The forecast called for a hot mostly sunny day to celebrate Canada’s national holiday on the 1st of July. It’s another invitation to continue exploring my birthplace here in Vancouver, British Columbia. Spanning a period of 16-plus hours including sunrise and sunset, I’ve collected 20 photographs among 100 kilometres (60 miles) of travel throughout the region. This year’s marathon follows last year’s debut effort.
Kitsilano is a neighbourhood state of mind.
Even in good-natured (or ill-tempered) jibing between east and west, Kits distinguishes itself from other neighbourhoods in the city of Vancouver, Canada with its residents, unique shops, cafés, and restaurants.
But given what there is now, is it “Kitschilano”? Look hard enough, and the answer thankfully is no.
I spent a couple of hours walking in and out of various streets, and I found myself back at the waterfront.
Kitsilano is also well-known for its beach, particularly in the summer, when people lay out on the sand tanning from all-natural rays, gazing out into the water and imagining what lies beyond over the horizon.
In the winter, however, Kits is generally less hectic. It’s quiet time for locals who live here, for those riding bicycles north over the bridges onto the downtown peninsula, for people out walking their dogs, or for the proud parents with their toddlers or babies in their strollers.
When it’s grey, cool, and wet, there are fewer tourists around – the same can be said anywhere you go in Vancouver.
I am neither short-term tourist nor long-time resident.
But I was born here.
I spent over 25 years in breathing, living, and loving this cityspace.
One need not fear winter in Vancouver, although I’ve long since tired of rainfall. Even if conditions aren’t ideal, the place is always beautiful. It’s a simple but important reminder – all it takes is one look towards the North Shore mountains when the sun comes out to play.
I made all of the photos above at a spot between the Kitsilano Yacht Club and the Kitsilano Beach Pool in Vancouver, Canada on 8 January 2011. I used the Canon EOS450D camera and 70-300mm zoom-lens. This post is published originally on Fotoeins Fotopress (fotoeins.com).
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