Based in British Columbia, Jim Decker is a freelance photographer who has shot numerous sporting events spanning Canada and the world, including the Winter X games and the Super Bowl. Jim Decker also has an interest in local Vancouver, BC, sights and has photographed natural locations such as VanDusen Botanical Garden and Stanley Park.
One of the world’s largest urban green spaces, 1,000-acre Stanley Park enjoys a unique peninsular location bounded by the Pacific Ocean. Initially home to several settlements of Squamish Indians, the area experienced light logging during Colonial times before being converted into a British military reserve designed to strategically protect Vancouver harbor. In the 1880s, the land passed on to a prominent real estate investor, Arthur Wellington Ross, who had a vision of a world-class civic park. The creation of Stanley Park was not simply altruistic; Ross also hoped that adjacent neighborhoods would realize strong gains in property values. Seawall construction protecting the park began in 1917 and was completed in 1980, giving Stanley Park its current character. James Decker enjoys taking coastal photographs along this scenic seawall.