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VanDusen

  Surprised In The Maze
We get a family membership to VanDusen basically every other year.  We got our current pass last July to see the Corpse flower and the pass was going to expire soon so we decided to have one last visit before it did.  The kids have a whole bunch of traditions they like to do at VanDusen and right at the top is going for a run in the Maze.  After they had done three runs through the maze (starting at the entrance or the exit), I chased them a little.  They really liked that.


  Swallowtail Hiding
Not on their list of favorite things to do is get photos taken with the flowers.  I basically had to make unreasonable promises to get them to walk at a reasonable pace and smile while surrounded by flowers.  That bit didn't last long.

Walking In FlowersHigh Contrast Flower
VanDusen does mix up the art and features from time to time.  This time we found these giant Adirondack chairs in the garden.  There used to be a cottage development in Osoyoos that used Giant Adirondack chairs on private property near the highway to advertise their project, and I wondered if they just repainted those chairs.  The kids thought they were fun to climb on - there were no signs saying don't climb so I assume it was okay.
 
  Climbing On Giant ChairSitting On Arms Of Giant ChairNara Learning To Fly
 
Butterfly On My Sock
I have a soft spot for native wildlife that shows up in the park.  We saw a butterflies going plant to plant with the occasional stop in the gravel.  I very slowly got closer to get a photo, only to have the butterfly land on me.

Painted Lady In Gravel
The kids have a few more favorites - they like the waterfalls, they like the Japanese garden (because of the stone bridges) and they like the smaller trails.  Eventually the got tired and we said goodby for another year.

Thorn Drew BloodClaira Running Down PathNara Flying Between Rocks

Haircuts

Naras Hair Being Blown Out
It's been something like a year since the girls last had their hair cut.  Of course the kids want hair down to their bums, but we don't have the time to spend to brush it out every morning.  Today we got a trim to make it more reasonable.

Naras Having Good Time

Claira used to have bangs.  Her bangs are grown out enough that she can mostly get by without a hair clip to keep them out of her eyes.

Claria Getting Hair WashedClaria Smiling With Water CupClaira Tongue TricksClaira Sees Results

Really, the kids are just thrilled to get pocky and some attention to their hair.

Fireworks!

We sometimes have a hard time fitting in the fireworks.  There are 3 nights of fireworks - Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday and it's no uncommon for us to be away both weekends.  Helen dropped us off near the bridge and we walked up and parked with iPads and chairs until the fireworks started.

I tried something new this year.  Last year, I took a long time lapse up until the fireworks started and then switched over to regular photography - trying to capture the best timing and framing as I saw the shots go.  This year, I decided to let the time lapse just play and then "capture in post" - take the best frames from the video and compose by cropping.

First FireworksColourful Burst In SmokeFlower Arrangement In Fireworks
It was a bit tough to watch sometimes because the camera would start too late or stay open to long, but the time lapse did get some nice photos.  The fireworks go on for about 25 minutes and you can really only show a handful of shots so really there was enough material to work with.

Red Smoke At EndFinale Blowout
 
The camera continued taking pictures after the fireworks stopped and I probably should have let it run longer to see all the boats rush home, but a little girl needed to go pee so we packed up and walked off the bridge.  Helen was waiting for us outside one of the car dealerships and everyone got home with dry pants.
 
 


Sitting On Arms Of Giant Chair
Person: Claira, Nara
Altitude: 107m (351 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: VanDusen
Claira Tongue Tricks
Person: Claira
Tags: haircut
Climbing On Giant Chair
Altitude: 107m (351 feet)
Location: Go To...
Claria Getting Hair Washed
Person: Claira
Tags: haircut
Claira Sees Results
Person: Claira
Tags: haircut
Claria Smiling With Water Cup
Person: Claira
Tags: haircut
Thorn Drew Blood
Altitude: 109m (357 feet)
Location: Go To...
Nara Learning To Fly
Altitude: 126m (413 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: levitating, VanDusen
Painted Lady In Gravel
Species: Vanessa cardui (painted lady)
Altitude: 106m (347 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: insect, VanDusen
Butterfly On My Sock
Altitude: 106m (347 feet)
Location: Go To...
Flower Arrangement In Fireworks
Tags: fireworks, night, smoke, Vancouver
Claira Running Down Path
Altitude: 116m (380 feet)
Location: Go To...
Walking In Flowers
Altitude: 88m (288 feet)
Location: Go To...
Finale Blowout
Tags: fireworks, night, Vancouver
Red Smoke At End
Tags: fireworks, night, smoke, Vancouver
Naras Having Good Time
Person: Nara
Tags: haircut
Naras Hair Being Blown Out
Person: Nara
Tags: haircut
High Contrast Flower
Altitude: 88m (288 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: flower, VanDusen
Swallowtail Hiding
Colourful Burst In Smoke
Tags: fireworks, night, Vancouver
First Fireworks
Tags: fireworks, night, Vancouver
Surprised In The Maze
Altitude: 91m (298 feet)
Location: Go To...
Nara Flying Between Rocks
Person: Claira, Nara
Tags: levitating, VanDusen
Tags: fireworks(6), Vancouver(6), night(6), haircut(6), VanDusen(5), smoke(2)
People: Claira(6), Nara(4)
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