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Container ships, English Bay, Salish Sea, from Cypress Mountain, West Vancouver, BC, Canada,

Fotoeins Friday: Parking lot in the Salish Sea

On the rising flanks of the North Shore mountains, Cypress Mountain affords one of the most impressive views of Vancouver and beyond. Container vessels are anchored in the waters of English Bay (Salish Sea), and there are often more ships than the Port of Vancouver can handle at a given time. With ships frequently “holding” at the entrance to Vancouver’s harbour, I’ve called this staging area “the penalty box” or “the parking lot”. Parked in front of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club (RVYC) and the Jericho Sailing Club (JSC) are seven container ships at the indicated anchorage positions (see map below).

I made the photo above on 13 April 2014 with the Canon EOS6D, EF 24-105 zoom-lens, and the following settings: 1/320s, f/8, ISO1000, and 105mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at as

Vancouver under winter fog: the view from Cypress

Winter in Vancouver can mean the appearance of fog, as stationary moist air near the ground cools at night and condenses to form marine fog which creeps in from nearby Georgia Strait to blanket the area. At daybreak, the city struggles to get sun or warmth under the cool moist fog, whereas up over the fog on local mountains, it can be several degrees warmer under the bright sun.

From High View Lookout on Cypress Mountain, there are beautiful sweeping views of Vancouver, south to Washington State, and west across Georgia Strait to Vancouver Island. For more about the surrounding area, have a look at the Cypress Provincial Park website.

There is no public transport direct to the Cypress Mountain’s High View Lookout (indicated by pin C in the map below), although West Vancouver buses stop close enough for a 20- to 30-minute walk up to the lookout. The drive from downtown Vancouver (pin V) is about 20 to 30 minutes; click on the link “View Larger Map” below for specific directions.

I made the photos on 26 January 2014. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at

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