One of the best trees on #saltspring. In Ruckle Park.
Second in the #kronbauerkronbauer series where my wife @katiekronbauer and I are editing each other’s photos and posting in tandem. I shared a similar pic not long ago from Rice Lake where my son and @carinamariethiedeke’s son were facing it, with a caption something to the effect of “Show them the outdoors early and often” and it being a theme in my parenting. Same deal with this one I shot of my son and @jasondonaldson’s youngest yesterday on #saltspring. I hope that they grow up to appreciate our province and its outdoors as much as I do, thanks to MY father and the way he shared this world with ME; early and often.
A knuckle in Ruckle. There are so many strange clumps of trees like this in this park. #explorebc #wonderful_places #saltspring (at Ruckle Provincial Park)
7+ years ago @katiekronbauer and I held our wedding reception (she calls it a camping trip with friends) in Ruckle Park on #saltspring. We returned this weekend for the first time since, to say hello to the sheep that live here and to explore a few of the 529 hectares of awesomeness within the provincial park (with one of the folks who joined us way back when, @jasondonaldson). Some of the history of the park is that an Irish settler named Henry Ruckle homesteaded here in 1872. 100 years later, in 1972, his descendants donated the land to the people of #britishcolumbia with one caveat: a Lifetime Tenancy Agreement for the active farm they have within the park, as well as a few residences. It’s an awesome anomoly within our system of parks (which celebrated ITS 100th a couple years back). This building is the oldest outbuildings still standing, the forge, and was built between 1878 and 1880. Not pictured are the 50-or-so turkeys that gobble all around it year round. (at Ruckle Provincial Park)
My edit of a photo that my wife @katiekronbauer took while we were dragging a fishing line behind a boat that I was rowing on St Mary lake today (check her feed out for her edit). We fished for about an hour, the hook used was a handmade wooden one produced by a company called Wigglewood Lures on Vancouver Island, picked up last year on a visit to Campbell River when we actually went out in *separate* rowboats with salmon guides at @obmg’s Painter’s Lodge. We didn’t catch anything today (or that time in Campbell River!) but, as always, enjoyed the time out there. I haven’t seen any other boats out on the lake since we arrived, which should tell you how quiet it is. The loudest thing out there was our son Arlo who went from not wanting anything more than to go to shore, to enjoying himself and helping row, then back to not wanting to be out there. Katie and I will be doing more co-edits like this with each other’s pics in the future, tagging them #kronbauerkronbauer. Stay tuned. (at Green Acres Resort)
Our home for the weekend at Green Acres on #saltspring. There are a number of older cabins right on the water and 10 or so of these 2 storey chalets tucked into the trees behind them. Radiant heating (and a woodstove to light if you’re so inclined), flatscreen TV, full kitchens… it’s just rustic enough with all the comforts of home. We’re about to get into a rowboat and troll a fishing line past Randy Bachman’s house on the lake. Apparently he lives next door. Raffi and Valdy also live on the island as well as a number of other accomplished musicians. And they’re BREEDING them; a dear friend here ( @jasondonaldson ) is the director of the Gulf Islands School of the Performing Arts (GISPA), a school within the highschool which requires tuition and an audition to get in and has music, theatre and dance programs. The program is now in its 10th year and alumni have gone on to star in movies and place well in music competitions like @thepeakvancouver’s Peak Performance Project. (at Green Acres Resort)
After attending it the past couple of years I was so honoured to be invited to be on the committee that’ll be supporting the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s annual gala in Vancouver. It’s a wonderful, social dinner at the convention centre West - their single largest fundraising event that they do, with 650 people in attendance. My role is pretty loose but what I hope to do is round up a whole lot of items for the silent auction and raffles, as well as get people I know to put down the $200 for a ticket (or buy a whole table), knowing that a large part of that money will go back to ensuring this iconic species has a future in British Columbia. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to receive information about it, or if you or your company have anything you’d like to donate to the auction/raffle. If you’ve been following for a while you know how dear this is to my heart as a proud British Columbian, and I would love nothing more than to see you on April 30th, 2014.
We moved our little family into a townhouse a couple months back and we now have something we’ve never had before: our own stairwell. With a big, tall wall. @katiekronbauer said “You should put your salmon up here.” and after I did she said “Looks good. We should make this a fishing wall and get a bunch of our fishing photos framed and surround your fish with them. And maybe an old flyrod and lures in a shadow box and some other stuff.”. As in, I married a wonderful woman. I’ll share the work as it progresses. For now, the replica I got made of a chinook that I caught at @sonoraresort a few years back. Looks pretty cool on its own but OMG our fishing wall will be next level awesome.
Since my son was born a little over 5 years ago we’ve been making regular visits to Capilano River Park. There are trails that lead to easy hikes (more like walks) and there’s a working fish hatchery which you can walk into for free and see salmon being reared, as well as returning as there’s a fish ladder with glass sides to look through. There’s a bunch of educational boards amongst it all, telling the story of these fishies and this space (I believe it’s been there for 35 years). Often times there’s evidence of the salmon’s circle of life: corpses of fish who’ve along reached the end of their journey - after making it back to this birthplace of theirs and spawning - can be found along the river banks.