Wherever you go in this town, you just can't get away from them. Here in Maple Ridge we constantly live in their shadow. They may be gone from sight at night, but sunsets' golden rays causes them to glow in a gorgeous rosey hue, to bid the local residents good night.
I am often photographing them. I must have hundreds of shots of the Golden Ears. I am drawn to them. One of my most common sayings is " OH look how pretty the Golden Ears are today!". I usually like to find an unobstructed view, to capture them in their glory. But I thought I would post these pictures from town to show you how much of a presence they have here. The Golden Ears Mountains are OUR mountains. Vancouver may have the Lions. The Okanagan has Mt. Baldy. There isnt skiing up there but its entertainment enough to look out and see this scenery. It funny how a big lump of rocks can become such a beacon of local pride. Many businesses in the area are named after them.
This shot was taken at the intersection while I waited for the left turn signal. I live just a few short blocks from here. "Turn left and head towards the mountains" I tell folks when giving directions.
These hills are such a part of the Maple Ridge persona. Even these banners that I photographed in the parking lot of my grocery store, depict the local scenery. Often times Calendars of BC or Canada will have a photo of these mountains in them. If I ever move to the prairies, I will have to move these hills with me. Even our kids said they missed the mountains while we were in Saskatchewan.