WPY 2012

Photograph Details

Commended 2012

Botanical Realms

Adam Gibbs, Canada/UK

Fairy Lake fir

Much of the area around Port Renfrew (the start of the West Coast Trail), on the west coast of Canada’s Vancouver Island, has been heavily logged. So for Adam, this miniature Douglas fir growing out of a stump in the middle of Fairy Lake was symbolic. ‘It always amazes me how resilient nature is and what a tenacious existence some plants live.’ It’s not uncommon for saplings to take up residence on another tree or log, but Adam was fascinated by the way this one had used a submerged Douglas fir stump as a nurse log. ‘To me, the little tree looked as though it had been nurtured by a bonsai master.’ Adam focused in on it to exclude the vegetation around the lake and, waiting for a mirror-still moment, used the reflection of its surroundings as the backdrop.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark II + 100-400mm f4.5-5.6mm lens at 350mm; 20 sec at f22; ISO 50.


Fairy Lake, Port Renfrew, Vancouver Island, Canada: latitude 48.553, longitude -124.422 Fairy Lake, Port Renfrew, Vancouver Island, Canada: latitude 48.553, longitude -124.422

Fairy Lake, Port Renfrew, Vancouver Island, Canada

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Adam Gibbs

Adam Gibbs, Canada/UK

Ive been a full time photographer for just over twenty years. Throughout the summer I photograph private gardens across Canada for four gardening magazines. The rest of the year I travel throughout N. America and more recently abroad photographing nature. While I do photograph wildlife my main interest is photographing landscapes and intimate nature scenes. I have always maintained that the experience of being in nature and enjoying what comes from nature far outweigh the photographs that I take. For me photography is an extension of the outdoor experience.

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