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Social Distancing


Iona Beach Park

Annas On Short Bush

With social distancing, we are trying to stay apart from other people, but still get outside. Last month we tried QE Park, but the crowds were getting large and many of the trails aren't wide enough that you can keep adequate distance while you pass.  I thought I would try a bit less popular of a park - Iona Beach.  The parking lot wasn't full and the trails were almost empty so you don't feel so bad being outside.

Song Sparrow Singing


Claira and I did the standard loop around the large pond.   The Tree Swallows are charismatic, flying close to on another and generally ignoring people walking by.  We spotted a Marsh Wren calling - spring is a great time to see them because they are much bolder.  In the rest of the year, you might see them darting between the reeds, but you will rarely get a good look.  Finally, we spotted a garter snake cruising through the litter under the blackberry bushes.

Swallows On Nest BoxMarsh Wren At Top Of BullrushGarter Snake Warming

I rarely take videos, but the kids take them all of the time, often accompanied by laughing or tears because the other kid spoke and ruined the audio track.  This time Claira caught some of the snake in the brush:

On the drive back to town we saw what I first thought was a dog but I quickly realized was a Coyote!  We pulled over to take a photo, but the Coyote really didn't like that - he went into the bushes.  A minute later, he came out again going where ever he was going.  We tried parking a few places, but the Coyote always payed us a wide berth.

Coyote Walking By

Super Moon

I never really understood the relationship between the phase of the moon and when the moon sets and rises. If you do the math, to be a full moon (the face is covered in sunlight), the moon has to be in opposition (other side of the planet) from the sun so on a 12 hour day, a full moon will rise roughly when the sun is setting.  When this happens around the equinox, you get a moon rise just as the sun sets and the exposure from the moon is roughly equal with the exposure from sunset light.

Being my first time trying to take a photo of this, I decided for a wide angle shot so it wouldn't be a write off if I made a mistake.



One of the benefits of a high resolution sensor is that you can crop the image pretty hard and still get a decent image.


It was late enough in spring that it wasn't super cold standing around at night.

Granville Island

With the Covid-19 lock down, a lot of things have gotten quiet.  For a few evenings I went down to Granville Island to take time lapses of sunset.



Pacific Spirit Park

It was a nice enough day and we wanted to get out of the house, but the seawall would be crazy.  We though of trying a trail in Pacific Spirit Park, near UBC.
Nara On Low Trunk

Happy Birthday Nara!

At this point there was not protocols for getting kids together.  You couldn't invite other kids over for a birthday party so Nara did a "Virtual" birthday party where her and three friends connected via Facetime and did things together.  Each kid got the same kit which include a jewelry project and cupcakes.  Nara had a good time.

 
Nara Ready To Hit Pinata
Claira wanted to make Nara a Pinata so we did in Claira's room in secret.  Having not made a Pinata before, we used cardboard and made it look like a birthday cake (Claira's idea).  The cardboard was corrugated with two faces and was taped together to make the shape.  The cake was full of Candy.  We used Crepe paper to decorate the outside. 

Hit And Spin
Claira Hits
The Pinata was WAY too strong.  The kids whacked, whacked and whacked some more and were unable to break the pinata.  At one point, our stick (which was from a tent on Claira's bed) started to splinter.    Eventually I had to hit it to cause a failure they kids could exploit.

Claira Read For Last Whack

Nara Blowing Out Candles
Nara wanted pumpkin pie for her birthday cake.  Wish granted.

Nara And Claira With Pumpkin Pie



Nara On Low Trunk
Person: Nara
Altitude: 51m (167 feet)
Location: Go To...
Nara Ready To Hit Pinata
Tags: piñata
Nara And Claira With Pumpkin Pie
Person: Claira, Nara
Tags: candlelight, pie
Claira Read For Last Whack
Person: Claira
Tags: piñata
Marsh Wren At Top Of Bullrush
Species: Cistothorus palustris (Marsh Wren)
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Swallows On Nest Box
Species: Tachycineta bicolor (Tree Swallow)
Altitude: 7m (22 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: nest box
Claira Hits
Person: Claira
Tags: piñata
Hit And Spin
Person: Nara
Tags: piñata
Coyote Walking By
Species: Canis latrans (Coyote)
Nara Blowing Out Candles
Person: Nara
Tags: candlelight, pie
Garter Snake Warming
Species: Thamnophis elegans terrestris (Coast Garter Snake)
Altitude: 4m (13 feet)
Location: Go To...
Song Sparrow Singing
Species: Melospiza melodia (Song Sparrow)
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Annas On Short Bush
Species: Calypte anna (Anna's Hummingbird)
Altitude: 6m (19 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: time lapse(4), sunset(4), piñata(4), Science World(2), Olympic Village(2), moon(2)
People: Nara(4), Claira(3)
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