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The days are getting shorter, but there is no shortage of things to see


Four Arts At the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden


Goofy Faces At TingThe Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden does a number of seasonal events such as Chinese New Years and a fall harvest event.  This year, they opened the garden at night and focused on the four classical Chinese arts.  We went with Jin and Jesse's family and our kids focused on lanterns and getting wet in the rain.

Four Girls Three Lanterns

Floating Lanterns
First time I've seen it, the garden sold floating lanterns.  They had a small candle inside and you folded the petals of the flower like shape to make a boat.  Launching the boats was tricky because of the slippery rocks.  The kids thought it was pretty cool. 

Looking At Floating Lanterns

Nara Claira With Two LanternsAbby Haley With Two Lanterns
I tried to take some portraits.  The kids really liked silly faces.


While the kids watched the musical performance I tried to take some photos of the garden.  It was raining hard but the garden has a covered walkway so it's not impossible to take photos without getting your camera wet.  I was surprised to see so much rain coming off the drip tiles.

Rain Dripping With TingTing And Great HallWet Floor


Victoria For Thanksgiving

Nara broke her arm at bike camp this summer so she hasn't been allowed to bike until it healed well.  Today was the first day we let here bike.  Grandpa maintains a collection of kids bikes and we went for a ride along lochside trail.

Nara Biking Down Forest PathNara And Grandpa Riding TogetherDad On Folding BikeNara Happy To Be Biking

When I lived in Victoria, I went out to East Sooke Park a few times.  We always went to the West side where the mine was.  After reading some reviews online, I decided to go for a walk at Aylard Farm on the eastern side of the park.  There is a large parking lot (which has been expanded twice over the years) and wide trails leaving in a few directions.  We decided to go down to the beach.
 
Nara Hiking With GrandmaAt The Beach

Kelp Washed Up On Sandy Beach
The beach is a mix of fine sand and rocks.  Near the water line and hiding in the rocks were tide pools with sea anemones!  A few anemones were in the sand, but most liked to be shaddy pools around the rocks.

Aggregating Anemone In Tide Pool

Just down the beach was a flock of birds resting on the rocks.  Among the seagulls were 5 Black Oyster catchers with very bright bills.  Normally there bright orange bills are contrast with their black bodies, but with the sun directly behind them their bills basically glowed.

Black Oystercatchers With Glowing BeaksTwo Black Oystercatchers

Alternating between fishing and cleaning themselves on the rocks were a pair of river otters.  They were productive - it only took them a minute to come up with a decent sized fish to eat.  They pulled up some sort of small eel and there was no mercy - bites taken while the eel was still wriggling around.

Two River Otters On RockRiver Otter On Shallow Rock

Goose Tongue Growing In Rocks
We continued walking around the point (we took the ocean side route) and got to the petroglyphs on the rocks overlooking the ocean.  The sign says it was likely a profile picture of a seal, but there is always some interpretation.

Petroglyph On Rocks

It was getting closer to lunch time so we packed up and drove home.  Claira was home with Mom completing her Chinese homework so we swapped kids and I took Claira out for a walk.  Claira wanted her scoot bike even though she is good with a pedal bike now.  We rolled around Outerbirdge garden.  Claira found a caterpillar.

Fall Colours BehindClaira With Waterfall BehindClaira Happy To Be BikingClaira Found Caterpillar


There are some traditions the kids really enjoy.  Going to a farm to pick pumpkins is a favorite, even though they have fall and hit themselves on the last two trips.  This time we picked a different farm (no tractor ride, better parking) so we could just walk out and get pumpkins before lunch time.

Claira With Big PumpkinCarrying PumpkinNara Picked Pumpkin
 
  Wheelbarrow Full
 

New Camera

I ordered a new D850 shortly after it came out - not early enough to get an early model, but early enough.  Saturday morning, I got the new camera.  Saturday afternoon, I went for a walk in Stanley Park while the kids were in Chinese class.

Red Breasted SapsuckerWinter Wren



Song SparrowSpotted TowheeDouglas Squirrel In Grass
 

Halloween

Claira In Costume With Face PaintCat And Bunny At Door
The kids know Halloween is coming weeks before it happens.  Their school puts on a fundraising event called the Halloween Howl where the kids go in costumes and play games for tickets which they can then redeem for prizes.  The whole thing is run by volunteers for fun and I hope it raises some money for whatever project the PAC has planned for this year.  This year, the kids picked their costumes (bunny and black cat) and we got the some things to help.


When I was a kid, I don't remember ever getting facepaint.  Today facepaint is pretty much required to make a good costume.  The kids were happy with their outfits and we went out to play!  The kids spent most of their stamps on bouncy castle time which yields no tickets so we had to buy a second stamp card.  They found a few things they liked - mostly throwing games.

Claira On Bouncy CastleNara Throwing RingsClaira Throwing Darts

Their tickets became stickers and glow sticks and the kids were happy.  We also tried the haunted house (bailed early) and they decided the scary story book reading in the library was a bad idea because it would give them nightmares.  We were home by 9:30 and other than a twisted ankle on the way to the car, everyone had a good time.
 
We live in a condo tower and which means there are limited (but a few) options to trick-or-treat on Halloween night in our neighborhood.  My hair stylist suggested we visit hers (Mount Pleasant) and we have for the last three years.  It's a crazy busy neighborhood on Halloween - houses are decorated, performance art happens in some yards and fireworks are pretty much continuously going off.  Our kids claim to be brave, but by the end of the night, anything that went bump made them run.

Black Cat Nara On Garden PathClaira On Busy StairsKicking LeavesPumpkin Totem Pole

They had a really good time!


Spotted Towhee
Species: Pipilo maculatus (Spotted Towhee)
Tags: Stanley Park
Cat And Bunny At Door
Person: Claira, Nara
Tags: costume, face paint, Halloween
Claira With Waterfall Behind
Person: Claira
Altitude: 25m (82 feet)
Location: Go To...
Fall Colours Behind
Person: Claira
Altitude: 25m (82 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: fall colour, Outerbridge Park
Claira Found Caterpillar
Species: Pyrrharctia isabella (banded woollybear)
Altitude: 9m (29 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: caterpillar, insect, Outerbridge Park
Floating Lanterns
Altitude: 11m (36 feet)
Location: Go To...
Kelp Washed Up On Sandy Beach
Altitude: 7m (22 feet)
Location: Go To...
Goofy Faces At Ting
Person: Abby, Claira, Haley, Nara
Altitude: 13m (42 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, lantern, night
Nara Happy To Be Biking
Person: Nara
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: biking
Claira On Busy Stairs
Person: Claira
Tags: costume, Halloween
Rain Dripping With Ting
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, night, rain
Black Cat Nara On Garden Path
Person: Nara
Tags: costume, Halloween
Kicking Leaves
Ting And Great Hall
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, night
Pumpkin Totem Pole
Tags: art, Halloween, pumpkin
Claira Happy To Be Biking
Person: Claira
Altitude: 30m (98 feet)
Location: Go To...
Nara Hiking With Grandma
Person: Janet, Nara
Altitude: 7m (22 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: hiking
Nara Claira With Two Lanterns
Person: Claira, Nara
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, lantern, night
Nara And Grandpa Riding Together
Altitude: 22m (72 feet)
Location: Go To...
Song Sparrow
Species: Melospiza melodia (Song Sparrow)
Altitude: 12m (39 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Stanley Park
Red Breasted Sapsucker
Species: Sphyrapicus ruber (Red-breasted Sapsucker)
Altitude: 12m (39 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Stanley Park
Goose Tongue Growing In Rocks
Species: Plantago maritima (goose tongue)
Location: Go To...
Abby Haley With Two Lanterns
Person: Abby, Haley
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, lantern, night
Claira In Costume With Face Paint
Person: Claira
Tags: costume, face paint
Nara Throwing Rings
Dad On Folding Bike
Person: Lloyd
Altitude: 15m (49 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: biking
Nara Biking Down Forest Path
Petroglyph On Rocks
Location: Go To...
Tags: art, native art, rock
Carrying Pumpkin
Altitude: 11m (36 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: pumpkin
Douglas Squirrel In Grass
Species: Tamiasciurus douglasii (Douglas's squirrel)
Tags: Stanley Park
Two Black Oystercatchers
Species: Haematopus bachmani (Black Oystercatcher)
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
Location: Go To...
At The Beach
Person: Janet, Nara
Altitude: 7m (22 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: beach
Nara Picked Pumpkin
Person: Nara
Altitude: 5m (16 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: farm, pumpkin
Wet Floor
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, night
River Otter On Shallow Rock
Species: Lontra canadensis (northern river otter)
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Winter Wren
Species: Troglodytes hiemalis (Winter Wren)
Tags: Stanley Park
Black Oystercatchers With Glowing Beaks
Species: Haematopus bachmani (Black Oystercatcher)
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Looking At Floating Lanterns
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Claira Throwing Darts
Wheelbarrow Full
Altitude: 14m (45 feet)
Location: Go To...
Four Girls Three Lanterns
Person: Abby, Claira, Haley, Nara
Altitude: 118m (387 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, lantern, night
Two River Otters On Rock
Species: Lontra canadensis (northern river otter)
Altitude: 12m (39 feet)
Location: Go To...
Aggregating Anemone In Tide Pool
Species: Anthopleura elegantissima (Aggregating Anemone, Clonal Anemone)
Altitude: 7m (22 feet)
Location: Go To...
Claira On Bouncy Castle
Person: Claira
Tags: bouncy, castle, costume, face paint, Halloween
Claira With Big Pumpkin
Person: Claira
Altitude: 5m (16 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: pumpkin
Tags: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden(7), night(7), Stanley Park(5), Halloween(5), costume(5), lantern(4)
People: Claira(11), Nara(9), Haley(3), Abby(3), Janet(2), Lloyd(1)
From: John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2016 to 2005 > October 2017

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