Tuesday, January 29, 2013

2012 07 Jul 24 Golden Sun 02ann

Sunset Beach Vancouver .:. Henri Matisse style. .:.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

2013 01 Jan 17 30a Stanley Park Lost Lagoon

High noon at Lost Lagoon Vancouver in the dead of winter.

Properly chilled west coast mellow - shaken but not disturbed.

2013 01 Jan 17 Lost Lagoon Stanley Park 01a

A lonely park bench looks out on a frozen Lost Lagoon in Vancouver's Stanley Park.

Dude! Someone stole the tourists! Oh wait ... it's January. Never mind.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

2013 01 Jan 16 Burrard Street Bridge Sunset 01a

Deep Purple sunset. Smoke on the Water.

2013 01 Jan 18 Foggy Kits Vancouver 01ann

A foggy sunrise greats the hipsters of Kitsilano Vancouver. Just this side of sepia.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

2013 01 Jan 17 27a Stanley Park Lost Lagoon

A sunny but cool winter's day near Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park Vancouver.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

2013 01 Jan 17 Stanley Park 14a

The treacherous edge of Lost Lagoon's south eastern shore chills in the sun of the mid winter high noon.

Obviously these ducks can't read .. English I mean.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

2013 01 Jan 17 Lost Lagoon Stanley Park 11a

This shot makes me miss summer so much it hurts. Brrrr.

2013 01 Jan 18 Power Sunset 01ann

Nothing makes me both big and small at the same times as a nice power sunset does.

With the fog churning in the Strait of Georgia another cool west coast winter evening arrives west of Vancouver.

2013 01 Jan 19 Sunset Beach Circle of Light 02a

A highly processed and nicely revealing shot of the labyrinth that appeared on Sunset Beach in downtown Vancouver last evening. My compliments to the architects! Very nicely done.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

2013 01 Jan 17 Lost Lagoon Stanley Park 05a

Willow revealed.

And a city tree that, naturally, was a bit pissed off I was taking this picture. I had to promise to come back spring, summer then fall this year and take the same picture in order to diffuse things. I'm cool with that.

As beautiful as this tree is now it will be even more so soon.

2013 01 Jan 17 False Creek Ferry 01b

Here's downtown Vancouver's Great Southern Gate, also called the Burrard Street Bridge practicing it's best 'Scary Face'.

I'm still amazed the False Creek Ferry had the courage to pass through. ;)

Friday, January 11, 2013

2013 01 Jan 11 Sunset Beach Moss Macro Hyperfocal 04a

If you look closely enough at the beached logs of English Bay Beach in downtown Vancouver you'll find numerous micro-glaciers. Parts of the log that during the winter do not get sunshine even at high noon.

This shot was taken mid afternoon today and shows how frost's made-in-the-shade nature makes it related to glaciation. Stay stuck in shadows long enough and 'ancient' ice gets created.

Not so much in this micro case of course but you get the idea. :)

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Sunset Beach Eagle Jan 11 2010 01a nn

The rock berm on Sunset Beach Vancouver flies in for another successful landing.

Spanish Banks Jan 07 2011 01a nn

Spanish Banks Vancouver.

Sunset Beach Winter Moss Jan 03 2013 08a cropped

Green Hornet green as seen on the palms on Sunset Beach Vancouver.

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Misty Morning Sunrise Jan 01 2013 12a

The phrase goes "New York. The city that never sleeps." And it's true. I've been to NYC a few times and it does not sleep. It's always going. 24/7.

Vancouver on the other hand does sleep. You'll find that between 3:30 and 5:00 in the morning the city is, for the most part, silent. Which, at the height of summer (June 21st) is incredible.

On the morning of the summer solstice the sun rises in Vancouver at 5:07 am. Sunshine and a quiet city. Pretty cool.

Which is why Vancouver is a far less cranky city than NYC. At least she gets a bit of sleep.

Misty Morning Sunrise Jan 01 2013 11a.jpg

The Granville Street Bridge, acting the part of the big sister, deflects the bay fog away from the Granville Island Public Market.

Friday, January 04, 2013

Sunset Beach Winter Moss Jan 03 2013 05a

If you think about it humans and plants have both had, at the very least, an equal amount of evolutionary time. Plants in fact have been on this planet as a genus longer than us animals.

Thus finding wool covered petals, on a crisp Vancouver winter afternoon, was anything but surprising.

What a smart idea.

Foggy Sunrise Jan 03 2013 07a

A busy Burrard Street Bridge, the most direct southerly access point to downtown Vancouver, warms in the early winter sunrise of January 3, 2013.

Foggy Sunrise Jan 03 2012 04a

Downtown Vancouver's Great Southern Gate, also known as the Burrard Street Bridge, keeps a flock of unruly foglings from entering False Creek proper.

You shall not pass!

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Foggy Sunrise Jan 03 2012 03ann

Bay Fog has been a consistent companion to each sunrise so far this year. However with rain in the Vancouver forecast for the next 7 days the delicate morning mists will soon be overruled by soft rain. Hopefully we'll get a few more foggy mornings like today before spring arrives. Photo-nirvana.

I love the shadows of the West End apartment buildings on the top of the fog in this shot.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Power Sunset Strait of Georgia Jan 02 2013 03

Between Vancouver and Vancouver Island is the Strait of Georgia and its islands. What I look at when watching the sun set.

And while the near winter solstice sunsets that settle into this oft-traveled waterway are brief they are none the less as powerful as their never ending near summer solstice siblings.

A nice balance.

Foggy Sunrise Jan 02 2012 01ann

As the sunrise twilight reaches its muted climax the smell of cooking breakfast waifs across the chill waters of English Bay Vancouver.

Mmmmmm. Bacon.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Misty Morning Sunrise Jan 01 2012 10a

At the dawn of 2013 a misty morning greets English Bay Vancouver.

Misty New Years Day Sunrise Jan 01 2013 01a

A misty morning sunrise greats the early morning risers in Vancouver on New Years Day 2013.