Into the Fire

One season ends another begins. So I’m back in the interior working out of Clearwater B.C. Staying in a nice hotel on the lake here, things are chill.

Pretty steep ground for the interior I found, but its nice to have technical ground out here. At the end of the coastal season I found my body aching all around.  My nights off spent laying on the couch sipping craft beer, rather then being social.  But then again I find myself doing that every night off now,  Maybe its being anti-social or just another step into the crust.  I digress.  I had a little break in-between contracts to give my body a quick rest.

Anyhow, here are some photos from the coast and Clearwater.  As my foreman Brian would say, “Here’s your piece, you know the drill”


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Into the Fire

A Month In

Day 30 something. Shifts are now blurring by and I’m always burnt on (lets face it, I’m a burnout going in).  Anyhow usual stuff happening, putting trees in the ground and trying not to think about it.


Nathan For you with friends
Evergreen Swag
1000 yard stare on night off
Chas getting blessed
John giving us tips on how to plant these monster trees.  .36c a tree.
Connor pounding hard
The boxes these massive trees came were literally called Coffin Boxes



A Month In

Three Weeks In

Three weeks in and things are going well out here.  My feet aren’t as sore and I’m not out of breath after a few trees in.  Days are starting to go by quicker and my body is starting to get numb (this is a good thing).  My days off consist of laying around watching better call saul.

So whats left is to keep on trying to grab shots, but it is hard in some ways.  as soon as I’m on the block I mentally go into planting mode, and shooting becomes secondary.  I definitely need a day where I just focus on shooting.

Anyhow only 90 something days to go.

15-04-161424Early mornings

14-04-161344A FIST trying to access a quad block

I wasn’t to sure what image to use, but I like both these shots of “Spookie” walking into the block.




IMG_8449Got back to the cache and found John a.k.a Johnny 2 Shoes like this.  He very lazy man.

IMG_9960My roommates Craig and John at the end of the day

plWhat I see at the end of the day


Three Weeks In

Second Coastal Season

Well here we go again, lack of work and student loans coerced me back into treeplanting.  Hopefully this year I’ll be  more vigilant for blogging.  Last season the bush killed my Macbook (the motherboard was completely fried) and that took away the means of editing unfortunately.

But good news this year is that I will be doing mostly motel shows, which means my laptop won’t be subjected to extreme hot & cold temperatures.

But on a side note this is the seventh year my shovel is going back into the ground.  To be honest I did not think I would be planting for this long, but then should I be surprised?  It’s better than the 9-5 grind I suppose.  Plus having an element of instability in my life makes things interesting.

Anyhow, Now I’ve been living in a cabin next to the ocean for about 10 days, about 20 minutes from Campbell River.  Been planting for about 9 days now.

I have to say my body is aching (surprise), but the coastal ground is a little easier this time around.  I now know where to look for spots and know whats acceptable planting medium.

Round 2 of blogging,  it’s going to be fun coming up with new content and getting creative with shots.  Day 9 of 100 something days.

Here’s the basic gear I brought with me for the season,  I’ll be adding bits and pieces as a go along.


Gear list

Block Bag

  • Aquapac Wet & Dry Backpack 35 L
  • Rain Gear- Marmot Rain jacket


  • Asolo TPS 535 V Backpacking Boots
  • Viberg 105 Leather Sole Caulk Boot
  • Caulk Tool & Spare Caulks

Work Gear

  • Bushpro 4 bagger
  • Workwizer shovel with left kicker cut off
  • Nalgene Bottle

Work Clothes

  • 2 long john shirts
  • 3 long john pants
  • 2 board shorts
  • 8 pairs of wool socks
  • Hi-Vis T-shirt
  • Wool hoodie

Travel bag

  • Asolo Encounter 60 L Backpack


  • 2 Plaid shirts
  • 2 “Presentable” jeans
  • 2 t-shirts
  • 4 pairs of normal socks
  • 5 pairs of boxers
  • softshell jacket

Not Shown

  • Dakine travel kit with toiletries
  • Towel
  • Assorted adaptors
  • Copies of Generation Kill By Evan Wright & War by Sebastian Junger
  • Journal
  • Ducttape


Photo Gear:

  • Canon 6D
  • Canon 70D


  • Canon 16-35mm f/2.8
  • Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8
  • Canon 70-200mm f/2.8
  • Canon 50mm f/1.8

Computer Gear

  • Macbook Pro Retina mid-2012
  • 2 Seagate 2 TB Hard Drive
  • 1 Lexar Card Reader USB 3.0

Sound Gear

  • 1 R0de Mic
  • 1 H1 Zoom Recorder
  • 1 GoPro 1st Gen

Lighting Gear

  • 1 Canon Flash 430 EX
  • 1 set of Pocket Wizards Plus X
  • 1 ETTL Cord


  • Thinktank Memory Card Holder
  • 2x-LP-E6 Batteries
  • Canon Battery Charger LC-E6


  • 1 Thinktank Shapeshifter

Not shown

  • 1 light stand
  • 1 umbrella
  • 1 softbox

Will buy proper tripod on 1st paycheck

And some photos from first shift

John Gilcrest Laces up his new $400 #viberg boots near #campbellriver
John and Brian Making a plan to sling trees into a #treeplanting block near #campbellriver
The 2016 #evergreen #treeplanting crew


Rain gear is important while #treeplanting on #coastalbc
Elana Bagging up #trees before a walk-in.


Second Coastal Season


Shift 2:

Artisan works 3-1 shift.  Which Now I realize I will put out a blog out weekly rather than by shift.  Now I’m back out in the bush working, the hardest thing I found was keeping a charge.  Not so much in my camera, but on my iPhone and Macbook.  The Camp provides power outlets for workers, but they end up like this.


Power cuts out whenever, so I started plugging my laptop in the trucks or directly into the generator.

gear travel copy


-Canon 6D

-Canon 70D

-Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8

-Canon 70-200mm f/2.8

-Canon 50mm f/1.8

-ThinkTank Shape Shifter

-Macbook Pro Retina mid-2012

-Seagate 2 TB Hard Drive

-Moleskin Book

-Thinktank Memory Card Holder

–2x-LP-E6 Batteries

-Canon Battery Charger LC-E6

-Media Pass (Just In Case)

-R0de Mic

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So here it is Year 6 of Treeplanting. I have to admit I really didn’t feel like coming out this year, but “mans gotta eat” as Randy Bobandy would say.By eat, I mean eating away my debt bit by bit.

Anyhow I though it was time to start a photo doc on camp life. I figure I need a photo story in my portfolio, so heres a start. Anyhow,  I figure I should keep shooting after my internship, keep things fresh and work on isolated photography.

I am now Crusty as Fuck.















Week 3- Im Done. Not much else to say. But I want to remain in the game, thats for sure. I shot a lot of photos, literally, check this out.  IMG_1234 copy

(this was taken at the end of week 2, those RAWS kill ya)

It’s been great in a lot of ways being on this internship.  Met a lot of rad people, and people in the industry.  Made me realize how important it is to be covering things with Web in mind.(Video, Stills, Web Gallery & quick write-up) and Speed. Glad i did it annnnnd I got big ol’ Pass.

I AM GRADUATED. I’m officially a College Boy.



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(mines of the left)