A Few Stray Beach Pictures

Just a few pictures I found while I was organizing some files. They appear to have been taken when I was walking down at First Beach, in the West End of Vancouver, sometime this summer, so I figured it’s about time they saw the light of day.

Below Burrard Street Bridge
Below Burrard Street Bridge.
First Beach on a week-end afternoon.
First Beach On A Week-end Afternoon
Barnacle village.
Barnacle Village
Driftwood contours.
Driftwood Contours
False Creek on a sunny morning.
False Creek On A Sunny Morning

Well, nothing too dazzling, but time is short as I look at the insane jumble around me, pondering how my apartment can manage to look continually messier, the more stuff I take out of it?! (A question only slightly less perplexing than, “if the milk in the can is ‘evaporated’, how come the can isn’t empty”?)

Anyway, all the deep philosophy aside, I hope everyone is getting set to welcome Spring (except in the US where the new President has passed an Executive Order declaring all seasons, with the possible exception of endless nuclear winter, to be hoaxes perpetrated by the scientific community, in collusion with Natasha and Boris, and the rest of the gang from the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. Thus, having added three entire seasons to his list of things he doesn’t believe in, the new President is well on his way to making the job of running the country, into something so simple, that even a politician could do it. (With so much concern about “fake news” these days, I now have to ruin my own sarcasm and admit that this previous paragraph is meant as a joke…smh.)

Until next time, everyone please stay safe, healthy, and happy.


Seeking Hidden Worlds

The sun came out a little late today, but it still came out with enough time that I could get down to the beach. My original intention was to take a bunch of sunny photos to brighten up the day’s of several of my blogging friends, who apparently aren’t getting much sunshine this past little while. I certainly did manage to accomplish that, with my photo count topping a whopping 130 photos.

Realizing that that was a rather large gallery, I started looking for ways to break it down into two or three smaller ones. One obvious way immediately suggested itself, because during the afternoon I had decided to hunt out a couple of the smaller beach populations that many people simply walk over every day without actually noticing. Both of these populations can seem to be quite unattractive at first glance, and are easily overlooked. Upon closer inspection, however, I have found that both of these populations are not only NOT unattractive, but are in fact beautiful to behold. So I had spent some time taking close-ups of both of these populations, as well as some longer shots, and then I had added to these some simple trails in the sand that just looked like they came from a foreign species, and I also decided that a few sunset shots always look otherworldly. So these shots kind of formed into a sub-gallery all on their own. I call it, “The Hidden Worlds Gallery”, made up of two populations, and a little of their environment.

The two populations I’m referring to, as I’m sure you’ve figured out by now, are Barnacles, which are animals, whose scientific classification looks something like this:

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Subphylum: Crustacea

Class: Maxillopoda

Subclass: Thecostraca

Infraclass: Cirripedia

I’m told they are extremely good to eat, tasting very much like crab, and I’m also told that several Vancouver restaurants are now offering them as a high-line item on their menus. There are certain native Bands up north who have even been sanctioned to open a Gooseneck Barnacle Fishery. 

And the second population, which can always be found in close proximity to the first, is some type of seaweed, or algae, or sea lettuce, and therein lies the problem. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of varieties of these types of plants, and so far, I haven’t been able to isolate this particular one. But I shall keep looking, and I also know a couple Bloggers who just may be able to help (if they are so inclined). In the meantime, it’s Seaweed, and it’s beautiful, especially on a sunny day.

So this allowed me to take 38 shots out of the hundred and thirty, which is fine for today, and I’ll have to figure out what to do with the rest of them tomorrow. Maybe we’ll have a big gallery since it’s basically a walk at the beach, and who doesn’t like a good long walk at the beach :-). But for now, please join me as we look just a little closer, at the worlds beneath our feet. (TIP: These shots should really be seen full-sized 😉

So I hope you found something there that caught your interest, or made you you look twice, and if not, then at least you have some nice beachy-type pictures to look forward to tomorrow. Until then, stay safe, and healthy, keep on writing, and I’ll read you later.