Life of Dave

Life of Dave

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Under the Bridge

It's always fun exploring new places, and our jogging group sometimes gives me that opportunity. Today Phillip suggested we try one of his regular routes; part of it goes under the Ironworkers' Memorial Bridge. We started at his house near the PNE, jogged through some neighbourhoods that bordered the freeway, ducked into a skateboard tunnel adjacent to a running track and found ourselves almost at the shoreline of Burrard Inlet. The trail that goes under the bridge is part of the Trans-Canada Trail network.

Believe it or not, this gate did not include the statement "Do not enter".

Looks like I'm wearing a steel structure hat.

This is part of the adventure; discovering a tree fort on the north slope of
Burrard Inlet.

The fog was starting to lift on the return leg of our journey.

And there's the Banister-Landy statue at the site of the former Empire Stadium
on the PNE grounds emerging through the fog.

And finally, here's a taste of the grafitti adorning the skateboard tunnel.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017


It's been clear weather the last few days in Vancouver, after about a month of mostly rain. Yesterday when I got home from work I let my dog out into the backyard. As I waited for her, my gaze rose above the houses across the lane to admire the intermediate blueness of dusk.

I seem to forget every year how early the sun sets in early December around here. I noticed a bright dot near the bottom of my frame of observation and assumed it was a plane. And it was...sort of. As I watched its graceful arc across the evening dome above me I realized it was the International Space Station. I've seen it a few times in the last few years but it's always an event for me, and if I'm able (i.e., not driving) I stop to watch it. It lasted from about 5:17 p.m. when I first noticed it, to about 5:22 when it disappeared over the trees on the east side of my street.

Then just for confirmation, after returning from walking my dog on her customary laps around the block after work, I heard Stephen Quinn announce on CBC that a listener had just emailed him a photo of the ISS gliding over East Van (with an arrow, of course, to identify the appropriate reflective dot).

Monday, December 4, 2017

Birds and Murals

I'm going to miss those sparrows at Olympic Village. Their migration is too far in my opinion; they're going to Calgary and then China (!!) for refurbishment. We won't see them again for almost a year. I never considered China as a sparrow-tech hub. Somehow, sparrows don't mesh with my perception of high tech.

On another note, I've been noticing explosions of colour on exposed walls of buildings lately, as in murals. Here are just a few that I've seen in the last few weeks.

I came across this one during the East Side Culture Crawl.

This one reminds me of the TV test pattern. (Does that even still exist?)

This one reminds me of an art style we saw at Circle Craft. I don't even
know if this style has a name. Probably does (geometric, I think).

When "the Earth" hits your eye like a big pizza pie...

Here’s another example of “I didn’t see that coming”. 
Perhaps Elon Musk’s monopolization of the headlines lately with his intended private industry rocket flight to Mars in the near future has had unintended consequences. Last week I heard about some bright spark in California that has declared that he denies the validity of “science” and has decided to upstage Musk (OK, I added the Musk comparison) with a deep-fried space oddity; a flight in a homemade steam-powered (!!?) rocket up into the sky just high enough not to kill himself, to snap a photo to prove that a conspiracy of astronauts fabricated the shape of the Earth, i.e., that the Earth is indeed a big pizza pie.

One sticking point however is that it would depend on his believing in digital photography, and I seem to recall that that just may have been developed with the help of "science". Come to think of it, that denial of science might even become a sticky wicket in terms of old fashioned film photography. He might be better served by blasting off with a sketch book and crayons. If he does bring a camera, I hope he also gets a few good clear shots of the angels reclining in the clouds (laughing and pointing).  I’m sure word must’ve gotten out by now of his flypast. Better get your tickets now Angels, before the ticket-bots snap them all up and you’ll be left dealing with Stub Hub.
If I must admit to one thing however, and I really do mean only one thing that Trump's done well, it's been to draw the nut-jobs out of the woodpile.

Cartoon not used with permission, but hopefully the artist
will agree with the relevance.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

My Capture Photography Festival 2018 Canada Line Competition entry

(I entered the Capture Photography Festival 2018 Canada Line Competition today and thought I'd post the Artist Statement and the five photos that I submitted.)

The arrival of the digital camera age has enabled me to carry a camera in my pocket on an almost full time basis since the purchase of my first non-film point-and-shoot in 2007. And now of course it’s even easier due to the prevalence of an integral camera included within every smartphone. In my everyday travels in and about Vancouver I strive to document the city’s evolution in varying perspectives, from natural phenomena, in this case seasonal canopies (spring, autumn and winter), to construction projects, i.e., a very specific cut and cover project employed to create the King Edward subway station.

Although a theme was not specified this year, my Capture Photography Festival 2018 Canada Line Competition submission none-the-less has one relating to canopies and covers. An archival photo of mine documents the initial cut and cover construction method employed to create the King Edward Station in and around 2007. Last year I photographed the station’s continuing evolution that added residential accommodation above it. Rounding out the Canopy/Cover theme are seasonal displays of regional leaves and blossoms, and snowfall (incidentally occurring outside the station), closing with an avian canopy of regional crows during their daily aerial commute across the city.

Autumn Canopy (2009)
Avian Canopy (2010)
Cut & Cover at King Ed Stn (2007)
Snow Cover at King Ed Stn (2016)
Spring Canopy (2014)

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Seasonal Smorgasbord

We've really had a smorgasbord of weather lately. As I write this post its snowing outside. I fondly recall that last weekend the mercury hit about 18 degrees. Then by mid-week the forecast was predicting a temperature plunge with at least a possibility, if not a likelihood, of snow for this weekend. Needless to say I pushed up snow tire installation on my schedule, at least to Shauna's car. She has to traverse the hills of West Van while my office in is the flatlands of Richmond.

It turns out my Minion pumpkin was a pretty popular choice this year; I saw
about three of them in my neighbourhood.

Only a week post-pumpkin and we've already had a dusting of snow
(Wednesday night), which evidently was more of an accumulation elsewhere
in the region.

Does this mean one of the big sparrows at Olympic Village has now been
crowned "The Great Pumpkin"?

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Deer Lake in Late October

Our weekly run location was Deer Lake yesterday. The weather was perfect, quite unseasonably warm for this close to Hallowe'en.