Pictures of my every day life

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A Walk in Gastown


The guide book says ‘Historic shopping and noshing’.  Anyway, it’s a pretty place despite the many tourists, me included.

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Another good place for biking

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Nicely cobbled streets, and a steam clock

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it toots on the quarter hour and attracts us tourists

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Almost time 

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John Fluevog  invites you to come in and take pictures of his wares. More like an art exhibition than a shoe shop.

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Pretty menacing I thought.

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Probably my favourite find of the day. A little creperie all ready for lunch service.

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Here’s ‘Gassy Jack’ Deighton, a bit of a boozer by all accounts.

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Walking back to my hotel I note the Disney Wonder cruise liner is in

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She leaves for Alaska shortly. I looked up some of the reviews. For $5k, count me out.

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I’d rather potter round the harbour for 30 minutes in one of these for a few bucks.

Sunday in the Park


Stanley Park is a 30 minute walk from our hotel. Perfect place to be on a sunny Sunday. First you pass the city skyscrapers, not for a minute expecting anything green for miles.

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These monsters reflect each other beautifully on this sparkling day

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This one is still being built, I don’t fancy being up there adding more layers.

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A good way to get around the park is to hire a bike. Many do

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Some wear their pants outside their shorts. People look, but don’t seem to mind.

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The first person to greet us in the park is Robert Burns, this one’s for you Donald

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and this one too.

Then we were welcomed by Mr Stanley himself

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Nice.

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The gardens were marvellous

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I specially like this herbaceous border

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Note to self: find out what these are and plant them in my own garden next spring

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This is the lungs of Vancouver and people come here to breath.

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This young fellow was exhausted after a ceremonial dance. He just wasn’t in the mood for it today. I don’t blame him really.

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The crows were on duty though regardless of it being Sunday. Good pickings today.

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So, we strolled back along Lost Lagoon

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and watched a gaggle of Canadian geese, and were so glad to be here.

Postcards from Vancouver


What a contrast from Nova Scotia!

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Friday evening rush hour downtown

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Some get away avoiding the traffic.

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There are some pretty interesting buildings to read while you’re waiting for the bus home.

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Saturday morning stroll across the bridge takes us to Granville Island, a real treat.

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This is where the boats can be found.

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I want to explore those mountains in the background later.

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Loving it so far,

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Everyone’s out.  This is the very latest form of water boarding.

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This concrete plant has become an exhibit

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with fun concrete mixers to enjoy

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It’s been here since 1917.

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There’s a lot for children to enjoy on this island, including an entire Kids Market

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Various workshops, like this one making little wooden boats.

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This is fun.

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You can just hang around watching it all,

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or sing along with a band. 

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Inevitably we ended up exhausted with sore feet. Time for a little rest.

Learning About Light


I went to Mod Squad in April, and learned about lighting, amongst other things. I was lucky enough to be taught by Steve Richard who is one of may favourite photographers.  Eric Boutiler-Brown also taught what he knows, which is just about everything anyone needs to take a decent picture.  Then came the chance to take our own shots with lighting set up by Steve:

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Two lovely models, and some red fabric 

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We all just snapped away

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until our cameras started to get hot

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What an opportunity

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It was magical

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and more,

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and more

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Thank you Steve

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Thank you Eric

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I’ll be there for the next course.

Starting Up


I haven’t been attending to my blog, or myself. Here’s a re-start

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This broken church has been left to collapse without interference. Although strange to see a building abandoned like this, it captures the imagination.

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What circumstances could have led to this?

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Sometimes, when my back is sore, it feels like what’s left of the roof of this church.

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Or when my knees creak they feel like they will give way eventually.

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But I have not been abandoned and left to rot. I have people who will look in to my rusty joints and give me medicine to keep them going.

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And there it was; new growth emerging from the ruins 

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and sunlight coming through the window broken frames.DSC_1080

After all, every one has their day don’t they?

I Found the Sun


Lucky me. I have a friend you asked me to tag along to Costa Rica with her. Being polite, I agreed. I think I’m in paradise!

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It was -21 when I left Halifax, and this is what I’ve come to: Paradise.

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There are special birds here

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Some fresh-water

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Others seeming to live on waterlilies.

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This little fellow lives on what he catches from the sea

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and this handsome chap hangs out in our garden.

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Trips on the river can be taken, either looking for fish or property for sale

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Flora and …….

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…fauna in abundance. Think I’ll stay a while.

Nova Scotia Beaches


Given the week of storms we’ve had, we were lucky it was a sunny morning to get out with our photography friends and have a look at some seaside sights.

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The light was silver when we arrived at our first beach.

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Wave after mesmerizing wave.

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Each one created a different effect as it swept up the shore

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The light was intense causing some colour distortion, but I didn’t mind.

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I couldn’t stop clicking as more waves rolled in.

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There’s something special about going on a journey with like minded folk.

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We all were there to get our pictures, no one cared who had what camera.

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The beach did its thing for us

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And we got our shots.

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Then the dogs turned up. Crazy, daft dogs, loving the beach.

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No one took notice of the ‘Dogs on Leads’ sign

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On we went

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Some got caught out by the waves

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Surrounding lakes edged by ice

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The waves got bigger, and then……….

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The biggest treat was waiting quietly on a rock

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A young snowy owl, was happy to pose for us until we were all clicked out.

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Thank you for waiting gorgeous bird!

Winter Day in Halifax


It was one of those sparkling winter days that just has to be photographed. The location was Halifax, mainly on the waterfront.

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The day started in the North End of the City where there is a lovely stretch of water near a boat club. I enjoyed its green railings.

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Feeling patriotic.

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Most of the water’s edge is frozen.

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Once in the City, this caught my eye. Why not?

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Empty mooring sites. In summer, fancy little yachts park up here.

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The sea is still. Reflections are good.

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These little lights are stung up like socks on a washing line.

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There was an excellent band playing in Halifax Market. This fellow had just played his violin at 100 mph. He was out of breath when it was over.

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Graffiti is always fun.

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I like these shadows.

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It was a day for looking at shapes and patterns

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There were plenty to be seen.

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The snow curved round the Lieutenant Governor’s driveway.

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I love this City.

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Not a bad end to the day aye?

After the Storm


Yesterday was the big blizzard of the season. It was spectacular to watch from within a warm house. Today was clear and sunny. There were some beautiful snow sculptures to be seen.

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Although there was drifting, last years seed-heads still stand.

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Our lawns have turned into snow deserts

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The water on the shore is frozen

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Melting slightly as it gets nearer to the ocean.

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Fishing boats are staying put.

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This little jetty is frozen solid.

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No one is launching off there today.

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A hammock reminds me of the summer that won’t be seen round here for many months.

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Shapes of unknown objects settle down for another freezing night.

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While Jimmy……

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Has no real plans

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For the rest of the winter.

2013 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,200 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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