Getting a Little More Green (by selling our vehicle and biking for photos)

©Darwin Wiggett – shot with the forgotten fifty!

Samantha and I have two vehicles but 90% of the time we only need one. It’s rare that we aren’t together for photo shoots or road trips. And if we’re not together, whoever is left home can relatively easily bike or walk to the store or to do errands. Although we live in the ‘burbs all our needs are less than a 20-minute bike ride away. And the great thing is Cochrane has  fabulous walking and bike paths.

We plan to do a lot more local photography this year as part of our ‘green stock’ program. Biking for photos leaves less of a footprint and makes more sense to us creatively and environmentally than motoring around burning carbon fuels chasing ephemeral photos (we’ve all done it!). Plus biking fits perfectly into our  FAT project (an update on that later).

So… I am selling my my main ride, a 2006 Nissan X-trail SE, named Sandy. Sandy is looking for a good home. She has a few kilometres under her belt (but she is in great shape) and she knows all the good photo locations in the Rockies. This vehicle is perfect for photographers; it’s good on gas, can hold a lot of gear and you can sleep in the back of it. Sandy is now sold!

Sandy the 2006 Nissan X-trail SE

©Samantha Chrysanthou – Darwin about to go biking for photos

Check out the video below giving a quick look at the Cochrane bike paths in early May. See how fast Darwin rides his bike under the influence of Red Bull!

Stay tuned for more updates and sample photos from our human-propelled photography adventures!

About the Author

I am a Canadian landscape and outdoor photographer who loves long hikes in the woods, yummy food, hairy dogs, good company and a good guitar jam.


  1. Peter Carroll
    May 9, 2012

    I have only had one Red Bull in my life and I actually fell asleep after drinking it. That kinda made me nervous and reinforced my wife’s opinion that I’m just not wired the right way. Ha! Ha!

    • Stephen Desroches
      May 9, 2012

      Not me. Red Bull is a sure way to ensure working all night long until the instant crash. But still less caffeine than Tim Hortons.

    • Darwin Wiggett
      May 9, 2012

      I never even drank coffee until about 5 years ago. The one or two times I actually tried Red Bull I was like a rodent on speed, it was terrible, not sure why that hit me so hard but it made coffee seem like a sedative.

    • Stephen Desroches
      May 10, 2012

      Maybe the sugar too? I’ve still never tried coffee but I’m guilty of a red bull a few times per year. The first one was the worse.

  2. Kevin Collins
    May 9, 2012

    That video put a smile on my face. It was the music.

  3. milkayphoto
    May 10, 2012

    Good for you, guys!! I know we couldn’t lose a vehicle but that is simply because hubby works 60 miles away so I would be “stuck” every day. You certainly will gain physical benefits!!

    Do you every worry about emergency situations for the one stuck at home without a vehicle? (dog gets sick and needs a vet, spouse gets ill, etc.)

    • Darwin Wiggett
      May 10, 2012

      Well, we have great neighbors and there is a cab service in town plus a rental vehicle place in town so we are covered in case of emergency!

  4. Melli
    May 10, 2012

    Applause! Wonderful move!
    I also like to hear that you plan on doing more local photography. On g+ I (together with another person) curate a weekly theme called MyTownTuesday which focuses on local photography. And even though the name suggests urban photography, it is not limited to that, we want to feature photography that was taken within the borders of one’s home county.

    • Samantha
      May 10, 2012

      What a great idea! Post your link :)

  5. Al Hart
    May 12, 2012

    Darwin, I’m alarmed by your dangerous and decidedly scofflaw practices! You “blew” right though a clearly-visible stopsign at about 0:17 into the video, probably putting several detachments of the RCMP on priority alert for you, and worse, setting a terrible example for your photography students. Shame!

    • Darwin Wiggett
      May 13, 2012


      I am the renegade of the subdivision! And this is Alberta, we make our own rules in the wild west ;-)

      (at least the corporations and the politicians seem to)

  6. Nick S
    June 18, 2012

    Great article and blog Darwin :-) I’m a big fan.