Time For Something Fresh

Well I finally found a little time, and I had a few new pictures sitting here, so I thought I should freshen up this page a little. Plus the other day while I was sitting on my balcony, shaking my head at that snow I showed you some pictures of a while back, I was suddenly disturbed by every bird in the neighborhood simultaneously going crazy, flying in bizarre patterns of confusion, and squawking to beat the band. When I looked up it was plain to see that they were in a panic over something, but it was too far away for me to make it out clearly.

I went inside and got my camera with the telephoto on it, and when I came back out, I was able to figure out just what was happening. Apparently, the snow in the mountains must have been much worse than what we had down here, and their regular prey must have been holding up out of the elements, and thus, out of sight, because a flock of eagles had come down to the lowlands, most likely in search of a quick meal (read pigeon, or raven, or seagull, or even small dog or cat). Come to think of it, considering the number of those birds in that hunting party, you could probably add a small child to that list – these eagles get large in these parts, and they are formidable hunters.

At first I thought there was 4-5 eagles in the group, and since they were quite the distance away, I couldn’t say for certain. But just as the hunting birds were leaving, a large number of their intended dinner decided to roost on the crane across the laneway from my place, and the eagles took one final, sad look at their missed lunch as they made a pass over the crane on their way out of the area. At that time I was able to snap a picture much closer up, and I counted 8 eagles in the pack. So there is a couple of those pictures below, as well as a few shots I took when I went for a walk on one of the nicer days we’ve had since then. We’re back to just above freezing temps. at night again, but the nicer days are becoming more frequent, and it does seem like Spring is in the air, with the Magnolia trees in my back yard area already breaking out in blooms.

So I hope your Spring weather is coming a little faster than mine is, and I hope everyone is keeping well, happy, and safe. We’ll see you all next time. God Bless.

Time For Something Fresh

Catch-And-Release_Is It Really Humane?

I was reading an article today on Google+ about the merits of catch-and-release when it comes to fishing for endangered species. The fish in particular that the article was focused on, was the White River Sturgeon, a beautiful animal by any standard (other than facial features), and a constant reminder that we share this world with many creatures that have been around a whole lot longer than we have.

Photo Credit: http://thelife-animal.blogspot.ca/2012/11/lake-sturgeon.html
Photo Credit: http://thelife-animal.blogspot.ca/2012/11/lake-sturgeon.html

Now the above photo is actually a Lake Sturgeon (close enough for the point of my post), and in case you didn’t notice in the credit beneath the photo, the picture is not my own (I’ll include a couple fish pictures of my own later, but of a totally different species). If you do follow that link, however, it makes for some great reading.

What I did want to talk about in this post is a possible problem that you seldom see mentioned in articles of this nature, but for which I have seen at least some evidence. It involves taking a fish from muddy waters (such as found in many river systems) out into the bright afternoon sun, so that even if you catch-and-release, you might inadvertently be putting a blind (and thus helpless) fish back into the water.

When I lived in Northern Saskatchewan while I attended university in Saskatoon, I used to fish the North Saskatchewan River on week-ends with a couple friends, and we always fished around midnight by the light of the moon. We did this mainly because the river there is known for its Giant Yellow Pickerel. Whereas you could catch 2 and 3-pound eating size fish all afternoon long in that  stretch of water, it was only once it was completely black, with just the moon for light, that the big ones came out hunting.

And that’s my point. If those fish’s eyes were so sensitive that they could find my minnows in that muddy river water, at midnight, by the light of a prairie moon, (and with that mucky water it’s easily as dark in that water all day) just imagine being suddenly yanked out of that darkness into the blazing afternoon sun.  After I read about this blindness issue on a number of occasions, and then talked to some of the older Native guys in the area, I came to a place of understanding where I decided that if I caught a fish, unless it was completely against the law to do so, I might just as well eat it, as put it back in the water where it was probably so helpless now, it was just going to get eaten, or starve to death (for lack of being able to hunt) anyway.

Now I’m not saying that everyone has to believe the same things I believe, and I also think the whole thing varies with the species of fish, and the type of water the fish dwells in. Here in BC where I’ve lived for the last 36 years or so, in our mountain lakes the water is so clear, you can see all the way to the bottom anyway, and the Trout streams are pretty much the same deal. I imagine fish in that kind of setting require different visual equipment then fish that live in water that is so mucky,  that you can barely see a foot in front of your face. But anyway, with all the talk about catch-and-release, I just thought I’d throw that out there.

And now as promised, a couple of my own fish-pics.

Orange Koi At Chinese Gardens
Orange Koi At Chinese Gardens
Speckled Koi At Chinese Gardens
Speckled Koi At Chinese Gardens
Speckled Koi At Chinese Gardens 2
Speckled Koi At Chinese Gardens 2

And finally, just a quick peek at the Chinese Gardens that contains the pond which is home to the above-pictured koi (but certainly not the lake sturgeon). Other than that, have a great week people, be happy, and stay safe.

Just one of the trails that helps transport visitors away from the hustle-bustle of Downtown Vancouver.
Just one of the trails that helps transport visitors away from the hustle-bustle of Downtown Vancouver.

Catch-And-Release_Is It Really Humane?

Something New To Look At

Sometimes I suspect I sound like a broken record, but it really is true that I’m still re-organizing things since I was foolish enough to let myself get hacked a while back which resulted in me having my hard-drive wiped. So if I let things slide around here a lot lately, I apologize for the boredom anyone experiences when they are good enough to take the time from their day to come and check the site out. At any rate, I did make it here today, and I do have a few new pictures for you to see. So let’s just dive right into it. Most, if not all of these pictures, were taken up at the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Gardens, right in the heart of Chinatown, just a couple blocks from the Downtown core. An amazing place to relax when the frantic pace of the day has you thinking about standing in the middle of a busy intersection and screaming as loud as you can.

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A Hint of Spring

Well, it looks like we got a little look at the changing of seasons today. The rain stopped, and the sun came out accompanied by a nice gentle breeze that had springtime pretty much written all over it. Everything smelled so clean and fresh that I had no trouble stepping away from the keyboard for a bit, while I went out for a walk and even snapped a few pictures along the way. Coming back in, I thought I would put out this post, recharge my camera battery, have a quick bite to eat, and then see if I couldn’t get a few more shots in before the sun went down tonight. I figure since I’ve now racked up somewhere in the area of 34,000 words, on 128 pages, spread over 8-9 pretty rough chapters (I’m actually working on smoothing out Part 1 these days, which is why the word-count is not increasing very rapidly), I can manage to justify a couple of consecutive days off to let my thoughts settle down.

So anyway, here’s a few pictures I took this morning, and a couple I took some time ago. I hope you find at least one or two you like. I also hope that your weather is as nice as mine is, and that you are having a wonderful week-end. In the meantime, stay safe, healthy and happy, and we’ll see you next time around. Have a great one.

The Lions As They Keep Watch Over Everything
The Lions As They Keep Watch Over Everything
One Of The Inhabitants Of My Neighborhood Prior To We Poor Folks
One Of The Inhabitants Of My Neighborhood Prior To We Poor Folks
The West End
The West End
The Great Canadian Casino (Glass) With BC Place At The Rear
The Great Canadian Casino (Glass) With BC Place At The Rear
Telus World of Science
Telus World of Science
Telus World of Science From North Side Of False Creek
Telus World of Science From North Side Of False Creek
Residential Buildings In The False Creek District
Residential Buildings In The False Creek District
My Favorite Credit Union On The Right
My Favorite Credit Union On The Right
Looking Across The Burrard Street Bridge Into The West End
Looking Across The Burrard Street Bridge Into The West End
Feel The Burn
Feel The Burn
Every Earthworms Nightmare
Every Earthworms Nightmare
Another Of The Earlier Inhabitants In The Neighborhood In Which I Dwell
Another Of The Earlier Inhabitants In The Neighborhood In Which I Dwell
A Slightly Better Angle For The Science World Shot
A Slightly Better Angle For The Science World Shot

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Remembrances of Nicer Weather

We have been socked in here with rain so continually these last few weeks that I’ve finally said the heck with it, and decided to put back out a few of my older shots taken when the skys were at least a little more conducive to photographic endeavors. I hope everyone out there is enjoying a slighter dryer winter, and if I hear even one of my government officials mention the word drought this year, I promise them some very stern words. Lol. In the meantime, I plan to try and convince myself that the following pictures just look a little familiar, and were in fact taken today.

Downtown Vancouver From Crab Park
Downtown Vancouver From Crab Park
Grouse Mountain In The Fog 2
Grouse Mountain In The Fog 2
The North-Shore Back-Country On A Cloudy Day_DETAIL
The North-Shore Back-Country On A Cloudy Day_DETAIL
Great Blue Heron Log_Rolling
Great Blue Heron Log Rolling
Siwash Rock Silhouette
Siwash Rock Silhouette

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My First True Gallery Of 2016

Well, with 2016 now truly under way, and 2015 simply a memory to look back upon with either joy, sadness, or most likely, a combination of both, I wondered if I should make any big changes in how I present my blog. After thinking about it for a while, I decided that changes would indeed be forthcoming, though as to how big or small those changes would be, I decided the answer would lie in how the individual visitor to the site finally decided to regard whatever particular changes they themselves encountered. There will certainly be a few more videos than in the previous year, and I think I will be returning to a little more of the writing that I originally started this site with. But for this post, I think we’ll just start with a good old fashioned gallery, and hope everyone finds something to enjoy in these few pictures that I have chosen to start this brand new year with. So everyone take care, stay safe, and we’ll see you again real soon.

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A Very Quick Birthday Celebration

Well today is my birthday, and since I still haven’t really put a new post together, I thought I would just put up the few pictures that I had gathered so far, and work on something completely new that I can post in a day or two from now. So for the moment, here is a little something at least somewhat different than what we have been looking at for the last week. Hopefully, next week will be somewhat more original.

A Ray of Hope For 2016
A Ray of Hope For 2016
Another View Of A Residential Cluster As Seen From The Georgia Viaduct
Another View Of A Residential Cluster As Seen From The Georgia Viaduct
Day-Hiking Destinations From Vancouver
Day-Hiking Destinations From Vancouver
The Corner of Keefer and Main in Vancouver
The Corner of Keefer and Main in Vancouver
The Main Branch Of The Vancouver Public Library
The Main Branch Of The Vancouver Public Library
Residential Towers Seen From The Georgia Viaduct
Residential Towers Seen From The Georgia Viaduct

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