Beautiful British Columbia

WPC: Lines


 
We returned from the grandeur of Utah and Colorado this week (post to follow) just in time to enjoy the last few days of the Tulips of the Valley tulip festival in the beautiful Fraser Valley of British Columbia. Just in time also to meet this week’s Photo Challenge: Lines in which Cheri asks us to “share a photo with a composition dominated by lines — hard or soft, straight or curvy, vertical or horizontal, or made in nature…”.
 

 
Those of you who follow The Changing Palette may remember my post from last year The Flowers That Bloom in the Spring Tra La  when we visited the Tulips of the Valley festival almost exactly a year ago. It was a glorious day once again this year and one that needs to be be shared as the Lines for Cheri could not have been more brilliant in every way. Enjoy.
 

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WPC: Tour Guide


 
When you walk the Seawall around Stanley Park in Vancouver you will enjoy one of the great city walks of the world. These photos taken on the last day of 2017 on a perfect end-of-the-year sunny Sunday morning show some of the sites you will see as you walk, jog, cycle or rollerblade the 8 kilometre pathway: the majestic totem poles at Brockton Point; Lions Gate Bridge with its backdrop of the snow-covered North Shore mountains; Siwash Rock and English Bay; sailboats moored in Coal Harbour; and the gleaming bronze statue of Harry Jerome who represented Canada in the 1960, 1964 and 1968 Olympic Games winning the 100 metre bronze medal in 1964.

As your tour guide welcome to some of the gems of Vancouver.

fasten your seatbelts


 

 

 
Flying into Vancouver on the weekend the shadows cast from the different architectural structures of bridges, freeways and buildings in the setting sun had a beauty all of their own and made for a wonderful welcome home.

oh I do like to be beside the seaside


 

 

 

 

A perfect summer’s day on Spanish Banks, Vancouver today. It doesn’t get much better 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflecting

Perfect for this week’s Photo Challenge: Reflecting was this glorious sunrise last weekend reflected in the water lapping Rathtrevor Beach at the lovely Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Resort, Parksville, British Columbia where I was staying.

An early morning walk along the beach followed with equally stunning reflections seen in the tidal pools left by the receding water.

You can see why our Province is known as Super, Natural British Columbia. Enjoy the slideshow with a few more photos from the walk…

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…and this presentation by Destination British Columbia entitled The Wild Within.

Have you booked your tickets yet? 🙂

“The Flowers That Bloom in the Spring Tra La”


 
No, my wanderlust has not taken me to the tulip fields of Holland but to the Tulips of the Valley Festival here in Chilliwack, British Columbia, an hour’s drive from Vancouver. My last visit to the festival was in 2015 and which I shared with you in my post Petal Power. With the Festival’s new location this year our visit on Tuesday was perfect for this week’s Photo Challenge as no borders needed to be crossed to visit this little piece of heaven on earth filled with its seven million blooms. Enjoy the slide show and have your spirits raised with this seasonly perfect Gilbert and Sullivan classic from the Mikado performed by the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth 2

Shuswap iv

Earth has not anything to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty

William Wordsworth  1802

These opening lines from Wordsworth’s poem Composed on Westminster Bridge could easily have been written for this early morning view last weekend of Little Shuswap Lake here in Beautiful British Columbia, Canada.

BC Place ii

 

After leaving Granville Island our weekend walk took us to the east end of False Creek from where when you look back you can see the residences of Olympic Village on the south side built for the 2010 games, the Cambie Street Bridge way in the distance, and BC Place Stadium on the north side. This panorama shot was taken from the deck outside the geodesic dome of Vancouver’s Science World that opened for the World Fair in 1986 (Expo 86). As you can see the pedestrian and cycle pathway takes you around the creek and then carries on to Stanley Park so all can enjoy one of the world’s most accessible, varied and so often stunning urban landscapes.

 

Science world
Granville Bridge v

 

We’ve arrived at Granville Island on our weekend walk and here below the Granville Street Bridge you can see the Aquabus water taxis waiting to take you up and down False Creek. The photobombing seagull was a complete surprise however and clearly felt the landscape wouldn’t be complete without him. Serendipity at work once again.

Check out the great Granville Island website and learn all about one of Vancouver’s jewels.
 
pigeons