Sunday, October 26, 2014

Burnaby Lake Park

Another weekend, another park.

It's true; dogs are good for people's fitness. If we weren't dog owners I don't think we'd be out so often exploring new parks. A few weeks ago it was Deer Lake, this weekend it was Burnaby Lake.

I hadn't been there in several years despite working practically next door to it for 7 years. The last time I was there was over 5 years ago when our SunRun training group did a 10K jog around the lake. Today we took Tannah on  an approximately 4K walk along the east side of the lake. She had a blast! Even though she wasn't allowed in one area that juts out into the lake itself.

Tannah was not impressed she wasn't allowed to follow Shauna down the jetty to the lake. But I bet the ducks were breathing a sigh of relief! 

Tannah was much more intrigued by squirrels and birds than mushrooms.

The metropolis of Burnaby appears to be sprouting from the tops of the lake shore trees.

Wood ducks must spend hours in front of the mirror every morning.
At first I thought this was a dove, but I think it's actually a white pigeon. White certainly seems to be the colour of authority in this tree.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Tall Shadows and Tall Trucks

I completed my first business trip with the new job. They sent me to Wild Rose Country: Clairmont, Falher and Vegreville.

The following is my photo essay. It was actually the perfect time of year to go to central Alberta. The leaves were still on the trees and the snow hadn't yet fallen. Well, OK, there has already been a big dump of snow in Calgary a couple of weeks ago, but it didn't stick, and I don't think it's snowed yet in the region in which I was traveling.

An aerial view of the Richmond Olympic skating oval.

This is the puddle-jumper I boarded to go from Calgary to Grande Prairie.

The Fall colours form quite an impressive pattern from this height.

I thought this region was known as the "Oil Patch", not the "Mud Patch".

Tall trucks and tall shadows.

Dawn as viewed from the 9th floor of the Paradise Inn in Grande Prairie.

Sunrise at 8:15 along on my way to Falher, Alberta.

That's my Hyundai rental car heading North along Highway 2 to Rycroft.

My assignment was to review a tire store in Falher. Lots of farm equipment gets re-tired here.

Little House on the Prairie?
This structure reminded me of Medicine Hat.
Morning sun reflecting from the dew delineated the high voltage lines against the dark clouds.

They're not exactly roaming the prairie wild and free, but this still scores as a buffalo sighting in Elk Island National Park on my way to Vegreville.

Frequently I saw this type of bird in and around the Edmonton/ Grand Prairie region. I think it's a variety of Jay. I'll have to look it up. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Extra Low Tide from June - part 2

I finally got around to photoshopping a few photos from June's extra low tide at Spanish Banks. I had wanted to level the horizon in many of my shots before posting, but it wasn't supposed to have taken this long. What's that old saying about life getting in the way?

Better late than never. I was having difficulty with my Elements program in June. After upgrading from Version 5.0 to 12.0 I'm now on the right track.

Below are Tannah's exploits out on the open sand, leash free!

I love the perspective of this shot. At first I didn't like that there were two tiny people in the background, but now it strikes me as rather Lilliputian. I mean, how big is this Spaniel anyway?

Tannah is teaching my wife her "Happy Dance". 

I don't think Tannah even realized that herons were out there; they were that motionless.
Out there on the sand it's quite a surreal perspective of the city.
Tannah always obeys the signs.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Deer Lake

We checked off another local lake this past weekend; Deer Lake.

We'd been on Deer Lake once before, years ago, to rent a pedal boat, but I wasn't even aware that a trail circumnavigated the park.  So, on practically the hottest, most humid day so far this summer, and ironically one of the last days of summer, we set off with our dog to explore a local hidden gem.

It's a good thing we packed water for us and Tannah.  As we left the parking lot the temperature sensor in the car read 25 degrees, but on upon return 1-1/2 hours later, it was 29!

We didn't see any feline wildlife...
...but we did see amphibious life.
And plenty of dew-covered spider webs.
Although Tannah didn't get to chase anything, she still had fun.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sandwich Board

I saw the best sandwich board this past weekend. How's this for a mantra?

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Driving Event

There's really no way to avoid an unintended product placement here. I attended a driving event today and the photos will definitely show it was sponsored by Mazda. But nonetheless, since I can't seem to shake this automotive addiction, just suffice it to say I was in my element and I had a blast getting an opportunity to drive a Miata, however brief it was.

The weather was picture-perfect, so...

I took a bunch of pictures.

Don't let the scowl fool you: I got to drive this car!  The sun was in my eyes!
Now I see what the bid deal is about Miatas.
I still like the styling of my 2010 '3' better.
A classic 1967 Cosmo was on display too. Apparently there are only 5 of these in Canada.

I like the new Miata's larger diameter wheels. They make the car seem less of a toy in comparison with other models.
I kinda scratch my head as to why anyone would install the removable hardtop in the summer.
Can't beat the last weekend of summer for a glider fight. It ties in well with the wings of the Mazda logo.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

UBC Canopy Walkway

What was your first impression of your first encounter with a suspension bridge? Was it at all un-nerving? If so, might it have been because of the mighty chasm over which it spanned?

UBC has recently added a new twist. It’s a suspension bridge through the mighty conifers of the UBC Botanical Garden. I was half expecting to find a red VW Bug dangling below it, midspan.

We checked it out last weekend and it’s quite an experience. Just make sure you’re a good distance away from any rambunctious youngsters intent on trampolining the suspended structure into the stratosphere. Fortunately I’m educated enough to know that such a structure is engineered with a very generous safety factor. 

Steel cables supporting the platforms are wrapped securely around the tree trunks.
This "peek-a-boo" artist provides some scale for the girth of the trees used for the platforms.

A bird's eye view.
One foot at a time...Don't look down! It's only 23 meters to the forest floor below.