Two More Old Favorites

Well I guess it’s about time I got around to putting in the next two of my favorite old shots as I continue my trip down Memory Lane. The first shot, entitled “Powell Street Overpass”, is more accurately just an overpass that happens to be on Powell Street. If it has a name (I’m reasonably sure it does), I’ve never come across it, and my life has been just fine despite this egregious lack of information. Of course, it may well be that it truly is “The Unknown Overpass”, thus joining the esteemed ranks of such notables as, “The Unknown Soldier” and “The Unknown Blogger” (the last of which I think I just invented).

The second image I do have some slightly more solid information on. The critter pictured therein is a Grey Heron. We have a lot of these beautiful birds in Vancouver, and a large number of them hang out in a well-established community they have located at one of the better-known entrances to Stanley Park, an area known as Lost Lagoon. You have to see one of these animals in flight to truly appreciate their wingspan, and you have to see that neck of theirs in action to actually realize all the shapes they can twist that thing into. If you should get into a staring contest with one of these birds, my money’s on the bird.

So anyway, try as it may, Spring still has not managed to set in, and we still have not had two consecutive days of sunny weather. It reminds me of the old Vancouver weather, before they cut so many of the trees off the North Shore mountains. I didn’t mind it then, so I guess I can live with it now (it tends to chase away the sissies).

I hope the weather elsewhere is looking better, and I hope you all had a pleasant Easter week. Hopefully everyone is healthy and happy. And I always pray your keeping safe. Have a great week.

Powell Street Overpass
Powell Street Overpass
Grey Heron At Lost Lagoon_2
Grey Heron At Lost Lagoon_2

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My Fuzzy New Friends

Just before I introduce you to a new friend I made back in May, I wanted to show you something that I really don’t know for certain if I’ve ever shown you before or not. I do know for certain that I’ve explained in the past that I basically have no real talent when it comes to the art of drawing. If you asked me to draw you a dog, or a horse, or a house for that matter, I would be pretty much at a loss even trying to figure out where to begin, and to steal a concept from a comedian who is having his own problems these days, the fact is that those things I just mentioned attempting to draw would end up all having one thing in common, and that is that when I was finished, they would probably all look like ash-trays. (The comedian I mentioned was Bill Cosby who said that everything he ever made in shop class was so bad that when people asked him what the items were, he just added two grooves in them and said they were ashtrays.) Anyway, even though I can’t draw, what I can do, is follow directions (something a lot of men would rather not admit to for some strange reason). And if you can follow directions, you can do some pretty amazing things. For instance…

Leonardo Da Vinci apparently autopsied a human body back in the days when the church was still powerful enough that such an activity could have got Leo in a heap of serious trouble. The reason he did so was so that he could draw the human body even better since he would understand the underlying structures that dictated the subtle shaping of the visible skin above. The part of all this that interested me was that Leonardo first of all took extremely detailed measurements of each and every muscle and organ of the body, plus their relationships to each other, and he also wrote them down in a form that has survived to our present day. Did I mention that I love following directions?

Anyway, I did start with the head, but you’ll only have my word for it that the result of drawing measured lines that corresponded to the Master’s measurements, did indeed result in a very reasonable facsimile of a head. The problem was I tried to add a face and destroyed the head in the process. But starting from where the head left off, I once again picked up my Pen and Black Ink, my compass and my ruler, and with no model, only Da Vinci’s measurements and relationships, this is the Torso that this non-artist managed to come up with all those long years ago.

Human Torso

I did manage to do one leg and part of the other, and then for some reason, the series never got finished. Perhaps a black-out period. Who knows. Anyway, I just thought it was kind of neat how detailed Mr. Da Vinci’s notes were to enable a person with no artistic or medical training to make use of them in this fashion.

But now, after all this talk about autopsies, and dead bodies and stuff, never let it be said that I would leave my favorite people on such a down note. No sir, not me. I mentioned earlier I made a new friend back in May. Well, actually, it was several new friends, and they really don’t need a whole lot of introduction from me other than to say I met them up at Lost Lagoon, which I walk by on my way home from Stanley Park when I’m up there shooting pictures. And what better way to put a capper on a day of photographic pleasantries than this. And other than that, well, I guess the rest of the story, if there is one, is in the titles of each of the pictures.

One final shot for all you flower lovers out there…

Orange Lilly

 

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Still Strolling

So continuing with the same stroll on which I discovered that beautifully colorful garden that you saw in my previous post, I ended up passing by First Beach, and continued on all the way through English Bay and Second Beach right on into Stanley Park (did I ever mention that I really like to walk). So what we have today is a few shots taken along that path, and I guess I’ll have to finish it up tomorrow since these shots leave us stumbling around somewhere in the thicker bush areas around Lost Lagoon. Don’t worry though, I almost always manage to find my way out of here sooner or later, sooner if it gets near supper time.

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