A Lower Mainland photo-journalist found himself semi-retired about two years ago, and said the unexpected circumstances have given him time to explore his own community, his province, and even the country of Canada like he's never been able to before.
While working in community newspapers for the past 20 years, John Gordon frequently escaped on vacation for three weeks a year to exotic locations. And never one to be without his camera, Gordon put together some captivating slideshows and presentations from those excursions, that he has offered publicly.
He doesn't regret for a moment taking any of those trips, but he said he's excited by the new chapter in his life.
Now, he said, his new found freedom is allowing him to explore closer to home, and one of the biggest joys the 59-year-old photographer has uncovered is birding.
It's some of the stunning natural beauty that he's been able to capture in the past few years that he's anxious to share with others as part of a six-show series he is offering this month through the Fraser Valley Regional Libraries.
In addition to his session focused on birding, Gordon is presenting The Magic of Morocco, Saskatchewan: Reclaiming the Prairie Landscape, Off the Beaten Track: The United Kingdom, Travel to India, and Grizzly Bears.
While he's already concluded his Saskatchewan presentation at the Pitt Meadows Library earlier this month, he'll be at the Maple Ridge Library later today (Thursday, March 14), at 2 p.m. giving his U.K. session.