Trying at avoid people in the Big City.
Walk at Iona
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.
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.
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
Friday Night Bleeding Hearts
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 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.
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!
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!
Nara brought here camera and did
take some photos.
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.
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.
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.
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