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Lavender and bee, Argyle Village Gardens, Ambleside, West Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: the promise of life (West Vancouver)

In West Vancouver’s Ambleside neighbourhood, there’s a “hidden” sight not far from the Ferry Building Gallery and Ambleside Pier. The community Argyle Village Gardens is full of sweet scents and colourful flowers. But there’s more: listen carefully, and there’s a buzz that’s not man-made. The multiplicity of bees bouncing and popping from one flower to the next makes for a happy hopeful sight. This is the fulfilled promise of summer under a bright yellow sun, in a light ocean breeze, of the natural cycle of life in full swing.

I made this photograph on 15 July 2016 with the Canon EOS6D, 24-105 L zoom-lens, and the following settings: 1/160s, f/14, ISO500, and 99mm focal-length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-8E6.

The Beach House, Dundarave, West Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Tuna poke nachos, West Vancouver’s Beach House

July 2014.

Carol Perehudoff is a Toronto-based travel writer who is briefly visiting Vancouver. I join her for an early-evening dinner at The Beach House next to Dundarave Pier in West Vancouver. The first recommendation is tuna poke nachos, which Carol correctly describes as: “… light and fresh and about as un nacho-like as you can get.” The explosion of colour consists of togarashi wontons, fresh tuna, cucumber, avocado and tomato poke, mango coulis, sliced serranos, and crushed macadamias.

We’d be happy if this was all we had on this warm summer evening.

With beer and wine.

But not at the same time.

Because that’d be weird.

And because we’re sitting on the restaurant’s patio, there’s a view across the water to First Narrows, Lions Gate Bridge, Stanley Park, and English Bay (Salish Sea). But we’re only paying attention to ze nachos …

I made the photo above on 19 July 2014 with the Canon EOS6D, EF 24-105 f/4L zoom-lens, and the following settings: f/11, 1/320s, ISO400, and 60mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-7nI.

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

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 fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-5i6.

Canada Day 2015, Canada Place, Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

3rd edition: 16-hour Canada Day marathon in Vancouver (2015)

Canada Day 2015.

16-plus hours, over 200 kilometres on the road, over 560 frames made.

For the 3rd consecutive year, I’ve embarked on another marathon to photograph some of the places and activities during Canada Day in the greater Vancouver area. In this 2015 edition, I’ve collected 20 photographs throughout the holiday, including photographs at sunrise and sunset. This year’s marathon follows my effort last year (2014) and the debut effort in 2013.

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8 hours, New Year’s Day 2015 in Vancouver

I’ve photographed the greater Vancouver area in separate 16-hour “marathons” on Canada Day (1 July) in the last couple of years. Similarly, one way to crack open a brand new year is a shorter photowalk on New Year’s Day, with the length of a winter day halved to 8 hours of daylight. Very good conditions were forecast for New Year’s Day 2015 in Vancouver with mostly clear skies and a high of +6C (42F). I made the following 10 photographs from sunrise to sunset.


1.   817am, 1st light on the North Shore

1st sunrise of 2015, Vancouver, BC, fotoeins.com

1st light of 2015 on North Shore

Previous experience informed my knowledge of a winter sunrise occurring to the southeast, which meant first light on the North Shore mountains. As the first sun of the year poked its head and climbed higher into the sky, windows from houses and apartment towers in West Vancouver sparkled with yellow light.


2.   801-900am, Marine Building

Morning light on Marine Building, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Winter morning light on Marine Building

At 9am, the morning sun shines down the length of West Hastings Street in the downtown Vancouver peninsula. Where West Hastings meets Burrard Street is the Marine Building, fully illuminated in a warm golden glow by morning light. When construction on the Art Deco style skyscraper was completed in 1930, the Marine Building was then the tallest building in the British Empire.


3.   901-1000am, North Boundary, Vancouver

At North Boundary Road, between Vancouver and Burnaby, fotoeins.com

At North Boundary Road, between Vancouver and Burnaby

When we were much younger and dad drove us all around Vancouver, I’ve always wanted to return to this section of Boundary Road, separating the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby. With the road ending on a cliff onto Burrard Inlet, the view here is over the Ironworkers’ Memorial Bridge (Second Narrows Bridge) and beyond to the North Shore mountains.


4.   1001-1100am, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby

Frozen reflecting pond, Academic Quadrangle, Simon Fraser University, fotoeins.com

Frozen reflecting pond, Academic Quadrangle, Simon Fraser University

This is my alma mater, the campus of Simon Fraser University on Burnaby Mountain, a 300-metre high mountain over the city of Burnaby. The “square” or Academic Quadrangle as well as the accompanying (frozen) reflecting pond remind me of a humble start as an engineering student and graduation with a physics degree.


5.   1101-1200pm, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby

Simon Fraser University, Burnaby Mountain, fotoeins.com

Simon Fraser University, Burnaby Mountain

I lingered around the empty campus for another hour, walking past old haunting grounds, lecture halls, and concourses I’d covered and walked across many times. Coming around to the “front” southwest side of campus, this view highlights the “terraced” structure of the Student Services Centre.


6.   1201-100pm, Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver

Quiet reflection, Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver, BC, fotoeins.com

Quiet reflection, Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver, BC

Shortly after arriving at Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver, I came across a scattering of people including residents, visitors, couples, families, and pets. A woman sat quietly on one of the benches, next to her bicycle. Her eyes closed, she faced the bright afternoon sun. This photo represents what many of us desire: restful contemplation and a fresh start to the new year.


7.   101-200pm: Central Lonsdale, North Vancouver

Central Lonsdale, up to Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Lonsdale and 14th, north towards Grouse Mountain

A short trip on the bus up the hill towards Central Lonsdale revealed many people out and about in the holiday afternoon sun, outside for a brief walk in the neighbourhood, out for a coffee and a chat. More telling is how close the hills on the North Shore are: so close one can reach out and touch.


8.   201-300pm: Burrard Dry Dock Pier, North Vancouver

Lonsdale Quay and the Lions, from Burrard Dry Dock Pier, North Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Lonsdale Quay and the Lions, from Burrard Dry Dock Pier

Back at Lonsdale Quay, afternoon light provides front and direct illumination on the Public Market and the large Q sign for the hotel. Just visible in the background are the snow-capped peaks of The Lions (Twin Sisters).


9.   301-400pm: Dundarave Park, West Vancouver

Late-afternoon conversation, Georgia Strait, Salish Sea, Dundarave, West Vancouver, BC, fotoeins.com

Late-afternoon conversation, Dundarave Park

The skies remained mostly clear for the final hours of the first afternoon of the year. At Dundarave Park, the couple seated on a log are in animated conversation, bisected by the column of sunlight on the waters of the Salish Sea.


10.   415pm, sunset over the Salish Sea

1st sunset of 2015, Georgia Strait, Salish Sea, West Vancouver, BC, fotoeins.com

1st sunset of 2015 over the Salish Sea

The first sunset of 2015 is highlighted by brilliant yellows and oranges, as the sun slips behind the mountains of the Gulf Islands and on Vancouver Island. A container ship in silhouette is parked on the waters of the Salish Sea, and over to the left is another container ship and the outline of Vancouver’s Point Grey.


Every photo above is marked with its corresponding location pin in the map below.


Previous photo marathons

•   Canada Day 2014: Vancouver, Canada
•   Canada Day 2013: Vancouver, Canada

I made all of the photos on New Year’s Day 2015 with a Canon 6D camera fitted with the EF 24-105 f/4L zoom-lens. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-6lw.

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