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Vancouver embraces spring in grand style

First signs of life: first day of spring in Vancouver

Many have suffered through a long, difficult, cold and snowy winter. Here in the Canadian Southwest, the first day of northern spring has brought blue skies, warm sun, and the appearance of cherry blossoms. Fresh colours and fresh flowers provide encouraging signs of new life, and warmer sunnier days lie ahead for everyone across country and continent.

MacLean Park, Strathcona, Vancouver, Canada

1st day of (northern) spring

Fortunately, the morning light illuminated these blossoms beautifully, and I created the right depth of field to get pink splotches of bokeh against blue sky in the background. The settings were 1/1000s, f/4, ISO200, and 95mm focal length.

Spring/autumn equinox (northern/southern hemisphere) for 2014 occurred at 1657h GMT on March 20. I made the photo above at 1658h GMT (958h local), about a minute after the moment of spring equinox, at MacLean Park in the Strathcona neighbourhood of Vancouver, Canada, on 20 March 2014.

This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at

Vancouver under winter fog: the view from Cypress

Vancouver Eastside Thanksgiving on Instagram

In Canada, the Thanksgiving holiday occurs on the second Monday in October. The shorter growing season ends earlier at higher northern latitudes compared to the United States, which also explains their “turkey holiday” towards the end of November.

Beautiful weather in mid-October got me to thinking about how I would view Thanksgiving Day in my neighbourhood. I’ve been back in Vancouver, Canada for a number of weeks, and I’ve been relearning the Strathcona neighbourhood on the city’s east side. The saying goes: “the more things change, the more they stay the same …” That’s especially true after being away for almost twenty years.

“I am a leaf on the wind … watch how I soar …”

Autumn colours

T-shirt and shorts on Thanksgiving

“Social media”

“Union & Hawks”

“OH HAI; it’s a harvest …”

I made all of the photos above on Thanksgiving (Mon)Day, 14 October 2013. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at

Vancouver Christmas Market: Opening Weekend

Vancouver Christmas Market

Love & Strategy at the Weihnachtsmarkt

With my Germanophile or Teutonophile status extending to embrace all that is the Christmas market (Weihnachtsmarkt), here are reasons why I love these markets:

  • Hang out with friends.
  • Scope out the food stalls.
  • Drink Glühwein, round 1.
  • Consume food, round 1: Bratwurst, Kartoffelpuffer, Flammkuchen, Schnitzel, etc. Standing in my way are Brezeln, soup, Schweinehaxen, or cookies and cakes.
  • Drink Glühwein, round 2.
  • Consume food, round 2: preferably something different from round 1.
  • Gawk at all of the things I could buy but won’t, although I’m thinking about getting that Rotes Sternchen (little red star) for the family tree …

I have a minimum number of two Glüwein per visit, but it happens my drink maximum is also at two. At three, my head spins up into the stratosphere, while the rest of my body sinks down to fall-down hilarity.

But I’ve kept my skull intact long enough to make these snaps on opening weekend to Vancouver’s Christmas Market in downtown Vancouver. It’s a pleasant surprise to hear and speak German with various volunteers and employees working the booths and stands at the Vancouver Christmas market.

Eat, drink, and be merry: wir feiern Weihnachtsmarkt!

Opening night, Lights & wares, Beleuchtungen & Einkaufswaren, Vancouver Christmas Market

Lights & wares | Beleuchtungen & Einkaufswaren

Opening night, Vancouver Christmas Market

“Da wächst die Freude!”

Opening night, Glühwein, hot spiced mulled wine, Vancouver Christmas Market

Glühwein | hot spiced mulled wine

Vancouver Christmas Market, Feuerzangenbowle

Feuerzangenbowle | Fiery rum drink

Opening night, Flammkuchen & Spätzle, Vancouver Christmas Market

Tasty eats: Flammkuchen & Spätzle

Ubiquitous yet humble Bratwurst, Vancouver Christmas Market

Tasty eats: Bratwurst with sauerkraut and onions

Sonnentor booth, Austria, tea, Vancouver Christmas Market

Happy friend at the Sonnentor (Austria) tea stand

The Vancouver Christmas Market is at Queen Elizabeth Plaza, located between Translink’s SkyTrain Stadium-Chinatown station and Granville station.

I made these Instagrams mostly during the market’s opening weekend, 22-23 November 2013. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at


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