This week’s photo-challenge from The Daily Post is all about ‘New’. What could be better than being the first one to draw hopscotch on my brand new paved driveway?
We decided we had to get out. It had just started snowing, but the air was wonderful
Poppy was keen to get going, the snow looked good.
We were heading to our local beach on Five Island Lake.
The sunlight in the woods around the lake was lovely, so we explored further,
things were getting exciting,
the snow was starting to collect on the trees for the first time this year.
Some interesting shapes were beginning to form.
The light was getting better.
Lovely things happen here in winter.
Tiny branches trapped in the ice.
As the sun started to go down we began to freeze,
With her new branch Poppy led us home for tea.
The guide book says ‘Historic shopping and noshing’. Anyway, it’s a pretty place despite the many tourists, me included.
Another good place for biking
Nicely cobbled streets, and a steam clock
it toots on the quarter hour and attracts us tourists
John Fluevog invites you to come in and take pictures of his wares. More like an art exhibition than a shoe shop.
Pretty menacing I thought.
Probably my favourite find of the day. A little creperie all ready for lunch service.
Here’s ‘Gassy Jack’ Deighton, a bit of a boozer by all accounts.
Walking back to my hotel I note the Disney Wonder cruise liner is in
She leaves for Alaska shortly. I looked up some of the reviews. For $5k, count me out.
I’d rather potter round the harbour for 30 minutes in one of these for a few bucks.
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.
These monsters reflect each other beautifully on this sparkling day
This one is still being built, I don’t fancy being up there adding more layers.
A good way to get around the park is to hire a bike. Many do
Some wear their pants outside their shorts. People look, but don’t seem to mind.
The first person to greet us in the park is Robert Burns, this one’s for you Donald
and this one too.
Then we were welcomed by Mr Stanley himself
The gardens were marvellous
I specially like this herbaceous border
Note to self: find out what these are and plant them in my own garden next spring
This is the lungs of Vancouver and people come here to breath.
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.
The crows were on duty though regardless of it being Sunday. Good pickings today.
So, we strolled back along Lost Lagoon
and watched a gaggle of Canadian geese, and were so glad to be here.
What a contrast from Nova Scotia!
Friday evening rush hour downtown
Some get away avoiding the traffic.
There are some pretty interesting buildings to read while you’re waiting for the bus home.
Saturday morning stroll across the bridge takes us to Granville Island, a real treat.
This is where the boats can be found.
I want to explore those mountains in the background later.
Loving it so far,
Everyone’s out. This is the very latest form of water boarding.
This concrete plant has become an exhibit
with fun concrete mixers to enjoy
It’s been here since 1917.
There’s a lot for children to enjoy on this island, including an entire Kids Market
Various workshops, like this one making little wooden boats.
This is fun.
You can just hang around watching it all,
or sing along with a band.
Inevitably we ended up exhausted with sore feet. Time for a little rest.
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:
Two lovely models, and some red fabric
We all just snapped away
until our cameras started to get hot
What an opportunity
It was magical
Thank you Steve
Thank you Eric
I’ll be there for the next course.
I haven’t been attending to my blog, or myself. Here’s a re-start
This broken church has been left to collapse without interference. Although strange to see a building abandoned like this, it captures the imagination.
What circumstances could have led to this?
Sometimes, when my back is sore, it feels like what’s left of the roof of this church.
Or when my knees creak they feel like they will give way eventually.
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.
And there it was; new growth emerging from the ruins
and sunlight coming through the window broken frames.
After all, every one has their day don’t they?
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!
It was -21 when I left Halifax, and this is what I’ve come to: Paradise.
There are special birds here
Others seeming to live on waterlilies.
This little fellow lives on what he catches from the sea
and this handsome chap hangs out in our garden.
Trips on the river can be taken, either looking for fish or property for sale
Flora and …….
…fauna in abundance. Think I’ll stay a while.
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.
The light was silver when we arrived at our first beach.
Wave after mesmerizing wave.
Each one created a different effect as it swept up the shore
The light was intense causing some colour distortion, but I didn’t mind.
I couldn’t stop clicking as more waves rolled in.
There’s something special about going on a journey with like minded folk.
We all were there to get our pictures, no one cared who had what camera.
The beach did its thing for us
And we got our shots.
Then the dogs turned up. Crazy, daft dogs, loving the beach.
No one took notice of the ‘Dogs on Leads’ sign
On we went
Some got caught out by the waves
Surrounding lakes edged by ice
The waves got bigger, and then……….
The biggest treat was waiting quietly on a rock
A young snowy owl, was happy to pose for us until we were all clicked out.
Thank you for waiting gorgeous bird!