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.
Today’s spectacular Vancouver sunrise silhouetting Burrard and Granville Bridges
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…
…and this presentation by Destination British Columbia entitled The Wild Within.
Have you booked your tickets yet? 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stawamus Chief Acrylic and Plaster 78″ x 64″
Since I have not been in the studio today, and in follow up to yesterday’s Lascaux Cave, I thought I would post this painting from a few years back of the magnificent face of the Stawamus Chief in the Stawamus Chief Provincial Park in Squamish BC. Although on a different scale to the Lascaux Cave, the technique once again used a combination of Polyfilla and paint, this time acrylic rather than watercolour.
There are three hiking trails on the Chief that take you to three different peaks where the view from each across Howe Sound simply takes your breath away.
With the new Sea to Sky Gondola
however now it is possible to experience the same views with a little less effort, but definately with a lot less sense of achievement.
Here you can see the three peaks of the Chief viewed from the gondola on the way down to earth.