forum-happening, etc etc.
What impacted you in 2014, ferry wise and life wise?
For those who are sure that something better won't happen between now and December 31st, go ahead and post now. Or wait until early January. It doesn't matter; this thread will stay open until the forum website crashes permanently.
My best life moment this year was my second sea training period with the Canadian Coast Guard. I had the opportunity to work on the CCGS John P. Tully out of Patricia Bay, BC. I learned a lot, and experienced some learning opportunities and environments that I might not have ever seen otherwise.
2015 will be a very interesting year for me, both professionally and personally, so I expect it will be full of surprises and weird and interesting experiences. I honestly welcome 2015 with open arms, because it will be a year that will probably define the rest of my life.
Post by Low Light Mike on Dec 20, 2014 18:55:03 GMT -8
For my favourite and best photo of 2014, I don't think I will be doing anything in the next 10 days to top this one. - from July 1, 2014 at dusk. - fresh off the Queen of Burnaby at Little River, I pause to snap a few shots.
In terms of my 2014 video work, I've got favourites in a few categories:
Best thing I did, any theme, for overall quality - evening to morning timelapse
Best ferry thing I did, in terms of a new or unique video experience for our forum (never seen here before....) - how about a ferry route from Comox to Saltery Bay, with a stop at Texada Island?
Best ferry thing that I did, re overall quality Great lighting and interesting sky makes this one my best
More thoughts on the 2014 year that was, to come in the days ahead.
Two very clear favorites for me, for rather different reasons.
The first, from last winter. After a three hour dinner with attractive company but terrible food- don't ever eat at Tulio's in Courtenay- I took the last sailing of the evening, 10:40, back to Hornby. We were in the midst of a cold snap at the time. Not surprisingly, I had the car deck to myself as I stood outside and contemplated how invigorating it was to feel that after extricating oneself from a long decaying relationship, there was still the potential for something new. No fairy tale ending, unfortunately, but no matter. The deep cold and vivid starry sky that night on the Kahloke was part of a journey that amounted to more than just a crossing back to my cabin.
The other occasion was a summer afternoon sojourn on the Bowen Queen over to Long Harbour and back. What a pleasure; sunny and warm but not hot, calm seas, and one of my favorite ferries, crossing the strait. The funky old berth one at Tsawwassen, and the familiar thrum of the Bowen's engines as she pulled away. Spending the crossing going up and down the decks, and bow to stern. So many places and vantage points on a relatively small vessel, and of course, the memory of how cool I thought the Bowen Queen was when she was brand new and I was nine years old. A sunburn at the end, despite the cap, and a renewed appreciation for the fact that ferries are pretty much the only way we have to get out on the water whenever we want, and appreciate a four hour mini-cruise for a reasonable fee.
I also enjoyed the Tenaka's stay in Lambert Channel this fall. The many route 30 crossings I took... well, thank goodness for newspapers. Some things do get old, I'm afraid.
My favourite moments of 2014 were going on a trip to Europe again - this time without kids! I've been to Rome and Paris three times and love then=m dearly for different reasons, but we went to Prague and Cinque Terre for the first time.