I just wanted to give everybody a quick heads up, so that if you don’t receive any replies to your emails or your comments for the next couple days, it’s not because I’ve been kidnapped by aliens or anything like that, but simply because for the rest of this weekend I’m going to be taking some time off to get a couple things looked after before I go in on Monday to see what these doctors can do about this nerve damage in my left arm. Except for a pretty steady buzzing, the darn things been sound asleep for the last couple months or so, and call me silly if you will, but I figure if I’ve got to be awake, so does he. I should still be getting one more gallery put out (I think), simply because I’ve already got it in draft form and it’s just a matter of publishing it, and I will get one or two email answered if they’re of a more urgent nature, but other than that, I’ll pretty much be missing in action for a day or two. So everybody just enjoy the weekend, and I should be back bright and early sometime on Tuesday or so. And now on with today’s post.
So yesterday we took a look at a couple of the populations at the beach that were larger than us in sheer numbers, though somewhat smaller in size. And though the beach is home to them, it is also at times (especially in the summer months) home to us, and as such, we don’t always just walk on by these sandy stretches. There are other times when we wish to linger a while, and when that mood strikes yours truly, since I don’t own any water craft, what I like to do is head for my favorite tree, atop my favorite hill, break out a good book, and in the shade of this ancient giant, read the hours away in what I have come to think of as my “Beachside Reading Room”. And I have to tell you, this is a reading room to make even the angels jealous. To prove my point, I sorted out the shots from my photo-shoot the other day, that featured this one specific area, and then, just to flesh out the gallery a little, I added a few close-ups of some random plant-life I spotted on my way down to the beach, and a couple shots of some geese that were hamming it up for me. Then to finish it off, since we featured tiny little creatures yesterday, I thought I would include a couple pictures of what almost certainly has to be one of the largest pairs of wedding rings you’ve ever seen. A perfect match for my favorite tree. So without any further ado, if you’ll follow me, the Reading Room is right this way.
And there we have it, my “Beachside Reading Room”, with a few extras thrown in for good measure. Now of course the reading room looks even better in the summer when we have some leaves on those trees, and the squirrels are scampering about trying to convince me to read out loud to them. But not too bad for a brisk day in January, and one of those places that never fails to remind me that summer is indeed on its way. If a person ever needed a quick cure for Seasonal Affective Disorder, a couple hours right in this spot could go a long way towards a cure, or at least a temporary remedy. I certainly hope if you ever find yourself in Vancouver, you’ll set aside some time to wander down here yourself; just ask anyone where the Aquatic Center is located, or the bottom of Burrard Street. If you are in the downtown area, you are already close.
For now, however, everyone stay safe and healthy, keep up the great writing and photography, and I’ll read you real soon. Until then…