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Those fall days are short


Girls Getting Haircuts

Nara Watching The Show
I find haircuts are a fun time to take photos.  The kids are mostly distracted and they are in an environment that isn't normal for them. 

Nara Small Hands

This trim was a little longer than most - we have had a lot of tangles recently.  The kids didn't seem to mind until the end when they realized their hair was shorter.

Claira Happy With HaircutClaira Hiding From Clipped HairClaira Tipping Head
 

Fall Colours and Snow at Queen Elizabeth Park

We don't normally get snow in November.  A usual year for us is a few days of snow sometime in January or February.  Seeing snow falling in November reminded me of just how crazy last winter was - weeks of snow on the ground and snow late into spring.  The snow today was a strange confluence of weather - it didn't have any chance to stick to the ground in Vancouver, but you did see the odd vehicle with snow on the roof.

Orange Maple Leaves And SnowSnow In QuarryYellow Maple Leaves And Snow

Perhaps because of the strange weather, I found an owl with strange behaviour.  The owl was sleeping in clump of trees about four feet off the ground, right next to a large pathway.  The bird was trying hard to sleep, but the noise from walking dogs would sometimes stir it awake.  I didn't see anything wrong with the bird - it appeared fine, just making strange choices.

Barred Owl Low In CedarsBarred Owl Out Of The Snow

Cupcake Decorating

 Pumpkin Cupcake And Others
In the rainy season, we get lots of days of just rain.  Having a fun indoor activity is a good way to avoid cranky kids.  Helen came up with the idea of making "Monster" cupcakes using piping bugs and thick icing.
Cupcake Decorating Pipes


One of the challenges was the size of the canvas.  Every new monster you make is a potential treat in the future so a dozens of muffins (three for each kid) was all we could reasonably make.  If we had some event to give them to (bake sale?) the kids could have made much more.

Haley Adding PurpleNara Happy With HairClaira Building Cupcake
 

Biking to Olympic Village

We got a break in the rain and Helen wanted to go grocery shopping so the kids and I got on bikes and rode over to the Olympic Village via the seawall.  Much of the seawall turned out to be closed so we had to detour to city streets which isn't so much fun with a five year old.  We got off our bikes at the Habitat Island and the kids went to play on the rocks.

Nara With Foot FrozenJumping Rocks

We rode into the village and had a snack at the bakery.

Walking On Beach LogRiding In Olympic VillageClaira With Fall Colours

We got home by lunch time and the kids had a good afternoon indoors after the rain started again.

Walk at Iona Beach

Iona beach is a great place to see migrant birds during the spring and fall season.  November is not the season - this time of the year you will only see locals.  That said, it's a still a nice part of the world with views of the ocean and river and a mix of pond and shore habitat.  I went for a walk to see what was out on a nice weekend.

Bald Eagle Flying With Bird RemainsPurple Finch FemalePurple Finch Male

East Side Culture Crawl

One of the highlights of the year for me is the East Side Culture Crawl.  For a weekend in November, artists on East Side of Vancouver open their studios and thousands of people march through.  Some locations (1000 Parker Place) are crazy busy.  Some locations are quiet.

Many artists have policies on taking photos of their work - many are okay as long as you tag them.  I like to photograph the spaces and tools.  Perhaps next year, I'll bring a wide angle lens and actually photograph spaces.
 
Creativity FuelWall Dribbles And Floor Splatter
 
 Table Lit From WindowsTools And Colour ChartsOver Painted Stool
 
The kids can't take more than a hour or two of crawling.  This year it was poring all weekend so we did a repeat - the MakerLabs on Cordova.  They had an interactive exhibit where you could leave positive messages on balloons.  The kids really enjoyed making their own addition to the piece and wandering through the tags.

Nara Looking Up At Balloon ProjectReady To ReleaseClaira Filling In Her Card

Carving Pumpkins

We were a little late on carving pumpkins this year.  The pumpkins sat out on the deck, dry and cold and they were still good to carve a few weeks late.  Naras pumpkin was considerably thinner than Clairas which is why it glowed brighter.  The pumpkins lasted about 3 days before the brown fungus got yucky.

Emptying The PumpkinsCarved Lit Pumpkins




Yellow Maple Leaves And Snow
Tags: fall colour, Queen Elizabeth Park, snow
Jumping Rocks
Altitude: 10m (32 feet)
Location: Go To...
Ready To Release
Tags: Eastside Culture Crawl
Claira Happy With Haircut
Person: Claira
Tags: haircut
Bald Eagle Flying With Bird Remains
Species: Haliaeetus leucocephalus (Bald Eagle)
Altitude: 3m (9 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: bird in flight, food in flight, Iona Beach Regional Park
Emptying The Pumpkins
Person: Claira, Nara
Tags: pumpkin
Claira Hiding From Clipped Hair
Person: Claira
Tags: haircut
Nara Small Hands
Person: Nara
Tags: haircut
Riding In Olympic Village
Person: Claira, Nara
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: biking
Pumpkin Cupcake And Others
Creativity Fuel
Tags: Eastside Culture Crawl
Claira With Fall Colours
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
Location: Go To...
Orange Maple Leaves And Snow
Tags: fall colour, Queen Elizabeth Park, snow
Nara With Foot Frozen
Altitude: 10m (32 feet)
Location: Go To...
Barred Owl Out Of The Snow
Species: Strix varia (Barred Owl)
Tags: Queen Elizabeth Park
Table Lit From Windows
Tags: Eastside Culture Crawl, paint brush
Wall Dribbles And Floor Splatter
Tags: Eastside Culture Crawl
Walking On Beach Log
Altitude: 6m (19 feet)
Location: Go To...
Nara Looking Up At Balloon Project
Tags: art, Eastside Culture Crawl
Carved Lit Pumpkins
Person: Claira, Nara
Tags: lantern, pumpkin
Claira Tipping Head
Person: Claira
Tags: haircut
Haley Adding Purple
Person: Haley
Tags: dessert
Over Painted Stool
Tags: Eastside Culture Crawl
Snow In Quarry
Tags: fall colour, Queen Elizabeth Park, snow
Purple Finch Female
Species: Haemorhous purpureus (Purple Finch)
Altitude: 3m (9 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Iona Beach Regional Park
Tools And Colour Charts
Tags: Eastside Culture Crawl, paint brush, tool
Claira Building Cupcake
Person: Claira
Tags: dessert
Nara Watching The Show
Person: Nara
Tags: haircut
Cupcake Decorating Pipes
Claira Filling In Her Card
Person: Claira
Tags: Eastside Culture Crawl
Nara Happy With Hair
Person: Nara
Tags: dessert
Purple Finch Male
Species: Haemorhous purpureus (Purple Finch)
Altitude: 3m (9 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Iona Beach Regional Park
Barred Owl Low In Cedars
Species: Strix varia (Barred Owl)
Tags: Queen Elizabeth Park
Tags: Eastside Culture Crawl(8), Queen Elizabeth Park(5), haircut(5), Iona Beach Regional Park(3), fall colour(3), snow(3)
People: Claira(8), Nara(6), Haley(1)
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