Readers of The Richmond News might have seen our daily Good Morning, Richmond (GMR) posts at Richmond-News.com featuring snapshots of the breathtaking scenery around the city. GMR started in 2021 and has featured more than 400 photos so far.
As we look towards the new year, we wanted to learn more about our regular contributors. In this fifth profile in our series, we spoke to Angie Lau, who has sent in snapshots of the city’s beautiful landscape and wildlife.
Lau is a piano teacher who has been living in Richmond for the past three decades. She stumbled upon photography 15 years ago, while trying to find a new hobby.
“I want to learn something (while) I still have the ability to learn.”
And learn she did. Lau was initially a landscape photographer, but when she began exploring the trails around Richmond last year, she decided to tackle bird photography as well.
“I feel (bored) if (I) have nothing to do and just walk,” she said, adding that she had met other photographers on the trails who got her interested in the birds.
Lau’s favourite photography spots in the city depend on the seasons, such as Garry Point Park for cherry blossoms in spring and sunsets in summer, and Finn Slough in fall and winter.
She also photographs the cranberry harvest every year, enchanted by the blue skies against the red cranberries. Last year’s harvest was especially bountiful for Lau, as she managed to get some good shots thanks to the workers.
Taking photos of the harvest is a game of chance, she explained, as it depends on whether the workers will allow photography.
“I really enjoyed (last year’s harvest). (The workers) just waved to me and say hi… The workers liked us to take pictures,” she said.
By sharing her photos with readers of the News, Lau hopes that more people can share her love for the views of Richmond.
“I just want to show the beauty of the city,” she said, “Maybe people don’t know (in) this small city, you can have so many nice sceneries.”