Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Blue Blue Hydrangeas

As predicted by the forecast this week
another flow of warm weather, I took
to the shade in search of cooler
temperatures. Escaping to a street
full of trees, a blooming hydrangea
bush caught my eye. Its blue blue
flowers refreshing in the mid morning,
a pale beam highlighted one of the
clusters. The camera stayed a while to
capture the petals' delicate vein patterns,
the jagged edges of each segment, the little
dark centres that held the blooms together.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Blooms in Progress

Blooms in progress captured over a span of
2 weeks, the fuchsia triphylla finally bloomed!
A fascinating geometric shape, four petals and
then another layer of another four petals, it
was a most intricate form if I do say so myself.
Its silhouette a delicate structure against the
grey sky, back to a bit of rain last weekend,
thank you the cooler temperature was much
appreciated. Another joyful note, the purple
heart setcreasea has developed these little
pink blossoms, three petals that housed some
bright yellow stamens, it was quite a sweet
appearance. Fuchsia and setcreasea
blooming, yay! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Happy Bug

The happy bug danced about under the sunshine
every morning, greeting me with an ambiguous
expression, a smile with straight lips if I
can call it that, I think it's hilarious. Made of
fused glass he is my most recent creation with
the help of a very patient teacher Susan at
The Paint Escape. The initial promise of time
required to create a glass bug was tripled
due to my need to work out the colors, not
just the head and wings but also the little
details that would make this bug my very
own. It took a total of 3.5 hours if you can
believe, David stayed by my side to help as
a sounding board and help he did! The orange
and the red lines to distinguish the head and the
wings were his idea. My favorite part were the
amazonite beads added to the ends of the
antennas. Hello Bug! Good morning to you!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Observations that Warm Evening

A closer look with a zoom lens on the camera
revealed some observations on that warm
evening. The greenish glow mentioned on the
last post did not get bigger, instead dimished
in size and changed to a pale yellow color, the
surrounding shades turned to a bright pinkish
orange, slowing fading to a greyish mauve.

Then the sky began to transform into all kinds
of wonderful sunset tones, like the ones you
would see on postcards or read about in
storybooks. I hurried to capture all the spots
that looked interesting, it was only a few
brief moments before the lighting changed
again, this time to an increasing darkness
that signalled the wind to gust a little,
blowing off the last bit of warmth as the night
overcame. Time for bed, what a lovely evening!

Monday, July 21, 2014

That Warm Evening

That warm evening last week had us cooling
off on the balcony, the outdoors was considered
a few Celsius chillier, so the thermometer read.
Sitting around glancing upward to the sky the
atmosphere began to glow a golden yellow,
then changed to an orange tinge with some
pink and purple hues. The last photo, if
you can see it, there was a small greenish
hint that began glowing on the lower left
corner, the trees were in the way, we
watched to observe if it would get
bigger... tomorrow more on this day...

Have a great week!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Steveston Lifeboat and Pirates!

The Steveston Lifeboat was the last ship we
boarded, a small size in bright orange it docked
amongst other fancier vessels, waiting patiently
for visitors. Like other boats that partook in
the Ships to Shore event, there were several
attentive personnel positioned throughout to
inform and help answer questions. I managed
to speak with a lady who served as a
crew member, "we're all volunteers here,"
she said, "I have over 30 years of boating
experience and thought they could use my
help." Voluntters meet every Thursday
to train so as to be ready for the next
fishing season or help boats navigate
through the fog or any other emergency
situations, sometimes that meant being out
'til 1:30 AM, "once you're out on the waters,
you don't return until the job is done."

Looking out from inside the lifeboat,
in a compartment to the left of the
doorway, not one but two binoculars.

A neatly decorated living quarters next to the
kitchen area, lots of artwork and books for sale.

A peek towards the cockpit, at the end a
including a chart that stated what each flag meant.

Outside the soft clouds paraded
themselves against the blue skies,

a shot of the distant landscape on the water.

Some gunshots were heard! Ahoy Matey!
Pirates on the water shouting, arguing
amongst themselves, chasing each other
in their tiny sailing boats. Aaarrrghhh!!

A final capture by the camera on this
Canada Day. What an adventurous day!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The HMCS Oriole

The HMCS Oriole was another attraction at the
Ships to Shore Steveston event on Canada Day!
The oldest ship in the Royal Canadian Navy
she is 89 years old to date, still up and
running and is a racing veteran. Handsome
in her appearance waving the glorious
Canadian flag along with the ship's flag,
she is kept at tip top shape with a most
gracious and informative group of crew
members. On board the stereo entertained us
with tunes from Stompin' Tom, nothing could
be more fitting on this National Holiday.

Captured below some details of the ship,
ropes in perfect coils on the wooden floor,
a reflection on a shiny dome, shiny domes
make great reflections! An Oriole emblem
near the ship's steering wheel. Also shown
were views off the boat, the slight breeze
created ever-changing clouds over the
calm murky waters. What a beautiful day!

Next post one last bit on this day's event!

Monday, July 14, 2014

The PCT Moose

The PCT Moose is one of the Royal Canadian Navy's
training vessel that was just a few steps away from
the Schooner Zodiac, both ships were participants at
the Ships to Shore Steveston event on Canada Day!

Stationed throughout the vessel were junior
officers who shared educational tidbits about
the ship, one of the most interesting was
If a boat displayed an N and a C flag,
that meant they're in distress and needed
help immediately. Another fact communicated
was the time required to rescue the practice
dummy Oscar from the water, only six short
minutes were given. We were surprised to
discover the cockpit also doubled as an exercise
gym, yes, space is at its premium on board.

We were invited to explore further but the
queues grew longer, it was time to move
along. More posts on this day to come!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Schooner Zodiac

The Schooner Zodiac is an American ship that participated in the Ships to Shore event, stationed just a short drive away in Bellingham Washington, it is always on the lookout for passengers to participate as crew members. It was neat to be able to walk about on board, below some details captured by the camera, a shiny dome reflected the ship's boom,

looking up from the sail made of heavy canvas,

inside the boat, equipped with gadgets and maps to guide through the waters, 

outside the boat, lots of ropes to control the sails,

a skylight that stayed open to let some air inside,

a compass to navigate, its glass nice and clean to see clearly,

a lifeboat suspended off the side of the ship, ready for emergency uses,

more ropes, there were lots of them! I'm sure if you're a crew member you'd learn some things about ropes.

Visitors resting in the shade, the Schooner Zodiac was a popular destination on Canada Day. Stay tuned, more ships to come!