Our forum users have probably noticed our new forum background by now. If you haven't, what are you waiting for? Click Here (or on the Forum menu item). What you may not know is a little of the history behind both our forum background and the new picture we're using.

The forum started in late 2014 as a soft launch or beta and officially launched on January 1st of 2015. We wanted to give our site a distinctive look and we did that with a very epic picture of some BC mountains by Addison Rickaby.

This picture served us very well and is still available to be viewed on the main site.

We've noticed over our existence that we've got some amazing photographers on the site. We wanted to give our users the chance to showcase their work somehow. What better way to have a change to the image people see most while using the forum. The forum background image. So we held a contest and after two heavy rounds of voting we picked a winner.

So without further ado, our new forum image comes to us from Matt Bayrak (or just Bayrak on the forums).

The photo was taken near the end of last summer, in September. My friend Mat Bearchell (Blue Tacoma) and I were originally doing a scouting mission for areas on the island, as many are usually gated and locked due to logging activity. The weather driving out was misty and we though we would get caught in the fog and not able to see anything except things in out immediate vicinity. We were traveling along the far west coast from Victoria to the Jordan river area ... The road was quite overgrown, and I experienced what people call BC PIn Striping for the first time. After traveling for a few hours through the thick brush and fog, we met up with a road in better condition (side brush was trimmed back) and we followed it as it started to gain elevation. As we climbed the fog began to thin. A few twists and turns later, we popped out into this cut block, above the clouds, just in time to catch the sun setting, producing this golden moment.
— Matt Bayrak

Big thanks to Matt for the use of the photo and sharing the great story that goes with it. Thanks to all who participated in our photo contest and keep your ear to the ground for the next one.