Flickr Island Pt. 1

Before this summer, I had barely left the east coast. I've been around New England, Montreal a couple times, NYC a couple times, Florida when I cant remember, and DC back in the 8th grade. So when I drove myself to Buffalo where Valerie Kasinski lives, and when we flew from there, back over three time zones, to Vancouver, BC, it was amazing to me. The landscape was totally different; we could see mountains everywhere, even from the airport! But what really made the trip amazing was the four dozen photographers I got to spend it with.

Our Flickr Island meetup was hosted by the amazing Gurbir Grewal and Lizzy Gadd. The first night, after (most) everyone arrived, we were able to stay at Gurbir's house before departing in far too many cars back towards Vancouver. We took a train. Then a bus. Then a ferry and another ferry to get to the small little island we would be camping on for five days. It was wonderful. Unlike past large gatherings many of these people had already been to, we didnt spend a lot of time every day in a car to get to various locations. Everyone got to explore the island if they wanted to (7.5 kilometers of a hike around) or just chill out on our campsite or beach. We grew into a family, and it was one of the best weeks of my life.

Be warned, there a lot of pictures coming.

Hammock city.

Hammock city.

We saw deer on the first night!

We saw deer on the first night!

Snails, snails everywhere.

Snails, snails everywhere.

The raccoons were EVERYWHERE, but I had to admit, they were very adorable, especially this momma that we spotted in the woods one day.

The raccoons were EVERYWHERE, but I had to admit, they were very adorable, especially this momma that we spotted in the woods one day.

The view from Newcastle Island was truly one of my favorites.

The view from Newcastle Island was truly one of my favorites.

The house we stayed at for the last two nights had KITTENS!

The house we stayed at for the last two nights had KITTENS!

I mean really, look at the cuteness.

I mean really, look at the cuteness.

The insanely beautiful Alouette Lake, which we got to visit on the last full day of the gathering.

The insanely beautiful Alouette Lake, which we got to visit on the last full day of the gathering.

And heres (almost) all four dozen of us. Thank you Lizzy Gadd for the picture!

And heres (almost) all four dozen of us. Thank you Lizzy Gadd for the picture!