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Love that Summer Weather


Low Tide in Stanley Park

Ochre Star In The City
I had some time off and I spent it looking out the window of my appartment.  I realized the tide was low.  Really low.  I looked it up and it turned out that this Sunday was going to be one of the lowest tides of the year.  I once heard there was really good tide pooling under the lions gate bridge in Stanley Park and Sunday looked good.  Hey, why not?

Viking Boat Kayak And Lasers

When you pull into Stanley Park (on the English Bay side) you come under a Great Blue Heron colony.  It's quite noisy, a bit smelly and no where near where you want to park, but cool to see.  It also means there are lots of great blue herons around getting lunch.  They are quite used to people (living in a tourist attraction) but do try to be respectful.

GBH With Towers BehindGreat Blue Heron At Low TideFluffy Great Blue HeronTwo Great Blue Herons
 
I was once kayaking in Indian Arm and watched a seagull with a sea star lodged in it's mouth.  I though this was a juivinle taking up a bad dare, but it turns out to be common.  This part of the beach had sea star's all over the place and sea gulls were trying really hard to swallow them.  I even saw one sucessed.  I really have no idea what a sea star does inside a sea gull, but I can't imagine it's pretty coming out.
 
Gull With Star Legs OutGull Swallowing StarGull Dropping StarGull Eaten Star

We made it to the somewhat muddy (but very flat) rocks on the west side.   The sea wall was still closed from last winters wind storm so there was no way to get around to under the bridge.  I kind of wonder if there wildlife is enjoying a holliday from the regular stress of the tourists and locals using the wall.

Canada Day Fireworks

Canada day fireworks have been canceled in Vancouver for at least three years.  Vancouver seems to like to riot/fight with little provocation so the last few years were canceled because of the oneros cost of security.  Someone figured out how to make money with fireworks and this year they are back on.  In an added twist, they are on in more than one location - one near Canada Place (the opposite side of Vancouver from my house), the other set in West Vancouver near Ambleside.  From my deck I could see both and they stayed mostly in sync the whole night.

  Two Sets Of Fireworks
Blue Bursts WideTwo Volleys Behind Scotia Bank
Blue Fireworks Behind ScotiabankPinwheels Over CityPink Fuzzy Behind Scotiabank
 
 
Canada day is one of the longer days of the year so the fireworks didn't start until late and even then it wasn't really dark.  I had a bunch of people over for drinks and a view - a good time had by all.
 
 


Two Volleys Behind Scotia Bank
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Pinwheels Over City
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Gull Dropping Star
Altitude: 3m (9 feet)
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Tags: beach, bird
Fluffy Great Blue Heron
Species: Ardea herodias (Great Blue Heron)
Altitude: 3m (9 feet)
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Great Blue Heron At Low Tide
Species: Ardea herodias (Great Blue Heron)
Tags: bird, Stanley Park
Two Sets Of Fireworks
Tags: city, fireworks, panorama, Vancouver
Gull Swallowing Star
Altitude: 3m (9 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: beach, bird
Two Great Blue Herons
Species: Ardea herodias (Great Blue Heron)
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: bird, Stanley Park
Gull With Star Legs Out
Altitude: 3m (9 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: beach, bird, sea star, Stanley Park
Viking Boat Kayak And Lasers
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Blue Bursts Wide
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Blue Fireworks Behind Scotiabank
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Pink Fuzzy Behind Scotiabank
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Ochre Star In The City
Species: Pisaster ochraceus (Ochre Star)
Location: Go To...
Tags: beach, sea star, shallow depth of field, Stanley Park
Gull Eaten Star
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GBH With Towers Behind
Species: Ardea herodias (Great Blue Heron)
Tags: bird, Stanley Park
Tags: bird(8), Stanley Park(6), fireworks(6), city(6), Vancouver(6), beach(5)
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