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Lumiere 2018

Claira PortraitNara Portrait
November is a hard month for photography.  You are generally mourning the passing of long summer days and the days of endless rain.  In reality, sunsets just happen sooner and the water provides no end of reflections and mood.  This year I found "Lumiere Vancouver" - a downtown event happening three nights.  The first two nights had hard rain so we decided to go on Sunday night after a quick dinner at Red Robin.
  Plaza From Stairs


kids Operating Flaming Flowers

Kids Under Blue MushroomsKids Under Lit Mushroom

Lumiere is actually at three different sites downtown but we only visited the art gallery location because the kids had to get to bed.  The plaza had a number of different displays, most of which were interactive.  The mushrooms had a game going behind but the kids enjoyed being dwarfed by the changing lights.


Of course every kids enjoys fire!  One display was a ride on dragon which would blow fire (from a propane tank) when the kids pulled on a leaver.

Claira Riding DragonNara Riding Dragon

Kids Flying Under Rainbow
Other light stations were more "do it yourself".  The colours changed and the kids danced.

Dancing With RainbowDancing On Art Gallery Stairs
 
Family In The Reflection PodNara Claira With Reflections

The last station we visited was basically a crazy Instagram filter photo station.  You crawl in and let the mirrors and lasers make an image from a rock and roll album in the 70's.  It had the longest lineup of all the stations at the Art Gallery Plaza.

Victoria for the Remembrance Day Weekend

James In Field
Remembrance Day fell on a weekend this year so we had a long weekend.  My mom had already agreed to have James over this weekend (Marcus had a hockey tournament in Vancouver), but everyone agreed it was okay if we joined the weekend.   Amazingly, I lived in Victoria for 5 years and never went to Fort Rodd Hill.  We decided to go for an afternoon and check it out!


Fort Rodd Hill is a retired military site built up before world war 2.  It has two massive gun emplacements to defend the entrance to the harbour and generally keep hostile ships well away.  The fort is set just behind a hill so it would be quite hard to spot from the ocean.  The original military hardware is long since gone but they did have mobile anti aircraft gun that the kids could play on.

Kids Playing In Gun MountGrass Field Overlooking LighthouseKids Playing On Anti Aircraft Gun

Fort Rodd is really a two in one activity.  Once you get past the fort, you find Fisguard Lighthouse at the end of spit of land.  It's so improbable that you feel compelled to go visit.
Biggest Splash CompetitionClaira With Her Kelp WhipJames With Lighthouse

Stairs To LighthouseOregon Gumplant And Fisgard Lighthouse
The lighthouse is in great shape - nicely painted and the adjoining house has exhibits showing ships and why the lighthouse was built.   You can't walk up to the top of the lighthouse, but you get a pretty good sense of what it would have been like to be a lighthouse keeper on a small island.

  Kids Wandering Rocks

Hiking to Mystic Beach

Light On Suspension BridgeBoardwalks Over Stream


The trail has two parts - a twisty trail that joins an old road.  Once you are on the road it's a pretty straight shot until you get to the cliff tops overlooking the beach.
 
Trail Through RootsTrunk Covered In MushroomsOld Giant Stump
 
The beach has a waterfall crashing over a cliff into the ocean.

Waterfall Onto BeachMaidenhair Fern Hiding In Rocks
 
Helen With Birthday CakeBirthday Gifts

East Side Culture Crawl

I've really grown attached to the East Side Culture crawl.  There are so many locations that even though I have been going for years, every year I find new spaces and compelling artists.
 
Stickered Reclaimed LumberPaint On GlovesOil Pallette

Lights Installed Over StairsLights Leading To StudioPants Hanging Over Studio
 

Wall Of Oil PaintsRock Carving ToolsFavorite Paintbrush

Nara Rolling On Paint

Nara Working PressRoller And Tri Colour InkClaira Working PaintClaira Rolling Mountains

Claira Learning To Fly

Claira really surprises me some days.  She just started cutting and taping paper and she made herself a wing.  When it fit, she made a second one.  Then she tried it out with a test flight.  She was obviously quite proud of herself.

Claira Ready To FlyClaira LandingSmiles After Flight




Oregon Gumplant And Fisgard Lighthouse
Species: Grindelia stricta (Oregon gumweed)
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Tags: lighthouse
Kids Playing On Anti Aircraft Gun
Altitude: 17m (55 feet)
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Tags: military
Kids Under Lit Mushroom
Person: Claira, Nara
Altitude: 30m (98 feet)
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Kids Wandering Rocks
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
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Family In The Reflection Pod
Person: Nara, Helen, Claira
Altitude: 84m (275 feet)
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James With Lighthouse
Person: James
Altitude: 10m (32 feet)
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Claira Working Paint
Person: Claira
Tags: art, Eastside Culture Crawl
Oil Pallette
Claira Ready To Fly
Nara Portrait
Person: Nara
Pants Hanging Over Studio
Trunk Covered In Mushrooms
Altitude: 96m (314 feet)
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Dancing With Rainbow
Person: Claira, Nara
Altitude: 59m (193 feet)
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Tags: dancing, light show, night, rainbow
Plaza From Stairs
Altitude: 84m (275 feet)
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Tags: night, Vancouver
James In Field
Person: James
Altitude: 25m (82 feet)
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Stairs To Lighthouse
Altitude: 6m (19 feet)
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Lights Installed Over Stairs
Tags: Eastside Culture Crawl, lights, stairs
Claira Portrait
Person: Claira
Tags: lights, night, portrait
Favorite Paintbrush
Tags: Eastside Culture Crawl, paint brush
Nara Working Press
Person: Nara
Tags: Eastside Culture Crawl
kids Operating Flaming Flowers
Person: Claira
Altitude: 30m (98 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: art, fire, night
Claira Rolling Mountains
Person: Claira
Tags: Eastside Culture Crawl, mountain, stamp
Wall Of Oil Paints
Tags: Eastside Culture Crawl
Grass Field Overlooking Lighthouse
Altitude: 17m (55 feet)
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Old Giant Stump
Tags: dappled light, stump
Nara Claira With Reflections
Person: Claira, Nara
Altitude: 87m (285 feet)
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Claira Landing
Boardwalks Over Stream
Altitude: 72m (236 feet)
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Trail Through Roots
Person: Helen
Altitude: 20m (65 feet)
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Kids Under Blue Mushrooms
Person: Claira, Nara
Altitude: 30m (98 feet)
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Tags: art, light show, mushroom, night
Nara Riding Dragon
Altitude: 33m (108 feet)
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Maidenhair Fern Hiding In Rocks
Species: Adiantum pedatum (maidenhair)
Altitude: 8m (26 feet)
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Rock Carving Tools
Tags: Eastside Culture Crawl, rock, tool
Kids Playing In Gun Mount
Person: Claira, James, Nara
Altitude: 18m (59 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: fort, military
Birthday Gifts
Person: Claira, Nara, James, Helen
Biggest Splash Competition
Altitude: 5m (16 feet)
Location: Go To...
Claira Riding Dragon
Person: Claira
Altitude: 33m (108 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: art, dragon
Helen With Birthday Cake
Person: Helen
Tags: birthday cake, candlelight
Nara Rolling On Paint
Person: Nara
Tags: Eastside Culture Crawl
Paint On Gloves
Dancing On Art Gallery Stairs
Altitude: 29m (95 feet)
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Tags: dancing, night, stairs
Light On Suspension Bridge
Person: Helen, John
Altitude: 85m (278 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: bridge
Smiles After Flight
Claira With Her Kelp Whip
Person: Claira
Altitude: 6m (19 feet)
Location: Go To...
Roller And Tri Colour Ink
Lights Leading To Studio
Waterfall Onto Beach
Tags: beach, waterfall
Stickered Reclaimed Lumber
Kids Flying Under Rainbow
Altitude: 59m (193 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: art, levitating, light show, rainbow
Tags: Eastside Culture Crawl(8), night(6), art(5), light show(3), lights(2), dancing(2)
People: Claira(13), Nara(10), Helen(5), James(4), John(1)
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