Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Seawall Leaf Oct 31 2012 01a

A nice amount of rain in Vancouver today. Perfect for power walking in that (a) I wear rain gear so walking in the rain is like being a kid again, (b) the cooler temperature and moisture makes it easier to regulate my body temperature while walking and (c) for 50% of the walk the seawall is all mine.

Here's a leaf among many but one alone and bright enough to catch my eye. Proof yet again that the best camera (iPhone 4 in this case) is the one you have with you.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Snowfall Oct 22 2012 01a

With the arrival of snow on Cypress Mt. fall/winter arrives in Vancouver.

A time of much rain but also one of sunshine and fantastic fall/spring smells for 6 months.

It's quite pungent.

Sunrise Oct 25 2012 01a

Sunrise Oct 25 2012 01a by VancouverDoug
Sunrise Oct 25 2012 01a, a photo by VancouverDoug on Flickr.

Vancouver's West End and North Shore are rudely awoken to the sunrise on Oct 25 2012. .... Sorry? You are?

English Bay Sunrise Oct 29 2012 02a

Once and a while I'll not know where my post production photo software is going but I'll none the less follow.

This is more its shot than mine.

Two thumbs up.

English Bay Power Sunset Oct 29 2012 02a

However when it comes to pulling out the blush from a fall sunset give the job to a human.

English Bay Sunrise Oct 29 2012 01a

A stormy Monday morning greets the hapless denizens of Vancouver Canada.

What ever.

English Bay Power Sunset Oct 29 2012 01a

Combine a full moon and a high tide and you wind up with English Bay Vancouver being transformed into a mirror. Here the mirror perfectly reflects a blue-sky break between the grey fall rains.

I was watching the devastating photos coming out of New York City during Hurricane Sandy while taking this shot. So sad that the same tidal surge that gave English Bay its glassiness delivered such a painful moment to such a wonderful and beautiful city. My heart truly weeps.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

English Bay Sunrise Oct 22 2012 01a

English Bay Vancouver caught in a moment of atmospheric clarity at sunrise on October 22 2012.

This view looks north west from downtown Vancouver with the hills of West Vancouver in the foreground and the peak of Bowen Island after that and then the range of peaks that make up the Tetrahedron Provincial Park in the far background. On the far right is Tetrahedron Peak itself. At 1,739m (5,705 feet) in height the peak presents both an impressive vista as well as a tempting and challenging climb to the more physically fit denizens of British Columbia's lower mainland.

The clarity of this shot still amazes me. We get these sorts of bubbles of atmospheric clarify every once and awhile.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

English Bay Vancouver Oct 21 2012 1a

Parallel Lines in Granite Blue

Vancouver West End Oct 19 03a

Vancouver's Burrard Street Bridge :: built between 1930 and 1932 as one of Canada's great depression shovel-ready construction projects.

Gotta love depressions. We get such cool stuff. For the 2008 one we in Vancouver wound up, among other goodies, with a new western Stanley Park Seawall. Very cool.

I love this bridge and from day one thought of it as sturdy but still quite pretty. Sort of like how I, as a Welsh Canadian, view Northern European women In a bridge sort of way I mean. ;)

And, over the years, I've come to realize that half of my infatuation with the bridge is its reflection in the waters of False Creek. In this shot the water is looking all 'Bond, James Bond' slate-metal-cool. Makes the bridge, naturally due to the 'Bond-Factor', look even cooler. :)

Friday, October 19, 2012

Manotick Fall 2012 Oct 15 05a

Maggie has a flash back to her past life as an Egyptian goddess. Soft and mysterious.

Manotick Fall 2012 Oct 12 06a

Diane going macro.

Manotick Fall 2012 Oct 12 05a

Manotick Mushrooms

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Manotick Fall 2012 Oct 12 03a

My Dad, whose technically with-it (note the iPad in the front) surfs the channels in his apartment.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Manotick Fall 2012 Oct 15 2012 01a

Maggie stares at the photographer she has named "Bearer of cat treats". A very honorable title as near as I can tell.

Manotick Fall 2012 Oct 13 01a

Forest meets field meeting wind break in eastern Ontario Canada.

Manotick Fall 2012 Oct 12 04a

Fall forest meets the rule of thirds.

OK, I'll admit it. I love the rule of thirds. As a photographer it's like my security blanket. In particular when it includes vertical elements like these first growth elms. These are the 20 year old+ survivors of eastern Ontario's heavy winters. Brrrr.

Manotick Fall 2012 Oct 12 02a

A fellow photog (in this case my sister) stalks her next shot in the forest of eastern Ontario Canada.

Manotic Fall 2012 Oct 12 2012 01a

Looking very much like I imagine a tree-ent from the Lord of the Rings trilogy would really look like the ancient elm continued its march towards war against the evil denizens of Mordoor.

Meanwhile, back in reality, the elm in this shot reaches high and gracefully to catch the rays of the fall sun.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Fall English Bay Sunset Oct 09 2012 01a

Hey, sexy lady. ;)

And yes, it is a thermonuclear explosion.

But no, it's not occurring close enough to us for us to worry about it.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Seawall Oct 02 2012 08a

Seawall Oct 02 2012 08a by VancouverDoug
Seawall Oct 02 2012 08a, a photo by VancouverDoug on Flickr.

Gaia get's her groove on west coast style along Beach Ave Vancouver.

Seawall Oct 02 2012 07a zDSC_9054_5_6_tonemapped

I love my Nikon D300 - just under a thousand frames till we hit 40,000 shots. Not quite zero problems but close enough.

I also love the king tree in this shot. Think about it. For a tree it's all about getting sunshine. The higher you are the higher the chances of getting sunshine versus your shorter brothers and sisters. If I came back as a tree I'd want to be that tree. No question.

Seawall Oct 02 2012 06a

Seawall Oct 02 2012 06a by VancouverDoug
Seawall Oct 02 2012 06a, a photo by VancouverDoug on Flickr.

Beach Avenue looks into the horizon at its untimely, but inevitable, merging with Pacific Street in Vancouver's West End. Sad but necessary.

Friday, October 05, 2012

Seawall Oct 02 2012 04a

Seawall Oct 02 2012 04a by VancouverDoug
Seawall Oct 02 2012 04a, a photo by VancouverDoug on Flickr.

The Inukshuk, a totem that both guards Vancouver's West End and welcome's its visitors hangs loose in the early fall mid afternoon sun of October 2012.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Seawall Oct 02 2012 03a

Seawall Oct 02 2012 03a by VancouverDoug
Seawall Oct 02 2012 03a, a photo by VancouverDoug on Flickr.

Last evening the lower mainland BC and most of Vancouver Island experienced the first wind storm of the coming winter season. On a Category 1 to 5 scale - with the storm of December 2001 (I lost a window in my apartment) and the typhoon class storm of December 2006 (it leveled 41 hectares of Stanley Park) both category 5 storms - this most recent storm, more a warm-up really, I'd rate a 1. Low on the scale but still able to find one less than perfectly moored sailboat and deliver it to Sunset Beach in Vancouver's West End.

Gilligan's got some explaining to do.