Some Of The Older Shots

I was looking through some of my computer photo albums from 2014-15 this morning, which was a time before I got the camera I now use. Since Vancouver is presently sitting in somewhat of a cold-snap, I decided to stay in, and use a few of those old pictures I was looking at to make a new post. (I also find that I’m somewhat irritated with the mainstream press as they help their more corrupt Democrat candidates, try to convince the world that Jill Stein from the Green Party is now a Russian agent. I happen to both like, and respect Dr. Stein.)  So since posting pictures is something that I find to be quite soothing to my soul, and because I was quite happy to see that the pictures from back then actually do a good job of holding their own against those that I now take with the much better equipment, I picked out a few to show you. Then I realized that the similarity in the quality of the pictures from then, and those from now, might also just mean that my photography skills are not improving at all. Thus, before I completely depress myself, I think I’ll just post these darn pictures, and wish you folks all a Merry Christmas.

Alright, this is just not my day! I got all the way down to here, before I discovered why the old pictures look almost as good as the new…they were taken with the same camera. That’s why I’m using red ink, it matches my face. It seems I got this camera further back then I thought I did, but as soon as I clicked on one of the pictures where it appeared on my page after publication, it showed up in the larger form, along with all the details about what camera was used, as well as the other settings. Oh well, I’ve done dumber things, I just can’t remember when. So just ignore everything I said above the pictures, except for the fact that I still think Jill Stein is awesome. And while we’re here, you can add a great big Happy New Year to that Merry Christmas I wished you earlier. Take care and stay safe.

Some Of The Older Shots

A Friendly Caution And A Few Pictures After Our First Mountain Snowfall

We’ve been having some really cold weather lately, and the other night, we had our first snowfall up in the higher areas. I took a few pictures from down here, and I’ll get to those right away. But first, I just wanted to start this post with a friendly caution.

I don’t know if you have seen it personally yet, though I’m sure everyone will eventually, but the mainstream media, and the more establishment Internet sites, and President Obama himself, have all been talking lately about the same one thing: Fake News.

Now according to these guys, it’s more of this Russian nonsense, and what it amounts to basically, is that any news outlet that isn’t walking in total lockstep with the Establishment opinion on…well everything, is apparently a Russian Propaganda site. Now if Hillary had been elected, this would have been used to help sway the people to her views on going to war with Russia as I’ve mentioned in other articles. Hopefully, that may be the ONE good thing about a Trump Presidency. Mr. Trump doesn’t appear quite so anxious to engage with Mr. Putin in anything more serious than joining forces to eliminate the threat of ISIS, and that has to be a good thing…IF he sticks to his word.

However, that is not going to stop the continuation of this cry of Fake News…Fake News! That’s because the progressive news channels which are being attacked here and charged (even by the President of the U.S.A.) with spreading propaganda, succeeded, along with Wikileaks, in showing the American people, and the world, the dark underbelly of American politics this year, and for that, there is a certain group of very powerful people, who simply will not forgive them. They will try to discredit them, and smear them at every opportunity, while all the time it is they themselves, the mainstream media, the politicians, and the corporations that own them, that are spreading the fake news that they claim to be warning the public about. Rather than ask you to put your faith in myself over something this important, however, I thought I would link you to an article by a very reputable investigative reporter, whose credibility is easier to ascertain than my own. The link follows, and after that, a small gallery of something in which I am credible, pictures of the Vancouver area (after the snowfall).


Mountain Peaks, Flowers Sweet, Etc…

With a new month upon us, and cold wet weather keeping me housebound, I thought I would take a break from the other writing and reading that I’ve been working on, and get a new gallery posted for all of you out there who must be pretty tired of the old one by now. I also wanted to show off my moth-orchid which has 6 of the 7 buds open at this time, and my Christmas cactus which has recently joined in the budding process, although (waiting patiently for Santa) it’s still somewhat lacking in blooms.

I also managed to click a few pictures of the North Shore Mountains on a day when the air must have been especially clear, because I was able to zoom in on them to the full extent of my lens with only a bare minimum of blurriness, hardly noticeable on a couple of the shots. I labelled a couple of the pictures to show you where my favorite spots for day-hikes are, and even though I don’t make those trips anymore, it wasn’t all that long ago that I did, and the memories are still fresh. The shot of Grouse Mountain’s ski area would have looked better at night with the lights on that outline the edges, but maybe I’ll try for that one next time. You know, I very seldom (if ever) go to the trouble of doing this, but if you are ever going to click on one of my pictures to see it larger, or even full-sized, these long-shots of the North Shore Mountains might just be the ones I would recommend trying it out on.

So I hope everyone is getting into the holiday swing of things, and I hope this gallery finds you all happy, and healthy, safe and satisfied. May the holidays bring you everything you’re hoping for and may they bring the world at least some of what we need. Everyone take care now, have fun, and we’ll see you next time.


A Sunny Saturday


Crab Park

Just before we get into today's gallery, a little
explanation as to why I've been publishing pictures
a little more frequently than articles these last
few days. Being someone who truly loves to write,
and having certain topics that I'm passionate
enough about that I would like to write a longer 
piece in regards to them, I've decided to allow 
myself the pleasure of writing at least one 
essay-length article –as opposed to the more common 
Blog-length pieces– each month, and this way allow 
myself to more thoroughly study a particular topic
of interest, for myself, and hopefully, for others 
as well. Of course, while I'm working on pieces of 
this nature, I will have very little time to write 
the more standard-length articles,and that's where 
the galleries come in. With pictures to replace the
articles while I'm working on the essay,I get to 
do my writing, and keep fresh material appearing on
the Blog while I do so. And with only one longer
article each month or so, those of you who prefer
your reading kept short, can simply skip the day 
the essay is published, or maybe take the time to 
review a gallery or two. So, with that all taken 
care of, I hope you will join me now as we head to
Crab Park for...

A Mid-October Stroll

If you were to take the distance I walked from my place in a southerly direction to get to the Chinese Garden that we visited yesterday, and were to walk roughly that same distance, but this time in a northerly direction from my residence, you would arrive at Crab Park. I told you before, I love living in the downtown area. As you approach the park, you walk over a little overpass that crosses the railway tracks, and then you pass some of the dock areas, and a little harbor frequented by some tugs, and a few other vessels. As you make your way down the grassy slope towards the water, you see North and West Vancouver across the bay and behind that, the rising North Shore Mountains stretching all the way from Mt. Seymour on the one extreme, to the Lions on the other end, set further back then the rest of the better known peaks. As you look towards downtown you can see Sears Tower, and a fair amount of the Vancouver skyline, with Canada Place, and its large sail-like structures jutting out into the water just past the helicopter landing pad where you can catch a really quick lift over to the Island, or the North Shore, or maybe just go for some sight-seeing around the city. As for the Park itself, there’s a fair amount to keep a person interested while they walk around and sip a coffee, or exercise their dog, or play with the children. But why am I yammering, when I could much more easily be letting you look for yourselves. Remember, you can always click on any of the pictures to get a better view, or read a caption, or check things out Gallery style. And for those of you who like a little music while you wander along the shore, I’ve included a couple of tunes for you to pick from.


Crab Park