We had our Provincial elections here in B.C. last night, and though things were close enough that nothing can be truly settled until the final count comes in (in about 2 weeks), the way things sit now, our Green Party made history, and may now finally swing some serious weight. Moving up two seats this time (from 1 to 3) in a contest that saw the two major parties end up neck-and-neck (Liberals 43 seats – New Democratic Party 41 seats), Andrew Weaver’s tiny little count means just as much, or more, than his opponent’s much larger tallies. If the situation as it now sits remains (the first minority government in BC since 1952 – 5 years before I was even born), The Green Party controls the balance of power, and IMHO, that can only be a good thing. Though Mr. Weaver is not tipping his hand yet as to what his strategy might be (pending the final count), he has said that one thing either Party will have to agree to if they want his support is the removal of corporate and union donations in politics.
So I guess it really is going to be a good Spring after all. I would have preferred the removal of the Liberals from power altogether, but the more I think about it, the more I think this is even better, because I’m not a huge fan of the NDP either, and now neither of them will be totally in control. Hopefully everything is going just as well for all of you. I hope your week is going great, and that you are all keeping happy, healthy, and safe. See you next time.
I was going through some of my older pics the other day, and finding quite a few that never made it into these pages, I thought I could use some of them to make up for the lack of photography I’ve been doing while I’m involved in moving 8-10 years of my accumulated life from one location to another. These types of pictures don’t usually get missed in the first cut because I’m particularly dissatisfied with them, but rather more it’s due to space considerations, or the fact that they are too similar to others that did make it into the original post. So at any rate, I’ve picked four of them for today, and before you think that Spring has come early here on the coast, I assure you, it’s the pictures that are “out of time”.
With all that said, I hope everyone is having a great year so far, I wish you all the best for a gentle Spring when it does come, and until next time, please stay, as I always pray for, happy, healthy, and safe.
A few days ago I was out walking, when I came across a spray of flowers in a planter outside a hotel, and found myself taken slightly aback by the delicate greenish tint of the petal-tips. Added to this were several splotches of very soft purple, and the combination was simply beautiful. I snapped a few pictures, and though I still think they looked far better in person, I decided to share them with you here today. Other than that, I guess I better get back to my packing. Everyone have a great week-end, and we’ll see you next week.
Quite a while back, I mentioned I had some pictures to share with you all that I took one day when I walked up to the top of Queen Elizabeth Park, here in Vancouver’s Kitsilano, or Mount Pleasant area, depending on how you want to look at the map. What is for certain is that when you are at the top of that park, at The Bloedel Conservatory, you are basically at the highest point in the city, the top of Little Mountain, and the views can be spectacular at the right time of year, if the weather is co-operative.
Anyway, after I mentioned having those pictures, I preceded to get so involved with all that was happening in the US elections, that as you’ve no doubt noticed, I’ve done very little with my page at all. And then today, while I was trying to sort everything out after one of Microsoft’s constant updates, that seem to do everything for my computer BUT improve anything about it, I came across some of those pictures, and remembered that I never did post any of them. So…here is the batch that I came across today which I had apparently gotten ready to post as a first batch, and as soon as I edit a few more, I’ll follow up with a second post.
Until then, everyone take care, stay healthy and stay safe. For all my friends in the USA, I’m thinking good thoughts for you, and just want to remind you, that as those pictures under these words prove…you’ve still got friends in high places. : )
Yellow-Tipped Floral Surprise
A Magic Bubble Full Of Tropical Plants, Tropical Birds, And Tropical Cameras
“The Lions”_Looking Good And Standing Tall
Looking Down, On The Town, All Around
One Of The Lower Gardens, Which We’ll Get To On Another Day
Th e Highest Point In The City Proper_ A Photo-Journal All On It’s Own
Arriving At My Destination
Nature’s Palette_A Different Angle
Grouse Mountain Ski Slopes Waiting On Winter_Detail 1
One of the nicer in-city parks we have here in Vancouver is Queen Elizabeth Park, on Little Mountain, which I’m pretty sure is considered to be in the Kitsilano neighborhood. I’ve been meaning to take a walk up there to get some pictures to show you of the wonderful gardens they have, and the amazing views of the city that are one of the main reasons folks get up that way. Sitting right at the top of Little Mountain, the Bloedel Conservatory (the MAIN reason people visit) is a world-class tourist attraction, housing all kinds of tropical plants and birds, and just looking kind of awesome as it claims the highest spot in the entire city. I didn’t get inside the Conservatory on this trip, but I did walk through a few of the gardens, and I think I got some decent shots of those and of the city view.
Today I just have time to put up a couple pictures I took along the way while I was walking, and in the next posting I’ll make up a larger gallery of the park itself (now that I’ve done all the intro and I can just focus on getting those pictures out). So for today, it’s just these few, and I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe, and we’ll see you soon.
Well, the other day when I posted my Blog from Crab Park, I mentioned I might add a few pictures of the location at the bottom of the video. After I got home and looked at the length of that video, however, I decided to postpone those additional pictures for another time. So I guess that time has arrived, and down below I’ve included a Mosaic of several pictures I took around the park, and flanked the group of pictures with a couple of my favorite shots of Canada Place that I took one evening from the roof of my building. I hope you find something there you can enjoy, and even as our weather is turning nice once again just in time for the week-end, I hope yours is doing the same. However it turns out though, have a great week-end, stay healthy, stay safe, and most of all, as crazy as this world may seem at times, remember that it is the only world we have to share between us, and in the end, it’s not really that bad a place if we’re willing to see the good it contains. Unless God has other plans for me, we’ll see you all next week.