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May 10: Happy Mother's Day!

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