Cargo ships are a common sight in the harbour around Vancouver, and they're huge! This ship called the Star America was built in 1985. It's 169 metres long and about 30,000 tonnes deadweight. That's the equivalent of 1-1/2 football fields long and about 20,100 passenger cars total in weight! How does it stay afloat? The size of these ships don't quite strike you until you see the size of a regular passenger pleasurecraft in comparison:
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.
The colour scheme of this boy's jacket just so happens to match the colour scheme of the cargo ships in the bay, but I don't think he planned it that way. People of all ages admire the views from Jericho Beach Park.
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.