Sunday, December 20, 2009

Day 69

Perpetual Fall

It does seem a bit strange to be walking around in Dec and it be 9C. I wish I could praise this moderate temperature but really the only benefit I can seem to come up with is not needing to own a proper winter jacket or gloves. Then when on the odd occasion *gasp* snow does arrive everyone gets really cold because they only have a fall coat.
Day 68


The clock in gastown in powered by steam, how exactly that works I do not know.

Day 67

West Dyke Trail

The western dyke trail run along the western edge of Richmond. It was the sight of many bush parties during my teen years. Now I go to look at bi
Day 66

Night Sky

The city skyline as seen from Stanly Park.
Day 65

Gulf of Georgia

Boats lined along the back of the old cannery.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Day 64

Film Lives

I took part in the Vancouver 12x12 Photo Marathon. 12th month, 12th day, 12 themes(one theme per hour, shot in order), 12 hours, 12 exposures on one roll of film.

It was a long day, I earned every blister on each foot, and there was chafing...serious chafing.

With a day to reflect it was a great experience and I look forward to another chance at taking part in something like this with me new found knowledge.
Day 63

Sort of a Self Portrait

Wonder the alleys downtown at night.
Day 62

Pop Culture

"Great nations have always acted like gangsters, and small nations like prostitutes." Stanley Kubrick

Day 61


In the distance of 4343.62 km's the world turns from lush and tropical to pastel, drained of colour and cold. My body definitely was not designed for a hot environment, must be the Icelandic roots, but a few more days in the sun sure would be nice.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Day 60

The Duke

The grandfather of surf Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku ( yeah say that fast three times) greats all who enter Waikiki beach with open arms.
Day 59

Surfs Up

The Northshore and sunset beach got 40 year waves while I was on the island. Up to 40ft at times.
Day 58

Waimea Valley

The botanical gardens on the North Shore were fantastic. I debated between posting this shot the tree canopies, or the falls that were at the end of the valley. The tree's won by sheer size. Each of these canopies must be about 2 city block wide.
Day 57


Waikiki Beach, you can't go wrong.
Day 56

Hanauma Bay

Someone should have reminded me that cycling 50km in a tropical environment may not be the best idea when you haven't touched a bike in months. It was killer, but the reward was some fantastic snorkeling at hanauma bay

Day 55

I think...

I did a poop. The next frame of which I will not share is of the poop taking a second run at being lunch. Tasty.
Day 54


Who is going to turn down a free trip to Hawaii? not I.
Oahu was the scene, Diamond Head provided the backdrop, body surfing the sport

Day 53

Red Ball

Garry Point has anew sculpture.
Day 52

Stanley Park Totem

Probably one of the most photographed locations in all of the city, these totem poles were bound to make it into the project.
Day 51

Sandhill Cranes

I was hoping to spot bald eagles, but these three sandhill cranes had to do. Watching them move it isn't too difficult to see the connection between these birds and dinosaurs.
Day 50

Harry Jerome

Harry was a track and Field athlete who held 7 different world records through out his career.
Day 49

House Boats

They stick out like sore thumbs in Coal Harbour amongst the million dollar yachts, yet these three house boats always catch my eye for their interesting colours and designs.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Day 47

Take What You Can get

One duck, two duck, three duck, four....

It wasn't quite sun, but at let the rain held off for the morning to get out for a bit with the camera.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Day 46

Lions Gate

I always prefer any time traveling north of the city taking the Lions Gate Bridge. Not only because it is a great looking structure, but also in a such a young city with very few historical landmarks it stands with pride as a symbol of the past.

Day 45


I know complying about the rain in Vancouver is about as valid as this . Some sun sure would be nice.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Day 44

The Bloedel Conservatory

As mentioned in Day 43 the conservatory is in threat of being shut down, email support here if you think it is a good idea for a city that gets weeks of soul-crushing-rain-gray-wet-weather, to have an inexpensive piece of tropical climate with colourful birds available to its citizens.
Day 43

The Sky

This is a shot of the top of The Bloedel Conservatory atop Queen Elizabeth Park. Apparently it is on the chopping block and could be potentially shut down because of city budget problems. Seems like a bad idea to me.

I'm finding myself constantly looking at the clouds since I got back. I had forgotten how many layers and how much moister they carry, here in BC. It was awesome to watch this system roll in from the west bringing lighting to the city.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Day 42

Stop Signs

Sign Sign everywhere a sign
Blocking out the scenery breaking my mind
Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Day 41

The Dyke

The wind had a bite to it this morning, but the sun was out and I had to take advantage. I took a nice walk along the dyke.

It is funny to think back on my old paper route that I used to have to ride all the way down this way for 2 big old houses to deliver to.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Day 40


A great new sculpture by Barcelona artist sculpture Jaume Plensa, sits looking out on English Bay. The name of the piece is "We" the letters that form the seated figure represent 8 different alphabets.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Day 39

All the Leaves are Gone

And the sky is gray, while I'm not dreaming of would be nice to see the sun again for a full day.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Day 38

Burrard Street bridge

I'm a big fan of art deco, so it is no wonder I enjoy the Burrard Street bridge. Recently and topic of much local debate is the addition of dedicated bike lanes to the bridge. The pilot project has been extended, a step in the right direct.
Day 37

Baby Beluga

The Vancouver Aquarium has always been a great way to spend a day. I still get the same excitement I did as when i was a kid going to see the killer whales. While the orcas are no longer part of the aquarium, beluga's have taken there place. They are fun creatures to watch.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Day 36

City of Glass

Yes I did borrow the name, and location for the shot from the Douglas Coupland novel.

Every time I enter the city from the south and see the rows of glass towers I can't help but be reminded just how fitting the name is.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Day 35


These white roses were places on the Victory Square cenotaph by veterans of WWII. It was a nice fall morning and for the first time in 15 years the rain held off.

I was pleasantly surprised by the number of people that attended the ceremonies today in memory of the fallen. I guess it makes sense considering this province views the day with enough respect to consider it a statutory holiday.
Day 34

Vancouver National Anthem

Visited the Centre for the Performing Arts this evening to spend a night with home town favourite Matthew Good. He is touring his latest album called Vancouver, good show but the crowd left a little to be desired.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Day 33

The Spirit of Haida Gwaii

Bill Reid has for a long time been my favourite artist. This is his piece called The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, it is in the international terminal at YVR.
Day 32

This Old House

I'm really starting to enjoy wondering around east Van alley ways, you never know what you're going to stumble upon.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Day 31

Keep on Riding

This will not go down as one of the better quality photo's of the project, but it was definitely one of the most fun to capture. Dusted off the dancing shoes and spend another evening with Champion last night.

my very first youtube video

Day 30

Don't Miss It For The World

I would love to know who is putting up Expo 86 posters all over the city. It is quite shocking to look back at this areal view of downtown only 23 years ago. The eyes of the world looked on this small city that year and it could be said that Expo was the catalyst to the growth that would follow.

With the Olympics just months away I wonder how much different Vancouver will be in another 23 years.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Day 30

Blame it on the Rain

The fall rains have arrived, so as Milli and Vanilli suggested I'm going to blame it on the rain if I don't make it downtown.

This shot is of the inside of a pump house with the reflection on the cannery in the back ground.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Day 29

Off Main

Spend the day weaving on and off Main street, along the strip and venturing into the alley ways. Found this great old Mercury.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Day 28


Part of the Vancouver Biennale, a festival that's intent is to bring more public art to Vancouver. These bright red bronze pieces are hidden away in Coal Harbour. They were also made by an artist from China by the name of Wang Shugang.

Day 26

Iona Beach

The sun came out with just enough time for a quick trip down to Iona Beach.
Day 25


This giant set of sculptures sits in English Bay, it is by Chinese artist Yue Minjun.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Day 24

Pacific Central

Lithuanian artist Vladas Vildžiūnas stunning piece named Barbora as seen just before the rain hit this afternoon in front of Terminal Station.

Day 23


Yes, you are correct your eyes are not deceiving you on the left is a Jackalope! The Museum of Vancouver has an exhibit on called Ravishing Beasts, all about taxidermy...worth the trip for the jackalope alone.

On the right is a piece of Vancity history, The Smilin' Buddha Cabernet sign that hung on Hasting for many years.

"The Smilin’ Buddha is one of the most iconic pieces of neon from Vancouver’s colourful history of neon signs. The Smilin’ Buddha Cabaret at 109 East Hastings Street was at the centre of Vancouver’s changing entertainment scene for decades. In the 1950s, the nightclub was a symbol of Vancouver’s post-war prosperity and bustle as captured in the photographic work of Fred Herzog. In the 1960s psychedelic era, it hosted acts such as Jefferson Airplane and Jimi Hendrix. In the late 1970s, as punk and alternative music took hold in North America, the Smilin’ Buddha Cabaret was ground zero for Vancouver’s new independent music scene. In 1992, after the club had closed, the rock band 54-40 acquired the sign, restored it, and the Smilin’ Buddha Cabaret became the name of their 1994 release. The eight hundred-pound sign features neon on both faces. The Buddha’s chin and belly appear to jiggle, as bands of neon light flicker"

Day 22

Granville wondering

Just a couple more sights from the Granville strip; the Regal Hotel, and the top of the Vogue Theatre. In the near future you;ll get a better idea of how the Vogue looks when I capture it all lit up at night

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Day 21


The clear blue sky brought with it long shadows as the sun set for the night. I couldn't help but be drawn to the Movieland Arcade sign that hangs on Granville Street.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Day 20

BC Place

After its final duties hosting the opening and closing ceremonies at next years Olympics, BC Place will be undergoing a face lift and the sky line of Vancouver with be forever changed.

The bubble dome will be replaces with a cable retractable roof to let a little sunshine in when it's not raining.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Day 19

Steveston Fisherman's Memorial

Being so close to the ocean weather can change quite quickly. That was the case this morning while I went out to snap a shot of the Steveston Fisherman's Memorial. As you can see between my set up for a log and close shot the dramatic low clouds rolled in.

The Steveston Fisherman's Memorial is a freestanding memorial commemorating the lives and deaths of fishermen working out of Steveston, British Columbia. It takes the form of a giant fishing net needle and stands a few metres from the sea at Garry Point Park.

The memorial contains a large number of names of fishermen who died during their work, and the following words:

May 4, 1996
This memorial honours all the fishermen of our community who have
lost their lives in the pursuit of their profession.
Their courage, dedication and contribution to the development of our
community will never be forgotten."