John Harvey Photo

February 2020Go to Slide Show

Lots of things to do.


Walking to School in the Snow

Considering we live in Vancouver, I have a surprisingly large number of photos of my kids in the snow.  Not just a snow day in January 2020, a snow day in 2019 and here is Nara in 2017.  I brought my camera and took a few photos on the walk to school.

Walking To School In SnowNara With SnowballClaira With Snow Falling

Of course the snow makes a great walk to school - every horizontal surface contains the ingredients for a snowball.

Vancouver Boatshow

The boatshow is "must attend" event on our spring calendar.  The boatshow has two locations - Granville Island and BC Place with a free water taxi between the two locations.  We can walk down to Granville Island, take in the close by boats and then ride over to the BC Place and have more fun there.

Granville Island has the "floating display" - ocean going boats in the half million to multi-million dollar range.  They are generally open (in limited numbers) so we can tour the inside the and see what luxury with space challenges actually look like.  Of course the kids love the small spaces.
Kids Room With Two SinglesLow Headroom Cabin
Happy Times On Boat
This year there were still spaces on the boat tours and our kids were keen to go.  The tour basically takes you up and down false creek in either a power boat or a sailboat.  The kids asked for powerboat and I was quite surprised when the captain let them drive!  Apparently this boat is worth more than a million dollars!

Nara Driving In False CreekClaira Driving In False Creek

 After the false creek tour, we took the free ferry over to BC Place.  The kids favorite activity is the bumper boats and there was no line up!
 
Playing In Bumper Boats
The kids are now old enough that they don't have a problem driving the paddle boats.  

Claira In Bumper Boat
 
Claira Driving Chris Craft
Nara had a birthday party in the afternoon so we go her to her pickup and Claira and I spent more time looking at boats.  There are a wide variety of boats on the floor - from dinghys to speedboats, fishing trawlers to weekenders.  We tried out a lot!


The Erickson
But all good days come to and end.  We took the ferry ferry back to Granville Island.  We don't take the sea bus around false creek very often (it is kind of expensive compared to driving your own car) so watching the view from a new angle is a lot of fun.

Aquabus In False Creek

I'm worried that if I attend enough boat shows, I'll eventually buy a boat.  Worse things could happen.

Vancouver Aquarium

James's birthday is in February.  For his birthday he wanted to go to the Vancouver Aquarium so we met up at lunch time to see the shows!

Waiting For Sea Otter ShowJellyfish Blues

The four kids are roughly the same age so we let them mostly do what they wanted.  It was raining so we didn't see a lot of the outdoor shows (we did see the sea lions in a break in the rain).  We did get into the 4D theater and watched a positive film about how a park can improve the quality of life of people living close by.

Goeldi's Monkey Watching
Maybe because it was cold - the kids really enjoyed the amazon exhibit.   They were feeding the monkeys when we came through and the kids stayed for quite a bit of it!

Watching Monkeys Get Fed

Illuminate Yaletown

I've been before -  I went the first time in 2009 and the second in 2012 with Nara and Helen - probably the first festival Nara ever went to.  Illuminate Yaletown isn't a big event - it's put on by the Yaletown Business Improvement association and this year it was roughly a block long. 

Juggling Long ExposureNara Claira On Swing


The event had a mix live performance and light displays.  the first things the kids wanted to do when we arrived was play on the swings, but the clown juggling lit balls also grabbed their attention. 

Together Doing Light Bright
The kids have played with a light bright before - back in the PNE in 2017.  The event had a giant light bright hanging and boxes of plastic rods where kids could build their own design.  Our kids played for at least 10 minutes and I'm sure they wished they had one of these at home.

Claira With Light BrightNara Building Pattern

 
Nata Relaxing On Glowing Orb
At the far end of the street was a number of large lit geometric shapes that were slowly changing color over time.  They weren't very interactive, but the large glowing surfaces made for some nice backgrounds to selfies.

Glowing Orbs In Yaletown
 
Pulled Up High
The kids found a glowing teeter totter which they enjoyed playing on.

Pink And Red Teeter Totter


Silver Suit With Lit Cape
I must admit, I'm a sucker for live performance.  There were three women with lit up capes walking around with photographers in tow.  After we saw a pair of performers with led nunchucks set with some very nice patterns.  The software in those was really slick - I'm guessing it uses an accelerometer to determine how fast to play out the pattern.  With long exposures, the ribbons of light were fantastic.

Synchronized PatternPurple Celtic Design

Probably the kids favorite was a dance performance put on by two stilt walkers in amazing LED outfits.  The outfits had a great rotation of patterns and lights and the kids loved interacting with the performers. 

Kids With Dancing FiguresRainbow GlowClaira Shaking Hands With Stilts Guy

Birding Iona


Red Winged Blackbird In Bulrush
Nature Vancouver has field trips most weekend of the year.   A Saturday morning birding walk is a great way to start a weekend - time outside looking for interesting things and hearing stores about wildlife.  This Saturday turned out to be beautiful (but cold) so I went out for a walk.  Both kids were invited, but neither of them wanted to go with me.



Great Blue Herons Resting In Reeds

While there were lots of ducks in the ponds, the ducks aren't thrilled to see people and often swim away from the shore.  Small birds on the other hand are often working for a living and for whatever reason can wind up quite close to people.

  Branded Marsh WrenGolden Crown SparrowSong Sparrow At Waters Edge
 
 
Northern Flickers In TreeMink On Log Boom
 

 
 
 
 
 


Pulled Up High
Person: Claira, Nara
Altitude: 111m (364 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: lights, night, seesaw, Yaletown
Nata Relaxing On Glowing Orb
Person: Nara
Altitude: 111m (364 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: lights, Yaletown
Branded Marsh Wren
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
Location: Go To...
Northern Flickers In Tree
Species: Colaptes auratus (Northern Flicker)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Iona Beach Regional Park
Golden Crown Sparrow
Species: Zonotrichia atricapilla (Golden-crowned Sparrow)
Altitude: 10m (32 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Iona Beach Regional Park
Nara Building Pattern
Person: Nara
Altitude: 27m (88 feet)
Location: Go To...
Watching Monkeys Get Fed
Red Winged Blackbird In Bulrush
Species: Agelaius phoeniceus (Red-winged Blackbird)
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Iona Beach Regional Park
Nara Claira On Swing
Person: Claira, Nara
Tags: swing
Nara With Snowball
Person: Claira, Nara
Tags: commute, snow
Pink And Red Teeter Totter
Altitude: 111m (364 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: lights, motion blur, night, seesaw, Yaletown
Happy Times On Boat
Person: Claira, Nara
Tags: boat, Vancouver Boat Show
Silver Suit With Lit Cape
Tags: lights, motion blur, night, performance, Yaletown
Kids Room With Two Singles
Synchronized Pattern
Altitude: 166m (544 feet)
Location: Go To...
Juggling Long Exposure
Great Blue Herons Resting In Reeds
Altitude: 3m (9 feet)
Location: Go To...
Playing In Bumper Boats
Person: Nara
Tags: paddle boat, Vancouver Boat Show
Jellyfish Blues
Tags: jellyfish, Vancouver Aquarium
Low Headroom Cabin
Goeldi's Monkey Watching
Tags: Vancouver Aquarium
Mink On Log Boom
Species: Mustela vison (American Mink)
Altitude: 5m (16 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Iona Beach Regional Park
Song Sparrow At Waters Edge
Species: Melospiza melodia (Song Sparrow)
Altitude: 7m (22 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Iona Beach Regional Park
Purple Celtic Design
Altitude: 166m (544 feet)
Location: Go To...
Waiting For Sea Otter Show
Person: Claira, James, Marcus, Nara
Claira Driving Chris Craft
Person: Claira
Tags: boat, Vancouver Boat Show
Aquabus In False Creek
Claira With Light Bright
Kids With Dancing Figures
Altitude: 27m (88 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: dancing, performance, stilt, Yaletown
Claira With Snow Falling
Person: Claira
Tags: commute, snow
Rainbow Glow
Altitude: 27m (88 feet)
Location: Go To...
The Erickson
Tags: building, Vancouver
Claira Shaking Hands With Stilts Guy
Person: Claira, Nara
Altitude: 27m (88 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: performance, stilt, Yaletown
Claira In Bumper Boat
Tags: paddle boat, Vancouver Boat Show
Walking To School In Snow
Person: Claira, Nara
Tags: snow
Glowing Orbs In Yaletown
Altitude: 64m (209 feet)
Location: Go To...
Nara Driving In False Creek
Together Doing Light Bright
Person: Nara
Altitude: 27m (88 feet)
Location: Go To...
Claira Driving In False Creek
Tags: Yaletown(6), Iona Beach Regional Park(5), lights(4), Vancouver Boat Show(4), performance(3), night(3)
People: Nara(11), Claira(9), James(1), Marcus(1)

Leave a Comment

Some HTML allowed: <b>, <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>, but most isn't.  Text length is limited.  comments from first time authors will be reviewed before being posted. comments with swearing or painfully poor spelling will probably be rejected.


Last Modified Thursday, March 19th, 2020 at 00:05:58 Edit
Copyright and Contact Information.