Canada

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 ūüôā

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These six beautiful fallen maple leaves that featured in my post to celebrate the first day of Fall last September have such a different meaning today. With a breaking heart I send condolences and sympathy to the six families who lost their loved ones in the terrorist attack in Quebec City last night and to those recovering in hospital I wish a full and speedy recovery.

the second of the year

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Kitsilano in the snow #2

Inspired by a magical morning on Kitsilano Beach after the snowfall before Xmas, which I posted about in backdrop to a life: part 2 and which was also the inspiration for the first of the year.

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The Gift of the Four Treasures has once again weaved its magic spell with the superpower that resides in its brushes and ink.

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Looks like the beginning of a new series for a new year.

Welcome to 2017

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The golden hour and the Vancouver skyline at the end of New Year’s Day 2017.

back to the beach

For this week Discover Challenge:¬†Fl√Ęneur¬†Krista asks us to “Observe your city, town, street, or patch of earth and report back ‚ÄĒ in your favorite medium.”

No surprise that the patches of earth that I love to feature on The Changing Palette, as you know, are here on Kitsilano Beach Park in Vancouver with views out to English Bay.

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Yesterday’s morning walk at sunrise was rewarded with these glorious¬†Fall colors in the park…

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the silhouetted figures seen between the trees…

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and the tankers illuminated out in the Bay.

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One final image from the walk you might recognize as I used for an eerie backdrop in my post for this weeks Photo Challenge: Transmogrify.

how d’ya like them apples

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Shiny and bright and
Ready to bite.

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From our recent visit to the beautiful Ile d’Orleans in Quebec.

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the secret path

Today’s painting was inspired by last night’s broadcast on CBC television of Gord Downie’s film, The Secret Path. The film acknowledges a dark part of Canada’s history ‚Äď the long-suppressed mistreatment of indigenous children and families by the residential school system and tells the story of twelve year old Chanie Wenjack who died alone beside the train tracks¬†fifty years ago¬†on October 22, 1966¬†whilst trying to walk home¬†to his family from whom he was taken over 400 miles away

If you can find an hour take the time and see the film, and be as moved as I was. Learn Chanie Wenjack’s heartbreaking story, listen to Gord Downie’s unforgettable songs and music and be inspired by award-winning cartoonist Jeff Lemire’s illustrations. You can find the film here on the CBC website: The Secret Path.

Dedicated to the memory of Chanie Wenjack

Falling for the Falls in the Fall

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Montmorency Falls, Quebec

Back home in Vancouver after¬†our memorable visit to Qu√©bec, a photo for this week’s Photo Challenge: H2O to add to my 1000th post yesterday with this view approaching the Montmorency Falls in the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency on what was simply a perfect Fall day.

Fall glorious Fall on the Ile d’Orleans

After the breathtaking Fall colours in Qu√©bec City yesterday our visit to the Ile d’Orlean today was just as spectacular with our first stop at the Montmorency¬†Falls in the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, before crossing¬†the bridge to the Island where we picked apples, enjoyed the best strawberries and savoured every glorious colour-filled moment.

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my 1000th post than with these images from our memorable visit today to this beautiful Ile d’Orleans here in the Province of Qu√©bec.

Home to Vancouver and the west coast tomorrow.

Fall glorious Fall in Qu√©bec City

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We couldn’t ask for a more perfect Fall afternoon here in one of Canada’s most beautiful cities, Qu√©bec City, where we have arrived for a short three day visit. I have no doubt the Ile d’Orl√©ans where we will be spending the day tomorrow will be just as spectacular.