All posts tagged: BC

Unexpected Entertainment in Nelson, British Columbia

We arrived in Nelson on motorcycles, hot and dusty after a long day of riding. We could almost see our hotel, but couldn’t get to it because it was on a parade route. A police officer asked us to pull over and park. That is how we came to be spectators at  the Annual Gay Pride Parade. That evening, after we had wined and dined at a local eatery, we realized that this was a perfect opportunity for people watching. There was a wedding reception in the hall near our hotel (downtown on Baker Street). Guests in fancy dress came and went from the venue, frequently upstaged by the eclectic garb of cross-dressers, marchers from the parade and bikers. The booze evidently flowed. It was an extremely entertaining evening. Nelson has many heritage buildings, but the finest, and most photographed, is the Court House. It was designed by a British architect, Francis Mawson Rattenbury. It was completed in 1909 at a cost of $109,145.88. Francis was also the architect of the province’s Parliament Buildings and …

Where is the Letter ‘F’?

Can you find the shape of the Letter ‘F’ or ‘f’ in the photos below? The letter ‘F’ is used as an abbreviation for: Fahrenheit False Failing Grade Female Did you find a ‘F’ or ‘f’ in each of the photos? I’ve posted the answers at Photos Containing the Letter ‘F’.

Looking at Bridges

Bamberg is an beautiful example of an early medieval town in central Europe. It has a large number of surviving ecclesiastical and secular buildings. It is crisscrossed by many rivers, winding canals, and bridges. Some of the bridges are old and famous and some, like this one, are more modern, but don’t detract from the architecture of the surrounding buildings. Deception Pass Bridge is the common name for two, two-lane bridges that connect Whidbey Island to Fidalgo Island in the U.S. state of Washington. Pass Island lies between the two bridges.   Navajo Bridge – The original Navajo Bridge was completed and opened to traffic in January 1929. Prior to the building of the bridge, the only way to cross the Colorado River and its formidable gorge was at Lee’s Ferry a short distance upstream. Construction on a new, wider bridge began in May of 1993. The old bridge became a walking bridge.

The Colours of Water – Aquamarine and Boysenberry

My skin is kind of sort of brownish Pinkish yellowish white. My eyes are greyish blueish green, But I’m told they look orange in the night. My hair is reddish blondish brown, But it’s silver when it’s wet. And all the colors I am inside Have not been invented yet. – Shel Silverstein, Colors- One of the bloggers I follow said he had a favourite colour – aquamarine with a hint of boysenberry in it. I had to look both colours up to be sure what they are. Aquamarine – I think that is the official colour that timeshare units are decorated in for the Canadian visitors to Florida.  Boysenberry seems to be quite a regal colour, but because I have never seen a boysenberry, let alone eaten one, I’m not entirely sure this is the colour the blogger was thinking of. No matter. With a little bit of magic in Photoshop Elements, I came up with a colour that I have named Aquaboyse. I scoured my photos in order to show aquaboyse at work, …

Getting Ready for a Motorcycle Ride

The best alarm clock is sunshine on chrome. – Author Unknown – Rough and ready motorcycle riders get up at the crack of dawn to make sure everything is ready to roll. The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready. – Henry David Thoreau – And that is the challenge. When a group rides together, no one goes anywhere until the last person is ready! That means every boot is done up, every chap is buckled, every jacket is zipped, every helmet is cinched and every glove is slipped on. If the weather is cold, it takes extra time to add another layer or two. If the weather is hot, it means no one wants to be ready first because they don’t want to overheat while they wait. Multiply this by the number of stops per day, which can sometimes be five or six, and it is actually quite amazing how far we get in a day!

Waiting – Fisherman on a Wharf

The opposite of talking isn’t listening. The opposite of talking is waiting. – Fran Lebowitz – We were at the coast (British Columbia) last week. The weather was chilly, but not too cold for avid fishermen. I photographed this gent fishing … and waiting… and waiting… and fishing. I think you have to be patient if you want to enjoy this sport. Last year I went fishing with Salvador Dali.  He was using a dotted line.  He caught every other fish. – Steven Wright –

Path – Skiers, Water on a Window

Path – The Photos: The Path of a Drop of Water on a Window Pane – Danube, 2007 Breaking a Path – Cross Country Ski, Fairmont,  2011 Path – The Quote: Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainly. – Mark Twain – This week’s WordPress  Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows

Our Harley Motorcycle’s First Adventure

A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for. – William Shedd – There came a day when The Car Guy asked me to be his Biker Chick (perhaps as a way to justify the handsome touring bike he coveted), and I just couldn’t turn down a chance to ride behind this dashing man dressed in black leather… It was time for me to leave my safe harbor. Two Up Riding – I sit on the back of a two wheel machine that can accelerate to infinity and beyond before I’ve even noticed the light turned green. I trust The Car Guy and his knowledge of this machine to keep me safe… well, as safe as one can be on the back of a motorcycle, which isn’t the same thing as the safety of my recliner in the living room, or even the seat of my PT Cruiser, for that matter. This past week-end we pointed the Harley west. After climbing through the Rogers Pass, we descended into Revelstoke BC where …

Welcome to Canada – The Vancouver Riot is Over

My morning routine includes a few hours in my favourite chair with my laptop computer. I zip around the world on the Internet. Yesterday morning my first stop was Vancouver, and that was pretty much as far as I got as I watched the story of the Vancouver Riot be told. Initially I was dismayed by the  wildly speculative and inaccurate reporting about such a tragic event. As the story unfolded and a few actual details emerged, the finger pointing started. It was the police’s fault, it was the fault of the organizers, it was the game of hockey’s fault, it was the fans fault. Then, anticipating the response from the rest of the world, many entirely innocent Vancouver people said they were embarrassed and ashamed to be from Vancouver. Some were ashamed to be Canadians. Some were ashamed because they had once lived in Vancouver… Blame? The only people to blame are the ones who took part in the riot. Many of these apparently arrived with the materials to light a car on fire, …

Riot in Vancouver – It isn’t a Hockey Story

There was rioting in the streets of Vancouver last night after the Vancouver Canucks were defeated by the Boston Bruins in the final Hockey game of the Season. Here are a few of the headlines this morning: CTV, Canada – ‘Hooligans’ give Vancouver black eye with post-Cup riots The Toronto Star, Canada – ‘Small group of troublemakers’ embarrass Vancouver The Globe and Mail – Embarrassment, shame in aftermath of Vancouver riot USA TODAY – Vancouver hockey riots highlight need for traveler awareness The Telegraph (UK) – Vancouver Canucks fans riot after team’s surprise loss to Boston Bruins – Tens of thousands of angry ice hockey fans in Vancouver rioted yesterday after their team’s surprise loss to the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals series. Now, I don’t want to downplay how terrible this riot was, but I do want to put a few things into perspective: – The scale of the incident increases in direct proportion to the distance the reporter lives from Vancouver. In Canada a ‘smaller group of troublemakers and Hooligans’ are …

Tracks in the Snow – Mini Snowmageddon

Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together. – Author Unknown – We spent a few days in the mountains of British Columbia. It snowed  nearly every day while we were there. One of the snowfalls produced giant snowflakes! Each flake was clearly visible to the naked eye – lacy six sided crystals sparkling in the sun. On the giant snowflake day, I spent the afternoon outside wading through knee-deep snow and taking pictures. When I looked back to where I had been, I was surprised to see how crooked a path I was making! In the foreground you can see how the sun was lighting up the big snowflakes. You can also see the very crooked path I had made two days before. All I can say is that the scenery makes it hard to concentrate on walking the straight and narrow. In one of the forest clearings I came across tracks going every which way – my nemesis, the deer. Well, …

2010 Vancouver Olympics

The 2010 Vancouver, BC, Canada Olympics have come to a close. There are certainly more than a few bloggers who made negative comments about these Games. Some people were unhappy with mechanical glitches. Some didn’t like the dignitaries chosen to carry a flag or a torch. Some didn’t like the musicians or the speeches. Some didn’t like multiculturalism or bilingualism. Some didn’t like the weather. I happen to think, however, that the games were a perfect success. Their perfection came from everything they were, and everything they were not. They WERE a blend of all the ordinary people of Canada doing an extraordinary thing. They were a mixture of our ancestors, cultures, heritage, languages, music and symbols, offered with humour and pride. They welcomed the athletes and the world to our shores – for a day, a week or a lifetime. They were NOT Hollywood glamorous, Disneyland immaculate or Martha Stewart perfect. And that’s a good thing. I am one of those ordinary Canadians who watched the extraordinary events of the 2010 Olympics. There are about …

Tall Ships, Victoria BC

If you want to launch big ships, go where the water is deep. – Author Unknown – From June 23-26 2005, over 30 traditionally rigged sailing vessels and crews from around the world  gathered in Victoria, British Columbia,  to celebrate maritime history and the sea-faring life. We were fortunate to have been there at the right time (quite by accident), having missed seeing the Tall Ships in other ports when we lived overseas.

Seashells in British Columbia

I have a large seashell collection which I keep scattered along the beaches around the world. Maybe you’ve seen it. – Steven Wright – British Columbia is Canada’s western most province. The Pacific Ocean gives the coastal regions of the province a reasonably moderate climate. For landlocked provinces like the one I live in, a trip to the BC coast is quite a novelty! We can’t return from a trip there without at least a photo of a seashell!

Fairmont Hot Springs – Old Barn

An old friend once told me that if you were given a barn full of manure to shovel out, it was a tremendous idea to keep in mind that a pony had to be in there somewhere. – Peter Jensen – Fairmont Hot Springs in British Columbia, is located at the headwaters of the Columbia River. A thriving resort community continues to grow in the area, though we would be happy if it would stop growing. This old barn stands, year after year, watching and wondering what the future holds in store for it.