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

A Reminder of Days Gone By

So here we are, July 5th, and the weather here in Vancouver is once again back to the rain and cool temperatures. So since I haven’t been getting out a whole lot with the camera this year, and since I just paid my yearly fees, which means my third year of Vancouver Visions is just about to begin (in September to be precise), I thought I would take a look back at some of the earlier pictures that have graced these pages, and at the same time, I might convince myself that we really do get nice weather here at least once in a while. So if some of the following shots look familiar, it’s because they’ve all appeared here at least once before. Oooh, Spooky!

 Some roses in Ava's garden, 2014.
Some roses in Ava’s garden, 2014.
Another cluster of flowers from Ava's garden, 2014.
Another cluster of flowers from Ava’s garden, 2014.
Church steeple at night.
A solitary streetlight adds a highlight to the silhouette of the church steeple in the early evening hours.
The Gumhead Sculpture
This is a self-portrait sculpture by Douglas Coupland called “Gumhead”. It is constructed from steel, milled foam, resin, and yep, you guessed it, gum. And just in case you’re not sure what kind of gum I’m talking about, Mr. Coupland has also invited all passers-by and viewers, to add their own chewing gum to his sculpture, thus obliterating his original work, and creating something new in the process. The sign in front of the statue suggests you wash your hands after adding your chewing gum to the work in progress. I second the motion.
Just one of many fractal designs I came up with when I took an interest in Fractal Art several years ago.
Just one of many fractal designs I came up with when I took an interest in Fractal Art several years ago.
Night falls on the city streets.
Night falls on the city streets.
Peaceful grays and gentle blues.
Peaceful grays and gentle blues.

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A Photo-Study of The Cherry-Blossom

Well, we changed our clocks ahead, and the seasons seemed to jump ahead right along with them here in our fair coastal city. To prove my point, I thought I would give you all a close look at a couple of our local cherry trees, and how they reacted to the advancing of the clocks. These pictures in the following gallery were taken over a period of two days, and for myself at least, the difference just in those two days is amazing in itself. I didn’t take any pictures the day before these two days not just because it was rainy and miserable out, but because there really was nothing to take any pictures of. Then suddenly, on the first of the two days, the cherry blossoms had appeared in force, and by the second, they had literally taken over the trees. But see for yourselves.

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Taking Advantage of a Civic Holiday

Since we’re celebrating BC Day here on the West Coast in Canada, a lot of things are closed and today is kind of like a Saturday or Sunday, so I thought I would take advantage of it to throw up a new post. Nothing fancy mind you, just twelve pictures that I took back in May that somehow never made it onto these pages, and so now I figure their time has come. Except for the shots of Mount Seymour, the pictures are pretty self-explanatory, and if I tried to give you any kind of detailed description of the mountain, we would still be here next BC Day. Suffice it to say that in the two pictures that feature Mount Seymour, it’s the mountain at the rear with the triple peaks. An interesting point about that center peak is that at the rear of that one lay some of the longest toboggan runs in the entire world, and until you’ve climbed into a rubber tire-tube and launched yourself down that mountain, you still have at least one definition of amusement-park type fear to add to  your collection. Lol. So anyway, here what I have for you today, and I’ll see you next time.

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Excitement_Real and Imagined

I had grabbed my camera and headed out one day looking for something to photograph. It wasn’t an absolute requirement, but I was thinking that a little excitement would have been a good thing, though in the end, like always, I had decided to just leave it up to the Lord, leaving Him to lead me where He would. The day started off a little slow, but I was able to catch a couple shots of a new building that was going up around International Village, which is a large residential and retail complex just a few blocks away from where I live, down by the old Expo site, near the location of Vancouver Science World (nowadays known as Telus’ World of Science). I even took a picture of the construction crane, and the only shot of a flower that I took that entire day, which in itself was a kind of a strange thing, since I usually take more floral shots than I know what to do with. I then left that area because for some reason that I had yet to ascertain, that immediate section of the Downtown East Side was very quickly filling up with people and  vehicular traffic quite out of the ordinary for that time of the day on a week-end, and you know by now that I don’t deal to well with crowds.

Anyway, I decided to cut through Gastown and just as I turned onto Powell Street, I looked down the road and saw the police trying to sort out the mess left by a small sports-car that was laying upside-down in the  middle of the street. There were a number of people milling around but I could see no ambulances. I didn’t want to get too close and add to the confusion, but I had my 55-200mm zoom lens with me, and using that I was able to see quite clearly that there was no one lying on the ground, nor were there any pools of blood or any such indicators that anyone had been seriously hurt. My hopes were indeed confirmed a few minutes later when one of the people who had been much closer to the accident wandered down my way, and when I asked him, he told me that there was only the driver in each car, and they both walked away from it without so much as a scratch. As my pictures will show you, the same can’t be said for the cars.

Deciding to head back, and still curious as to what had been drawing people in such numbers over to International Village, I restructured my previous path, and very quickly as I came across the Georgia Viaduct (which allowed me to observe that area without actually entering into it) I deduced the reason for all the people, vehicles, and equipment. They were filming a movie or a TV series. At any rate, shooting with my zoom lens from the Viaduct, I was able to get some decent shots of some of the actors, the crew, and the rest of it. I got a good shot of who I’m pretty sure is at least one of the main characters, but I can’t put a name to him. The picture is clear, and if I’m correct, and he is one of the leads, then I’m sure somebody out there will be able to put a name to him. My own personal favorite is the young man who spent the whole time moving around spreading smoke all over the place. I couldn’t help but wonder what his personal views are on 2nd-hand smoke? Lol. Anyway, here’s the pictures, and I’ll see you next time.

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Flowers of the Rainbow

While walking on the east side of the city a while back, the last day of April to be exact, I was quite surprised to see such a large assortment of flowers already in bloom in a couple of the gardens I passed. It wasn’t just the number of flowers that caught my attention. What really interested me was the brilliant colors decorating the blooms I saw considering the calendar was just barely edging its way into the month of March. I’m fully aware that we have flowers year-round in this beautiful province of ours (thanks to the temperate climate) but I have found over the years that the earliest blooming blossoms are also usually the less colorful ones. I used to think that perhaps this had to do with the fact that there were less bees and other critters around during the cooler weather that could be attracted by the showy display of brilliantly-colored flowers, and up to this point in my life, I’ve been given no reason to change that opinion. I mean, why put on your best tuxedo if all the girls are at the bar checking out the local male strippers? Anyway, I may have to change that opinion, because even though we were having our usual cool weather back then, and I distinctly recall the normal absence of bees and flies and all the usual suspects, those flowers were dressed as gaily as any that I have seen since, or any that I expect to see in the coming weeks. So as far as my crop of home-made scientific theories go, it’s back to the drawing board. But at least you get to look at a couple of the flowers that I’m referring to, and you can judge for yourself if this is appropriate winter-wear. While you’re doing that, however, you must promise to remember that most important rule of all,… “No white socks before Labor Day!”

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Flowers and Butterfly

It was a rather peaceful day today, and the tranquility of the day seems to have slipped right into the pictures that I took. Mainly flowers from my friend Ava’s garden which is just now starting to come into nice bloom, and then as a nice bonus, a few pictures of a pretty little visitor to the garden who showed up at just the right time. I hope you enjoy seeing the pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Butterfly In Ava's Garden 3

Butterfly In Ava's Garden 2

Butterfly In Ava's Garden

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