New start! I forgot one photo. It's from 7AM this morning, what wakes me up these days: I open my eyes and there's this cat. About one inch away. This time, my phone was within reach, and the light was just enough to snap him. It's clearly his opinion that some breakfast would hit the spot about now, so that he can get back to bed. But he stayed up a while, and greatly pleased Eva in Spain when we Skyped.
Well, it's terrible that we can't be together this mother's day. Fortunately, I have my daily mother's-day ritual in Dora's Page, which I can just crank up a few notches for the formal mother's day. Today will feature a baker's dozen - a full thirteen, for luck - images from recent runs. No, wait, 13 is not luck, so let's make it FOURTEEN. Vancouver has been so beautiful this May, I'm drowning in good stuff to show you, it's time to open the taps.
Just to warm up, a Dora's Page tradition of a fine floral pic. Here's some tulips that were so white they were almost blinding.
Those are from my frequent visit, the Rose Garden. The western edge of the Rose Garden is interesting to me, because it's a wall of rainforest that just starts, the border between manicured, tame garden, and wild forest. The defining edge might be this tree: in bloom, but all the trees behind it are a green wall of wildness.
Next up, another favourite, our local geese, who are raising families this month. These are not the geese that have their kids nearly raised already, from May 6th. But the goslings in front are half-way there, nearly twice the size of the little ones in the background. And I noticed that while a couple of pairs of parents are supervising the gosling gaggle, the larger ones in the shade are kept separate by their one watchful parent. Do geese literally seperate out the bigger kids so they won't bully the little ones? If only humans did that better, too.
Last time I was up to Prominence Point - a little sad these days, as the restaurant up there is boarded up - I came down through the steep path near the bridge and wondered if it would be a nice shot to catch the bridge not fully visible, but through the trees. The way that structures and forest mingle in the park is one of my favourite things about it.
You know that great shot I found on my phone of the cherries and fountains by Coal Harbour, just yesterday? This is the same location, different angle, but you can see the fountains. The cherry blossoms are gone, but they've brought up some remarkable beds of flowers to replace. Bravo.
One shot taken just moments earlier in front of the Coal Harbour Community centre. Now that's gardening to enhance public buildings.
And just a few paces from that spot, the park has some bushes just starting to really take off. It's going to be an amazing May.
And, now, for the main event. It's time to say thanks again for that little camera. I kind of understood that with my old phone, I was missing a lot of good shots because phones don't have real telephoto lenses. The little camera is so tiny, its optics are modest, but there's all the difference in the world provided by even a slightly larger lens, and the ability to move it away from the light-sensor chip (formerly, "film") to let the telephoto effect work. How crappy the new phone was turned out to be providential: with that Xmas present, I've gotten a camera that picks up lovely scenes I was missing. Here are a few.
Least lovely, perhaps, if arresting, is that yellow mountain of sulfur across the harbour. It's been getting really huge, lately, bigger than I've ever seen it. Cleary, the pandemic is backing up production for lack of consumers, somewhere in Asia, most likely.
The clearer air is making some things look better in Vancouver, even, much less New Delhi. Here's that mountain that can only be seen about once or twice a year through the not-transparent air, looking straight east along the harbour and inland.
And then, along the seawall near the totem poles, I suddenly noticed a heron just standing there, out in the water, wings outstretched?
So, I fired up that zoom power and sure enough, he was drying his wings in the sun...or something. Stretching? It was beautiful to see, either way.
Wow. To finish up, here's a demonstration of how good that little thing really is. I looked out of the window this morning and saw some cute goslings feeding away in the grass down by the community garden, nearly a hundred metres from our window. If you look between the bicycles and the man watching them from the sidewalk, you might see them as little dots.
So I pushed the zoom lens to its maximum extent, where it's hard to hold the camera steady enough for a shot with no blur, and managed one. All the geese, plain to see, blown up from dot-size. I needed this telephoto all along.
I'm just having a lot of fun with this thing! Thanks again!
And Happy Mother's Day, Dora. We miss you badly.
2020 May 9: MORE Cat and Catch-Up
2020 May 8: Cat and Catch-Up
2020 May 7: Sillyness and Masks
2020 May 6: Fauna, Including a Fawn
2020 May 5: Orange Blooms in the South Garden
2020 May 4: Kaffeeklatches
2020 May 3: Exposure Experiments
2020 May 2: Stanley Park Office
2020 May 1: Peacocks and Webcams
2020 April 30: Salute to the Westin's Gardeners
2020 April 29: Candy Floss and Tulips
2020 April 28: Sunset Beach Park
2020 April 27: Half-Budded Bushes
2020 April 26: Intense Colours
2020 April 25: Beauty Right in our Own Backyard
2020 April 24: Cherries Decorate Engineering
2020 April 23: More Geese and Beairstos
2020 April 22: Grey Day
2020 April 21: Bird Bath
2020 April 20: The Streets on a Cloudy Day
2020 April 19: Stanley Park Dining Pavilion
2020 April 18: Non-Cherry Photos For a Change
2020 April 17: Heron Visits the Rowing Club
2020 April 16: My 7-O'Clock Applause Video <<<<===== DORA! This is the Movie you missed! Click here!
2020 April 15: Sunset on the Last Cherries
2020 April 14: Cheesecake Break
2020 April 13: Streets are Alive!
2020 April 12: White for Easter Sunday
2020 April 11: Cherry Week Big Finale
2020 April 10: Cherry Week Crescendoes
2020 April 9: Cherries Keep Us Merry
2020 April 8: Cherries Along Coal Harbour
2020 April 7: A Houseplant (and cherries)
2020 April 6: Cherries and other Blooming Trees
2020 April 5: Cherry Blossom Week Begins
2020 April 4: Cherry Blossom Jubilee
2020 April 3: More Beairstos, and Felix Close-Up
2020 April 2: Beairsto Photo Tour-de-Force Continues
2020 April 1: It's Beairsto Week
2020 March 31: Guest Photos from Alan and Tracy
2020 March 30: Felix AND Cherry Blossoms
2020 March 29: Gardens in Tree Wells
2020 March 28: First Goslings!
2020 March 27: Felix Redux
2020 March 26: Felix Day at Last
2020 March 25: Examples of Exponential Growth
2020 March 24: Flowers Come Out as People Go In
2020 March 23: Felix Comes Out of the Closet
2020 March 22: Other First Day of Spring
2020 March 21: First Day of Spring
2020 March 20: Life Adapts
2020 March 19: Restaurants Still Open
2020 March 18: COVID-19 Sports Day
2020 March 17: Whole Trees Bloomed
2020 March 16: Extreme Duck Crowding; Humans Non-Crowding
2020 March 15: Lots of Life in Vancouver
2020 March 14: Two Garden Patches
2020 March 13: South Gardens Popping
2020 March 12: Waterfalls
2020 March 11: Early Bloomers
2020 March 10: Buds on the Brink
2020 March 9: Mossy Monday
2020 March 8: Swamp and the City
2020 March 7: Evergreen Wall, Lilies, and a Rainbow
2020 March 6: Another Kind of "Evergreen"
2020 March 5: Heron Nests
2020 March 4: Madrid Metro and Glowing Skyscraper
2020 March 3: Another look back at 2015
2020 March 2: Animals of Lost Lagoon
2020 March 1: First Cherry Blossoms of February
2020 February 29: Duxedo Closeup, Dark Sunset
2020 February 28: Butchart Gardens 2015
2020 February 27: Dora's Garden 2015
2020 February 26: Curvaceous Architecture
2020 February 25: Santander Sunset
2020 February 24: First Blooms on Our Chilco Side
2020 February 23: Blooms Begin!
2020 February 22: Tuxedo Duck; And, Fishes that Sleep With the Fishes
2020 February 21: Scrounging Animals
2020 February 20: Museum Trip
2020 February 19: Old Pub and Feb Flowers
2020 February 18: Beaver Swamp
2020 February 17: Lord Nelson's Ride and an Otter
2020 February 16: Santander Funicular
2020 February 15: Santan-couver
2020 February 14: Madrid View, Scrounging Birds
2020 February 12: The Santander Speaker
2019 December 7: Farewell Duckstravaganza
2019 December 6: Ducks and the Heron
2019 December 5: Hooded Mergansers
2019 December 4: Crazy Duck Lady
2019 December 3: Duck Week Begins
2019 December 2: The Seawall Graveyard
2019 December 1: Chilly Out There
2019 November 30: Sunset Around The Lagoon
2019 November 29: Birds and Yellow Trees
2019 November 28: Frozen Lagoon with Otters
2019 November 27: Eagles; Horse Patrol; First Snow; Lamp
2019 November 26: Camera Comparison
2019 November 25: New Camera Phone Dubious
2019 November 24: Little Carnival and Misty Lake
2019 November 23: Kalalau View and Fall 2016
2019 November 22: The Yellow Tunnel and Geese Take Over
2019 November 21: Lakes that Mirror
2019 November 20: An Aquarium Visit
2019 November 19: The Last Fall Colours
2019 November 18: The Brown Trees
2019 November 17: Vancouver Still Green
2019 November 16: Colourful Lighthouse and Ship
2019 November 15: Lagoon Reappears
2019 November 14: The Air Memorials
2019 November 13: The Empty Park
2019 November 12: Sid's Red Maple
2019 November 11: Patriotic Red Maples
2019 November 10: Fall with Palm Trees
2019 November 9: Duck Day
2019 November 8: Even Better Mirror
2019 November 7: Lagoon Like A Mirror
2019 November 6: Cedar and Riverboat
2019 November 5: Cherry Trees Year 'Round
2019 November 4: Waterfront, Early and Late Fall
2019 November 3: The Missing Tree
2019 November 2: Ducks Everywhere
2019 November 1: Random Fall Colours
2019 October 31: Green Tunnels Open
2019 October 30: A Walk Along The Seawall
2019 October 29: A Mountain Makes an Appearance
2019 October 28: Big and Little Lion's Gates
2019 October 27: The Brownest Place in the Park
2019 October 26: Carpets of Stanley Park
2019 October 25: Lost Lagoon Viewpoint
2019 October 24: Fall in Stanley
2019 October 23: The Red World
2019 October 22: Rerun of same views, in sunlight
2019 October 21: Return to Vancouver Fall
2019 October 2: Last Blooms of Summer
2019 October 1: Tree Killers and Killer Geese
2019 Sept 30: As the Snow Fell on Calgary
2019 Sept 29: Tree, Ducks, Geese
2019 Sept 28: Broken Tree and Pat
2019 Sept 27: Water Park Done For The Year
2019 Sept 26: Construction Drags On
2019 Sept 25: Return to Rosebud
2019 Sept 24: From Spain to Oh, Canada!
2019 Sept 23: Pictures of a Pile of Sulfur
2019 Sept 22: A Boating Day and Geese Gangs
2019 Sept 21: Stumps and Strikes
2019 Sept 20: The Green World
2019 Sept 19: Birds and Cats, Though Not Together
2019 Sept 18: Record Stores Not Dead Yet
2019 Sept 17: Empire Landmark No Longer a Landmark
2019 Sept 16: Five Years Since We Sold The House
2019 Sept 15: Rain today, Rain in Stanton 2012
2019 Sept 14: Time-out for garbage cleanup
2019 Sept 13: Hiking Back in 2010
2019 Sept 12: Ride Sharing? How about Lawn Sharing?
2019 Sept 11: Business as Usual During Construction
2019 Sept 10: Missing Sid today
2019 Sept 09: Rain vs Sunflowers
2019 Sept 08: Rainy-Day Mushrooms (and pink birds)
2019 Sept 07: Alan Beairsto's Moonrise
2019 Sept 06: Geranium branches out; Cityscape
2019 Sept 05: Barretts and Branders Round the Seawall
2019 Sept 04: Local Construction
2019 Sept 03: Hilary and Rick On Their Way
2019 Sept 02: Rose Garden Roundup
2019 Sept 01: Hilary and Rick
2019 August 31: Cat Saturday Redux
2019 August 30: Some More Barrett Pictures
2019 August 29: Community Garden Banner Year
2019 August 28: Harrisons Away
2019 August 27: Harrisons Here!
2019 August 26: Neighbourhood News (water mains)
2019 August 25: Cat Sunday
2019 August 24: Cat Saturday
2019 August 23: A Run Through Stanley Park
2019 August 22: Back to the Garden
2019 August 21: Embarrassing the Embassy
2019 August 20: News Catch-Up: The Cut-Down Trees
2019 August 19: Geranium Full Flower
2019 August 18: Geranium and Heron II
2019 August 17: The Geranium Blooms
2019 August 16: Heron Still Here, Black Flowers
2019 August 15: Heron Up Close
2019 August 14: Water and Waterfowl
2019 August 13: Inner Garden
2019 August 12: Map and Marina
2019 August 11: Geranium and the Odd Boat
2019 August 10: Right In Our Own Backyard
2019 August 9: Back to Flowers
2019 August 8: Boats and Carbon
2019 August 7: Dealing with Summer
2019 August 6: Crowds and Forests
2019 August 5: Pride Parade Whales
2019 August 4: Bye-bye Barretts
2019 August 3: Once Around The Park
2019 August 2: Fireworks and Butterflies
2019 August 1: Charlie's Birthday!
2019 July 31: A Day at the Aquarium
2019 July 30: The Barretts Arrive!
2019 July 29: Random Things in Stanley Park
2019 July 28: Fireworks Last Night
2019 July 27: Monitoring Progress
2019 July 26: Being glad it's not winter
2019 July 25: We Return to Vancouver; Street is Torn Up
2019 July 2: Cat Pictures as we Drive to Calgary
2019 July 1: Canada Day in Stanley Park
2019 Jun 30: Madrid and Victoria - nice cities.
2019 Jun 29: Seattle boat shelves, Cat-vs-Beer
2019 Jun 28: Back from Seattle
2019 Jun 21: Volunteer Gardeners
2019 Jun 20: Stanley Colour
2019 Jun 19: At the beaches
2019 Jun 18: Tiny Roses and the Outside Cat
2019 Jun 17: Heron Nesting Season
2019 Jun 16: What a Difference a Month Makes (to goslings)
2019 Jun 15: Kittens Who Look At Phones, plus, Spain
2019 Jun 14: Lake Blossoms Everywhere
2019 Jun 13: Last Blossoms?
2019 Jun 12: Grandiose Things
2019 Jun 11: Scenes from a flight to Denver
2019 Jun 8: Beaver Lake Developments
2019 Jun 7: The Rose Garden Returns!
2019 Jun 6: D-Day commemorated with poppies!
2019 Jun 5: Geese families and Heron at Lost Lagoon
2019 Jun 4: More Cat Badness
2019 Jun 3: Roses and Bridges
2019 Jun 2: The Gosling Fleet
2019 Jun 1: From the archives: Cuba 2017
2019 May 31: Cats vs Bees
2019 May 30: Ravine Trail to Beaver Lake
2019 May 28-29: Our Garden and Stanley Forests
2019 May 27: The Umbrella Tree
2019 May 26: Animals of Stanley Park
2019 May 25: Green and Water
2019 May 24: Last of the Rose Garden South
2019 May 23: The Tudor House
2019 May 22: Rose Garden, South End #2
2019 May 21: Retiro and Kitten-Warmers
2019 May 20: Goslings and our Chilco Neighbours
2019 May 19: Finishing up the "back walk" all-floral garden.
2019 May 18: First trip to the Rose Garden South
2019 May 17: More "backwalk" south of Lost Lagoon and Lagoon Drive
2019 May 16: The "backwalk" south of Lost Lagoon 1
2019 May 15: blooms on the 4th floor