Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Best Place on Earth

Here, as promised, are pictures from our trip to Stanley Park on Sunday. I took this one of Indy checking out the ducks near the aquarium, which is one of my favourites from the day. I was playing around with taking pics in colour, b&w and sepia. Sometimes the contrast on the black and white is so lovely.

I was surprised to see so many herons in the last little while. They are such big birds. As I've mentioned before, they nest in the trees near the aquarium, It's really something to see these gentle giants alighting so gracefully way up in the pines.

If this doesn't make me feel Canadian, I don't know what would! As we were walking, I said to my husband "I am so happy it's fall now. I love autumn!" and he insisted it wasn't fall yet, but late summer. I don't care what the calendar says, once the kids go back to school and the leaves start changing, it's autumn as far as I am concerned. There's nothing I love more than walking in the leaves, hearing them crunch and seeing the wind stir them. *happy sigh*

This is "Girl in a Wetsuit" on the north shore of Stanley Park. When I was little, I always thought it was a mermaid. I didn't get that she had legs and flippers, not a tail. (How was I supposed to know better? I grew up on the prairies!) Every year, on the "birthday" of this statue, Elek Imredy (now deceased) who created her would bring birthday cake to where she was on the seawall and share it with the people passing by.

Last night we took Indy for a walk at Como Lake, but I forgot my camera. It's too bad too, because I would have been able to get a really good close up shot of a blue heron who was fishing just meters from the path. I'll have to remember it next time and hope he's there again!

One thing about BC is that the parks are wonderful and abundant. The culture here is very much geared towards an outdoor life style. With such a rich and natural beauty, it's easy to understand why. One of the best things about living here is that you never experience the same thing twice and you will always see amazing things through the lens of your camera.

Oh and one last thing before I sign off for today: GO check out the Altered Page. Today and for the next couple of days of The Pulse, you can peek in at other artists' studios. I love being able to do that!! (I love seeing how people live.)


faerie enchantment said...

Beautiful photos!
Magic and Joy!

swooze said...

What great pictures! It makes me want to go exploring and take some pictures too.

seth said...

Wonderful pictures of Stanley Park. And thanks for the link back to The Pulse!!

arlene said...

Great pics! I just visited Vancouver and Stanley Park too. Granville Island was so much fun, and the park was rainy, but the ocean is always so exciting for this prairie girl!
I loved seeing things through your eyes.
xo arlene