Dec 8, 2012

Fun on Instagram

UPDATE: In the middle of December Instagram announced some new terms and I haven't posted since then. Sad, they ruined a good thing! 

Here is a recent update of the news

I've been have been having lots of fun on Instagram lately. I bought an iPhone early this year as Apple's cameras finely became a resolution that I would be happy printing with. Taking shots with any non-DSLR seems a bit limiting after the choices that come with lens. Soon, I got the hang of it and the challenge turned into an opportunty to be more creative in my daily walk abouts. Sharing is a lot easier too. Instagram does a great job of it. The only draw back being the annoying spam and crap photos being posted. Seems to be a lot of noise on Instagram. I'm not looking for a huge followers base just quality people who post interesting shots so I can follow them and they can critique my photos.

Dec 7, 2012

Watershed Sentinel Article

A couple of months ago I was hiking the Granite Bluffs which is about 10km North of our ranch. I'm apart of group who is working at protecting this area. It's British Columbia crown land and the locals have been using it as popular hunting, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing rec spot. First Nations is in the midst of reclaiming the land as they see the Bluffs as sacred. They have performed ceremonies on top for centuries. A few members of our group wrote an article that was published by the Watershed Sentinel (December 2012 issue) and they asked me if they could use an image to illustrate the areas beauty. For more information about the Bluffs and more images can be seen in an early post as well as info on where and how the images were taken
Left: Granby Bluffs. Rt top:Sheer drop offs with amazing views. Rt bt: article in magazine
✫ Images from the Bluffs will be available soon on my website and I'll post a link. Please check back.

Nov 21, 2012

Creepy like Halloween not Warm like Thanksgiving!

The 1926 ad was discovered by Flickr user Alan Mays, who regularly posts scans of quirky vintage finds.
As you may or may not know... I'm a city girl turned rural dweller. I share my yard with three, very personable, turkeys. I've lived vegan in the past and have replaced turkey with tofurkey ... My partner joked that we'd call our turkeys 'Thanksgiving', 'Christmas', and 'Easter' and frankly, I'm not sure what's more morbid those names or the poster above. I'm all for having your camera ready to capture life but you won't catch me documenting a lynching or slaughter ;) In fact, our turkeys survived our Canadian Thanksgiving which was last month! I have a feeling they'll all be celebrating Canada Day with us next summer.

To all my American friends and neighbours I wish you a safe, warm, and gobbly Thanksgiving. Snap a photo of all her relatives passing out after dinner!


Nov 19, 2012

U.S. Route 395 Photowalk

A recent photowalk along historical route 395 Kettle Falls to Colville in Washington State. All photos taken with my iPhone 4s except for first two of Kettle Falls Bridge.

Kettle Falls Bridges
Carries     BNSF Railway (north bridge)
SR 20/U.S. 395 (south bridge)
Crosses     Columbia River
Locale     Kettle Falls, Washington
Design     Steel cantilever
Opened     May 3, 1941

Very '80's retro!

Northern Dance Theatre Space

The light in this giant room was so intriguing!

Antique Jukebox for sale

If you want to learn...

plastic and glass

Windows-I have a thing for them.

Warehouse living

I was having a 'Flash Dance' warehouse living fantasy

Barmans Country Store
The Barmans store, right on Main St in the middle of Colville, has an assortment of things: a lot of antiques and collectibles, a few interesting food items (I've seen spruce jelly, and once bought some good Turkish spices), a good ice cream counter, and some used books in the upstairs. All in all it's a pretty interesting place.

230 S. Main Street - Barber

230 S. Main Street
Ricky Block/Barman’s

National Historic Register
Washington Heritage Register
Local Plaque Recipient

John Rickey was a local merchant
and active in local politics. The
original building was built in 1885
and blown up in 1892 to stop a fire
next to it from spreading. It was
replaced with the current building.

Bank of Colville

Local Plaque Recipient

The south half of the building
was the original Bank of Colville.
A year later, the north half was
added, using a similar design;
housing the Disheimer Building.
The buildings have been combined;
with Happy’s Hallmark
on the ground level and
apartments above.

Nov 16, 2012


Blessed am I to have two, healthy, children and be surrounded by their love. Their contributions to my life are enormous. Sometimes the kids don't seem like they see eye to eye. Somewhat natural since they are almost ten years apart and opposite genders. My children both have friendly, bright, and strong personalities. Negatively, this leads to disagreements where I hear a lot of talking over each other however, in the end, they appear to have a firm respect and understanding.  Ultimately, they love each other and I know there is a value to their connection. Sibling patterns that feel like weather in the house. Sun. Storm. Sun.

Below, photographs I made on a family vacation last May. We survived a wild, westcoast system in the Pacific Rim National Park. I've spent a lot of time on this coastline and I know you have to be prepared for any type of weather or have your credit card ready to bail out in a warm, dry, motel. Most of the visitors to the park used the motel option and packed up so fast during the storm that they abandoned bundles of expensive firewood as they fled. My kids were nervous listening to the wind howl and the rain pelt down but we were dry and snug inside our tent. The next morning the park was empty, peaceful, and we went to work as a team gathering up the firewood. Afterwards, we went down to the beach to enjoy the peaceful solitude and the storm waves. For the rest of the week we enjoyed better weather, warm firelight evenings, and great surfing.

Siblings © 2012 Kris Hockley
Connected © 2012 Kris Hockley

Dad teaching J and K swimming off to left. Chesterman Beach South

Hot tub time. J warming up. Pacific Rim National Park

My daughter has her own Nikon that she uses very creatively and I'm thrilled that she is interested in photography. While my partner and I were enjoying the surf, Kyra decided to document her brother's sugar induced high. He was taking a break from surfing and sand castle building and found my stash of coconut and carob bars bought at the local hippie shack. He's in full blown six year old boy mode here.

What do photographer children do in their spare time?

Nov 14, 2012

Digital to film? The gadget isn't the only thing that goes round!

I've purchased a few pieces of equipment through Photojojo and I love them. Today I noticed a gadget promoted by them through Twitter and I had to check it out. The link sent me to a news site and when I clicked through to what I thought would be the item I discover that it is in proto type mode. I guess the company is in the midst of raising money to manufacture the tiny projector. What really caught my attention is the concept of the digital instagram file being printed on film. I like the idea of seeing my instagram photos big and even better sharing them in person with people who are even half interested ;)

In a world of smart phones where megapixals are improving and displays are vivid and sharp no one appears to care to see images in any other format other than a display. I like prints... no wait... I LOVE prints. You can linger in front of them longer than the ADD phone displays and their distracting apps that are a click away. Instead of sharing the photos we can look at them together, in person, and talk about image meaning and content. As a photographer I get to hear your feedback and see how your mind and body is affected by the photographs. Especially important for photographers who have been hired for portraits to gain the valuable feed back and ques from their clients. Seems kind of backwards to print digital to film and project it back up on a wall though. Retro always trumps in the end :)

Modern camera: iPhone
Primary media: digital jpeg file
Viewing space: tiny screen


Secondary Media source: images on 35mm film mounted on a mini wheel.
New tool: mini projector (Projecteo $25)
Viewing space: Wall

Goal: save your neck as you twist your body to view the photos on the iPhone screen. A share might lead to a purchase of new art for your client. Now that smart phone better help you price your Instragram artwork wisely to pay off the Projecteo, iPhone, and film development costs ;)

Ruth Bernhard - 101 years

copyright: The Ruth Bernhard Trust - excerpt from Between Art & Life Book 2000
A good friend of mine, Ed McCann, gave me a book called Between Art & LIfe back in 2006. I recently re-read the book and absorbed so much more of it this time around. Her life was amazing in its length, depth, and its ability to remain simple in world that's complexities threatened almost every direction she chose. Ruth managed to dodge and burn societies judgments about women in the workforce, bisexuality, and its pressure to follow a well trodden life path. The book is a stunning coffee table image pleaser, but, further it is worth reading and considering. She was original, genuine, feminine, and full of talent! I would have loved to meet her in person however our 32 years of overlap never had the fortune of a crossed path. Through the pages of this book I find myself now hoping for a parallel. Abebooks has many used copies to purchase and if you are in the Boundary Region and promise to give it back after your done you can borrow my copy!

Ruth Bernhard was a German-born American photographer. Wikipedia
Born: October 14, 1905, Berlin
Died: December 18, 2006, San Francisco

101 years is a good, life. Rest in Peace Ms Bernhard. Your contribution to photography and life is appreciated.

Nov 8, 2012

In a Glass Box

In someone's imagination these models of war were created. Perhaps the maker had lived through such terrifying experiences or were told stories by by a parent who survived WW2. Both model and events happening more than a generation past but existing, now, as still life in a glass box. On November 11, lets show our appreciation and respect to those who lived and died through violent conflicts at the request of their countries.

My vision while photographing these physical models was an attempt to spin a graphic, surreal, dirty feel over the toy like miniatures. The models succeeded in their details of the scenes but left the viewer detached and safe. I recognized their plastic limitations and wanted to see if I could take the models one step further using photography and graphic after effects. Some image worked and others couldn't let go of the childlike quality. Regardless it was an interesting adventure. Thank you to the model builders and the exhibits home who allowed the public to photograph as they pleased. Creativity has a life of its own.

If you'd like to see the models with your own eyes then you'll have to travel to Victoria, British Columbia. . Well worth the $12 entrance fee.

Oct 30, 2012

Panoroma with iPhone 4s and Nikon setup yesterday

Kettle Valley looking South with Granby River taken with iPhone 4s
I hiked up the Granite Bluffs yesterday to see the Autumn view. The larches are golden and I believe their needles will hang on until the next cold snap. It was windy on the cliffs and fog was quickly moving through the valley. Intermittent rain meant I had to be patient before removing the sophisticated garbage bag that protected my big Nikon. Recently, I narrowly escaped a liquid spill near my laptop so I invested in a super suit for my iPhone 4s that protects it against dust, rain, and anything else that Mother Nature could test it with. The updated operating system for the iPhone come with a pano setting for the 8mp camera. I really enjoy this feature and is definitely worth the update.

Waiting for the rain to stop. Garbage bag over camera on tripod
The ravens were entertaining and the solitude was relaxing. My gear survived another Canadian 'wet'coast adventure!

Granby River, North Fork Road, image reflects four shots made on the Bluffs in that particular location.

Oct 29, 2012

Granite Bluffs in Fog and Rain

October 2012: fog and rain on the granite face
Granite Bluffs above Granby River, British Columbia---Click on the photo for more from this gallery
I was hiking along the Granite Bluffs today. Aside from the occasional air breaks from a passing loaded logging truck and a playful pack of ravens the area was quiet with only the wind passing by my ears . The ravens swooped in and out of the fog. Kind of eerie as sometimes the clever birds would just appear with out a sound and I'd sense there was something looking over my shoulder. I settled in to a groove trying to capture the essence of the fog and the trees that were disappearing and reappearing like illusions in a magic trick. Hope you enjoy them. Just a note for anyone who lives in the area. Rob Fleming, Environment critic (NDP) is touring the site tomorrow (Oct 30 from 1:30-2:30). Come out and show support for saving this beautiful, natural, site. There is an application and stakes are in for a 10,000 ton granite sample. In addition, BC Timber Sales has flagged out a clear cut of this area. A real shame as it is used by locals and their friends and family as a peaceful hiking spot. Excellent rock climbing, hunting, mountain biking, and PHOTOGRAPHY as well!

Sep 17, 2012


We had a lot of fun in Vernon, BC this past weekend playing Ultimate with Nelson's Homegrown team. Can't think of a better way to spend a mid September weekend. 26 degree days with lots and lots of late summer sun. This was our first time at UHF even though we've heard of it many times over the last decade. Great to see some old friends and spend time with new ones. Hope they enjoy the images and we look forward to spending more time with the Nelson'ites. 57 photos and 2 videos to take a look at if you click on the photo below. Feel free to leave comments or edit the captions!

Thanks UHF crew for putting together a fun tournament.

Sep 12, 2012

A Great Summer of Giving

CNP was fortunate enough to work with some great groups this summer and volunteer some of our time. We are passionate about environmental conservation and became aware of some ways we could contribute. It's amazing what can be accomplished when people come together with focus and energy!

With Autumn quickly approaching it seems a good time to reflect over the past year and consider what worked and what didn't. Recently, we received notices of price increases from suppliers and in some cases my costs doubled. I'd like not to raise our rates so I'll have to put some careful thought into how to rejig, possibly simplify, the business. Times are tough for a lot of people and adjustments have to be made. A good reminder to be grateful for the important things in life and live each moment fully.

May 20, 2012

Clayoquot and Pacific Rim National Park

Crow's Nest is off to play on the West Coast for 9 days. Research and relaxation with the family. Hope all our Canadian friends have a safe and happy long weekend!

May 16, 2012

Lynch Creek Bluffs

I hiked the granite bluffs North of Lynch Creek as my neighbors had told me about the beautiful views of the Granby Valley. The details up there were stunning!

Isn't it bad luck to hang a horseshoe upside down? I hiked up Lynch 200 to the top where BC Timber has harvested quite a bit of the forest. I would prefer to walk through an old growth forest but I'd also prefer to buy a renewable product like wood over a synthetic product like plastic. Timber has to come from somewhere and this time it was Lynch Creek in the Boundary Region of British Columbia.
Lynch 200 looking North towards the Granby Wilderness Spring 2012

Culvert under Lynch Creek 200 logging road
I'd like to see the logging roads decommissioned now that the re-seeding is complete. As I was coming down the mountain two men in hunting fatigues and a diesel pick-up truck were slowly exploring up the road. It would be nice to discourage activity in this area to those who use less destructive modes of transport.

*One tip I was given recently to identify these kind of trees is if the needles are very spiky then it is a Spruce. In reference to the image on the far left with the blue 'Boundary' ribbon.
An awkward teenage forest
Life grows tenaciously. She will bounce back as best she can.
The plastic markers are tied to the trees by BC Timber Sales so the logging company who was awarded the contract can identify cut block boundaries, waterways, seeding trees etc..

I'm hoping BC Timber Sales remove the ribbons at some point so they don't become synthetic garbage on the forest floor once the growing trees pop them apart.
New Larch Tree

Aspen with cut block markers

I believe this scat to be coyote. Always lots of fur so I gather that they are fictitious groomers. I found bear and deer poop along the hike as well.
Shooting Star

North American Stone Inc.,  is seeking a permit to cut trails into two locations in the Lynch Creek area and remove up to 10,000 tonnes of stone from both sites as a sample for their interest in granite for retail sale. The first site is 14.5 km north of the Hummingbird bridge, and the second is 50 metres after the turn off onto Lynch Creek Road, 10.5 km past the bridge. Some locals believe that North American Stone is classifying this job as a sample so they can get around having an environmental assessment done. Do they really need to extract 10,000 tonnes from these two sites to collect enough to sample? Sounds like the locals may be right!

The other piece in this is the locals and visitors use this area for hiking, rock climbing, camping, and mountain biking. Not to mention that the area is on the Boundary of the Gladstone Provincial Park which is home to the threatened Granby Grizzly and Mountain Goat.

For more information on this project click this link for an article in our regional online news source The Boundary Sentinel.

The work permit application to the City of Grand Forks doesn't include notification of local residents. You can contact the Ministry representative below to see what options you have.

Lynn Davis
By email:
Or by Canada Post: Ministry of Mines
1902-Theatre Road
Cranbrook BC V1C 7G1
 Fauna on Lynch Creek Granite Bluffs.

Left is a rock fern and right is a standing dead larch.

The Bearded moss often overtakes the branches
and literally holds the tree together in a haunting artful display.

The Bluffs will disappear if the City of Grand Forks approves
North American Stone's application for Granite samples.

If you'd like to see an environmental assessment completed and the proper channels taken then share this opinion with your area representative.

Creatures live there, wild flowers cling to life on the rock, trees have withstood decades of valley winds. The eco-system deserves our attention and serious consideration.

All photography is by Kris Hockley - Crow's Nest Photography and is protected by copyright. Please contact me if you would like to purchase a license. Non profits and private use is free however it requires that the watermark remain, reference credit, and notice be given to us where it's used.