A great month to get outside
Around Stanley Park
Chris isn't someone we see often - it's
a number of years since I last saw him in Ontario. His sister
just graduated (congrats!) and Chris was in town for the ceremony and
had a few days off. Being a nice weekend, we came up with the
idea of nice bike ride around Stanley park. A few phone calls and
we had a small crowd of people.
Our first destination was one of my favorite
the park - beaver lake. This small lake is very shallow and
filled with lily pads and ducks.
We biked around the park and stopped in at
After our bike ride, we retired to Davids
for a barbeque and a
nice view of the sunset over the city.
It's Saturday, sunny and you need something to
do. It's still
rather early for hiking so I took a lower elevator destination from a
nature walks book.
The Pit Marshes is another destination I saw
air well before I ever saw it on the ground. Depending on the wind,
aircraft sometimes fly in over the norther edge of Vancouver and in
doing so fly over the Pitt Marshes. The large bodies of water and
the snaking dikes makes for a great view.
The Pitt Marshes
are a well known birding
destination - there are a
number of prominent Osprey Nests as well as a large population of marsh
On my list of favorite birds is the family
"swallows" - what Beth
refers to as the "true bird of love". A colony of Cliff Swallows
had moved into the roof of the bird blind on the main walk and they
didn't seem to mind us watching - there were rather intent on nest
building. I saw some barn swallows (currently no photographs
other than just blur) but none of them seemed to be nesting here.
When we walked into the grass margins of the
often found damselflies resting on the blades of grass. I don't
know if it was too cold for them to fly but there were lots of them and
they didn't seem to move much. We all took a shot at
photographing them. I kind of wonder if these insects were the
food for the plentiful swallows.
the marshes are network of Dikes. We chose a large triangle route
around one of the larger marshes but there are other routes that you
could do if you brought a bike and wanted to make a longer day out of
The road side flowers weren't particularly
they did make for a nice focal point to stop by and look at.
It's amazing how background sometimes combines
subject and lighting to do something special. For a short period
of time the clouds were set up to light where we were standing while
the rest of the valley was comparitivly darker. So much of good
photography is just being at the right place at the right time.
We circled back to the dock and enjoyed a picnic
It's one of those things - there is an
your house but you never go until you actually leave town. I
missed out half the attractions of Victoria and the Island while I
lived there and now I look forward to visiting places I never visited
when they were just down the road. VanDusen Botanical Garden is
just down the road from my house an in several years of living here,
I've never gone. Speaking with both my sister and my Mom on the
weekend, they Both mentioned that my Aunt Betty has a tree dedicated to
her in the Garden - neither of them had seen the tree though. It
was time - Helen and I decided to go visit. On my first visit, I
wanted to enjoy the gardens for the gardens so I didn't bring my
camera. I'm now a seasons pass holder (member) so I can drop in
any time I want.
One of the things that impressed my was the wildlife in the
garden. There was Heron fishing when we walked by and it didn't
seem to care that we approached fairly close. I went back hoping
to see a heron again, and sure enough, there was a bird hunting in
almost the same place.
Last time we saw the odd turtle basking on
this time I found several fairly close to the shore. It doesn't
seem to much of a challenge to sneak up on a turtle, but they were
surprisingly alert and went for a swim when I got close. Luckly I
found some more patient turtles and snapped away.
My favorite part of the Richmond Night Market is the food
but the photographic opportunities are a close second.
Helen and I went for the evening and I dragged along
Tags: bird(7), VanDusen(6), Stanley Park(6), flower(5), biking(4), nest(4)
People: David(2), Eric(2), Karen(2), Jesse(1), John(1), Helen(1)
From: John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2019 to 2005 > June 2006
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