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Almost all my photos are taken on weekends.



Nikkei Matsuri - Japanese Festival

Naras Photo Of Claira
First time event for us - Nikkei place has been putting on a Japanese Festival at the end of summer with a variety of food truck delights, a small shopping area and some activities for kids.  Like most cultural things in Vancouver, it was crowded.


Claira Pouring The Light Pink SandNara Pouring Black
Like a robin attracted to worms, our kids of were strangely attracted to the Hello Kitty room.  Thankfully it was a do it yourself arts and crafts project - a sand painting.  Basically you get a precut sticker where you peel off areas to receive equal colour and fill in the newly exposed sticky surface with coloured sand.  There is some technique to it (do the darker colours first) and different images have different difficulties (number of colours and number of regions).

Claira Helping Out TooHelen Peeling Back The Light Pink

Abby With Face PaintHaley With Face Paint
Jesse and Family were at the same event so we got to meet up with their kids.  Abby and Haley got in the face paint line before it was completely mobbed - perhaps the best face paint I have ever seen at an event.

Jesse Helping With Sand



Nara With Watermellon PopsicleKids With Watermellon Popsicles
Claira still naps so we had to head home at a reasonable time.  There was a woman selling traditional Japanese Popsicles - frozen watermelon on a stick.  Given that watermelon originally came from Africa and freezing things on demand is only about a 150 years old, I don't think this traditional goes back a long ways.  That said, a dollar a slice makes for a good return on investment - a solid Japanese tradition.


Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park

We happened to go to Chinatown for brunch and the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen garden isn't far away so we popped in for some family photos.
 
Kids At The Gate Of The TingOn The Rocks With Ting BehindInside The Ting

Funny Faces On The Cement SeatsStanding Tall In The Bamboo
This is a small park and I already have lots of photos of the kids looking at the Koy.  I thought I would try and do something with the bamboo to make it look more China.  That said, I don't remember a lot of bamboo in Hong Kong.


Happy Birthday Mom!

Grandma With Grandkids And Cake
My Mom was in town to help Nara with here integration into Kindergarten.  My Mom's birthday happened to fall mid that week so we went out to a Chinese bakery to get a cake to share.  The kids really like birthdays because it's pretty much the only time they get cake (other than trips to Grandma's house).

Everyone Blowing Out The Candles


A Day at the Farm in Delta

Nara And Helen On Hay RideNara Claira And Helen On Hay Ride

Our weekends are mostly defined by the classes the kids are signed up for.  This season we have Saturday mornings free so we decided to drive out to Delta to see their Day at the Farm event.  One of the farms we visit quite often (Westham Island Herb Farm) was the center of attraction so we parked in the field and got a tractor ride.
Claira Riding On Hay Bales
Kids Pushing On Pitch ForkPulling Potatoes Out Of Ground

You never really know what the kids will take an interest in.  One part of the farm had a "dig your own bag of potatoes" event by donation.  Nara was really keen on doing this so with a little help from the parents she was digging up potatoes.  It this the discovery of potatoes when the fork tines come up was really compelling.


 

Tsawwassen Salt Marsh

We were picking up Grandma at the Ferry Terminal so decided to go a little early with Nara so we could go for a walk around the Salt Marsh at the end of Jetty.  There is a small parking lot near the marsh (mostly full of taxi's) where we parked an started walking.  I was surprised to see rabbits.

There were a dozen great blue herons in various lumps in the marsh but that wasn't my target for the day - I wanted to see if there were Oystercatchers out today.  I crested the beach and sure enough - three Oystercatchers were very surprised to see me!  I went back to where I was, got my camera read and tried again - the Oystercatchers were still there.

Savannah SparrowBlack Oystercatcher Calling Warning

Nara was curious about what I was looking at so she popped up next to me.  The Oystercatchers didn't like that so much so they fled.  Oh well.  We went back to the car and picked up Grandma from the ferry.

Gastown

Looking at photos of Vancouver on Reddit, I saw an image of the hotel Europe (our mini version of the flatiron building) in gastown.  I lost the page, tried to find it again and couldn't find it a second time.  Co-incidentally, there was light rain on the weekend so I thought I would try to create a similar image.

View Down Abbott StreetWater Street With Lights In The Trees
  Saturday night is not a good time try and take photos in gastown.  There are a dozen clubs and a never ending stream of taxi's double parked in the streets.  Trying to get a photo of the hotel was an exercise in frustration as one taxi left only to be replaced by another dropping off.  In the end I wound up seaming two images together to get an image without a taxi.

Hotel Europe
It was a fun night, but next time I'll try going mid week.

Richmond Nature House

Garter Snake In The Leaf Litter
Nara had Chinese class in Richmond on a Sunday morning so I had Claira for a few hours.  I'm a big fan of the Richmond Nature House/Park so went for a walk on the boardwalk to see turtles and birds.  A first for me, I spotted a Garter snake in the leaf litter.  I took a photo, changed my footing and the snake took off. 


After we completed our loop (and watched the squirrels) we headed over to the Nature House to see the bees.  I was surprised to find today was a special event - a live insects show!  Claira does like spider webs and bees so it wasn't much of stretch to scorpions and tarantulas.

Claira Trying The ScorpionClaira With Tarantula

We had such a good time, we brought Nara over after her class was done. 

Stanley Park looking for Cormorants

It was a rainy Sunday afternoon and the kids just wanted to stay in and do crafts.  My wife gave me a pass to run around Stanley Park and try to find Cormorants while she did baking with the kids.  My first stop was Brockton Point Lighthouse - there is a large kelp bed with a good view from the sea wall and I figured it was a good place to get a shot.  Sure enough there was a cormorant.  I went back to get my camera out of the car (you can see my mistake) and the bird was gone.  Cormorants are diving birds so I waited around for about 10 minutes to see if it had gone for swim and popped up somewhere else - no luck.

I know there are usually Cormorants on the pier of the Lions gate bridge.  I moved the car and went for a walk.  The first thing I see is a bald eagle hauling a fish back to a tree in the park.  It was great to see the bald eagle, but I don't think the Cormorants were too thrilled - they promptly took flight from the water.
 
Bald Eagle With Fresh Caught Salmon

Cormorants Watching Police Boat Go ByI made it to the bridge pier - sure enough there were cormorants, but they weren't close enough that I could get a photo.  They have their own lives on the bridge pier - birds coming and going, squawks when birds arrive and leave. 


I got back to the car and decided to go visit Beaver Lake while the sun was setting.  I happened upon a small flock of wood ducks - colourful birds for the colourful light.  I tried to remember two things I'd recently seen in a video - get low so the angle is more "as an equal" rather than looking down on the animal and look for different angles in the light - move to change the contrast.

Wood Duck Shot Into The LightWood Duck StackMale Wood Duck In Reflected Water

I didn't get any nice photos of Cormorants but I did have a good afternoon.

Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival

There are a lot of smaller events in Vancouver that really show the spirit of a neighborhood to come together.  This is my second year at the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival and this year we go here early enough to join the parade for it's walk to the lantern lit park.  You can hear the band well before you see the parade and the kids were quite happy to be able to go in with everyone else.

Moon Lantern At The Start Of The ParadeYards Lit With LanternsClaira Standing In Candle Lit LabyrinthVulture Costume At Street Corner
 
After walking a few blocks we met got to the park next to the Renfrew Community center where all the lanterns are setup.  There are a number of areas you can walk around - some busier, some less busy.  We picked the West side of the creek which was initially quite empty so it was easier to take photos and talk to the kids.


The first time I went into the lit up ravine part of the walk I was in wonderment at all the lanterns lighting the park up.  This time I knew a little of what to expect - it turns out that many of the lanterns are recycled year to year.  I was really impressed with the light wire logs this year - someone spent a lot of time modeling the shapes you expect to see in a piece of wood.

Boat Lanterns On Still CreekBand Playing Amoungst The TreesArtificial Logs Under Trees

Crowds Watching LanternsGhostly Kids Standing Around LanternsNara Holding Her Lantern

Tree Lit Up By LanternsSalmon Lanterns Over Still Creek
I saw lots of people trying to take photos with their phones - I think the SLR on tripod is a winning combination.  That said, the contrast is so high I often had to rework the images quite a bit from RAW to get a pleasing set of highlight details as well as shadow content. 


Paper Bag Lantern Next To River
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The kids had a great time and didn't want to go home. I wanted to stay a little longer and try and get some portraits, but maybe that can wait until the kids are a little older and can stay up a little later.

 
 



Salmon Lanterns Over Still Creek
Claira Riding On Hay Bales
Person: Claira
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Boat Lanterns On Still Creek
Tags: boat, lantern, Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival
Garter Snake In The Leaf Litter
Species: Thamnophis ordinoides (northwestern garter snake)
Wood Duck Shot Into The Light
Species: Aix sponsa (Wood Duck)
Altitude: 17m (55 feet)
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Tags: bokeh
Black Oystercatcher Calling Warning
Species: Haematopus bachmani (Black Oystercatcher)
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Claira With Tarantula
Person: Claira
Everyone Blowing Out The Candles
Person: Nara, Claira
Savannah Sparrow
Species: Passerculus sandwichensis (Savannah Sparrow)
Altitude: 4m (13 feet)
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Cormorants Watching Police Boat Go By
Species: Phalacrocorax pelagicus (Pelagic Cormorant)
Altitude: 8m (26 feet)
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Tags: boat, Stanley Park
Helen Peeling Back The Light Pink
Nara Claira And Helen On Hay Ride
Person: Claira
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
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Crowds Watching Lanterns
On The Rocks With Ting Behind
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
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Kids Pushing On Pitch Fork
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
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Water Street With Lights In The Trees
Altitude: 11m (36 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Gastown, lights, night, road, Vancouver
Hotel Europe
Altitude: 3m (9 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Gastown, night, rain, Vancouver
Pulling Potatoes Out Of Ground
Person: Nara
Altitude: 4m (13 feet)
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Claira Helping Out Too
Claira Pouring The Light Pink Sand
Person: Claira
Nara With Watermellon Popsicle
Person: Nara
Jesse Helping With Sand
Artificial Logs Under Trees
Band Playing Amoungst The Trees
Tags: lantern, musical instrument, performance, Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival
Funny Faces On The Cement Seats
Altitude: 4m (13 feet)
Location: Go To...
Bald Eagle With Fresh Caught Salmon
Species: Haliaeetus leucocephalus (Bald Eagle)
Tags: bird in flight, fish, food in flight
Claira Trying The Scorpion
Person: Claira
Male Wood Duck In Reflected Water
Species: Aix sponsa (Wood Duck)
Altitude: 20m (65 feet)
Location: Go To...
Kids At The Gate Of The Ting
Person: Claira, Nara, Theresa
Altitude: 15m (49 feet)
Location: Go To...
Nara Pouring Black
Person: Nara
Grandma With Grandkids And Cake
Person: Nara, Claira
Ghostly Kids Standing Around Lanterns
Tags: lantern, Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival
Wood Duck Stack
Species: Aix sponsa (Wood Duck)
Altitude: 17m (55 feet)
Location: Go To...
Haley With Face Paint
Person: Haley
Tags: face paint
Nara And Helen On Hay Ride
Person: Nara
Altitude: 8m (26 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tree Lit Up By Lanterns
Claira Standing In Candle Lit Labyrinth
Paper Bag Lantern Next To River
Tags: fence, lantern, Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival
Inside The Ting
Person: Claira, Nara, Theresa
Altitude: 8m (26 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: HDR
View Down Abbott Street
Altitude: 6m (19 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Gastown, lights, night, rain, Vancouver
Standing Tall In The Bamboo
Person: Nara, Claira
Altitude: 10m (32 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: bamboo, holding hands, Vancouver
Vulture Costume At Street Corner
Abby With Face Paint
Person: Abby
Tags: face paint
Naras Photo Of Claira
Person: Claira
Nara Holding Her Lantern
Person: Nara
Tags: lantern, Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival
Yards Lit With Lanterns
Tags: lantern, Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival
Kids With Watermellon Popsicles
Person: Nara, Claira
Moon Lantern At The Start Of The Parade
Tags: lantern, moon, parade, Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival
Tags: Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival(7), lantern(7), Vancouver(4), night(3), Gastown(3), face paint(2)
People: Claira(12), Nara(11), Theresa(2), Haley(1), Abby(1)
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