"This photograph is an invitation to walk the path towards an intimate connection to the wonders of nature."
Located next to Vancouver’s downtown core, Stanley Park is truly an oasis in the heart of a busy city, serving as vital habitat for many wildlife species.
I live within walking distance of the park, and I have always enjoyed Lost Lagoon, a shallow body of water that supports large numbers of overwintering and breeding birds in Stanley Park. The grasses along the edges of the lagoon provide protective cover, and it is very common to view great blue herons waiting for the perfect catch.
While tall residential buildings and noisy car traffic surround Lost Lagoon, it remains a surprisingly quiet and peaceful place where one can simply follow the rhythm of the seasons.
One early morning in January, I ventured in the park to photograph the snow-covered landscape, a rather uncommon sight in Vancouver. I suddenly noticed a duck slowly walking on the snow, leaving tracks behind. The duck stopped and looked back at the newly drawn path. For a moment, time stood still, and I captured the beauty of this ephemeral path.
Later, some people told me the path reminded them of the shape of a heart. To me, this photograph is an invitation to walk the path towards an intimate connection to the wonders of nature.
Isabelle Groc is a freelance writer and wildlife photographer based in Vancouver. She writes about wildlife, conservation, environmental science, and the relationships between people and their environments. She has a particular focus on marine ecosystems and endangered species. Isabelle's articles and photographs have appeared in many publications worldwide.
In her photography, Isabelle is interested in conveying a sense of intimacy and connection with the animals. She often focuses on unusual details of species or offers extreme close-ups. She works to create compelling images that reveal the beauty of our natural world but also inspire audiences to take action for wildlife conservation and habitat protection. See more of Isabelle’s images at: www.tidelife.ca