On the street where you live

On the street where you live

A quick walkabout as the second ankle injury in four months is slowly healing. Looking up, I saw beautiful blue skies marked by wisps of cloud through the trees. Taking this photo quickly, I looked down again before moving on, because, foot placement is sometimes an important thing.

On the street where you live

On the street where you live

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Early bird

I’m an early bird.

Except for first thing in the morning, I like to arrive at my destinations with a few minutes to spare. It ensures that I have time to perform any last-minute necessaries, and can relax both in transit and at my destination. It’s part of my preparation process, you might say.

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Local gallery

One of the most beneficial things about arriving a bit early is simply that it allows me to look around my destination. Looking south of a gallery I attended on Friday last showed me some street art I’d not previously noted.

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Local gallery

Naturally I had to take a moment or five and walk closer. Much of the alley way has been marked, including the power pole.  None might call it brilliant perhaps, but it’s got an energy to it that kept me examining the works until I needed to get to the gallery.

And I like John Cusack

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Local gallery

Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Water’s edge

It’s a very rare occasion where I don’t have a camera near to hand. On those days that I don’t wish to carry the large unit and lenses, I have a Canon pocket camera with optical zoom that does in a pinch, and thankfully captures many scenes that remind me of places to return and study in greater detail.

Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Pacific Spirit Regional Park is a wonderful place to venture for an easy hike, with groomed trails and stairs for the steeper sections of the trails down to the water from the cliffs near the University of British Columbia. The same trails lead to beautiful beaches, though I can’t imagine heading there with a camera at all!

Long Weekend Driving

Canada Day Holiday driving trip

Canada Day Holiday driving trip

It’s been wonderfully busy these last weeks, and I’ve taken just a bit more time than usual to complete the set of photos I shot over the Canada Day long weekend. Travelling with my cousin is always pleasant: our travel modes compliment each other, ensuring we’re well supplied with snacks and music, stretches of spirited conversation, and quiet moments of contemplation. With only the passenger’s eyes closed. We’re both amenable with stopping whenever and where ever we feel inspired.

Canada Day Holiday driving trip

Canada Day Holiday driving trip

Canada Day Holiday driving trip

Canada Day Holiday driving trip

The trip included a stay in Enderby, barbecue in Lumby, and casino in Vernon. The farm in Lumby was particular fun, filled with the opportunity to meet the children of childhood friends I’d not seen in more than two decades. As is my wont for summer days, I ended it with a mild sunburn, and owe thanks to our lovely host that it wasn’t much worse. More pictures of the scenery here.

Skate park, Enderby, BC

Enderby Boards

Skate park, Enderby, BC

Skate park, Enderby, BC

I spent much of my Canada Day long weekend about 500 kilometres from home, in the small city of Enderby, BC, having travelled with my cousin to visit old family friends. The trip provided many opportunities for photography, with both of us stopping the car on occasion to get shots – or shouting at the other to stop, and back up a bit.

Canada Day was hot. Oh, more emphasis really is needed there: Canada Day was HOT! We kept our celebrations low-key. A relaxing morning, followed with a tour of the nearby park where the festivities of the day were held. A classic car show dominated much of the park field, and I’ve captured a few here.

Unused to the heat, in a very short time I was ready to get out of the sun, and we headed slowly back to the car. Along the way, in the back corner of the park, I found a small boarding area. It was just a couple of ramps and walls, really, with two young children attempting to run up them. They kept failing and laughing. I stopped to examine and photograph the graffiti on the walls. The art all seemed of the spray-and-run variety, layered one on another.

Skate park, Enderby, BC

Skate park, Enderby, BC

Skate park, Enderby, BC

Skate park, Enderby, BC

I moved on when one of the children asked if I’d help them climb the walls. “Maybe you should get your mom or dad to help you up there. Have fun!”