Crescent Beach is yet another beautiful part of Vancouver. An off-leash dogpark, walking trails, sand, marsh and bird sanctuary mean there's something for everybody. It was a nice way to spend a sunny weekend afternoon alongside numerous birders with binoculars and cameras around their necks. Parking was plentiful, as were the establishments to stop for a gelato, lunch or coffee. After sifting through and inadvertently stepping on a number of dismembered crab legs left strewn about the sand (the tide was out), I found some shells nicely backlit by the sun.
The Skytrain is part of the Vancouver transit system. It's a good place to people-watch, in this case through the reflection in the Skytrain doors. This view is of the outside city lights through the windows while the train is in motion overlapped onto the seemingly bemused couple sitting on the inside of the train.
Usually when a governing body goes to the trouble to print signs to inform the public, the signs have some sense of formality. Given this sign is to advise dogs and their guardians where they're allowed to walk, it only makes sense to post the sign in both human and dog language so both understand. The West Coast of BC is very dog-friendly.
The Serpentine Fen Bird Sanctuary in Surrey was a great place with cooperative photogenic ducks to try out my new lens, the Canon 70-200mm f4. Not that the kit lens that came with my Rebel T1i isn't good, but now I can take photos of things more than an arm's length in front of me. It's very exciting.
The title for this photo is an oxymoron. Like "jumbo shrimp" and "plastic silverware", I was perplexed to see a "playboy minivan". There was a broken Playbog mug sitting on this back bumper with not a soul around. I couldn't make heads nor tails out of it. Browse this list of oxymora for more senseless sensibility.
White Rock is a beautiful waterfront community in the Greater Vancouver Area. After the tide goes out it's a beachcomber's dream. No shortage of shells here for collectors, but if you're seeking pristine samples of shells for your collection that are unmarked and without broken edges, you may have a tough time of it. It's the less-perfect ones that are more beautiful anyhow, right?
P.S. An international thanks to Gerald for adding me on as a Vancouver rep in the guide to daily photoblogs around the world.