Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Logger Sports - III

More event photos at Logger Sports held at Willingdon Beach this past weekend. The young
lady in the photo above was entered in the Novice Tree Climb.

 Bucking off the end of the pole in the Obstacle Pole Buck.

Age apparently is no barrier to entry. This old-timer was preparing his saw for the Hot Hot Saw Championship.

With that very big, very expensive Hot Saw our old-timer took 3 slabs off this 18 inch log in about 5 seconds.
Yes, mere seconds. Like a very hot knife through warm butter.

Preparing his small saw for the 100cc PNE Cut Championship. Still more saw than I want to handle

.A lady competitor in the 100cc PNE Cut Championship taking off her 3rd slab.
1st cut is down, 2nd is up and 3rd is down again, all 3 slabs together can be no wider than 4"

The Underhand Block Chop event.

 Buckling up for the Championship Tree Climb.

Half of another team in the Springboard Championship.

An event like this requires countless volunteer hours by many, many people, right down to the fellows
who were hauling away the chips and sawdust - kudos to them all.

Event organizer Bob Marquis.

And finally, the crowds were terrific for this great week-end event. There's not much point without an audience.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Logger Sports - II

Logger Sports main events started Friday afternoon and continued Saturday and Sunday. An
event like this is a photographer's dream. Lots of action, lots of variety and the chance to
test your skill with the camera.
Above is one man of the 2-man team  in the Springboard Championship. He's cutting a slot to
take the springboard in front of him.

On the springboard, ready to cut a notch.

With his partner on the second springboard, using the double buck saw to finish decapitating the log.

The Husky Challenge

Ladies Single Buck

Powell River's own Julian Welp at the 80 foot mark in the Tree Climb.

Canadian Championship Standing Block Chop
More to come tomorrow.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Logger Sports - I

It's Logger Sports week-end and the event started Thursday with the professional chainsaw carvers vying for the prize
on the upper Willingdon lot. Lots of sawdust and even more noise as 8 or 9 carvers had at it.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Water Lilies

Water Lilies on Cranberry Lake. Pretty when you catch them early in their season, before they get buggy and dirty.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Amateur Built

I take a fair number of airplane photos, and for me to snap a craft that was home-built from a kit, while 
not rare, is definitely not common, but to snap 2 in one day is a treat. The one above is an Avid Catalina,
and a quick search through Transport Canada's aircraft register suggests she might be the only one in Canada.
And yes, she's an amphibian.

This little helicopter is also amateur built from a kit - she's a Rotorway 162F. I suspect she was here to get
some work done at Oceanview Helicopter's maintenance shop. I caught both these machines on Saturday,
and Sunday I saw this little helicopter, sans rotor, on a trailer heading south.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Another Man At Work

Many years ago - almost 50, sad to say - I took a basic course in surveying, but these days with all that
electronic equipment it's a whole different ball game.

And speaking of ball games - how's that for a segue -  nice to see the BC Lions hat. I actually prefer baseball,
but the Blue Jays this year are, how shall we put it ...disappointing.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Grass Is Always Greener ...

...on the other side of that fence!

He's good looking young buck. This time of year those antlers, covered in velvet, are still
growing, they won't harden till later in the season.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


I could almost feel my muscles ripping while I watched this! At Willingdon Beach Saturday, while the
BC Bikers were on the course my camera went looking for alternate subjects.

Monday, July 10, 2017

BC Bike Race - Part 2

Stage 2 of the BC Bike Race covers 51.8 kilometres, most of it single-track trail. 625 cyclists with 33 countries
represented. The photo above shows part of the long line-up waiting for the start.

Part of the second wave just out of the gate.

And the 3rd wave, leaving 3 minutes later.

Just over 2 hours and 13 minutes after the start the first riders passed the finish. #6, Tom Johnson
of the USA, came in 6th.

High-fives after the finish. #14, Severin Nowak of Switzerland, was 7th.

Entrants race in classes, determined by age. Garett Heitman of the USA, above, came in 15th,
but was 1st in his class, Solo Masters Men, meaning he's getting older.

#19, Brandon Firth of the USA, and like most of the early finishers, a professional rider, in his
case part of the Rocky Mountain Factory Team.

A good number of these riders return for this race year after year. I have photos of Quinn Moberg
above, each of the last 4 years. He came in 4th with a time of 2:17:06, better than his
2016 time of 2:22:11 when he placed 5th.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

BC Bike Race - Part 1

BC Bike Race held their Stage 2 race here on Saturday, with 625 cyclists and 120 support staff, plus family,
friends and locals all converging on Willingdon Beach. They arrived Friday, and several hundred tents
were set up to accommodate them, covering the best part of the park.

625 entrants means an awful lot of bicycles.

Pre-race maintenance - better here than on the course.

Making their way to the main staging area.

The melee before the race. Organized confusion.

Posing for the pre-race photo.
More tomorrow.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Cherry Picking

Cherry picking is what the owner of this tree should get to, before there aren't any left to pick.