During a jaunt across the Golden Ears Bridge with my bicycle I had a nice view of the mountain range on the north side. The sun trying to break through the clouds highlighted the snow-capped peaks. Even dreary days don't take away from the surrounding beauty here.
It's National Corn Dog Day! Make sure you celebrate accordingly. For those of you unfamiliar with what a corn dog is, it's a hot dog encased in a cornmeal batter and deep fried. A match made in heaven:
This is the Lions Gate Bridge, connecting Vancouver City to the North Shore. It was early one damp Sunday morning, but the rain didn't keep the police away. Notice the patrol cars positioned on either side of the bridge entrance. Then notice how drivers apply their brake lights the moment they realize there's cops parked there. I think it's a natural human reaction to step on the brake when you see a police car, just like having to close your eyes when you sneeze, or getting frustrated by not being able to lick the tip of your own elbow. Some things just aren't humanly possible.
If you go by Morton Park near English Bay in Vancouver you'll see a group of giant bronze statue sculptures depicting a laughing man series called A-Maze-in Laughter. This piece launched the Vancouver Biennale, a public art exhibit across the city that showcases 31 artists until June 2011. Seeing this display naturally brings out the need for people to goofily emulate the expressions on the sculptures. I don't know who this guy is, but he was mocking a statue for his own friends' cameras (left) until he abruptly decided he no longer wanted his photo being taken when he saw my lens aimed his way as well (right). I laughed. These sculptures work.
During a weekend bicycle ride to Fort Langley I passed by a field of grazing cows. Sometimes animals are skittish and suspicious when strangers stop and approach, but these guys seemed very pleased to have a visitor to entertain. The cow above did a rousing impression of Pavarotti. His/her cohort below wanted to tell me a secret:
I stumbled upon an elevated view of this storage facility. It appeared to house a variety of gases. I'm not sure if they're noble gases or inert gases or a combination thereof (I found all that organic chemistry and electron stuff to be difficult studies in school...). I saw labels for hydrogen, helium and oxygen. If you don't like any of the colours of the canisters above, I can certainly show you another of any colour in the rainbow that catches your fancy below. Don't light a match.
The closest I've ever got to any likeness of a Great Blue Heron has been at the Great Blue Heron Casino in Port Perry, Ontario. I didn't have a lens other than my kit lens with me when I was at Blackie Spit Park in Surrey and happened to come across this Blue Heron standing about. He did let me get close-ish enough to get a decent shot, and I'm finally starting to learn how to use a fast shutter speed for subjects in motion:
Admittedly, I enjoy bathroom humour. Derby Reach Provincial Park is the only park in the Greater Vancouver area that has overnight vehicle/tent camping. During my recent visit, I noticed somebody enter the outhouse above with a bit of haste. He was in there a while. Must have been a bad hot dog or marshmallow roasted over the campfire. I was hoping to catch him as he was exiting the commode, albeit not at the extravagant lengths these guys went to:
I have lots of bird photos lately. I think this is an American Wigeon. The reason this guy caught my eye is he'd sussed out a fresh crab for lunch. I was hungry. And jealous. Can't get fresher from the sea than this.
This picture strikes me as strange. There's snow-capped mountains in the background. Not a cloud in the sky. A sailboat in the foreground. Some people were outside on this day in shorts. Others had pants and jackets on. It's March, and it's beautiful.