I’ve photographed the greater Vancouver area in separate 16-hour “marathons” on Canada Day (1 July) over the last few years. With the length of a winter day halved to 8 hours, I made a similar photowalk on New Year’s Day 2015. For New Year’s Day 2016, conditions began with morning fog giving way to afternoon sun and a high temperature of +2C (upper-30s F). I traveled to four locations, covering 103 kilometres with public transport; see below.
When a wae lad was I, I did not like the smells wafting out from the fishmongers or the meat butchers in Vancouver’s Chinatown. Yet, those memories provided important lessons about food, and about how fresh fish and meat should smell before preparation and consumption.
I’ve also been thinking lately of a number of fish markets from around the world, because varied recollections of sight, smell, and taste occupy warm fuzzy places in my memory palace. They are: Lexington Market (Faidley Seafood crab cakes!) in Baltimore, US; Ben Thanh market in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Altona Fischmarkt in Hamburg, Germany; and Mercado de pescados y mariscos in Coquimbo, Chile.
The first few days of spring in Vancouver, Canada have seen sun, first signs of new life, and warm temperatures reaching +15C (60F). The days have highlighted a clear advantage for being present in the “Canadian Southwest,” compared to the lingering winter hanging on so desperately in other parts of the country.
Over an 11-hour period, I’m fortunate to catch a few special moments:
- early risers practicing tai chi in Vancouver’s Strathcona neighbourhood,
- racers nearing the finish of “The Cap Crusher” at North Vancouver’s Cleveland Dam,
- breezy kite-flying, strolling, and biking at Garry Point Park in Richmond’s Steveston, and
- the last hazy light illuminating Simon Fraser University on top of Burnaby Mountain.
I made the photos above on 23 March 2014. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-4Mt.