Monday, March 30, 2015

Dramatic Lighting and Golden Radiance

I found these pictures while cleaning out
the hard drive over the weekend, it's amazing
what you can find while cleaning stuff out.
They were taken early February last year.

Some dramatic lighting throughout the city
that remained not just for one day, but over
a period of a few days. I can't remember
what the reason was, though it turned the
skies a fiery hue by the waterfront on
Lonsdale Quay, an unexpected treat
at the end of a busy day.

Captured below, after a heavy rainstorm, the
sun shone so bright it covered the buildings with
some kind of golden radiance I've never seen
before. The glowing moment was quick, for
in an instant the buildings returned to their
ordinary colors. I was glad to be there for that
one second, that one brief second to snap a
picture and record this small but delightful event.

This week a short week, lots to do I hope
to get all things done. Have a great week!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Flowering Stages and Clouds

A small selection of pictures taken throughout
the week capturing the various flowering stages
of different kinds of blooms. I felt fortunate to
be able to capture them, for the rain has been
quite relentless all week with only brief moments
of dry. First in this post, a photo of magnolias,
taken on my walk during the golden hour.
love the warm lighting on those pink petals,
it brought out the coral hues.

Only one photo of clouds curved by the wind.

A scattering of fallen petals from a camellia
bush, it reminded me of a Japanese painting.
Would you believe just a few days ago it was
blooming profusely with petals intact?

The last photo, taken today this very
afternoon on a tortilla buying mission. I've
never noticed the white blooms before, it must
have been a newly planted tree, quite a big tree
as a matter of fact as I could stand under it...

... And this makes it a final post for this week!
Have a great weekend, see you next week!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Of Shadows and Daffodils

A duo of photos: shadows and daffodils. This
is the only daffodil picture I have taken this year,
not too many sightings of one of my favorite
flowers. I've always found it challenging
to photograph daffodils, I don't know why.
Although I think this one turned out all right.

I have been spending quite a bit of time outdoors
the house feels a bit neglected. Some things needed
to be organized badly. Pictured here the shadow
of the Clivia plant that George gave us years ago.
I'm not particularly good with plants but it
somehow managed to survive and has two babies.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Mostly Pink Flowers

A selection of mostly pink flowers is the
theme of the post today Monday. Gathered
from pictures taken the last few days, they
represented the different types of weather
that prevailed in the season of Spring. It
was cloudy then sunny, somewhat windy
and not too windy, a bit of rain here
and there... the weather mostly
cooperated with the camera...

There were camellias and cherry blossoms,
or blossoms from fruit trees of some kind,
white magnolias, pink magnolias. Some flowers
were busy shedding its petals, a pretty sight
nevertheless, though it made me think the 
flowering season is just about over! Despite
this fact, it was nice to be out and about.

Friday, March 20, 2015

From Victoria to Vancouver

Today, Friday, one final post on my last day
in Victoria... A stroll by the Empress Hotel
noted the beginnings of a foggy day at
the harbor. Still waters mirrored an almost
perfect reflection of the anchored boats. Not
too many souls were out and about, as the
forecast that morning was cloudy with
temperamental bits of rain. Umbrella at
hand, I managed to wander from Victoria's
historic landmark to the Downtown area, 
which by the third day I am somehwat
familiar with. Lunch was ginger ale soda
with sausage rolls at the Market on Yates,
the chorizo variety was a a lot spicier
than expected, I guess that's what
you get when you go by someone else's
suggestion, nevertheless it was good.

The last couple of hours was spent glancing
through interior decorating books and
Kinfolk magazines at Munro's Books,
some very tempting recipes in Kinfolk.

The flight back to Vancouver was with the same
seaplane company, but I was not as fortunate to sit
by the window this time around. Only two shots
were blog material, I managed to crop both pictures
for a closer perspective on the distant islands.

Somehow I found the views to be quite favorable,
perhaps because of their peaceful appearance,
a hidden truth to the fact that the ride was
quite a bumpy one, when the plane left
Victoria it was hailing...

... but slowly and surely, we made it back to
Vancouver safely. Phew! It was good to be home,
a quick snap of the waterfront as we made our
way to the car, and later into rush hour traffic...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A Little Post on Victoria

A little post on Victoria is what I will do
today Wednesday....

After the seaplane ride from Vancouver that
morning, I began to make my way towards the
Downtown area. A stop at a coffee shop for a
big cup of tea to warm up was much appreciated,
for the wind was more than subtle that early hour,
not to mention the temperature a little bit nippy.

Several minutes later found me browsing through a
bead store, then just outside its doorstep, a patio with
a bench. It was too cold to sit outside but definitely not
too frosty for a quick shot of the blooming camellias,
its petals appeared so soft and lovely the camera could
not resist. But the detail that caught my attention was the
droplets from the morning rain that adorned the leaves.

The afternoon caught me wandering towards the
Empress Hotel and the flowering branches nearby. It
was still chilly, a common remark from locals and
visitors alike, but the sight of the blooms was a
warm welcome that day. What a delightful discovery!

The rest of the day was spent at a yarn store, and
a good store it was with hours perusing through
the different materials that made up each ball of
yarn, fingers contentedly caressing, eyes devouring
multiple combination of colors, and books
prompting all kinds of ideas for future projects, a
feast for the mind and senses, I was in heaven!

One last shot of the Downtown buildings before
heading towards the hotel where David was
eagerly waiting. Another post on Victoria
is scheduled for Friday!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Fly Over to Victoria

A continuation of the flight over to Victoria,
the plane travelled further and further into the
open sea, catching a glimpse of the rising sun
here and there, it was the start of a peaceful day.

There sure was quite a few photo opportunities
out the window that morning, but I quite like the
casual arrangement of the islands in this picture.

It was not long before sightings of land appeared.
At the bottom left hand corner, an airstrip for
a clue, this must be an airport of some sort.

What seems to be green pastures later
revealed itself as a golf course, then...

... the seaplane flew over the highway that led
to little avenues and little streets that led to
little houses. Someone or some people took
care of all that urban planning so it looks good
from up here instead of a jumbled mess!

The tiny white marquis shaped specks are
boats anchored on the teal blue water.

A small strip of peninsula stretching out over
brown green ocean, I wonder where this is?

"Oh, this must be Victoria!!" I exclaimed
silently as the plane circled around one more
time before it...

... landed safely at the harbor. One last shot from
the pier before my two feet headed towards
Downtown Victoria. My first ride in a seaplane,
hard to believe the entire journey was only
about half an hour, and a good half hour it was!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Seaplane to Victoria

The trip to Victoria earlier in February was a
sudden one, the mandatory transportation was
not by ferry but by seaplane, it was my very
first time. The harbor calm with still waters
greeted us, the hope for the day was clear
skies, as flights from the previous day were
cancelled due to the presence of fog. Thankfully
for us, the weather cooperated, so upwards
we flew as I bid farewell to Canada Place.

With the morning sun rising in the horizon,
the plane soared over the ships docked
at the terminals along Vancouver Harbor.

The sulphur piles did not smell so bad from up here...

... there's the Lion's Gate Bridge with tiny, tiny
little cars filled with commuters going to work.

The view out the rear window, would you believe
the crew sat me at the very back all on my own,
which meant I could see out from both sides
without anyone in the way! The outlook must have
been quite delightful on a clear sunny day, but I
just think the presence of fog nestled amongst those
evergreens made this picture all the more intriguing.
What do you think?

The last bit of civilization along the shores, the
sight of West Vancouver grew smaller and
smaller as we winged our way further...

... and further away from land and...

... over the great wide ocean towards Vancouver Island.
A continuation of this flight will be posted on Friday!

Monday, March 9, 2015

The Flowering Tree

There has been a few sunny days, not quite
summer nor sandals weather but warm enough
for a light winter jacket with no need for a
toque to brave the slight breeze in the Spring.

On the way home, bags filled with groceries,
ingredients for an experimental strawberry crumble
and chicken pot pie, I hurried on but only to briefly
pause and look up to catch sight of the clear blue sky
and the branches of the flowering tree. It is one of
the first to bloom every year, I look forward to its
location each and every Spring, for the signs of its
petals clearly indicated the season of Winter has
passed, and warmer temperatures are to come.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Spring about the Neighborhood

I don't know why it took me so long to share this,
this discovery of Spring while wandering about
the neighborhood... perhaps if the pictures were
to stay hidden just a little bit longer the season
of Spring would prolong that much longer too...

Rhododendrons blooming in February, early
February as I recall. The last time they flowered
this early was 5 years ago. Crocuses and snowdrops,
the usual suspects to welcome the first season of
the year, peeked out from underneath just about
every bush and tree I could see, out of the thawed
underground and into the sun. What a delightful
discovery that February day! The thought that with
all those pretty colors that Spring has finally arrived!