“Without at least some rain on any given day, or at least a cloud or two on the horizon, I feel overwhelmed by the information of sunlight and yearn for the vital, muffling gift of falling water.”
I grew up in Ontario in Eastern Canada and when I was a kid, my mother used to babysit. I remember overhearing a conversation she was having with one of the mother’s one day. The lady was talking about a trip they had taken to British Columbia (on the Westcoast of Canada). She proceeded to tell of this magical place where the trees were as high as skyscrapers, where the mountains remained snowcapped even in Summer. I could see it in my childhood imagination and vowed to go there one day. Fast forward 30 years and I’m here. This is where I live today.
The Pacific Northwest is a coastal region that includes Oregon, Washington State and British Columbia. The proximity to the Pacific Ocean, the rain and fog create a climate that encourages the growth of giant trees and we’re surrounded by forests of Cedar, Hemlock and Douglas Fir.
Back in 1993 (and much before I moved to BC) I became enamoured with a a movie called Far From Home. Filmed entirely here in British Columbia, it truly captures the essence of what it is to live here. Foggy mornings, Autumn’s ushered in by storms, plaid shirts & denim and a laid back lifestyle. Again, I promised that I would go there some day.
I moved to British Columbia 22 years ago almost to the day and you’d have to pay me a lot of money to leave. Life here is very in tune with the elements and nature. Anyone you talk to will start a conversation about the weather. For some reason, all the rules of the road go out the door as soon as it starts raining and outdoor sports (hiking, snowboarding, surfing and running) are how we keep happy and healthy. The proximity to the ocean (and to Japan) gifts us with some of the best sushi and salmon fishing in the world. This is where I call home and this is some of my PNW Photography.
All Photos by Jennifer Pedraza Richardson
Click on the links in the photo descriptions to read related past blogs about the location.
“THE MOUNTAINS ARE CALLING AND I MUST GO”
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