Thursday, September 29, 2011

Coquihalla Canyon (POTD September 29)


I spent most of the afternoon yesterday shooting in and around Hope, BC, a small community on the far eastern side of the Fraser Valley. I shot in several locations yesterday, but in terms of shapes and textures, my visit to Coquihalla Canyon was the most rewarding. Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park is located 6km from downtown Hope, and well worth the visit if you are in the area. The Canyon features abandon railway tunnels from the Kettle Valley Railway, which shutdown in the mid 1980's. The canyon is extremely unstable, and the rocks in the foreground of today's photo are a testimony to that fact. Another testimony to the instability is the fact that you can no longer safely journey beyond the fourth tunnel in the park, due to a large rock-side that occurred early this past spring, while the park was closed.

Today's photo was taken looking up towards the entrance of the second tunnel from right along the Coquihalla River, which is deep in the canyon bellow the railway bed.