Thursday, July 5, 2007

A Beautiful Day in Vancouver

Today we had a beautiful sunny day in Vancouver and I thought you might enjoy some photos I took while walking on the West Vancouver seawall with the Thursday Walking Group.

Below you can see the German Friendship Globe Fountain in a park alongside the seawall. You can push on this 2 1/2 tonne globe and it will spin as it says below. A gift from the local German community to West Vancouver. Kids love it.


The globe fountain consists of a square granite water basin with a precisely machined impression that fits a three foot diameter granite ball engraved with the continents of the world. The 2 1/2 tonne granite globe floats on a thin pressurized cushion of water which allows it to be turned at the touch of a hand.

Some perfect lilies at their best in the park garden


Looking across the water to the south side of the harbour


I'm not sure whether to consider this graffiti or art. These rocks line the sea wall and some one has made these mosaic fish with broken ceramic


I hope you can see the heron in the centre. He was watching me very carefully as I went by and turned his head to follow my path



Looking towards the Lions Gate Bridge with downtown past the bridge and Stanley Park on the right. You can see logging is a big industry and the floaters end up on the beach along with the rocks



We all hate this floral clock, it's so old fashioned and there was a little park which had a beautiful view before they built this monstrosity. You would think that they could plant some decent colourful flowers if they are going to have it, wouldn't you?
Bo-o-o-ring!




Well after a long walk it's time for lunch and a caffé latte don't you think?



22 comments:

Josie said...

JMB, omigosh, you have managed to make our city look even more spectacular than it is. There is almost no place in the world more beautiful than Vancouver on a summer's day.

I just read your post about Anderson Cooper's book, and it has been on my "must read" list ever since it came out. Thank you for recommending it. I'm off to Chapter's tomorrow to pick up a copy. I read excerpts of it in Vanity Fair magazine, and I was hooked. I didn't care for Anderson Cooper at first. I thought he was just another talking head, one who stutters as well, but now I never miss Anderson Cooper 360.

Cheers,
Josie

Eurodog said...

Beautiful British Colombia indeed.

jmb said...

Hi Josie,
Wasn't it a beautiful day? I was over where your photo is taken.
I hope you find Anderson's book as interesting as I did.
regards
jmb

jmb said...

Hi Eurodg,
It must be time for you to come back and visit.
regards
jmb

Lee said...

I needed that stroll, jmb. Thanks! :)

Lovely photos, too.

Lord Straf-Dresden said...

Absolutely superb! The memories, the memories.

moof said...

The photos are absolutely beautiful, JMB! Thank you for sharing! :o)

Chris said...

Hi
We were in your part of the world in 2003, a week in Whistler and then a week staying with friends in Coquitlam, and your pictures have brought back many happy memories of that trip.

The city is absolutely magnificent, Stanley Park being my favourite bit, and we would dearly love to come back soon.

Here's hoping!

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Beautiful. Thanks for taking us on your walk.

jmb said...

Hi Lee,
Thanks for coming with me. Vancouver is such a beautiful place when it's not raining!
regards
jmb

jmb said...

Hi James, or do we call you Lord Jim now?
I'm glad you have good memories of Vancouver.
regards
jmb

jmb said...

Hi Moof,
I'm glad you joined us to see how beautiful Vancouver can be.
regards
jmb

jmb said...

Hi Chris,
How wonderful that you came to visit Vancouver. I hope the weather did us proud when you were here.

I see you are another British gardener, so I have added you to my blogroll. No other gardeners equal the Brits.

I hope you do get back to Vancouver some day.
regards
jmb

jmb said...

Hi LGS,

I'm glad you enjoyed the walk. I had so many lovely photos I had trouble deciding what to include.
Thank you for joining me.
regards
jmb

Liz said...

Wow, fabulous photos! I've heard a lot from people who've visited Vancouver. It is on my list of places I'd like to go.

That coffee is amazing!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Beautiful pics, jmb. You never cease to surprise! Especially like the rocks and "mosaic" one.

Janice Thomson said...

Vancouver is such a beautiful city..in fact the whole coast is. Love your photos Jmb - you always take interesting and unique shots. Love the heron...I could spend hours watching them

jmb said...

Hi Liz,
Come on over, the weather is fine, at least for today and yesterday.
regards
jmb

jmb said...

Hi WCLC,
I had a few different ones of the various mosaics. They have a teacup and a goose. They are relatively tasteful.
regards
jmb

jmb said...

Hi Janice,
Vancouver, Vancouver Island, on a sunny day, one of the most beautiful places in the world.
I took a picture of a heron last week at Granville Island, although I didn't post it.
regards
jmb

Heart of Rachel said...

Those are beautiful pictures! I love that German Friendship Globe. I also like the lovely fish mosaic. How did one manage to have that "design" on the latte? Amazing! Thanks for taking us around such a great place.

jmb said...

Hi Rachel,
Thanks for stopping by here too. I was so thrilled by the design on the coffee I had to take its photo.
The globe is amazing,just suspended on the water.
regards
jmb