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irst Narrows, Salish Sea, Lowden's Lookout, Prospect Point, Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: a view to a prospective summer

One of the most prominent landmarks in Stanley Park, the viewing area at Prospect Point looks over First Narrows. Appearing in green in the background at far right, the Lions Gate Bridge crosses Burrard Inlet and links the North Shore (North and West Vancouver) with the city of Vancouver. While five at the left are involved in a group-portrait selfie, the couple at centre and the bicyclist at right are looking up at an overhead seaplane that’s left Vancouver harbour. On the North Shore in the background, snow lingers on Crown Mountain (left), and the wind turbine pokes up over Grouse Mountain (right-centre).

I made this photo on 29 April 2016 with the Canon EOS6D, 24-105 zoom-lens, and the following settings: 1/160s, f/11, ISO200, and 65mm focal-length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-8p5.

Inukshuk, First Beach, English Bay, ayyulshun, Salish Sea, West End, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Vancouver city by day

I was born and raised in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I left Vancouver in 1994, and for the next 17 years, I hadn’t spent more than one to two weeks in any subsequent visit.

I returned to Vancouver on 2012 January 4 after leaving job, career, and country of residence behind. In the six following weeks, I discovered new aspects to my hometown, and rediscovered “old” things I hadn’t encountered in over 20 years.

With this gallery, I’m showing parts to Vancouver which make the city beautiful and compelling. Anyone can find these gems for themselves at no charge, apart from the cost of public transit, because, really, why are you driving around town? Another gallery showing Vancouver at night will be posted very soon.

Here is some more photo goodness from Vancouver:

I made the photos above on January 2011, January 2012, and February 2012. This post is published on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com.

The Lions, Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Vancouver: an enduring royal symbol

Every time I’m “home”, I’m amused as I travel around the city like a “tourist” to places I’ve known since I was a young boy.

I make my way to Stanley Park, which as an urban green-space expanding out to 1000-acres is one of the largest and most scenic city-parks in the world. A well-visited spot for locals and tourists alike, Prospect Point offers on a clear day a spectacular view of the mountains on the North Shore, English Bay and the Gulf Islands to the west, and Burrard Inlet and Burnaby Mountain to the east.

The Stanley Park Causeway bisects the park in half, and leads directly to the Lions Gate Bridge. Over the Causeway at Prospect Point is a small overpass, where statues of lions stand, noble and proud, their serene gaze a hint to the beautiful sight across the way.

Lions Gate Bridge Vancouver

Although there are a number of bridge crossings throughout the metropolitan area, the Lions Gate Bridge is an important well-photographed landmark and icon of the city. With the direct financial backing of the Guinness family (yes, the one and the same Guinness), the bridge was built in 1938 to cross over First Narrows and to provide access from the city proper with the growing residential development on the northern shores of Burrard Inlet (Salish Sea).

Ever since I was a boy when dad drove us over the Bridge, the colours have always remained, burned into memory. I think dad loved bridges, and I suspect he loved the view, too.

Green painted bridge.
Evergreen trees.
Silver grey skies.
Blue patches between clouds, and in the waters of First Narrows below.

The Lions, Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Lions Gate Bridge Vancouver

Douglas Coupland once wrote in an essay:

I want you to imagine you are driving north, across the Lions Gate Bridge, and the sky is steely grey and the sugar-dusted mountains loom blackly in the distance. Imagine what lies behind those mountains – realize that there are only more mountains – mountains until the North Pole, mountains until the end of the world, mountains taller than a thousand me’s, mountains taller than a thousand you’s.

Here is where civilization ends; here is where time ends and where eternity begins. Here is what Lions Gate Bridge is: one last grand gesture of beauty, of charm, and of grace before we enter the hinterlands, before the air becomes too brittle and too cold to breathe, before we enter that place where life becomes harsh, where we must become animals in order to survive.

(p. 119, “City of Glass – Doug Coupland’s Vancouver”, 2000)

It’s hard to imagine Vancouver without “The Bridge.” And when I drink Guinness, I’ll raise my glass and cheer the family for building what has become a definitive landmark for the city.

For views of the Lions Gate Bridge similar to the photos above, head to the western edge of the downtown peninsula and into Stanley Park, and make your way to Prospect Point Lookout at the northern tip of the park.

I made the three photos shown above on 7 January 2011 with the Canon EOS450D camera, the EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens, and the EF 700-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens. This post is published on Fotoeins Fotopress on fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-Mm.

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