Spring Elegance 2

The elegance of the season remains even in drizzling rain.

Shots of some cherry tree-lined Vancouver streets in the rain (the second one is a timed selfie):

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Spring Elegance

No need to say anything. Just enjoy the beautiful season !

Happy Patty Day !

Not that I have any special feeling for this festival, but green is my favorite color.

You know what? I vote for the Green Party here in BC every year, just because I love the color (chuckling ….).

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Spring Comes Early

Al Gore should come to Vancouver to sell his curses and cures on global warming this winter. Too bad he lives in the freezing cold east coast.

We Vancouverites have just had an unbelievably warm winter. And a short one, it seems. Because the cherry plum trees (prunus cerasifera) that line up many streets here are in full bloom, at least two weeks earlier than normally the case.

Cherry trees have also begun blooming.

Spring comes early in 2015!

It’s time to photograph flowers!

All of the following pictures were taken with long lenses, either my 70-200mm f2.8Lor my 400mm f5.6L prime, all hand-held. Long lenses are very useful for photographing the blossoms on streets. They help, among other things, compressing the scene, capturing details high above the trees, and throwing the background out of focus thus giving the scene a great visual depth.

Enjoy the early spring!

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The West is Red and Spectacular!

While the eastern areas of North America are suffering from unusually cold weather, the western coastal areas are enjoying unprecedented warm winter. For the last ten days, we in Vancouver had no rain at all, which is truly extraordinary. The nice weather also produced spectacular sunset (and perhaps sunrise as well, but I didn’t get up early to verify that). For several days in a row, I witnessed beautiful sunset at Garry Point, the west facing seaside park near my home. There are several shots I would like to share with my fellow bloggers.

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Turn, Turn, Turn, a Time to Fly a Kite

I was an avid kite flyer during my childhood, and each time I see people flying kites I can’t resist standing by and watching with great interest. Garry Point, a park near my home, happens to be a perfect kite flying place, with its expansive open space and strong breeze from the sea. Unless the weather is too bad, there are always some kites flying over the park.

A few days before the Chinese New Year, a lady and a gentleman were there flying some long-tailed kites which could make rapid turns in the sky. The sky that day was beautifully blue and the afternoon light was soft. I watched for a long time. And, of course, I took dozens of photos. The turning kite reminded me of Pete Seeger’s song “Turn, Turn, Turn”. Hence the title of this post.

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My Chinese New Year Greetings

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I believe I am a goat reincarnated :=) But sheep will have a great year too!

Valentine’s Day, We Just Walked Past It

To those who had a warmer one than that painted (as a composite image) here. :=))

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Canadian Rockies in Winter (Black and White) 2

More black and white images of the landscape of Canadian Rockies in winter.

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7. Mount Chephren and Waterfowl Lake
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Mount Rundle and Vermilion Lakes at Different Times of the Same Day

Photographing Mount Rundle by Vermilion Lakes (the work “lake” in plural form because it is a chain of three connected lakes) in Banff has probably become a mandatory, unoriginal, threadbare, run-of-the-mill, worn-out, and even touristy photography exercise. But, who can resist it if you stay in town, just minutes of drive or walk from the place to set up tripod?

In my last post, I posted a few black and white wide pictures that I shot on a sunny day during my last trip to the Rockies. Before the good weather, I stayed around Banff and made a couple of “courtesy visits” to the Vermilion Lakes where perhaps not a single day goes by without some people standing by the lakes’ shore holding cameras towards Mount Rundle, the 2,948-meter landmark peak overlooking Banff. And of course, I held up mine and took shots after shots, when the light was bright, dim, or as it turned out after sunset, weirdly beautiful.

The following three shots were taken at, respectively, 15 minutes after sunset, 26 minutes after sunset and about 4 pm. They were taken at the same spot near the west end of the third Vermilion Lake, which usually remains partially unfrozen even in extremely cold weather thanks to a warm spring at the lake bed. From this spot, Mount Rundle is partially blocked by Sulphur Mountain, but the lines of douglas firs, red osier dogwood (is it dogwood? correct me if it is not) twigs and yellowed grass around and in the lake provide very nice elements for composition, in addition to a relatively clear reflection of Mount Rundle in the unfrozen pool of water which may not be available in the other two lakes. Visually I was particularly drawn to the elegant curves of the grass in the water. Their color became brilliantly orange at the sunset, which gave the first image below an oil-painting quality.


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