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My Vancouver: summer cricket at Stanley Park

Above/featured: Grouse Mountain looms over a cricket match at Upper Brockton, with the bowler delivering from the mountain end to the pavilion end.

Is Vancouver home to the “most beautiful cricket ground in the world”?

It’s not typical 21st-century sport in North America, but it is Canada’s first summer sport. Many of cricket’s practitioners in Vancouver’s picturesque Stanley Park have roots from India and Pakistan; among them the shouts of “shabash” are heard often during play.

In childhood, I was enamored with baseball. With its similar origins, I discovered cricket with time spent in Australia, New Zealand, the Bahamas, and South Africa. The natural connection is the former British Empire. I began with T20, the shortest format of the game; with curiosity and time, my hunger encompassed the 50-over one-day format (ODI). It’s my start with the short white-ball format that I’ve developed an appreciation for the long format of the game with red-ball Test cricket.

But is the cricket ground at Vancouver’s Stanley Park “the most beautiful cricket ground in the world”?


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Two vs. two volleyball, Spanish Banks East, Spanish Banks, English Bay, Salish Sea, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Seasons: summer (LAPC)

Above/featured: Beach volleyball at Spanish Banks: Vancouver, Canada – 18 Jul 2013.

So then, July 2020 is the month of “seasons” for LAPC, and the theme begins in current (northern) summer.

For me, summer largely represents deep blues and greens, a time of year with long hot days and short comfortable nights. It’s an opportunity to observe early sunrises to the northeast, and relatively late sunsets to the northwest. In languages with which I’m most familiar, the word “summer” also appears as:

  • Chinese: 夏季
  • French: l’été
  • German: der Sommer
  • Spanish: el verano

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BC Ferries, Active Pass, Salish Sea, British Columbia, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Sunny sail across the Salish Sea

The Salish Sea, 1 of 5.

The Salish Sea is a body of water encompassing Georgia Strait, Howe Sound, Burrard Inlet, Puget Sound, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The sea is named after the Coast Salish people who are the first inhabitants of the region. The renaming without displacing the old geographic names occurred in 2010.

The picture above is of Active Pass where two BC Ferries’ ships navigate not only the narrow channel in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia, but also must pass each other as they traverse the route on the Salish Sea between Tsawwassen on the mainland and Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island.

I made the photo on 25 July 2007 with a Canon A510 Powershot. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-7YU.


Seestrasse, Konstanz, Constance, Obersee, Bodensee, Lake Constance, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, Deutschland, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday around Lake Constance: Seestrasse to Allgäu Alps

Around sunset from Konstanz’s Seestrasse along the shores of Lake Constance, this view southeast includes BSB ship MS Karlsruhe on its way back into town. In the background are the Allgäu Alps some 75-90 kilometres (47-56 miles) to the southeast in southern Germany and western Austria.

On the left side of the frame is a curved mountain ridge with what appears to be two end “horns;” the tallest “horn” is Obere Gottesackerwänd (Sonnenberg). At the centre of the frame is Hoher Ifen at a distance of 78 kilometres, whereas Trettachspitze is further on at a distance of 93 kilometres. Six months earlier, I stood on Fellhorn mountain, on whose summit I would have faced in the opposite direction to the northwest and towards Konstanz.

Seestrasse, Konstanz, Constance, Obersee, Bodensee, Lake Constance, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, Deutschland, fotoeins.com

I made the pictures above on 21 September 2017 with the Canon 6D, 70-300 glass, and the following settings: 1/400-sec, f/10, ISO1000, and 300mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-e8x.

Reichenau, Reichenau Island, Gnadensee, Untersee, Bodensee, Lake Constance, Konstanz, Constance, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, Deutschland, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday around Lake Constance: Reichenau (Untersee)

On a daytrip from Konstanz, I’m on a bus to Reichenau Island in Lake Constance. The bus’ final stop is next to the museum in town; from here, I spend the next few hours on foot traversing the western part of the island. There’s history in the Peter and Paul church, and it’s not long before the idea of “bread and fish” sharpens my appetite. I wander onto the island’s north shore to a small restaurant, Georgs Fischerhütte (George’s Fisher Hut), highlighting fresh catch from the lake and vegetables sourced from farms within a distance of 2 km. I get “Forellenfilet an Buttermandeln mit Reichenauer Gemüse” (grilled trout with almonds and Reichenau vegetables): it’s uncomplicated and delicious. By the time I make way back into the centre of town and the museum before closing, I’ve walked over 5 km (3 mi) with a couple more to tally up before the day is done.

I made both images on 22 September 2017. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-e7f.

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