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Walk at Iona

Watching Bird Release
If you go early enough on the weekends, you can see the bird banding station in action. I know the kids like to see the birds so we decided to go out and see them in action.  They have changed the parking at Iona to reduce the amount of parking but make the main street safer so arriving early is now a good idea.  I was immediatly distracted by an Osprey circling over the main pond so I sent the kids and the wife ahead to see the birds.  They had trouble spotting the bird house, but we did eventually find it and the kids were fascinated by watching the birds get measured and banded.


I've seen Osprey all over BC including on the pilings close to here but this was the first time I've seen them circling the ponds.  I didn't think the ponds had fish large enough for an Osprey to eat, but I could be wrong.  Either way, they were nice to see.

Osprey GlidingOsprey Looking Around

We walked around looking for whatever was in season.  Sometimes the kids like to see the Tree Swallows near the nest boxes, but this time the kids just wanted to play on the logs.

Claira Looking For Animal With Moms ScarfNara Covering Her Sister


We made it back to the car when I noticed there were quite a few shorebirds down on the beach.  I grabbed my camera and took a look.  If I was dedicated to my craft, I would be out on the mud flats in a tent as the tide comes in, but I'm just not that into it.

Dunlin And Sandpipers

Dunlin Flying Inland

Sandpiper With Dunlin

Friday Night Bleeding Hearts

Bright Spot On Patch Of Pacific Bleeding Heart
Last year when the COVID lockdown first hit, just going outside seemed like a risky thing to do.  Near Nara's birthday, we went for a walk in Pacific Spirit Park because I figured it would be pretty empty.  One of my memories from that trip was all of the Bleeding Hearts in full bloom.  Fast forward a little over a year - we had dinner early on a Friday night so I decided to got a for a little walk before bath time.

Pacific Bleeding Heart Next To TrailPacific Bleeding Heart Backlit

Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Pacific Spirit Regional Park is a quite large and I have to admit I haven't walked all of the trails.  We had a free afternoon so I went for a walk by myself to take it in.  I didn't realize the area by Salish trail was hit so hard by the wind storm in 2006, but much of the canopy here (that was once dominated by Alder and Big Leaf Maple) was torn down.  Hiking now, there is very little cover.

Alder Tree Torn With BlackberriesFiddlehead UnfurlingSalmonberry Fruit And FlowerPacific Bleeding Heart Trail Side
 
A big surprise for me - I spotted a butterfly!  I'm not a butterfly expert, but seeing big colourful butterflies in this part of the world is quite a treat!
 
Mourning Cloak On Fallen LogWell Worn Mourning Cloak
 

Fraser River Walk in Southlands

The Covid numbers in BC aren't great right now.  In April the third wave was clearly getting out of control so the Health Office put in a number of new restrictions to get things back under control.  Restaurants are closed, but travel inside the provice is also restricted.  Combined with the Vaccine roll out, BC's numbers have significantly improved, but they are still high so we look for days out without crowds.  Helen has already been vaccinated though here work, but my first vaccine didn't come until Mid month and even then, it's not effective for a few weeks after.

The river walk in Southlands is a nice trail.  You see the activity on the Fraser and the odd horse go by, but it's not connected to a wide trail network so there aren't a lot of people walking.  It was a great place for us go on Sunny morning!
Claira Running On River WalkWild Carrot Lining PathNara Walking On Bridge

Claira Loves Ride
Nara brought here camera and did take some photos. 


Walking With Japanese Knotweed Sticks
This trail is hardly "natural".  The whole coast here should be tidal mudflats, growing and disappearing as the Fraser slowly changes course.  That doesn't work with modern city planning so the entire river here has been amoured with rock and cement chunks and the shore has been built up as a dike to keep the river out, even in high tide storms.  The inland side is either homes or a golf course so most of the ground is covered in grass.  While there are some native plants here (Willow), some garden plans (Cherry trees, Fig Trees) but there invasives are here in quanity - Wild Carrot and Japanese Knotweed amoung others.  The kids found some dead sticks where made for lots of fun play.


Box From Best Quality Sweets
We picked up lunch to go on Main street, and while we waited for it to be cooked we went across the street to Best Quality Sweets for some Gulab Jamun.  These are basically doughnuts with a sweet sauce and the kids certainly like them.  The India food was fantastic but sadly a little too spicy for the kids.  It's amazing how palak paneer, which is full of cheese and made mild can still be too spicy.

Eating Gulab Jamun In Back Of Car

Sunset from the Lionsgate Bridge

I've wanted a timelapse of a sunset from this angle for quite a while.  Every once in a while in Vancouver you get just the right light where the sun sets below the cloud layer and uses the underside of the clouds to light everything orange.  There is no weather prediction for this - it needs to be clear enough for the sun to get through, but have enough cloud that the sun has something to light.  Today was about a 6 out of 10, but just going sure teaches you a few things about taking a timelapse.


 
The Lions gate bridge is a suspension bridge so it moves as the trafic goes over it.  That movement causes blur on long exposures but on timelapses it causes the image to jump around.  The usual tools (ffmpeg stablization tools) fixated on the other moving elemnts (clouds and skies) and the other tools I sometime use (Fiji/ImageJ or Photoshop) also gave up.  I was able to make it work in ffmpeg by blurring out much of the moving part of the frame, but it took me hours to get something that worked.  Learn something new every time.
 


Pacific Bleeding Heart Next To Trail
Altitude: 29m (95 feet)
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Tags: Pacific Spirit Regional Park, trail
Claira Running On River Walk
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Osprey Looking Around
Species: Pandion haliaetus (Osprey)
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: bird in flight, Iona Beach Regional Park
Dunlin Flying Inland
Watching Bird Release
Person: Claira, Nara
Pacific Bleeding Heart Trail Side
Altitude: 9m (29 feet)
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Claira Looking For Animal With Moms Scarf
Person: Claira
Nara Walking On Bridge
Person: Helen, Nara
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: bridge, Fraser Foreshore Trail
Eating Gulab Jamun In Back Of Car
Person: Claira, Nara
Tags: car, dessert
Osprey Gliding
Species: Pandion haliaetus (Osprey)
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: bird in flight, Iona Beach Regional Park
Bright Spot On Patch Of Pacific Bleeding Heart
Fiddlehead Unfurling
Species: Pteridium aquilinum (bracken fern)
Altitude: 94m (308 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: fern, Pacific Spirit Regional Park
Box From Best Quality Sweets
Tags: dessert, food porn
Claira Loves Ride
Person: Claira, Helen
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
Location: Go To...
Mourning Cloak On Fallen Log
Species: Nymphalis antiopa (Mourning Cloak)
Altitude: 85m (278 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: butterfly, Pacific Spirit Regional Park
Sandpiper With Dunlin
Species: Calidris alpina (Dunlin), Calidris mauri (Western Sandpiper)
Tags: Iona Beach Regional Park
Wild Carrot Lining Path
Species: Daucus carota (wild carrot, Queen Anne's lace, bird's nest)
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Fraser Foreshore Trail, invasive
Nara Covering Her Sister
Person: Nara
Pacific Bleeding Heart Backlit
Species: Dicentra formosa (Pacific Bleeding Heart)
Altitude: 24m (78 feet)
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Tags: backlit, flowers, Pacific Spirit Regional Park
Walking With Japanese Knotweed Sticks
Person: Claira, Nara
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Fraser Foreshore Trail, stick
Alder Tree Torn With Blackberries
Species: Rubus ursinus (Trailing Blackberry)
Altitude: 71m (232 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: blackberries, Pacific Spirit Regional Park, stump
Well Worn Mourning Cloak
Species: Nymphalis antiopa (Mourning Cloak)
Altitude: 85m (278 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: butterfly, Pacific Spirit Regional Park
Dunlin And Sandpipers
Species: Calidris alpina (Dunlin), Calidris mauri (Western Sandpiper)
Tags: Iona Beach Regional Park
Salmonberry Fruit And Flower
Species: Rubus spectabilis (salmonberry)
Altitude: 85m (278 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Pacific Spirit Regional Park
Tags: Pacific Spirit Regional Park(7), Iona Beach Regional Park(4), Fraser Foreshore Trail(3), butterfly(2), dessert(2), bird in flight(2)
People: Claira(5), Nara(5), Helen(2)

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