Gazania flowers open and close with the daylight and are a drought-resistant flower. After a light morning sprinkle and before the heat of the day evaporated them, water droplets settled on Gazania petals in the back garden.
Everybody enjoys the picturesque views in BC. Even Blue Heron here, who appears to be relaxing and taking in a view of Lost Lagoon from a seemingly perfect vantage point. Three Blue Herons ended up making an appearance that afternoon. I've never seen so many together at the same time.
You will see scenes like this if you go for a walk around the Seawall. I was wishing for more of a blue sky, but at least it wasn't raining, letting me have a bit more traction on this moss-covered ground.
Granville Island definitely is an eyeful. There's musicians of all sorts, crafts, food, shopping, art and niche stores dedicated to umbrellas and sake and hats. Sitting out by the water watching the birds is a fantastic way to spend a nice afternoon on the island if it's not too busy - which it does get on summer weekends. Best to take public transit to the island, or cycle over if you're able because parking spaces get to be a hot commodity.
The Aquabus seen here is a little ferry boat system that can take you from Vancouver Downtown to Granville Island, David Lam Park, Stamp's Landing, Olympic Village, Yaletown, Plaza of Nations and Science World. We took our bicycles on board for the approx 2 minute ride from the station at Hornby Street to Granville Island, then cycled the rest of the way around False Creek.
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:
An outing in Stanley Park never ceases to amaze me because I so often come across something odd and wonderful, and always when I least expect it. I met this fellow near the entrance to the park. His name is Kermit of course. What else would it be?!
This is the Vancouver Convention Centre reflecting some early morning rays from the rising run. It's so golden and warm-looking and reminds me of watching one of those Living Fireplace videos. The Living Fireplace is essentially eternal though if you loop the video. This scene is much more ephemeral than that.