Central Park 2018

Since my January bus-pass had become effective, I thought I would give it a little work-out, and take a run out to Central Park in Burnaby on New Year’s Day; just to make sure it was still there. The last time I was out that way was last summer, and on that occasion, just as I began my afternoon hike, this sensitive little nose of mine had picked up the unmistakable aroma of burning wood. Knowing that there are no campfires allowed in Central Park outside the picnic area (and there only in BBQ’s), I eventually managed to follow the smell of the smoke back to its source.

Chasing the smoke had involved leaving the trail I was on, and crossing a couple others, before plunging back into the denser bush once again. Though you are never too far from a trail in the park, they wind sufficiently, and the park is certainly large enough, that it is possible to lose your bearings for a bit. To put it bluntly, and with a certain amount of embarrassment, I was a little bit lost when I finally came up on what was definitely an abandoned campfire that someone had tried to put out, but not well enough, and it had now, by burning into the thick mossy undergrowth of the rain-forest floor, escaped its boundaries. This, over whatever amount of time had elapsed until I got there, had now produced an area about 20-25 ft. in diameter, where smoke was literally coming up out of the ground, and in some places at least, the ground was too hot for me to walk on in my runners. Ever more dramatic looking were the two small trees about 4-5 ft. apart that were now burning from the ground up to a height of about 2 1/2 to 3ft. up their trunks.

Since I refuse to carry a cell-phone, and my efforts at trying to beat out the flames with a small little rag that I found on the ground were doing no good, I finally had to leave the area (no one was responding to my shouts for assistance), searching around the trails until I found a lady who lent me the use of her cell-phone on which I called the Burnaby Fire Dept. The problem then was that the lady was too busy to help me herself, and the Fire Dept needed someone to meet them at the entrance to the park. I was able to do that, but then I had to find the fire area again! Needless to say, after a few wrong turns, I was successful in getting the firefighters with their portable water sources, axes, and other various equipment into the proper place. They promptly thanked me, and even more promptly sent me away, saying the area was unsafe for someone dressed as I was – really?

They must have done their job, however, because I was able to get some pictures of what still resembles the Central Park I’ve come to know and love, so I thought I’d share a few of them with you here today. And don’t mind the cheeky little squirrel, he was just mad that I forgot to bring my bag of peanuts. Other than all that, I hope your New Year has gotten off to a good start, and that it just keeps on getting better. Everybody please try and stay healthy, happy and safe.

Central Park 2018

Something Different

Having just realized that it’s been a couple weeks now since I’ve added a new post here, I thought I should at least put up a few new pictures. It’s not that I’ve died or anything, but that writing I mentioned a while back has in fact been going quite well, and as I find myself nearing the point where I’m just about to close off the first draft of Part 1 (where I attempt to introduce most of my protagonists), the 20,000+ words that I’ve written have taken up pretty much every spare moment of every day for the last two weeks of my time. And I’m certainly not complaining by any means. This is the best my writing has flowed in a very long time, and without meaning to sound at all corny or anything, I am really excited at just how well it all appears to be going. Some flaws of course, like needing to dump 5,000+ words a few days ago (most of Chapter 4 and related parts in various other chapters), but that is the nature of the beast after all. So just before I get back into it, I thought I would give you all something new to look at for a little while, and hopefully, I’ll change this off sometime before the month is up. I hope everything is going well with everyone out there, have a great Valentine’s Day, Happy Chinese New Year, and everybody stay safe. See you soon.

Carving At Science World
Carving At Science World
Lunch Anyone?
Lunch Anyone?
Peaceful Roads
Peaceful Roads
Residential Row
Residential Row
Thick Brush
Thick Brush
Tree and Stump Buddies
Tree and Stump Buddies
Rainforest Undergrowth
Rainforest Undergrowth
Seagulls Playing At Sunset
Seagulls Playing At Sunset

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A Remedy For The Nasty Weather

Well, this year Halloween not only brought the usual crop of ghosts, ghouls and goblins, but with all the various monsters, fairy-queens and super-heroes, here in Vancouver at least, it brought some pretty horrendous weather. The last few days have been cold, windy and wet. So as I sat here huddled up in my apartment preparing to watch a movie or two, I decided to first take a look at some of the pictures I took in the last week or two that I’ve neglected to post anywhere. As I was doing so, I realized I was starting to feel a lot better just looking at the far superior weather we had been having just a short time ago, so I thought what the hey, it’s past time for an update of my blog anyway, so here’s a small gallery of pictures taken sometime last week during a quick trip to Central Park one Saturday afternoon, with a stop at Metrotown Mall on my way home. If your weather today is anything like ours is here, maybe these will help warm you up a little. As for the particulars of each shot, I think the captions should pretty much explain them. I hope you enjoy at least a couple of them. And here we go.

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Overcast In Central Park

Well it’s been so hot here as of late, that when we got a day yesterday that was overcast, I grabbed my camera and headed out to Burnaby BC, which is just across Boundary Road on the east side of Vancouver. Just as we have Stanley Park here in Vancouver proper which is a Temperate Rain-Forest Preserve, Burnaby has Central Park, which itself is another huge (222 acres) Temperate Rain-Forest Preserve, and while both areas obviously have much in common, they have enough differences that I like to alternate between them when I’m out looking for some good locations to shoot.

Anyway, I’m not going to take up a lot of space yakking your ears off, but there is one thing I wanted to make sure that I explain, simply because it’s such an everyday sight to me when I’m in these parks (which is all the time) that I sometimes forget that not everybody might understand just what it is that they are looking at. And even though there won’t be a lot of examples in today’s pictures (I came across a couple other things I thought you might like to see first, and we can look at more examples of what I’m talking about in a later set of pictures) there are a couple so I want to offer this explanation up front. It goes like this.

When I show you pictures of trees here in our Rain-forest areas that might look to you like they have multiple legs, to the extent that they might actually be capable of running, or, when you see shots of younger trees that appear to be attempting to beef up by moving around through the forest eating unsuspecting tree stumps, there really is a good explanation for both of these phenomena. The forest floor at this time in the history of our Coastal Temperate Rain-Forests is so acidic that young saplings and seedlings cannot grow in it, or at least not very well. On the other hand, much of the undergrowth, such as the ferns, really like the acidity. So what the forest management teams do (as far as I understand these things) is plant the seedlings in the old stumps of trees that were logged in the past, or fell victim to lightning or fire. This keeps the young trees off the forest floor until they are old enough to handle the acidic composition, and the stumps serve as nutrients themselves, and also as channels allowing the young trees to tap in to their established root system. Of course, as time progresses, the stump disintegrates, leaving the sapling, which is now a mature tree with what appears to be legs where it has grown down around the sides of the former stump. Catch it at the right time in the process, and especially in the right light, and it can really look like the new tree is hunting down, capturing, and eating unsuspecting stumps. But don’t take my word for it, here’s the pictures.

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