Monday, November 17, 2008

Brilliant Fall Day in Vancouver

Often with the Thursday Walking group, I do the walk along the southern foreshore of the harbour starting at Spanish Banks. The view towards the North Shore Mountains is spectacular so it is a splendid walk on a fine day.

There was a heavy wind during the night and when we met last Thursday we were not surprised to find it still quite windy there. So it was a brilliant clear day and there were lots of white caps.

The high wind had tempted all these kite surfers out of the woodwork to enjoy being pulled along in the water. To be honest I had never seen them doing this here before in Vancouver. I thought it was amazing and I even saw a couple of them actually flying but unfortunately I was unable to capture it.

A closer look. I imagine one has to be quite strong to enjoy this activity. Certainly this fellow below was quite a husky chap.

There was quite a group of them and they had set up their equipment on the beach. Do you think they all called in sick when they saw what a great day it was and how ideal the conditions were for this sport?

Above, looking towards the downtown skyline.

A quiet eddy, near the yacht club. I did not see any sail boats out that day

We get the most amazing pieces of driftwood on the beach sometimes. I have never noticed this one before but it had been nicely arranged and we used it for a background for a group photo.

All in all a perfect day. A healthy walk in the brisk air, with an interesting view, followed by lunch at the house of one of the group. What more can one ask?


Moggs Tigerpaw said...

Your pictures make me think.

I have loved beach combing since I was a child. The anticipation of an interesting find, even a dead fish! Interesting smooth shaped bits of wood and things. I wondered how far they had come and where from, maybe a shipwreck? Crab shells, pools.

I would try to work out, or imagine a history for the things I found... A bit of smooth green glass could once have been a bottle from a marooned shipwrecked sailor with a message in it.

Did the message reach someone and the bottle was thrown away after, or was it smashed on rocks before it delivered it's message? Did it have any brother bottles, who did make it…

Dragonstar said...

Oh, that must have been such a lovely walk. I love the driftwood, and the view of the buildings across the water. What a beautiful place.

Gledwood said...

That "driftwood" reminds me of a (naturally) hollowed-out ancient oak I used to play in in Hatfield Park...

Gledwood said...

Hey how are you..? Sorry I've not been around. Had endless computer troubles. Actually got BANNED from one internet shop for crashing their computers (how? by embedding too many Youtube screens on my blog!!!!)

BTW is Vancouver twinned with Seattle?... officially? or unofficially...???

Janice Thomson said...

I've not seen that either - must be a fairly new sport in these parts.
Looks like a lot of fun if I was younger :)
Gorgeous piece of driftwood - the root system of some trees is quite amazing.

Crushed said...

I often wonder what it must be like to look at the Pacific.

THAT'S an Ocean.

People think of us as a seafaring nation, us Brits, and I guess we are.

But when we look at the sea, often as not, walking along our beaches, there aren't THAT many places where we look upon an Ocean that doesn't end until you have encircled half the world.

When I was a student, I lived right on the beach. But Ocean? Nah! The Irish sea. Ireland was less than fifty miles on the other side of that little ditch. The south Coast? Not that far to France, really.

Go to the East Coast. Now that is a Big Sea, to us. The North Sea. Long way to- Sweden and Norway.

But it isn't really. Two hour flight, or 36 hour ferry journey.

Only at Lizard point in Cornwall do we really look at an Ocean. The Atlantic. And how many og them fit into the Pacific?

I've often wondered what It would be like to look at an Ocean knowing you stand at the farthest West of 'Go west my Son' and know that the next place you get to is East as it gets- Japan.

CherryPie said...

I think that looks really wonderful :-)

Carver said...

These are beautiful shots JMB. I like all of them. The wind surfers look like they are having so much fun. I love driftwood. I'd go nuts photographing it if I lived where you do. We had a beautiful day here and about 10 minutes of snow. I was glad I looked out the window or I would have missed it but I wasn't fast enough to photograph it.

Ian Lidster said...

Thank you for the stroll around my original hometown. Having spent the first four years of my life in Kitsilano before being deposited in the bucolia of
Burnaby for the rest of my childhood and youth, I felt a primal stirring at your photos.

Moggs Tigerpaw said...

Crushed, Wait long enough...

Once upon a time you could have walked from Land's end to New England.

One day the Atlantic will be the word spanning ocean. Storms will have half a planet to build strength, the rollers will provide the best surf seen in a billion years.

Liz said...

Wonderful driftwood and a perfect day. Who could blame anyone for calling in sick?

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Love all the photos but the driftwood one is brilliant. Spanish Banks - what a lovely place-name.

jmb said...

Moggs I love to live by the sea and it sounds as if you enjoy visiting it too.

It is a beautiful place Dragonstar.

Well it is a tree root Gleds and I don't know if it truly washed up or was placed there. How are you, with your problems I see.

It looked like a lot of fun to me too Janice.

To really see the Pacific Ocean Crushed you have to go to Vancouver Island, since we are protected by this 250 mile long island from the true ocean. But it is Japan next stop from there.

Thanks Cherrypie.

Snow already Carver, I always think it is much warmer where you live than where I live.

Glad you enjoyed them Ian. It's the view of the mountains which makes it so special. I lived in Kits when I first came here, right by the beach.

Oh dear Miss Moggs. Are you predicting a new Ice Age instead of global warming?

Indeed Liz, a perfect day. I guess their bosses might not be so forgiving but perhaps they all work the night shift.

Thanks Welshcakes. You can imagine why it is called Spanish banks I'm sure

Thanks to everyone for visiting and commenting.

Moggs Tigerpaw said...

No JMB, I am predicting continental drift...

Though it is probably likely to involve ice ages from time to time also ^_^